It’s been a tough start to the 2023/24 season for Sheffield Wednesday, with the Owls having registered just one point in the Championship so far.
Xisco Munoz is the man at the helm. He took his side into this month’s international break on the back of a hardened performance at Leeds United which gave the Owls their first point of the season, with a tricky home game v Ipswich Town coming up this weekend.
But ahead of the return of Championship football this weekend, we’ve taken a look at some of Wednesday’s former fan favourites, and found out what they’re up to these days…
The big striker made a staggering 277 total appearances for Sheffield Wednesday between 2013 and 2020, scoring 50 goals along the way.
He left for APOEL Nicosia in 2020 but now finds himself at Altach in the Austrian Bundesliga, where the 34-year-old has scored 18 goals in 70 total appearances.
Jose Semedo is another Sheffield Wednesday icon. The Portuguese midfielder made 167 appearances for the Owls between 2011 and 2017, having joined as a free agent following his release from Charlton Athletic.
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Semedo was eventually released by Wednesday in 2017, then returning to his native Portugal and signing with Vitoria Setubal where he spent the next six years, making 113 total appearances before retiring at the start of this year, shortly after his 38th birthday.
The Italian was with Wednesday between 1996 and 1999 where he scored 25 league goals for the Owls before leaving for Aston Villa.
He had a stop-start career after that, but he remains a name written in Wednesday folklore. He later turned to management having had spells in the lower leagues of Italy, as well as a stint as the Azerbaijan assistant coach too.
In an interview last year, the now 52-year-old said leaving Wednesday was a mistake.
Reda Johnson was a certified favourite during his three years at Wednesday. Between 2011 and 2014, he scored 19 goals in 88 total outings for the Owls, before a four-year spell at Coventry City.
The French-born defender then headed into the non-league where he had spells with Eastleigh and Dover Athletic; the latter he was a player/coach with before retiring in 2022.
The veteran goalkeeper is another longstanding former Wednesday man. He made 199 total appearances for the club and kept an impressive 73 clean sheets in that time, leaving as a free agent in 2021 before a brief return to the Football League with QPR in 2022.
He’s seemingly, unofficially retired since, with the last reports of Westwood coming earlier this year when he was revealed to be taking part in a five-a-side tournament held by Wrexham co-owner Ryan Reynolds in the USA.