Jon West at Wembley
Windass the Wembley winner. Fifteen years ago it was dad Dean, sending Hull City into the Premier League. This time it was son Josh, reinstating Sheffield Wednesday to the Championship.
With a diving header seconds before the League One play-off final was to go to penalties, no less. Ten-man Barnsley would have fancied their chances in that; goalkeeper Harry Isted had been sensational throughout.
“It's absolutely incredible – I said this morning he'll get the winner,” declared Windass senior, whose 201st Hull goal was the volley that downed Bristol City in the 2008 Championship play-off final and sent the Tigers into the top flight for the first time.
“I can't believe he's actually headed it, because he loves his hair too much,” he added. “I'm the proudest man in the world. When I scored here I thought my life would change. I've got two boys but this boy – it's unbelievable.”
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The clock at the national stadium showed 120+3 minutes when Windass junior threw himself forward to meet Lee Gregory's cross with a header that Isted, the on-loan Luton goalkeeper, got to but could not keep out.
It was reminiscent of another famous Wembley goal scored by a man in blue and white stripes – Coventry's Keith Houchen in his team's 1987 FA Cup triumph over Tottenham.
“With five minutes to go I thought it was going to penalties – I was getting scared!” the goal-scorer admitted. “I was just thinking on the pitch, ‘Try and do something’, but nothing was coming. Luckily last minute, Gregory's done all the work and I just put it in.”
A great Wembley goal, there is no doubt about that – and substitute Will Vaulks had scored a pretty good one earlier in the second instalment of extra time only for a raised flag to make his spectacular gymnastic celebration redundant.
The loss was harsh though on Barnsley, a man down from the 49th minute when Adam Phillips went careening studs-up into Gregory and was shown a straight red card by referee Tim Robinson.
Var ruled that had not been a clear an obvious error by the referee, who had made a big call in Wednesday's favour just a few seconds earlier. Again Gregory was involved – a striker attempting to help out at the back and it seemed clear enough that he had made contact with Barnsley's Liam Kitching rather than the ball. No penalty and no request from Var Tony Harrington to have a look at any monitors either.
A sense of injustice roused Barnsley's fans despite a clear weight of numbers in Wednesday's favour. Substitute James Norwood's bulldozer approach up front was a statement of intent and whenever the Owls made use of their extra man they could not get past Isted, with Michael Smith denied from point-blank range.
Darren Moore's side have proved impossible to kill though, as Peterborough found out in the semis, when a 4-0 first-leg deficit was overturned with the final kick of normal time in the home leg. Moore's men, pipped for automatic promotion by Plymouth and Ipswich despite a 96-point total, prevailed on penalties to set up a South Yorkshire derby in the capital.
Can Wednesday now kick on, as Sunderland did this season, and reach successive play-offs and maybe more?
“The club's got a lot of work to do to catch up with the other clubs off the pitch, but hopefully we can do that and start being the giant club that we are,” said Windass junior.
Barnsley, a Championship side last year, must try again in the third tier but look set to succeed under manager Michael Duff.
As it happened, below
Full time: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1
That is going to be the last action. Oh what a thrilling late winner for Sheffield Wednesday, incredible. They are promoted to the Championship.
Josh Windass is the son of Dean, who scored a play-off final winner himself, to get Hull to the Prem in 2008.
Barnsley will point to a two-minute period near the start of the second half when they had a decent penalty shout denied and then had a man sent off in the sort of decision that could have gone the other way. They fought bravely with ten men and it could just as easily be them who got the winner in a tight, passionately contested game.
GOAL! Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Josh Windass 120+3)
Sheffield Wednesday have done it! Three minutes of added time are up, Barnsley feel they have surely done enough to earn a penalty shoot out but Wednesday have got one! They get down the left, Barnsley's defenders are dead on their feet and they do not dare lunge in. The cross comes over and Josh Windass meets it with a mighty diving header. Isted, who has given his all, gets a hand on it but he cannot keep it out. That is a cruel end for Barnsley, but Wednesday are in dreamland!
118 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
It's Wednesday who are pushing hard. Barnsley players giving their all, throwing themselves in the way of the ball.
Ball is pulled back for Lee Gregory, who fires at goal but skipper Andersen hurls himself for a block.
A minute later, it is Kitching who makes a vital intervention.
115 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Barry Bannan, who has come closer to scoring than most, is coming off. He's been down with cramp at least twice.
Dele-Bashiru replaces him.
113 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Lino's battery pack went, delay while they change his power source.
Barns have a freekick. They load the box with the big lads. Weds repel.
107 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Sheffield Wednesday have the ball in the net and joy is unconfined. A sensational celebration from the scorer, Will Vaulks, who cartwheels and is mobbed by his colleagues... but one man is going to curtail that. The linesman has the flag up, and rightly so. I make that two or possibly three Owls offside. Oh Wednesday!
It was a great strike from Will Vaulks but immaterial now.
106 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Can either side find a goal?
HT in ET: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Barnsley battered there and needed some goalkeeping heroics to stay in it, and then might have won it themselves near the end of the mini half.
102 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Oh Barnsley. That was the moment. After being under the pump, they break, they find themselves three on two. It's slipped to the man in the inside left channel, Luca Connell, and he just has to side-foot it home. Shanks it horribly wide. Luca Connell will rue that.
101 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Isted is at it again! Bannan curls one form the edge of the box and Isted has got across to paw that away too.
99 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
And here come Wednesday again! Slung back in, hacked clear.
98 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Absolute chaos in the Barnsley box! Isted, the keeper on loan from club-of-the-moment Luton Town, with some heroics in between the sticks after a goalmouth scramble.
Smith of Wednesday stabbed the ball at the goal from no more than five yards, Isted produced an absolutely sensational save. Gordon Banks level.
96 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Sheffield Wednesday starting to turn the screw.
Barnsley player Bobby Thomas is booked for tripping the dangerous Bannan. The men in red are well pinned back. Barnsley cannot get out, a set piece is half cleared, Bannan hits a dipping volley that lands on the roof of the net.
93 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Sheffield Wednesday surely have to win it from here. This is a long time to play with ten. Will Vaulks with a throw in, cleared, back in. Michael Ihiekwe with an effort, cleared by Mads Andersen.
End of 90 minutes: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Like the Champo and the Div 2 play off finals, this will go to extra time.
86 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Barnsley's Benson, who has not been on as a sub for long, has had a knock and is limping to the sidelines.
85 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
I am full of admiration for these Barnsley players after going down to ten, they have given this a right good go and on that basis alone perhaps it's they who deserve to pinch this in regulation.
78 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Excellent physicality from Barnsley forward Norwood, who overpowers a defender and lets rip at the near post. Good angles from the keeper.
75 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
This could go either way, Barnsley don't seem particularly disadvantaged by going down to ten. It's they who are attacking right now.
67 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
We've had the second drinks break.
58 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
And now Wednesday! They gets down the left, a deflected shot. It hits Thomas, who must have feared he'd scored an own goal for a split second there but Isted in the Barnsley goal reacts superbly to keep it out. Smith of Shef Weds cannot quite adjust to apply the finish. Four chances in as many minutes - the game has exploded into life!
56 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
All happening! Now it's Barnsley who attack, surging down the left, Cadden hits a crunching shot that is deflected behind.
55 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
perhaps the sending off will open the game up - it's end to end now, and Barry Bannan has done some good work for Shef down the left, cutting inside and curling his shot just wide.
54 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Barnsley have hit the bar! Sheffield Wednesday fail to clear their lines, Nicky Cadden unleashes a shot at goal, Liam Kitching gets a head on it and it crashes against the bar. Not sure whether Liam was trying to head it or get oot the road of it.
Lucky escape for the Owls.
50 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Red card! Barnsley's Phillips flies for a wild challenge on Gregory of Wednesday. I would characterise it as full-blooded rather than malicious but the ref is within his rights to see that as dangerous play and Var sees no reason to over-turn that, which is fair enough I think.
Oh Sheffield Wednesday! This is the moment.
Barns will grizzle long about this if this does prove decisive. Just a few seconds prior, Barnsley themselves were appealing for a penalty after a tackle by Lee Gregory on Liam Kitching. Var found nothing to overturn in the ref's decision.
47 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
James Norwood is on as a concussion sub for Slobodan Tedic; the big striker got a bang on the head in the first half and certainly wasn't the only player who got roughed up a bit.
46 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Eyes down for the second half.
Where's your money?
Half time: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Barnsley finished that half the stronger. A hard-fought affair with few chances, the best of which fell to Dominic Iorfa and Barry Bannan within a few seconds.
Few shots on goal, plenty of committed challenges.
45+ mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Barnsley again. Lovely pass from Phillips into the feet of Tedic, who delays for just a split second and allows Bannan to nick in and clear for a corner. Bannan berates his Sheffield Wednesday colleagues for their sluggishness, and their minds sharpen enough to defend the corner well.
That is going to be the half time whistle.
45+ mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
As the half comes to an end, it is Barnsley who are on the front foot.
Thomas has headed over Sheffield's bar from a corner.
Williams with a good run, making his presence felt.
39 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Wednesday are building a bit of pressure here and have had a few freekicks, although without finding a really dangerous delivery as yet.
34 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) May 29, 2023
32 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Nicky Cadden wins a corner, gets on said corner, and then has an effort over.
29 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Brian Laws, if you recall him from his days managing the Owls, tells the BBC: "I think Wednesday have gone about the business. Barnsley on the back foot.
"I think we're starting to see Barnsley come back in the game. What we want to see from Wednesday is a purpose and a drive and something they can get hold of.
"It's still an even game. It's going to be drastically fought all over the park but it's an intriguing one as well."
Coaches taking a chance to get a few points across
22 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
There's a drinks break. It's all of 62 degrees out. Stay safe everyone.
20 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
It's a good ding dong between these central forwards and central defenders on both sides. Tedidc into the Wednesday box, Ihiekwe battles hard and denies him.
14 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Not been a massive amount of quality so far, both sides toiling, nervous, committed in the Bank Holiday sunshine, and with so much at stake of course.
Here come Barnsley, though, their best moment so far.
Luca Connell getting on the ball. It's played into the Wednesday box, Tedic with the knockdown and Adam Phillips balloons a pretty good opportunity over the bar.
8 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Two big chances in a minute for Wednesday but Barnsley survive.
Weak clearance from Jordan Williams finds Barry Bannan in the area, he controls it and shoots. It's blocked by a Barnsley defender and goes behind for a corner.
The ball from that is delivered in and Dominic Iorfa gets on the end of it. Ball is at an awkward height and he manages only a stabbed shot at goal. Harry Isted parries the ball.
6 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
And they have earned a freekick on the left, but the delivery is sadly not up to snuff.
5 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
It's Barnsley who are making most of the early running.
1 mins: Barnsley 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0
Ref is in the game right away when there's a hoof into the air and a blood and thunder clash between Andersen of Barnsley and Wednesday's Smith.
A lovely sunny day at Wembley
Sheffield Wednesday are kicking off.
Teams in full
Barnsley: Isted, Bobby Thomas, Andersen, Kitching, Williams, Phillips, Connell, Kane, Cadden, Tedic, Cole. Subs: Russell, Norwood, Benson, Luke Thomas, Cundy, Collins, Watters.
Sheff Wed: Dawson, Iorfa, Ihiekwe, James, Paterson, Palmer, Bannan, Johnson, Windass, Smith, Gregory. Subs: Brown, Vaulks, Adeniran, Dele-Bashiru, Stockdale, Hunt, Flint.
Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)
— Barnsley FC (@BarnsleyFC) May 29, 2023
Sheffield Wednesday team
Here's how we line up at Wembley! #SHWBAR
XI: Dawson, Iorfa, Ihiekwe, James, Palmer, Paterson, Bannan, Johnson, Windass, Gregory, Smith
SUBS: Stockdale, Hunt, Flint, Brown, Adeniran, Dele-Bashiru, Vaulks pic.twitter.com/nGGnBCAZ24
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) May 29, 2023
League One Play Off Final Preview
Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore has urged his side to "embrace the moment" as the build-up to their Sky Bet League One play-off final continues.
The Owls reached Monday's final in dramatic circumstances following a remarkable comeback against Peterborough in the semi-final, which saw them overturn a four-goal deficit in the first leg to then win 5-3 on penalties.
Their victory sets up a clash against Barnsley at Wembley with promotion to the Championship the prize and Moore is looking forward to the occasion between the South Yorkshire rivals.
He told a pre-match press conference: "Having two clubs so close together, it's a Wembley final, two teams from Yorkshire competing for that final spot to get up into the Championship, it bodes well for a wonderful game.
"We're just focusing on the game, focusing on the here and now and we're looking forward to it.
"Like I said to the players, we're to embrace this moment, embrace this time, because you're embracing the moment in time not on your own.
"We have a multitude - an army - of fans with us as well as the staff, the players...it's a oneness that we've always maintained throughout the season and that's what we'll see on Monday."
Moore also recognised how special it is to play at Wembley, but stressed that he is preparing for it like "a normal game".
"These times now are to be enjoyed, embraced, remember these times because they are special times," he added.
"I said the beautiful thing about this for the players is you don't stand there alone, I don't have this as a lone figure as a manager because I feel I have a multitude that is with me.
"Players, staff, we're all in it together, so we're all approaching this together.
"My message has always been clear...to embrace this moment, enjoy the moment and within the club internally we've been planning and preparing as we would for a normal game.
"The game will quickly be upon us on Monday where we'll get to compete and contest."
The Tykes earned a league double over the Owls in the regular season for the first time since 2009, winning 2-0 at Hillsborough in September before securing a 4-2 win in the reverse fixture in March.
Despite Barnsley's winning record against them this season, Moore is only focused on what is at stake on Monday.
"For me now what's gone on has gone on before, we forget those things now and we focus on the here and now, the present.
"That's what it is because the reason why the game's being played at Wembley, it's a final, the arena's different, the atmosphere's different, the mental side is different so it's the here and now moment to deal with the games."