Sheffield Wednesday slumped to a disappointing 12th placed finish last term, with many fans hoping the club could challenge for promotion this time around.
Things seemed positive under Garry Monk, with the Owls sitting third in the Championship on Christmas Day, eight points behind second-placed Leeds.
An alarming dip in form, however, has seen Wednesday in free-fall and now seem like an outsider for a play-off place.
With Sky Sports reporting that a potential points deduction could loom over the Owls, some fans may be forgiven for wondering whether it will be the Championship or League One the club could be playing in next season.
Despite all the off-field antics, Wednesday had a 2019 to remember goals-wise with the likes of Adam Reach and Steven Fletcher scoring some memorable goals for the Owls.
Here we have ranked the top five Wednesday goals of 2019.
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5: Steven Fletcher – Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Swansea City – 23rd February 2019
Wednesday’s comfortable 3-1 win over Swansea last February saw two goals from Adam Reach and one from Steven Fletcher as the Swans were beaten at Hillsborough.
Normally it is Reach who takes the plaudits for the goals but in this case, it is Fletcher’s goal that makes the cut on this list.
After the ball was initially cleared, defender Tom Lees hooked a ball back into the area for Steven Fletcher to produce a stunning bicycle kick from 10-yards out, comfortably beating the Swansea goalkeeper.
4: Marco Matias – Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Nottingham Forest – 9th April 2019
Not the last goal from this game to make this list but certainly a worthy holder of a spot in our top five.
The score was still locked at 0-0 at half-time but the 30-year-old’s 47th-minute strike from 30 yards set Wednesday on their way to an impressive victory.
After winning the ball from around 35 yards, Matias bought the ball down on his chest before powering a shot in the bottom corner, leaving Forest goalkeeper Jason Steele wrong-footed sending Hillsborough into raptures.
3: Adam Reach – Middlesbrough 1-4 Sheffield Wednesday – 28th September 2019
It’s no surprise to see Adam Reach make this list but this goal is a little different from the sensational strikes we saw against Aston Villa and Leeds United in 2018.
Wednesday powered into an early lead against Boro back in September and were already 2-1 up when Reach made it three on the 26th minute.
After disposing Boro’s Adam Clayton on the right side, Reach fed Atdhe Nuhiu who played a neat one-two with the 27-year-old who took a neat outside of the foot touch to beat Dael Fry and hammer a powerful shot into the bottom corner.
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2: George Boyd – Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Nottingham Forest – 9th April 2019
Boyd’s strike in Wednesday’s rout of Forest last April was another goal from this game that makes it onto this list following Matias’ wonder strike.
Lucas Joao’s header over to Boyd on the left-hand side allowed the 34-year-old to neatly touch the ball down before unleashing a left-footed driving shot into the far corner of the net, out of reach from the outstretched Steele.
Marco Matias would add a third nine minutes later to round off a comprehensive victory.
1: Fernando Forestieri – Norwich City 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday – 19th April 2019
The 30-year-old’s superbly individual 30-yard-strike is well worth first place on this list for Wednesday’s top-ranked goals of 2019.
Facing top of the table Norwich, some Wednesday fans may have been forgiven if they were feeling pessimistic about their long trip down to Carrow Road but this strike on its own will have made the trip worthwhile.
With Marco Matias cutting inside and laying off a precise pass to Forestieri, the 30-year-old turned away from City’s Tom Trybull before unleashing a powerful right-footed shot into the top corner, a goal that even prompted some applause from the City fans behind the goal.
Norwich would level up on the 97th minute but Forestieri’s strike will be one that will be hard to forget for any Wednesday fan inside Carrow Road that day.