Sheffield Wednesday are one of the world's best football teams with the most passionate and vocal supporters, the best players and the best ground in the Universe. They're bigger than the Beatles and undoubtedly the best football team to have ever graced the planet. Or at least, that's what their deluded supporters would have you believe.
In reality, they're a middle-of-the-road Championship team with money problems and a dwindling fan base. Admittedly I'm a (Sheffield) United supporter, so this review of the Pigs**, sorry "Owls" may be a little one-sided.
Wendy (as Unitedites affectionately call them) were formed in 1867 and originally called The Wednesday. It's fairly common knowledge that they're named after the day of the week which they used to train. But did you know that they used to play their home games at Beautiful Downtown Bramall Lane (Sheffield United's ground) and were also originally nicknamed The Blades - only changing to The Owls when the club moved to the Owlerton district of Sheffield in 1899?
The club has spent the last 10 years languishing in the 2nd and 3rd tiers of English football, much to the delight of United fans. Their financial problems are well-documented as is their dwindling support which is lagging well behind United's in recent years. New chairman Lee Strappedforcash has implemented many new schemes aimed at enticing Wendy fans back to Swillsborough including discounted tickets for the unemployed, free tickets for kids and OAPs and being able to buy your season ticket for next season in October!
Possibly the funniest thing to come out of Swillsborough lately (apart from the football) was in the summer of 2009 when Wendy appealed to their supporters to bring their paintbrushes and tins of paint to help spruce-up the rusting hole of a ground that is Hillsborough Stadium. And I ain't joking folks, the management seriously asked fans to come along and paint their ground for free! You couldn't make it up.
As I write this Wendy are currently being hammered 4-1 away at Watford, live on Sky TV for the whole country to laugh at. United fans can take solice in the fact that no matter how bad we are (and we're pretty crap at the minute), Wendy will almost always be doing worse.
*After Sheffield United, Rotherham United and Sheffield FC.
** United and Wednesday fans call each other Pigs. United because Wendy's ground was built on a piggery and Wednesday fans think that the red and white stripes on United's shirt looks like strips of bacon.
what can i say about this team? I have supported them all my life, and that is saying a lot as i am from northern ireland and only know of two others in the whole country!
The fifth oldest team in england, wednesday were so called as they were originally a cricket team, and the only day they could meet to train on was a wednesday. Their nickname, the owls, simply comes from their location in the suburb of sheffield, owlerton. They have won the league four times in their history, but not since the 30's, so we are well due a bit of success. also we have won the fa cup 3 times, and the league cup once. And who can forget the two defeats at the hands of arsenal in both cup finals? They have a long runiing hatred for their neighbouring sheffield united, and it is one of the most hotly contested derby matches in the country.
This year, we have started preseason brightly, continuing on from our strong finish to the league last year. No major transfer news, but i believe that is not as important as holding on to the great young players we have, like brunt and whelan.
The future i believe is brighter for wednesday than it has been in the last decade or so, and we need to get behind them this year, and who knows, we might just get into the premiership where we belong!!
Laws is a great manager and has got us back to believing we can do it, so lets get on board and watch the owls fly!!!G
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I’ve loved this team since I was a young lad. I’ve seen us lose two cup finals to Arsenal and lead the Premier League for an amazing four weeks, FOUR WHOLE WEEKS!!!!! And then I saw us get relegated. So, we get rid of our best players and struggle to survive the Division One hell whole. We sack the best managers we have and appoint old boys to run the team. Could things get any worse? Yeah, we now can’t score a single goal. Three Pre season friendlies and not one goal, not even a sniff of a shot. Its hardly surprising when we get rid of a good striker on a free transfer because he doesn’t want to play for us. Tough, stay and earn your wages young man, instead of acting like a selfish player we now know you to be. So who else have we got? Sibon, yeah he will score, in the last three games of the season, he doesn’t want to start to early now. So please, can any of you make us a striker?
Sheffield Wednesdays future in Division 1 is looking up and next season could be heading for the dizzy heights of the premiership. They proved they can beat premiership sides last season when they beat West Ham 2-1 at West Hams ground it was a marvellous result and if they can rekindle their spark of the division and work like a team they know and I know they can do it. Last season they did not have a good season for many reasons 1) they did not have the services of Dutch International Wim Jonk. 2)They had a manager which was as much use as an ash tray on a motorbike. 3)They thought it would be a walk over to get promotion back to the premiership and it was not until christmas when they realised what a tough league this is. Overall Wednesday are on the up and if they don't be complacent they will do it. There ground on its own is worthy of Premiership football. I reccomend you go and watch Sheffield Wednesday and if you do sit in the kop thats where all the atmosphere is with the wednesday band playing away and the 12,000 fans in the kop doing the congo up and down the steps it possisbly has the best atmosphere in English football and when wednesday score it sends a tingle down ur spine. The prices are quite reasonable with the cheapest in division 1 last season. So go to sheffield and watch the greatest side in division 1 storm to victory.
So Paul Jewell has now been sacked, shortly after receiving the dreaded vote of confidence and leaving with him is Chairman Howard Culley, although he will retain his seat on the Wednesday board for the time being. His sacking comes days after the 4-1 hammering at Wimbledon and two days before a crucial home game against third from bottom Tranmere Rovers. Jewell loses his job after just eight months in charge and a run of only 2 wins in 13 matches which has left them at the bottom of the First Division and staring another relegation in the face. For the time being Peter Shreeves takes over as caretaker manager assisted by coach Terry Yorath. 70 year old Geoff Hulley takes over as Chairman, their third in a year. Wednesday have only won 7 out of 31 games this season and apart from a brief rally have struggled throughout the current campaign. Todays events make me wonder whether Paul Jewell would now reconsider his decision to leave Bradford City (who also look destined for the drop) in the summer to take up the challenge at Hillsborough. Financial difficulties at the Yorkshire club meant that there had to be a clearout of players during the summer in order to cut the wage bill and this meant there was very little scope for the manager to strengthen his squad. It was even rumoured that Jewell was prevented from signing a player earlier this season for £250,000 because Wednesday could not finance the deal and in fact his highest priced signing was Steve Harkness who cost only £200,000. At least at at Bradford, Jewell would probably have had some cash for transfers and he had the full backing of all the Bradford fans after last years miracle escape. Apparently Paul Jewell is reported as saying he has no regrets at joining the Owls, though he was bound to say that. In the wake of Jewell’s sacking there has been talk of the players letting him down and shouldering alot of the blame for his early dismissal. The ex manager has said himsel
f that he wished there had been more effort from the players during games so I presume he will be feeling a bit let down by them today. So what of the future for the Owls and their prospects of avoiding the drop for the second successive year. The new Chairman Hulley has appointed Shreeve and Yorath until at least the end of the season on a caretaker basis but will make this permanent if the duo manage to keep Wednesday up. If they win the midweek match against Tranmere they could move out of the bottom three so all is definately not lost, especially with the instant lift in performance and improved results that a new manager usually brings. There are only three points separating the bottom five teams so anyone who can string a few good results together are bound to improve their position. If it is true that the Wednesday players have not been giving 100% during the season, for whatever reason, it would be no great surprise to see them go on a Middlesborough type run and pull clear of the relegation zone. If this does happen Peter Shreeve will get much of the praise but perhaps questions should also be asked of the commitment and professionalism of the Sheffield Wednesday players during Paul Jewells very brief stay at the club.
As a Exile from Sheffield, I am disgusted to see how badly Wednesday are doing at the moment. During my time on a old YTS scheme, I worked with the groundsmen at the training ground at Middlewood and Wednesday were a good Premier League team at the time. Trevor Francis did an excellent job with The Owls and the players had a passion about the club. People like David Hirst, Carlton Palmer and John Sheridan were good enough to play in any top flight team and teams used to fear playing at Hillsborough.(except Leeds). Lately the club has gone down the toilet, and who is to blame? The man who sacked Trevor Francis is. Since he left the club has slid down the league at an alarming speed, picking up has-been players and massive debts along the way. This team will go down again, and will stay down, which is a shame because I won't be able to watch The Blades tonk them all over Brammall Lane next season. Pull your self together Wednesday, Sheffield is big enough for 2 big teams.
Looking at Sheffield Wednesday's league position, you have to ask yourself if they are going to do the impossible and get relegated for the second successive season. Well, actually, this 'impossible' seems very much possible, as Wednesday find themselves anchored firmly to the bottom of the First Division. A few years ago, I remember that Wednesday were riding high at the top of the Premier League with a few games gone. Oh, how times have changed! They managed to hold the bottom place in the league last season which allowed them through the trap door into Division One, and they have simply carried on falling to find themselves where they are at the moment. Morale at the club must be pretty low, as the vast majority of players who valued their careers got out when the club got relegated. There are a few, however, that have stayed loyal to the club, though we will see how true those loyalties are should they get relegated to the Second Division. I do have some sympathy as they have gone through managers like a knife through butter in recent years. And they don't really deserve this major slump in form. Still, look what a lack of cash can do to you! Money is such a big thing in todays game!
I have watched The owls a few times this season and, quite frankly, they are pants. No passion, no talent, no team spirit and no respect for the fans. At the end of the season when they have been relegated again, how many wednesdayites will still harp on about a certain match that was played one Boxing Day a few years ago? At least it will give them something to sing about at millmoor when they are losing 2-0 to Rotherham United. If I was a Wednesday fan, I would invest my money in a season ticket down at Brammall Lane.
Despite losing 1-0 to Barnsley and Crewe respectively, there are signs that Sheffield Wednesday are moving in the right direction. The 'kids' played out a magnificent Worthington Cup match against West Ham United to take us through to the Quarter Finals..(every chance to get to the semis)..then a great 5-2 thumping of QPR, mainly courtesy of Mr Sibon who now hopefully is about to hit a bit of form (about time!). Two massive matches coming up in Stockport (h) and Sheffield Un%£^d (a) - 6 points puts us in a healthy position in the league...c'mon lads..the play offs and a cup final..surely not?!?!?!?! A new era could be upon us - get the boardroom sorted, bit of cash into the club (cup run helps), and just watch the boys of Sheffield shoot up that league table!
Who thinks Sheffield Wednesday are going up! No-one does, apart from the most optimistic of fans. I think it will be at least 3 or 4 years before they are even challenging for a place in the premiership. They have been achieving some good results recently, but they'll have to continue winning games for much, much longer if they are going to be play-off contenders. I think Efan Ekoku has been a great signing for the club. i'm sure he'll be a great success and possible their best strikers they'll have in quite a while. They need to spend a bit of cash on some players, unless they could get dragged into the relegation zone, abd that would be a massive disaster for the club.
To be honest I had a sneaky feeling that it was going to be a hard year for Sheff Wed. Having completely fallen apart last year it is going to take at least 2-3 seasons and, I believe a different manager, to give them a chance of getting back into the Premiership. The biggest problem is, this is the hardest division to get out of. Just look at Wolves. For how many years have they been one of the favorites to be promoted. Unfortunatly for all you Wednesday fans, I think you are going to suffer the same problem. My advice, bring back Danny Wilson. He never should have been sacked in the first place.
Sheffield Wednesday What disastrous start by Wednesday in the early part of the season, a new manager and a lot of new players mostly youngsters were drafted into the side. It was looking very bleak for the Owls, the worst start to a campaign and with 8 defeats in a row. It was certainly difficult for Paul Jewell’s men. It was certainly looking doom and gloom, with Bradford doing well then Jewell must have been thinking what he’s let himself into. Top players like De Bilde wanted out, Sibon wasn’t performing or interested. But, all of a sudden a couple of good results and Wednesday look like they have turned the corner, the pick of the results with an impressive win over Watford and they drew with league leaders Fulham. All of a sudden it looks like Paul Jewell’s men could turn it around. The youngsters have settled in and are looking more comfortable, confidence has grown with some good results and the team spirit is looking good. The likes of Alan Quinn and the goalkeeper Stringer look like great talents. Alan Quinn is going to be a brilliant player, he’s skilful and can score excellent goals. Let’s hope their good form continues.
Sheffield Wednesday should and would not be in this situation if it was run by people like the fans who knew what was needed. Two summers ago we bought in all sorts of players who Danny Wilson believed would help the club. The only thing it did do was put them nearly £20m in debt and Dave Richards then Howard Culley have not done any thing to stop the money from falling from out the club. Since relegation we have lost key players at bargain basement prices and done even worse than last season. We have had an offer of a buy out by Prince Naseem refused by Mr. Culley which would have solved the financial ruin this club is in and given us enough money to build us a platform back to the Premiership
Once this team were holding their own in the middle of the Premier league. Then, last season they got relegated to the First Division and now amazingly find themselves anchored firmly to the bottom of it. Surely they can not get relegated two seasons in a row! Oh well, Manchester City seemed to manage it only to come bouncing back up just as fast. This team will not be heading back up to the top flight next season, even if they do survive a relegation scrap and I think that under the circumstances and with the players that they have on board at the moment, they should be more than satisfied with a mid-table finish and will be delighted if they reach the play offs.
As a Nottingham Forest supporter i sympethise with wednesday slighly as they have been through simialr times too us. getting relegated into the depths of Division 1 with all prospects off getting straight back into the big time. yeah thats what we both hoped. But we were wrong. Like Wednesday Forest were relegated and struggled last season in the first, even having to struggle for survivle in the 1st division. We like wednesday have stooped very low in our long succesfull history. from winning the European Cup twice to coming 3rd in the Premeirship and European football only 5 years ago, how much we have gone down is incredible, and saddening for the many fans of both forest and wednesday who are both used to seeing the good days, yet there is no light in the tunnel, but we are promised so much by mediocre managers such as david Platt. its time we sorted our selves out and get back to where we belong.
Sheffield Wednesday Football Club (abbreviated as SWFC, nicknamed The Owls) is one of the oldest football clubs in England and play in The Football League. Based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Wednesday's chief rivals are Sheffield United F.C., with whom they play in the Steel City Derby. The Owls have won four league titles, three FA Cups and one League Cup, but their League Cup triumph in 1991 is their only major trophy since World War II. They did reach both domestic cup finals in 1993, but lost 2-1 to Arsenal each time.