A large club that has fallen on hard times and is looking to climb back up the leagues after landing in the third tier..
Now second in League One and looking like a good bet for one of the automatic promotion spots, it appears that three teams are vying for two spots. Plymouth leads with 56 points, Sheffield Wednesday has 52, Ipswich has 50, and Derby is fourth with 41 points.
Darren Moore hopes to get out of the third division and then use the momentum to mount a challenge for a place in the Premier League..
Man City, Leeds, Brentford, Leicester, Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest, and Wolves are among the Premier League clubs that can recall life in League One not so long ago.
There’s no reason why Sheffield Wednesday couldn’t potentially stay if they find a way back to the Premier League. They have a good fanbase, and as has been proven, once a club has access to Premier League riches, there’s no reason why they can’t be competitive.
First and foremost, however, is the need to re-enter the Championship after finishing fourth last season but losing to the Mackems in the play-off semi-finals..
There was much debate among Sheffield Wednesday fans about how seriously they should take the FA Cup, but they do have a week off after the Newcastle game before returning to League One action..
Darren Moore insists he was overjoyed with the third round draw, particularly for Sheffield Wednesday fans.
The Owls warmed up for this cup tie with a 5-0 win over Cambridge United on Monday, who, ironically, beat Eddie Howe’s side at St James’ Park at the same stage of the competition almost exactly a year ago.
Darren Moore on Sheffield Wednesday’s upcoming match against Newcastle United:
“Newcastle United are a fantastic team.
It’s a completely different game [than playing and beating Cambridge], they’re an excellent team, and they’re on the rise.
“When the tie was drawn I was pleased, more so for the fans than anything.
“Two fantastic football clubs, two fantastic sets of supporters, and this place [Hillsborough] will be rocking…
We’ll dust ourselves off, analyze the Cambridge game, look for areas where we can improve, and then focus on Newcastle.
“Whatever team we choose, they’ll need real top, top performances because they’re playing against top internationals, but these are the games you want to be playing in as a player.