Match Of The Week: Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Crystal Palace

That it should have come to this. Somehow, through a season-long narrative of financial implosion and mixed fortunes on the pitch, the final day of the season in the Championship has come down to a straight shoot-out at Hillsborough. Those that hold the belief that there is some kind of divine power with a steadying hand over the world may well take he fact that these two clubs are here this afternoon as proof of his (or her) existence. Results and circumstance have combined to ensure that the Football League’s match of the weekend will be watched by a sell-out crowd of almost 40,000 at a stadium that has seen triumph, occasion and, of course, the most awful of all British football tragedies in its past. Today promises to provide yet another extraordinary chapter in the life of one of our few remaining traditional, old football grounds and, for once, the mathematics are simple. Wednesday need to win to stay up – anything else, and Palace will avoid the drop. This is a match that doesn’t carry any tangible prizes. There will be no silverware handed out at full-time today. Yet what is on offer at Hillsborough this afternoon may even be more important. Both Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace are in a financial hole, and dropping from the Championship at any time would carry a cost that would...

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