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  1. 104 points
    On what planet are Leeds rivals with Manchester United?
  2. 64 points
    Today's performance left a lot to be desired, and I'm sure we can pick over lineups, formations, substitutions and individual performances ad nauseam in typical Owlstalk fashion, but in the midst of our disappointment, I think it's worth taking a moment to reflect on how remarkable it is that today's game still had anything riding on it in the first place. It may feel deflating in this moment, but the damage was done to our season not by our performance against a Leeds team who look worthy promotion winners, but long ago when we went on that terrible ten game run which culminated in Luhukay's sacking. The fact that we were somehow in with a shout of a playoff place at this late stage of the season is quite incredible, and is testament to the efforts of Bruce, his coaching team, and the players. I'm sure there will be changes in the months to come, but if Bruce can keep the positive elements of his first few months whilst addressing the obvious shortcomings of our squad, then there's no reason why we can't look forward to next season with genuine optimism.
  3. 59 points
    The authorities are fucking disgusting They have no evidence whatsoever and the guy has been cleared in a law court - yet the oh-so-knowledgeable (not!) authorities plough on... maybe they should concentrate a bit more on the structural problems they have caused within the game that is seeing clubs going to the wall regularly - proud old clubs like Coventry on the brink of extinction - and not allow clubs who have money to spend it based upon phoney manufactured nonsensical rules and then actually punish those clubs for having the temerity to spend their own money Absolute fucking charlatans who are not remotely fit for purpose
  4. 55 points
    Reda was perfect for us at the time, a colossus of a man with a heart is big as a lion. After some of the weak dross that we had put up with for many years, he along with the likes of Liera helped us become a team that never gave up. A great representative of the club at charity events. If I remember correctly sometimes stood with the fans at away games. Great goal scoring record better than most of our forwards. Might not have been the most skilful but will always remain one of my favourite players.
  5. 47 points
    I hope we hammer you and the pigs somehow manage to spaff their own hopes by going on a dreadful run of their own making.
  6. 44 points
    Changes need to be made to this mess. Total joke that clubs like Man City continue to spend what they like without being penalised or getting tiny fines. And clubs such as Wednesday have to compete with parachute payment clubs. Many have cheated recently and also received only small punishments. Pathetic English Football League!
  7. 43 points
    Sky probably muted the crowd when a. the Leeds fans sang for a good while "Sky TV is f___ing s__t" b. the Wednesday fans joined in c. the Wednesday fans changed it to "Sheffield Utd are f___ing s__t" d. the Leeds fans joined in e. the Wednesday fans changed it again to "Leeds Utd are f___ing s__t" Leeds didnt join in with that
  8. 42 points
  9. 41 points
    Morgan Fox and Joey Pelupessy both played well. It’s a shame that they get such abuse at times.
  10. 40 points
    I have been supporting Sheffield Wednesday since I was a small boy in the late sixties. In that time, I must have spent Thousands of pounds on Food and Drink inside the ground. To me, a drink of Tea, Coffee or possibly Bovril and a pie, and an occasional Pint is part of what is often called the "Match day Experience". That spending, inside the Ground, has now, sadly, come to an end. It would appear that every kiosk in the North Stand has gone "Cashless". The club are now Refusing to Accept Cash payments.(LEGAL TENDER) I will not be "told how to pay" by the club. I will, of course, continue to purchase food and drink on match days, all of it OUTSIDE THE GROUND......
  11. 40 points
    "Funny thing the International break. I used to dread them. Firstly because there would be no Wednesday game and secondly because I knew that through blind loyalty and misplaced sense of nationalism in my soul that I would watch England. Whatever gubbins they served up, i would watch it. Thing is though, the lad Southgate has actually done something no other England manager has done for a long long time. He's made the International break bearable. He's made us watchable. I mean yes it was great that we scored ten goals and won. But do you know, even if we hadn't won, I'd not have been overly bothered because I actually enjoy watching us and the way we play." "Indeed Sir. A couple of very thrusting performances" "Please Stubbs, less of the thrusting. It's a word that conjures images and you know that she is back with us." "My apologies Sir" "Accepted. Anyway, lets change from that dreadful thought and subject, we've got the game. Anything to report?" "Not really Sir. Only that Fletcher looks like missing out" "Old news that Stubbs. Old news. We knew that anyway what else. There must be something. Pick anything up from your trip to the training ground?" "Nooo. Not really Sir" "What do you mean 'not really'?" "Look I don't want you to get excited, Sir." "What?! What is it?" "It doesn't mean anything ..it's just a bit of jogging and ball work" "What is man, what is, spit it out." "I just don't want you getting excited and then being disappointed if it's, as it's like to be, something of nothing" "What?! What! What is something of nothing. Tell me" "A couple of photos from today's training session" "Joaos had his hair done in that modern style so beloved of French Internationals. What of it?" "Behind him, sir..." "God God! Kieran Lee! Kieran bloody Lee!" "It was only a light session, Sir" "Kieran farking Lee!" "It was only-" "Kieran Lee, Stubbs!" "Sir, I knew this would happen." "Just in time for the run in! My word. This is it. The late runner coming up on the inside. We'd been blocked in, but now we're going to move out as we approach the final bend Stubbs. Come from the chasing pack and streak over the line. It's on! Kieran Lee is back! Oh Stubbs, crack open the Louis Roederer Cristal Methuselah!. We're going to storm the play offs. He's back!" "Please look at this second picture Sir" "Fernando fit to train and back from his farcical court appearance" "The other chap, Sir" "Who is that?" "Almen Abdi, Sir" "Almen Abdi? "Almen Abdi, the former Swiz International signed from Watford" "Almen Abi?...Almen....Abdi. Oh!! Almen Abdi! But...hang on, wait a minute.. but... he's finished. He's ruined isn't he? Won't play again this season. He can only do light training? What was he doing there?" "The same as Kieran Lee, Sir" "Oh, eh? But...oh...hang on.... oh, I see. Oh bloody hell Stubbs! What did you have to go and get my hopes up for!" "Don't be like this Sir, I did tell you not to get too excited" "Bloody hell. I was about to put a score on us hammering those Pottering chumps tomorrow. I'm not so sure now. You've brought me crashing down, Stubbs. Crashing down. I mean, Fletch is out so I was already concerned. I wanted some good news and you let me have some....and then cruelly, so cruelly took it away from me again. We've nothing to come now. Nothing to come" "I do have one more photo" "Oh?" "Gary Hooper, back in the old routine..." "What?! Holding defenders off playing little give and goes and then hammering it past the goalie!! Woo Hoo! Woooooooooooh Hooooooooo! Go on my son! Stubbs, I take it back, you're a good chap really. Go on, go and get a bottle of the Louis Roederer Cristal Methuselah ! This show is back on the road. Oh yes! Gary Hooper back in the old routine, banging them in!" "No Sir, the other old routine..." " You do this on purpose Stubbs! Wind me up. You're determined to ruin my night! Well it won't work Stubb. It won't work. So more fool you. I'm going to bed. Ha!" "Very good Sir. Though I needn't remind you that her ladyship is with us this evening and has already retired upstairs." "Oh. FFS!" **** Sky Bet Championship Stoke City vs Sheffield Wednesday 3:00pm Saturday 30th March Stoke 13/10 Draw 2/1 Owls 12/5 **** TEAM NEWS Stoke midfielder Sam Clucas serves the final game of his three-match suspension for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday. Young winger Thibaud Verlinden will be hoping to build on an impressive league debut prior to the international break by retaining his place in the side. Striker Benik Afobe is pushing for a recall having dropped to the bench last time out to rest a hamstring problem. Full-back Tom Edwards missed England U20s' game against Portugal on Tuesday after pulling out with an injury sustained in the first game of the international break and is a doubt. TEAM NEWS Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher is unlikely to feature after a groin injury against Blackburn last time out forced him to miss Scotland's Euro 2020 qualifiers. Manager Steve Bruce has other options, however, as Fernando Forestieri (hamstring) and Lucas Joao (knee) are set to return to the squad. Fellow forward Gary Hooper - who has not played a competitive match since Boxing Day 2017 - could also be included. Midfielder Josh Onomah is still a couple of weeks away from fitness after an elbow injury. Form and Positions "The most difficult thing is the period of time that a lot of them have been out (injured). We've got to be mindful of that. It's alright getting yourself back on the pitch, but that's different to the hurly burly. It's good to see them knocking about the squad again, that's for sure. But I'm also mindful of the fact they have been out a long time. You can't just expect them to hit the ground running. Let's hope they can do, but I know that's difficult. The more options you've got the better. A few weeks ago we didn't have anybody, so things are brightening up." Match facts Stoke have not hosted Sheffield Wednesday in a league match since October 2007 - a 4-2 victory for the Owls under manager Brian Laws. Wednesday last visited Stoke City in December 2015 in a League Cup match, losing 2-0 in a quarter-final tie. Between the start of this season and his last game, on January 1, Luton Town were the top scorers in League One under Nathan Jones (49 goals) - by contrast, since his first game in charge of Stoke on January 12, the Potters are the Championship's lowest scorers (seven goals). Since Steve Bruce's first Championship match in charge of Wednesday, in February, only the current top two Norwich (24) and Sheffield United (23) have won more points than the Owls (20). Stoke have drawn their past three league matches goalless; the last team in the top four tiers of English football to draw four in a row goalless were Arsenal in February 2009. Bruce has lost his last five away league matches against Stoke, losing with three different teams in that time (Wigan, Sunderland and Hull). COME ON WEDNESDAY!
  12. 40 points
    I just want to get home. 5 Nations is a bit different to Wigan at home and Mattias falling over whilst some tart reminds me for the 8th time I can’t exit via Leppings Lane. And the bloke next to me smells like a zoo. I just want want to get off not hang about in the rain listening to Clive from Burnley pretending he’s Bono.
  13. 38 points
    Totally undeserved goal that. A kick in the nuts right at the death, I'm not too disheartened though, we can be proud of that performance. We can hold our heads high tonight. Roll on next season. Onwards and upwards.
  14. 38 points
    If he was so concerned about it being a level playing field, why didn’t he share Boro’s parachute payments amongst all the other Championship clubs?
  15. 38 points
    "Who's that at the door Stubbs?" "It's Leonard Sayer" "The hire-able Slayer?" "The very same" "The mans a lunatic. What's he doing here. Don't let him in. What the hell does he want?" "You asked me to call him not an hour since." "No Stubbs, no, I asked you to get me the best of Leo Sayer to listen to, to try and relax me" "Oh." "Oh indeed. Go and get rid of him" "He doesn't really take no for an answer" "Well we can't just sit here." "All things considered Sir. That might actually be the best option" "Good God. How did you even get mixed up?" "I just-" "I mean, what the hell did you think I'd want to hire him for!" "Well, I did think it a bit off Sir. But I thought perhaps you'd decided you'd had enough of Doom being negative about the Wednesday" "Good heavens Stubbs why on Earth would I want the man bumped off." "Hmm." "Why? What's he been saying? That we won't make the play offs?" "Oh no Sir. No mention of the play offs." "What's he on with then??" "He's talking about Wednesdays small minority of idiot fans throwing things and generally being yobbos" "To be fair that's not exactly a lie is it. In fact good on them. Attention needs calling to stupid behaviours. What's the Pigs writer saying about their lot waiting to kick Bristol fans in after the game the other night?" "Erm.." "They do right you know. Highlighting it. I mean, there was all that with kicking the old folks and the women and kids in against Norwich. Some of the nicest supporters you'd meet. And then the Middlesbrough stuff. No, I'm glad it's being highlighted Stubbs." "He's not mentioning that Sir" "Oh?" "No, he's lauding Wilder calling a team meeting before their game this weekend and calling it a master stroke" "So no mention of Sheffield United being second in the table for arrests in the whole football league last season?" "No Sir. Just focusing fully on the positive side of things. The genius manager, the brilliant players." "And what positivity about us from our man. Our amazing run of form perhaps?" "Erm." "Erm? Erm? Are you telling me Stubbs that their man ignores all their misdemeanours, some of the worst in the country, and focuses on the positive and our man does a reverse the night before a massive game? Is that what you're saying. I'm sure there's a mistake. He wouldn't deliberately do that would he? Pass it here. Let me see..." "Right! That's it! That is bloody well it! Stubbs get down stairs at once and let Leonard in. I've got a job for him" Wednesday -V- Aston Villa Hillsborough Kick Off : 15:00 Owls 21/10 Draw 23/10 Villa 13/10 ******** Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce hopes to have Steven Fletcher available for their Championship clash against Aston Villa. The forward did not take part in Scotland's recent internationals due to ankle and knee issues and sat out his club's 0-0 draw with Stoke last weekend. Bruce, however, could still be without Rolando Aarons for the visit of the Villains. Aarons, who also missed out against Stoke, is rated as a "minor doubt" as he recovers from injury. LAST MATCH LINE UP Lovre Kalinic is set to be included in Villa's squad for their trip to Hillsborough. The goalkeeper has been unavailable after sustaining a knee problem on international duty for Croatia. Midfielder Tom Carroll has returned to parent club Swansea to begin rehabilitation on a hip issue. James Chester (knee), Tommy Elphick (foot) and Alan Hutton (knee) are all closing in on first-team returns following their respective injuries. LAST MATCH LINE UP ******** Match Facts Sheffield Wednesday have lost four of their last five home league matches against Aston Villa, winning the other in August 2016. Aston Villa haven't won consecutive league games against Sheffield Wednesday since January 1997. Sheffield Wednesday are unbeaten in 12 league matches (W6 D6 L0), their best run since August 2012 (17 matches). Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn has been involved in five goals in his last three Championship appearances (3 goals, 2 assists). Since Steve Bruce's first Championship match in charge of Sheffield Wednesday on February 2nd, Barry Bannan has registered five assists - the joint-most in the division along with Kamil Grosicki. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ COME ON WEDNESDAY *No Dooms were harmed during the making of this thread.
  16. 37 points
    "So another season looks like drifting off into nothing" "It's still not mathematically impossible,Sir. I though you of all people would be holding the dream alive." "Yes, but really Stubbs. Stoke. Then Villa. We're just running out of steam" "Perhaps so Sir, but as they say, it's not over till the fat lady sings." "Well her ladyship has joined the village choir Stubbs, so that moment won't be far away. Seasons end upon upon us." "In footballing terms though, there's still 18 points to play for. A lot can happen in these last few games. I wouldn't give up on the dream just yet" "The truth is Stubbs, a top ten finish would be about right. All this clinging on. Hanging on in there. And besides....I've been doing some hard thinking about the last few months. The last couple of seasons. The years in fact. The troubles we've had and to be honest, I think I've cracked it." "A lack of cohesive transfer policy?" "No, no" "A lack of pace in attacking areas which has been lacking even back into Stuart Grays and Megsons time.A lack so strongly felt by supporters that some Pine for the turbo speed and wild inaccuracy and final delivery of JJ and Jeremy Helan?" "No, no" "A lack of wingers with the ability to beat a man and deliver stellar crosses into the box?" "That'd help. But no, I'm on about something more realistic" "This isn't about not having the white turnover on the socks again is it,Sir?" "No. Though it must be said that those little details can mean the difference between winning and 'close but no cigar'. The evidence is there! Who knows what Waddle might have done with the lucky turnovers........ ..................but no , its more than that Stubbs" "No stripes on the back of the shirts?" "It's an excellent point. But I don't even think it's that. We look as Wednesday this season as we've looked in a long time." "Then what?" "It's the goals Stubbs." "The goals?" "The goals" "What goals. I thought goals were good. You mean goals conceded?" "No. THE bloody goals of course." "With the greatest of respect Sir, I have no idea-" "The goals at Hillsborough. The posts. The frame. The uprights. The cross bar. The lack of a god damned old school loops on the posts. I think that's the hoodoo" "Oh. Oh I see. Here we go." " Don't mutter Stubbs! Yes, I've looked at all the variables and it's those nets that are the problem." "The nets? I thought you'd have liked them Sir. In the clubs colours." "Oh, I'm all for that Stubbs. I'm all for that. The actual nets themselves are ok. Though obviously stitched into the wrong modern shape." "Obviously...." "No./ I mean the actual woodwork. Or metal work as it probably is.. .Yes......It, that is to say the doom, the curse, it started way back when...." "Sir, if this is going to be a twenty off minute tirade about the lament of Wednesday since 1999/2000 season then I must go and finish some chores I don't have the time really to-" "Earlier than that Stubbs. Earlier than that!" "97, when Di Canio-" "No, no. You still don't get it. The rot set in '96." "'96,Sir?" "Oh yes. 1996. The summer that football became a real thing again. 3 Lions and all that malarky. Hillsborough a European venue. On the face of it decent times. But now I look back. I see the menace." "Menace?" "The menace Stubbs. The start. The mutation. The inexorable start of the impending 20 odd years of doom and decay" "Sir, please..." "The bloody Stanchions Stubbs! The stanchions. They got rid of the old loop type didn't they. Started tying them back, the nets that is. Tying them back to them bloody post, stick thingy-majigs." AWFUL "I'm afraid I don't..." "Cheap looking Stubbs. I mean I was never a fan of the square netting anyway. The hexagonal style always looks far better when a balls nestles into it for my money. But , it's not about the aesthetic of the actual netting. And as I say , we are back on top of things on that score with the new hexagonal. No, it's more to do with the shape." "Really Sir...." "Oh yes. I mean to say, look the vintage net. Look at the classic. The net of dreams. There was a bit of a hoop at the top of the post and the net sagged. It was a thing of beauty. Not this tying it back nonsense. Though most of us might not have recognised it's significance at the time. A lovely soft slope of netting. Ready to explode when the ball it. Not the continental styling that snuck into the game. You want the ball to nestle into the net. To ripple" PROPER "Ah yes Sir. I see those little hooks you mean now" "I should think you do. Stanchions. A classic styling. Oh yes, you can nestle a ball in there and not having to worry about it bouncing back out again. I mean good heavens there was a time when they were having the nets so taught that they were like a bloody wall" "So you want rid of the tied back square nets and a return to the draped style and you think all will be well." "Oh no. I want more than that Stubbs. I want rid of the U shaped pegs" "Pegs?" "Oh yes. The U shaped pegs and the daft tubing" "What tubing?" "They don't use old school pegs these days Stubbs. They have double sided buggers to hold down that tubing. Bloody awful man! Making it a worse looking net infact than the one that started the rot in 1996." "What tubing?" "That stuff. It looks like cheap bloody electricians conduit! Look at it!. I mean whats the point of having lovely thick weave netting ,in a classic hexagnonal style..and then have a daft square net and bloody ties backs. Why have terrific thick netting. Great design and then square them off so they don't explode." GREAT NETTING TERRIBLE SETUP "Perhaps it's so that goal keepers don't have to crawl into the back of the net to retrieve the ball on there hands and knees" "But i want them doing the crawl of shame! Not strolling in and doing a drag back. No! I want them in there scrabbling about at the bac. Or even better having to walk all the way around the goal and having to give it a toe poke from behind the goal and getting some dogs abuse from the front of the KOP" "And you really think that makes a difference..." "Of course!. I mean look how tight that net is at the top right. That's not going to explode when you hit it. No wonder Bannan leathers everything when he's in shooting sight. You have to wallop it to get anything near a proper ripple. And you've no chance of getting the rainy night special" "The rainy night special?" "When it's been lagging Stubbs. And the water has settled on a lovely sagging old net , on a goal with a proper hoop stanction and someone spanked a ball, a proper old mitre delta usually, and it that damp sagging net and the water was smashed off it as the net billowed sending water drops exploding like a thousand tiny diamonds glistening and sparkling , white fireworks lit by the floodlights" "This seems, if you don't mind me saying Sir, a bit of a romancing" "I'm sorry Sir But even if this were all true.... I don't think the club are going to think much of these findings." "I'm not going to tell the club Stubbs! Good God no!" "Oh good. Because they'd think you quite, quite mad Sir" "No, I'm not telling them because it's them who've been getting it wrong all these years!" "Oh" "No, what we need is some Koppite to get on there before kick off and cut them restraining ties. Let the net free! Let it sag and drape and flow. Let it wait in the breeze ready to bulge when the ball hits it!" "Good luck getting into the game with a pair of scissors Sir" "Not me. I said, some Kop goer Stubbs. And besides, it shouldn't be too hard for them, the stewards are too concerned with plastic bottle tops to be worried about knives, scissors, flares and the like" "And what about that tubing you hate so much. The ..conduit.." "Well someone can sneak down there. Probably while we're attacking at the other end and pull them out. Just peg the net to the turf like a proper net should be" "Don't you think someone might see them carrying them" "Then they can pretend they are visually impaired Stubbs. Pretend they are white sticks." "So what you want and are suggesting, and tell me if I'm wrong Sir, is someone to go to Hillsborough, with a pair of scissors, cut the ties and steal the tubing and Wednesday will get promoted" "Yes. That's about the strength of my findings. Actually they might want to take some sunglasses with them, along with the scissors. Y'know, to make the blind thing more believable when they steal the tube." "Righto Sir. Righto...." "Good man. Set to it. Get someone on board. Someone trust-able. AND someone who can evade capture. We don't want him getting caught and blabbing. Maybe the phantom KOP trumper. No steward will tackle him." "This season really is getting to you isn't it Sir..." Wednesday - V - Forest Sky Bet Championship 7:45pm Tuesday 9th April Hillsborough TEAM NEWS Barry Bannan is an injury doubt for Sheffield Wednesday ahead of their Championship clash with Nottingham Forest. The Scottish midfielder was forced off with a hamstring problem during the home defeat against his former club Aston Villa. He is set for a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. Defender Dominic Iorfa will also be assessed after injury caused his withdrawal just before half-time on Saturday. Some good news for Owls boss Steve Bruce could see the return of Rolando Aarons. The on-loan midfielder has missed the last two games through injury. Forest will check on the fitness of Tendayi Darikwa before making the trip to Hillsborough. The full-back missed the defeat at Rotherham with a hamstring problem but he could recover in time to feature on Tuesday night. Tobias Figueiredo and Sam Byram are both nearing returns from injury having stepped up their recoveries by playing for the Reds' U23 side on Friday. There is a chance they could be involved again before the end of the season, as Forest look to sneak into the play-offs. MATCH FACTS Sheffield Wednesday have won seven of their last eight league matches against Nottingham Forest (L1). Nottingham Forest have lost their last three league matches against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Steve Bruce has faced a different Nottingham Forest manager in his last eight meetings with the Tricky Trees (Paul Hart, Sean O'Driscoll, Billy Davies, Dougie Freedman, Paul Williams, Gary Brazil, Mark Warburton, Aitor Karanka) Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban has scored in his previous two league appearances against Sheffield Wednesday, scoring at Hillsborough last season for Aston Villa. Sheffield Wednesday haven't lost consecutive league matches since a run of four in October and November 2018. COME ON WEDNESDAY!!
  17. 37 points
    I don't see how this negativity is Howson's fault. If the minority turds would keep themselves in check, we need not hear about it again.
  18. 36 points
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  21. 35 points
    So the EFL basically wait until they won't go up, or down, and then deduct their points. Cracking decision making. The whole thing is a complete an utter farce.
  22. 34 points
    There's a lot to ponder isn't there someone said to me on Monday. Should we let Leeds win so United dip? Well I don't bloody think so. Oh no. We get out there and give Leeds a good bloody tonking, that's what we do. It's the only thing we should ever do. First and foremost - We're Wednesday. We shouldn't be paying heed to what the snouts are doing. It's about us. We go out to win. So it might do the grunts a favour. So...it will do us a favour too. Besides you can't go fannying around in this game, can you imagine if in some bizarro world we actually let Leeds win...you know what would happen don't you? Yes. The pigs would lose anyway making it a fruitless point in the first place, other results would probably go our way by some freak and we'd have only done ourselves down.That's how the Gods of football operate. We should all know this by now. It's the Championship, as our leader keeps telling us, and anything can happen. We just just have to go out there and do our best to get 15 points from these last 15 available and see where the chips fall. My God, you look at all that. All the teams in and around playing each other. There will be points getting dropped left right and centre. Yes we need things to all fall into place but all you can do is...not worry about it. Just focus on yourselves. Get out there on the park and get the result. The rest, it's immaterial really isn't it. It's a series of events that you can do nothing about. We just have to get behind the lads, hope they give their all -which they have been doing. And get those points on the board. And you know....if we fall short, we fall short. But as long as we know we gave it the full gun that's the main thing. Considering this season was heading down the pan 4 months ago, and that even at the start of the season most folks didn't expect anything... Most of us had seemingly weighed up the options and all but 6.22% thought we'd finish middle of the pile or drop to division two. So all in all. Lets just enjoy this ride for what it has been. And unexpected end of season bonus, keeping things alive till the final curtain, rather than having nothing to play for with a month to go. ----------------- "Good evening Sir" "Where the hell have you been? I've nearly done the whole thing myself!" "I was preparing the match facts Sir. Ohhh, I see you've done some fixtures. Very good Sir" "I had to do something." "Oh. Oh I say..." "What". "Looking at those fixtures Sir. Oooh gosh, wouldn't it be something if you ended up needing to beat QPR to secure last day play off hopes and Carvalhal was the man stood in your way of the Premier League. Stopped you going up. What a story that would be. Sir. Sir where are you going?" ***** L**ds United - V - Wednesday Saturday 13th April Kick off: 5:30pm Ground: Elland Road Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday. Pablo Hernandez passed a late fitness test on his ankle to play in the midweek win over Preston. Patrick Bamford will hope to keep his place in attack after answering his critics with a brace in the 2-0 victory at Deepdale. Meanwhile, left-back Barry Douglas has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Steve Bruce could be without Barry Bannan after he missed the midweek 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest. Bannan has a sore hamstring and - though no date has been put on a return for the Scot - he was assessed in friday training and described as touch and go. Dominic Iorfa and Roland Aarons also missed the win over Forest with minor knocks but could come into contention. Sam Hutchinson will be available again after suffering from illness in midweek. MATCH FACTS Leeds United haven't lost consecutive home league matches against Sheffield Wednesday since January 1998, when the sides were both in the Premier League. Sheffield Wednesday are unbeaten in three league matches against Leeds (W2 D1 L0), last enjoying a longer run in March 1995 (five unbeaten). Patrick Bamford has scored seven league goals for Leeds United in 2019, more than any other player. Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper has scored seven English league goals against Leeds in eight appearances - more than any against any other side. Leeds have drawn fewer Championship matches than any other side this season (7), with just one of their last 26 league games ending as a draw (1-1 vs Middlesbrough in February). This will be Steve Bruce's eighth league managerial visit to Elland Road (W2 D1 L4 previously), facing a different Leeds manager each time (Venables, Reid, Carver, Warnock, Evans, Monk, Christiansen, Bielsa). NEVER FORGET COME ON WEDNESDAY!
  23. 32 points
    Big Jack snapped of one of the most entertaining players I have seen in the famous Blue & White. Best £100,000 I've seen spent by the Wednesday worth it for Boxing Day and that stunner at the Lane and a wonderful contribution to the 1979/80 promotion campaign and return to the second divsision. What a star Terry Curran.
  24. 32 points
    Scrap that. Abdi is also on the video.
  25. 31 points
    Wonder if he'd have brought this up without their recent slide out of the playoffs? Us and Derby are in completely different situations to them anyway given we've never had the parachute payments. If he's moaning about having to offload players to stay within the ffp guidelines even with the parachute payments then maybe he should have a look at the contracts he gave out in the premier League before pointing fingers. Also, didn't he chuck loads of his own money into the club to get them to the premier league in the first place before all the ffp rules came in? You could argue that his original actions are one of the reasons the rules exist in the first place. Glass houses and stones and all that...
  26. 30 points
    Danny Wilson Position : Midfield From : Luton Town Fee: £200,000 Apps: 91+7 Goals : 11 First Game: 25th August 1990 Final Game: 20th May 1993 Danny Wilson could be described as 'experienced' when he joined Wednesday in the summer of 1990. The Wigan born midfield player had already had 7 clubs and got 459 games under his belt when Ron Atkinson brought in to Hillsborough for £200,000. A not insignificant sum, especially for a 30 year old! The Bigman had been hoping to bring in Gordon Strachan that summer to bolster the squad ,but the diminutive jock opted instead to go to Leeds and join Wilkinson. (Famously Strachan blagged the fact he was half blind in one eye by covering the same one when he had his eye test and merely covering it with a different hand to fool the medic.) Wednesday turned to Wilson, a recent League Cup winner with Luton Town. Atkinson was keen to give Wednesdays midfield a bit more solidity and bite. Moving forward after relegation Atkinson decided that he wouldn't be playing with out and out wingers which he described in his own inimitable way as leaving the midfield 'a bit milky defensively'. So Dave Bennett of Coventry cup final fame and loanee Franz Carr were offed. Wilson came in and provided a more solid unit down the right hand side linking excellently with Roland Nilsson, and John Harkes when the swede was injured. Wilson stood just 5"6 inches but seemed to have springs in his heels. He absolutley loved a tackle and a bit of a scrap and had a far greater range of passing than ever given credit for. He wasn't the type to best men and ping in hundreds of crosses like a traditional winger but in partnership with Nilsson he did deliver plenty down that side. Wilson also had a bit of cannon power in those muscley legs. He scored some crackers, and I can think of twice as many more that near cracked the woodwork in two. And who can forget the iconic moment.... Did well ,Wilson (Though the commentator is actually saying that Palmer did well to win the header before Wilsons superb swazz volley) I actually think Wilson with Hirst might have been one of the best half volliers of a ball I've ever seen. I'll have to have a think in that one... After a league cup win and promotion Wilson played and prominent part in getting Wednesday to a 3rd place finish in the top division. Wilsons appearances grew more sporadic after Chris Waddle signed. He was more often used to cover in central midfield as John Sheridan spent several spells in the sick bay with his knees. Wilson left on a free to become player coach at Barnsley in 1993. Yes. There was the later management spell. But this thread is to remember the good times. Danny Wilson. Top little player that.
  27. 29 points
    For so many reasons I think Bruce should and will want to break the bank to buy Hector. His ability is clear. Attacks the ball, Great in the air, cool as a cucumber on the ball, starts attacks, two-footed, strong and tall, likes a shot....what’s not to like? Vital to us is his fitness and availability. He only turns 27 in July, so is in his prime. In his 33 games since joining us he has played every minute of 30 of them. (Jos sat him on the bench for 3 of them due to being spoilt for choice at CB !?!?). He’s not perfect. He can make mistakes, but overall he is a terrific top Championship CB and his partnership with Tom Lees must surely be one of the strongest in the division. Who among us would even dream of splitting up this key partnership? No idea what he would cost. But for such a good player in such a vital position I hope we can tweak or butcher other parts of the squad to free up the funds. To put this in context he has played more minutes for us this season than Hooper, Forestieri, Winnall, Abdi, Penney and Lee combined. It’s not just about price, it’s about value...and Hector is great value.
  28. 29 points
    If you can't find it just Photoshop one - they'll never be able to tell
  29. 29 points
  30. 28 points
    Great player for us Whelan. A player who has received abuse from Stoke, Ireland and Villa fans. The amount of games he’s played at this level and higher, is a testament to how good he is. Great pro and bloody good player.
  31. 28 points
    “They’ve paved Pride Park & put up a parking lot”
  32. 28 points
    Starts for Scotland. Good luck to the lad, well deserved international debut.
  33. 27 points
    I hope Bruce sees through it. Unlike Jos who gave new deals to Pudil and Nuhiu last season. Players like Matias and Boyd have done well recently, but neither should be given a new deal. Neither have done enough in their time at Wednesday, and although can’t fault their effort in recent months they both should be replaced. Hooper is no doubt a good player, but even if he scores in the remaining games, at his age and with his injury record (been here almost 4 years and missed large chunks of every season) should not be offered a new deal. For those in contract, FF was unplayable last night but has shown time and time again he’s not someone you can rely on or build a team around. Same can be said for Joao. I don’t know how FFP will hurt us, it might turn out we can’t get better than those out of contract. But for me we need to see a real change in the squad with some ruthlessness no matter how well certain players play every now and again. The fact is, a lot of these players aren’t consistent. And despite the way we played, we STILL got sucker punched and couldn’t see the game out. Which we’ve seen time and time again over the last few years. I’m confident Bruce realises this.
  34. 27 points
    I mean it's all but over now isn't it. The last lingering hopes of the play-offs vanished down the drain last week with the defeat to L**ds United. But lets be honest, it was a dream we were clinging to by our fingers nails, with ever less of a grip every weekend. It was a long shot. A free hit. Something we didn't really expect. So there can't really be the crushing disappointment that you get when you've been up there all year and then dip. It was a step too far. Something which the gaffer, Steve Bruce intimated as much at today in his press conference when he said-: There is one bit that sticks out in that for me. Well, actually there are several. But one bit in particular.. They are young and energetic and they have a player at the top end of the pitch who has 26 or 27 goals....that's where we need to be. It leads me to believe that Bruce very much in mind a style of play and a type of player that he wants to get into the club. Young, hungry energetic and a regular goalscorer at the top end of the pitch. Fletcher has been superb this season, but has never been a great goalscorer. Hooper, for all his attributes (and decent goals record when fit) couldn't really be described as young and energetic! Combine this with Bruce going several times on record as saying we have to many players in the striking department....and I think there might be a few surprise outgoings this summer. Of course, getting new players in is something that is never so simple, especially with Wednesdays financial situation and the rules which we have to abide by. Will this mean some lower league signings , young with potential, sprinkled with some exciting loan prospects? I suspect it might do. And to be honest I'm all for it. A WIND OF CHANGE AT HILLSBOROUGH? I CERTAINLY THINK SO. NEXT YEARS TEAM MIGHT BE UNRECOGNISABLE He also commented about Rhodes - : Many people seem to have taken this as Bruce welcoming Rhodes back with open arms, and perhaps even making his someone to build a team around. I think that is a bit of conclusion jumping. When Bruces words are broken down I think it very much leans the other way. Twice he makes reference to seeing what Norwich want to do. Having a conversation with Norwich. If it was just a case of the loan deal finishing then why would we be waiting particularly on them. He'd just come back wouldn't he? I don't think it's any stretch at all here to see that Bruce would very much like to see if Norwich would take him off our hands. Especially in light of the earlier comments about 'young, hungry energetic players' and once more the comment about us having an unhealthy number of strikers and combine that with the speed in which he moved to bring in Lazaar, Aarons and Iorfa (three speed merchants) then I think there's every chance he's looking to move on most of the attacking staff. That's the way I read it anyway. Winnall has barely had a sniff either and again, I think Bruce already has someone in mind he'd like at the top end of the pitch. Or at the very least a "type" that he'd like at the top end of the pitch. And that type, I would suggest, is the type that the fanbase have been screaming out for , for the best part of 5 years. Since we had Wickham in fact. Someone big, athletic, strong, with speed and an eye for the back of the onion bag. I also think that the attack isn't the only place which might be getting ready for a huge overhaul, all over the pitch. He goes on to say that he hadn't really spoken to the Chairman about money. I'm sure that's just him being canny with the press. But ...he did talk about not having to spend a lot to build a good side... I genuinely believe there is a plan already in place. Players already targeted. I think the only problem he will have to that end is getting some of our players off the books, finding buyers. To that end I think that most of the out of contract players will be let go to free up wages. Anyone who's deal runs out this summer I think is highly like to be off. Whoever they are. The only possible exception being the goalkeeper who it would cost a lot more to replace. I don't think there will be any soft soaping or nostalgia playing a part in his thinking either. Especially with the final comment... I don't think a single player is safe. So where does that leave the players in terms of Norwich tomorrow and Bristol on Monday? I mean they're nothing games aren't they now. Dead rubber as they are so fondly called by fans. But perhaps not. Because players who might be going into the summer with not many suitors lined up might just be going out there playing for their lives. Desperately trying to use these last few games to prove to the gaffer that they can still be useful enough to play a part in his quiet revolution. ++++++++ Norwich - V - Wednesday Championship Kick Off: 19:45 Carrow Road Norwich will be without Emi Buendia and Jordan Rhodes for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday, a game in which the Canaries could secure promotion. Midfielder Buendia completes his three-match ban while on-loan striker Rhodes is ineligible to face his parent club.Championship leaders Norwich will return to the Premier League following a three year absence if Sheffield United lose at home to Nottingham Forest in the 12:30 BST kick off and they then beat Wednesday. Wednesday expect to be without midfielder Adam Reach, who limped off during the weekend defeat at Leeds,Reach suffered an Achilles injury which is still being assessed by the Owls' medical staff. Rolando Aarons who has an ankle problem also looks set to miss out. Kieran Lee and Matt Penney are back in training but won't be included. People have stopped eve asking about Almen Abdi. Boss Steve Bruce will hope to have one, or both, of Dominic Iorfa and Rolando Aarons back available. +++++ Match facts Norwich have not completed a league double over Sheffield Wednesday since the 2001-02 season - they won 4-0 at Hillsborough earlier this season. Sheffield Wednesday are winless in three league visits to Norwich (D1 L2) since winning four in a row between 2005 and 2009. Norwich have lost on Good Friday at Carrow Road in each of the last two seasons, losing both matches against Fulham. Sheffield Wednesday have won their last four league matches on Good Friday (2002, 2014, 2017, 2018). Norwich have named 18 unchanged line-ups in the Championship this season, more than any other side. Sheffield Wednesday have lost two of their last three league games under Steve Bruce (W1) having lost none of his first 11 in charge (W5 D6).
  35. 27 points
    Westwood will be out of contract and he has to be top of the list for an extension. Critical to our success.
  36. 27 points
    Had a decent game Fox. sure we need better, but that goes for most positions, the only one who looked out of sorts at times surprisingly was Hector. Atmosphere was very subdued though, a mixture of Saturdays hangover and the starting 11 I think....Shows what Bruce can do with the tools Jos used..doesn't it? Palmer was excellent again...Didn't cheer the first goal at first cos I thought the ref had blown or summat..The Forest players seemed to stop and the keeper sorta "ambled" towards his net...bizzarre! Second goal i was shoutin' at Joao for laying the header off to the wrong side, 3rd goal I was shoutin' at Matias for over running it! All in all...I had a f.ookin' shocking game!
  37. 27 points
    FAKE NEWS Just wasted 10 mins of lunchtime and I can confirm that Wednesday have had the biggest following at their shithole this season (1,517). More than United (1,433) and more than Derby (1,394). Largest L2 following has been Notts County with 1,140, no one else anywhere close. Grimsby 544 & Bury 516 the only ones above 500.
  38. 26 points
    3 goals in his last 4 games. Given the license to do what he's best at - get forward - and not play as an auxiliary fullback as he's had to previously... he looks all right again. Positive manager = Positive players According to the BBC he gets 72% of his shots on target. Higher than any other player.
  39. 26 points
    Luhukay has cost us a playoff spot. Absolute shambles of a manager and we should be taking him to court for breach of contract. No disrespect to the kids, but picking a squad with the likes of Liam Shaw, Kirby, Preston et al in it, playing Dawson for far too long and making senior pros train with the kids. Motionless on the bench, and playing a Sheffield derby like we were playing the ‘58 Hungary side. Its not even close now, and Bruce has proved it. By a country mile the worst manager we’ve ever had.
  40. 26 points
    Since Bruce came in we’ve been top 6 form....pretty much half a season. whatever the gaffer thinks is best is fine by me. although I’d give Hooper a 3yr deal in the morning
  41. 26 points
    What an arrogant set of fans. They are 4 points in front of us. Reading that you would believe they are challenging for the title and we are nothing more than average. Hope we stuff the cabbage throwing twats.
  42. 26 points
    Thats no punishment, neither is it a deterrant. Punishment would have been 20 points - Or start next season with a 20 point deduction. It wont make any difference to their season, they arent going up and they wont go down, even after the deduction. Teams will get relegated this season who havent broken any rules trying to compete in a league agaisnt teams who have broken the rules. Teams like Luton and Rotherham have been hammered with much larger points deductions in recent years.
  43. 26 points
  44. 25 points
    On this sunny Easter weekend - spare a thought for this tragic youth from Walkley, whose his last act #OnThisDay in 1907, was to travel to the Crystal Palace to see his beloved Wednesday lift the FA Cup. #Todiebyyourside #SWFC #thepleasuretheprivilegeismine
  45. 25 points
    The main point for me is, it’s just not necessary to lay into our own players all the time. It’s unhealthy. On the whole, our players are an honest bunch. We’re never going to have a squad full of elite players, so sit back and let Bruce sort it out. A couple of the more unpopular players stuck in there tonight and got the win - fair play to them.
  46. 25 points
    Sell him..Get him off the books...Thanks for the memories...
  47. 25 points
    La concha de tu madre is gonna make a good song at stoke
  48. 24 points
    But at least you beat Preston eh.
  49. 24 points
    I would have thought on a Sheffield Wednesday fans forum a lot of people would be bothered about a Sheffield Wednesday player.
  50. 24 points
    This was 7 years ago - the Charlton player is still rehab:
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