Little over three weeks ago Michael Vaughan witnessed his beloved Sheffield Wednesday score twice without reply to win this season's first Steel City Derby away at rivals United.

The October encounter actually finished 2-2 with the Owls mounting a stirring comeback having trailed by two goals to their rivals with just 20 minutes played. But former England cricket captain Vaughan got stuck in traffic on his way to Bramall Lane and only made it inside the stadium after United had opened up their advantage.

"I got stuck on the way to the derby so missed United's goals and rushed in there when I got to the ground, so in my eyes Wednesday won it 2-0!" Vaughan joked to "But that was a big moment for the Manager as you don't want to lose your derby and the manner of the comeback was good.

"We were two goals down but had loads of chances and could even have won it late on."

Vaughan is a passionate Sheffield Wednesday supporter having followed the Owls since the age of eight, when he and his family moved from Manchester - the city of his birth - to Sheffield.

Professional commitments have meant that he hasn't been able to see his favourite team since that day at Bramall Lane but he has been making sure to stay up to date with progress at Hillsborough.

And with Wednesday now right up there with the chasing pack at the top of the table, hopes are high in the blue and white half of the city that this season could mark the club's return to the npower Championship after relegation in 2010.

Vaughan, who spent his entire county cricket career with Yorkshire and played in 82 Test matches along with 86 one-day internationals for England, knows it won't be an easy ride but is encouraged by the way Wednesday have performed so far this season.

He said: "Gary Megson has got that knack of a team working to a system that's effective.

"The one thing that has staggered me is how big some of the players are, so it is clear what Megson is trying to do.

"He is very committed to his set plays in and around the box, and he drills his teams well with three or four huge players.

"We also have four good strikers to choose from and as this league is much of a muchness, if you've got a guy who can stick it in the back of the net that can really be the difference.

"At this stage it looks good but the league is full of teams who can beat anyone so it is hard to predict who is going to do what.

"The home form is good with seven wins from seven and it's been a long time since Hillsborough has been like that as it has almost been a place where the players felt under more pressure.

"But so far they have done well and Megson has drilled into the players what he wants from them.

"They know that if they get off to a good start in games, particularly at home, they will have the crowd right behind them."

Wednesday's current standing in the third tier of English football is a far cry from their successes of 20 years ago.

In 1991 they won the League Cup by beating Manchester United at Wembley while still a Second Division side, in the days before the Premier League, and two years later they were beaten by Arsenal in both domestic cup finals.

In that 1993 run to the FA Cup Final they also had the added bonus of beating Sheffield United in the Semi-Final at Wembley, which ranks alongside Vaughan's favourite moments as an Owls fan.

He reels off names like David Hirst and John Sheridan as some of the leading lights of that period but had absolutely no doubt about his answer when asked who he felt Wednesday's top man had been in the period he has supported the club.

"That's Chris Waddle for me, no questions," replied Vaughan, the man who skippered England to that memorable success against Australia in the summer of 2005 to bring home the Ashes for the first time since 1987.

"He just brought a 'wow factor' to Hillsborough that I've never seen, not only with his name but the way he played as every time he got the ball you were excited.

"We had Paolo Di Canio who brought a bit with him but that team Waddle played in, you had John Sheridan in the middle and Nigel Pearson at the back, was very good."

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club remains one of the biggest names in the English game and Hillsborough is undoubtedly one of the country's iconic sporting venues.

But it's now over a decade since the Owls last tasted top-flight football having been relegated from the Premier League in 2000.

They then slipped down to the third tier in 2003, came back up in 2005 and lasted five years in the Championship before being relegated again in 2010.

Vaughan remains hopeful that the Owls can one day return to former glories but believes one key factor would give them an improved chance.

"They will need someone to write a few cheques as that is really the only way you can do it, not many go through the system without someone backing them a lot," he admitted.

"But it is quite a common trend that whoever comes up has a good run in the Championship, look at Norwich and Southampton, because they have that momentum and a winning attitude.

"I would think that if Wednesday could go up it might transpire that they had a chance but they will need investment.

"I think a lot is having the right Manager though, a man who knows the league, and I think Megson is the man."

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