As part of a Know Your History series with Sheffield Wednesday News, we will take a look at Wednesday’s record goal scorers this side of the millennium.
Wednesday have a long and proud history, but they have struggled since the turn of the millennium and have yet to return to the Premier League after their relegation in 2000.
Still, there have been some good times, and here are the Owls top five goal scorers since 2000:
5: Steven MacLean
Steven MacLean arrived at Wednesday in 2004 from Scottish giants Rangers.
The Edinburgh born striker made a name for himself almost immediately at Hillsborough, bagging 20 goals in his first season including a hat-trick against local rivals Doncaster Rovers.
MacLean helped the Owls bounce back from League One to the Championship, but a leg break stumped his progress, and he later went on to join Cardiff City.
MacLean scored 32 league goals in 83 appearances for the Owls.
4: Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher joined the Owls from Sunderland on a free transfer in 2016.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man once cost Sunderland around £12 million and scored over 40 Premier League goals during his career.
Fletcher on a free was a coup for Wednesday. However, he suffered playoff heartache in 2017 as the Owls lost on penalties to Huddersfield Town in the semi-finals.
The Scotland international striker has since joined Stoke City, ending his time at Hillsborough with a record of 36 Championship goals in 124 appearances.
3: Fernando Forestieri
Fernando Forestieri was one of Dejphon Chansiri’s first big signings as Owls owner.
The Argentine playmaker arrived from Watford in 2015, and quickly became a fans favourite at Hillsborough due to his endeavour, excellent ability on the ball and goal scoring touch.
Forestieri helped the Owls to two playoff campaigns but fell short on both occasions.
After five seasons, the 31-year-old re-joined his former club Udinese last summer having scored an impressive 40 Championship goals in 128 appearances at Hillsborough.
2: Atdhe Nuhiu
Atdhe Nuhiu was a bit of a comical character at Hillsborough. Dubbed ‘big Dave’ by some of the Owls supporters, his size and playing style was often mocked.
But despite not being a regular, the Kosovo striker boasts a pretty decent record.
Nuhiu arrived in 2013 and spent seven years at Hillsborough. He was often called off the bench, with the purpose of disrupting the opposition defence and being a nuisance.
His record of 40 league goals in 242 games, however, is often overlooked.
1: Marcus Tudgay
Marcus Tudgay is Wednesday’s top scorer this side of the millennium.
The 5ft 9inch striker joined the Owls from Derby County in 2005. It took Tudgay a while to become a regular at Wednesday, making just 18 appearances in his first season.
But from 2006 onwards, Tudgay was the Owls’ first choice striker and he hit double figures for goals in three of his following five seasons at the club.
Tudgay’s total record was 49 league goals in 195 games. However, he couldn’t save the Owls from the drop in 2010 before later joining Nottingham Forest.
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