Sheffield Wednesday starting XI last time they beat Sheffield United in the Steel City derby

Sheffield Wednesday will be in the same league as rivals Sheffield United for the first time since the 2019/20 season.

Sheffield United’s swift relegation back to the Championship looked all but confirmed for months before it was made official with a 5-1 defeat at Newcastle United.

However, it was unclear whether the Steel City derby would return next season, with Sheffield Wednesday’s future in doubt.

The Owls had spent most of the campaign in the relegation zone before finally heading for safety with three straight wins.

Danny Rohl’s side needed just one point in their last one-day trip to Sunderland but claimed all three.

Fans will now be able to look forward to next season’s derby day as Wednesday rise to claim their first win against the Blades since February 26, 2012.

That season they won automatic promotion to the second tier, with United finishing just behind them.

The Owls won 1-0 in the Championship that day but have since lost one and endured three 0-0 draws.

Here’s Wednesday’s starting line-up last time they beat Sheffield United…

Sheffield Wednesday – 1-0 Sheffield United – 26 February 2012

STEPHEN BYWATER he had joined Wednesday on loan the previous season before signing permanently for the club. The goalkeeper kept 14 clean sheets in 34 games as he helped lead the team to promotion.

He has since played for Millwall, Doncaster and Burton Albion.

DANNY BATH spent a year and a half on loan at Hillsborough and was voted runner-up for the club’s Player of the Season.

The 33-year-old now has four promotions and two league titles to his name as he now plies his trade at Carrow Road with Norwich City.

LEWIS BUXTON was named Player of the Season on Wednesday following their return to the Championship.

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The former defender spent seven years with the Yorkshire outfit before moving to Rotherham United.

PLAY JOHNSON scored 19 goals in 88 games for the Owls before joining Coventry City in 2014. Most recently played in the National League with Dover Athletic.

ROB JONES joined Wednesday on an emergency loan in March 2011 before joining the club permanently in the summer. He spent one season there as captain before joining Doncaster Rovers.

JOSE SEMEDO joined the Owls in 2011 and was named PFA Player of the Season and Fans’ Player of the Year in his first campaign.

The former midfielder returned to his native Portugal in 2017, where he remained until his retirement last year.

Jose Semedo of Sheffield Wednesday during the Emirates FA Cup fourth round match at New Meadow on January 30, 2016 in Shrewsbury, England.
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CHRIS LINES they joined Wednesday for just £50,000 the previous summer and picked up eleven assists as they won promotion.

He currently plays for Southern League Division One South club Yate Town on loan from Bath City.

DAVID PRUTTON spent three years at Hillsborough and made 61 appearances.

The 42-year-old retired from Sheffield Wednesday and football in 2014 and now works as an EFL presenter for Sky Sports.

MICHAEL ANTONIO scored 17 goals for the Owls before joining Nottingham Forest for £1.5m.

The striker has played for West Ham since 2015 and is the Premier League’s all-time top scorer with 82 goals.

He was part of the Irons side that won the UEFA Europa Conference League last term, while he was also named in the competition’s Team of the Season after scoring six goals in nine games.

RYAN LOWE joined Sheffield Wednesday for the 2011–12 season, scoring nine goals.

He retired in 2018 and won back-to-back promotions with Bury and Plymouth Argyle before joining Preston North End.

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The Lilywhites finished tenth in the Championship this season – ten points ahead of Danny Rohl’s side.

CHRIS O’GRADY scored the only goal of the game against Sheffield United in his first season at the club.

However, the former striker has made brief appearances for the Blades as well as Barnsley, Brighton and Chesterfield.

He most recently played for Grantham Town in the Northern Premier League Division One East.

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