He is regarded as one of the most skilful and accomplished players to ever pull on the blue and white stripes of Sheffield Wednesday.

It is fair to say Chris Waddle is a bonafide Owls legend.

Chris Waddle.

He spent four years of his glittering playing career at Hillsborough, wowing supporters with his range of passing, vision, dribbling skills and eye for goal.

Waddle was an iconic player and will forever be remembered fondly by Wednesday supporters for his spectacular goal in the club’s FA Cup semi-final triumph over Sheffield United 25 years ago.

With just over a minute on the clock at the old Wembley Stadium, Waddle stepped up to take a free-kick so far from goal, the opposition didn’t bother to construct a wall.

Yet Waddle curled in a delightful effort past United goalkeeper Alan Kelly to spark wild celebrations among the Wednesday faithful.

“I wasn’t going to hit it but John Sheridan told me to have a go,” recalled Waddle. “I thought it was too far out to be honest but Shez said ‘it is early in the game so why not have a pop?’

“He said ‘it doesn’t matter where it goes, let’s just see what happens.’

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“I told him to get out of the way and the rest is history.”

Despite an Alan Cork strike, the Owls claimed the local bragging rights after an extra-time winner by striker Mark Bright.

Waddle, who still lives

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