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  1. 194 points
    Months ago on a trip to Wednesday (The villa game I think) my lad Jacob came with me and got lots of photos with the players and getting autographs etc. When in the car on the way home he realised he lost his programme with the signatures on, the one he was most disappointed about was Jordan Rhodes. As a homework project (he struggles massively with his writing) combined with a genuine ask we wrote to Jordan asking for a signed photo for Jake to replace it, explaining what had happened and now we couldn’t attend much etc. THIS is what he sent back..... Thanks Jordan, you have made my 8 year olds bloody year!!!!! Above and beyond - love this club so much sometimes.
  2. 156 points
    Sitting in the ground last night with the other 14k who bothered to show, in almost total silence bar the occasional bang of the drums from the band, Tango shouting "Oh Forestieri", "Hes one of our own" and "We're All Wednesday Arent We", and the enduring memory of the evening "Programmes 3 quid"... and watching another totally mind-numbingly boring struggle to even get the ball in the Bolton half, never mind threaten their goal... I just couldn't stop thinking how sad it all is. In January the Chairman will have been here 4 years. Nobody can deny his commitment - especially his financial contribution to the club. The time he spends in the UK in a hands on role is unprecedented, away from his family in Thailand. As fans we should all appreciate that much. He is passionate about the club and its success, as anybody would be who has sunk so much money into a project. It all promised so much - his first full season under his new charismatic manager was a joy for all fans with Stuart Grays team bolstered by exciting players like Bannan and Forestieri it really did look like the return to the Promised Land would be possible, and even walking out of Wembley we weren't disappointed as we kind of knew deep down that it was a temporary blip. The summer heralded the arrival of players like Abdi, Fletcher and Emanuelson, older players who reportedly smashed our pay structure, and the team spirit that had carried us to Wembley looked visibly shaken - the lingering memory of Forestieri not travelling to Norwich an example. Who could blame him? The undeniable star of our team and he was falling behind in the pay scale to players tweeting about how they were the highest paid at the club. Despite a finish in 4th, you could see we were lucky. Only an unprecedented run of games at the end of the season carried us into the play offs, Carvalhals negative approach to games not appreciated by anybody. The following season the team looked bereft of confidence and ideas, fans arguing amonsgst themselves, with fights amongst our own fans breaking out at most away games. The home defeat to United, and more the manner of it, meant that Carlos's days were numbered. Even then it seemed that he wasn't sacked. Personally I think he looked around at the fans after being booed against Middlesborough and it really hurt him. He knew the offer from Swansea was on the table - a Get of ouf Jail free card, and he walked out - leading to the Chairmans rant about it. The Kop effectively sacked Carlos. The Chairman brought in Jos - and in nearly a year you can probably point to just a handful of enjoyable games in all that time. We have consistently been told we are paying high prices to justify quality on the pitch, but Jos appears to alienate more and more of our experienced pro's in favour of youngsters, low earners, and players more fragile to the worsening atmosphere. Hillsborough wavers between being akin to a morgue - or a hugely frustrated seething mass of boos and moaning. There is little left to support. After the Fans Forum and steering group meetings we've heard nothing from our Chairman, other than seeing a video of him still demonstrating his undeniable passion after the recent Norwich game when fans had a go at him. I feel sorry for the Chairman. He appears to be out of his depth and struggling, but his pride appears to not let him make changes. I know people who have worked with him, and they say that far from being ill advised - he doesnt really listen to advice. He has a very definite idea of how things should be, and insists that this vision is applied in literally all areas of the club. Thats all well and good when its working - but it clearly isn't right now and things need to change. Otherwise we will be teetering on the brink of complete disaster and another relegation. Please don't assume we are too good to go down. We've made that mistake before. I hope Mr Chansiri will make that change soon, as the very last thing I want to do with my time on a Saturday afternoon (or a wet Tuesday evening) is sit at Hillsborough amongst 14k frustrated Wednesday fans, all resigned to whatever the fates have in store for us. Watching a Manager who has been here a year and still doesnt know his best side, sitting on the bench with his hands in his pockets looking like a rabbit in the headlights, sleepwalking our club back to League One. The first really positive change the Chairman can make is to put a man in charge of the team that we can all believe in, fans and players. And then start listening to advice from quality people.
  3. 154 points
    Jos in or out.. what’s going on with the formations.. embargoes.. wages.. iFollow.. price of going.. memberships.. What a f*cking mess. Right now this football club is absolutely garbage and the experience of supporting it is trash. The football is crap. We have no identity. We’ve got a manager with all the personality of a pile of socks who doesn’t know what he’s doing week to week. We are sleep walking to absolute disaster. The players look confused and dejected. A promising bunch of young players are being thrown in at the deep end left to sink or swim in what’s going to quickly turn into incredibly toxic circumstances. The mood around the place stinks. The Chairman doesn’t know what he’s doing, dismisses fans concerns at every opportunity and is quite happy to play divide and conquer with the fanbase, while shrugging off genuine supporter concerns with vague tales of abuse or threats. We’ve p*ssed money up the wall on dross, continue to watch talent either being wasted on the field or nowhere near it for whatever reason. Scattergun recruitment, no strategy, a team with no heart or spine or identity. No plan. No clue. And don’t let this weeks news that we are out of an embargo fool you - the club is f*cked every which way off the field. This is a short term reprieve that maybe - MAYBE - allows us offer a new contract or bring in a kid on loan. But at least we’ve still got the fans. For now. Somehow. After £90 memberships (backtracked on), cutting off Radio Sheffield, £99 replica shirts, up to £49 a chuck to watch this failing football club shamble on week in week out for a dwindling, near on non-existent walk up supporter base. Hey.. at least we got a day out at Wembley. And if as we sit now in 2018 with the state the club is in, and you still think that day out was something to cheer or be grateful for, you’re a f*cking loser. Never felt more more disconnected from this club. It’s never had less of an identity or less to feel proud about.
  4. 127 points
    > Came to the club under difficult circumstances with the team was in freefall. > Steadied the ship, turning Nuhui into a goal machine in the process. > Didn't have any money to spend other than 500k - a completely different reality to Carlos’. > Introduced youngsters into the first team - something we’re not used to seeing Obviously things haven’t worked out, but some of the petty name-calling has been unfair e.g. ‘Jos the dross’. All the best Jos.
  5. 121 points
    Again today when his name was called out pre kick off. On two separate occasions. Our fans are really nasty at the moment. I don’t agree with the way the club is ran at times but, in recent weeks particularly, we really have lost our way. The club has made the first step to change things with replacing Jos. Now we need to do our bit and change the negativity we perpetuate.
  6. 121 points
    We have just played:- Saturday Thursday Sunday Wednesday Saturday We have games:- Tuesday Saturday We have had Fletcher, Joao, Forestieri, Hutchinson and Matias returning from from injuries. Jos has mixed and matched and rested and eased back. We have won three and drawn one of the above 5 played.....and yet all many of us can do is moan and winge that Jos didn’t start this player or that player. We we just got rid of a manager that ran players dry, and when they were dry he ran them some more. We had one fit first teamer for a third of the season due to this approach. Cut Jos some slack guys. He is managing a fragile set of players back to health. After Reading we get two weeks off. It will be brilliant if we get thru Tuesday and Saturday with no injuries, threatening the play-offs, and Winnall, Lee and Hooper a couple of weeks nearer action. Im utterly delighted with our position and how we seem to be be managing our valuable assets like athletes rather than dray horses.
  7. 115 points
    Tonights been a bit mad Despite us having the best start to a season in years we have still had threads and posts from people all angry about Dawson, the tactics or the manager Passionate threads are totally fine, as is a totally different opinion from those you are discussing and debating with but we can’t have namecalling or aggression The moderator team has had to remove four different people tonight (something we never ever want to do) for being overly aggressive, namecalling or just pure abusive We are all Wednesday fans on here at the end of the day here to have a laugh, get on, and chat SWFC We are trying very hard to improve Owlstalk and make it a more friendly and fun place to discuss Wednesday The main message is respect each other, and if someone disagrees with your opinion that’s normal and totally fine and no reason to throw names at them etc Ps I also totally understand that some people prefer debate with angry abuse, namecalling etc and there are sites and groups out there for that if you want but we want it friendly and calm on here so no offence at all if you prefer another site where you can get all shouty and namecally Differing opinions is what debate is all about and long may differing opinions live Keep it friendly on here though when talking to your fellow fans and there’s no issues at all Hope this is ok - the mod team are all working hard to make this place friendlier for you
  8. 114 points
    The club and it's organisation gets a lot of stick, so for balance here is a big thumbs up to SWFC. My Mum is currently 88 not out, and during a long conversation around Christmas we were reminiscing about all the games we had been to together as a family whist my dad was alive. She said she would really like to attend one more match while still (just about) being able, and as a fool I replied OK if that's what you would like I will sort it! I never thought about the logistics, she can walk a bit, but longer distances needs a fold up wheelchair, she feels the cold, needs to be comfortable, even if I could get her to the ground the sudden thought of her on the concourse queuing for the ladies filled me with dread. So I contacted the club, and after speaking to Hazel in the ticket office, and getting put on to Richard Stanford and finally to Alistair, a plot was hatched. I was offered a reasonable Hospitality package of drop off, parking, lunch, and then most importantly use of the balcony seats of an empty box, where my mum could enjoy the atmosphere of the game in comfort, and without constant interruptions (You now 5 mins after KO, 30 mins sweet or wee break, 5 mins before half time for another pee and a pint, 5 mins after second half ko, leave on 86, that sort of thing) I jumped at the chance and the day went like a dream, got mum safely and early to the ground, parked up in Hillsborough Park, a wonderful lunch in the Dooley Suite, a talk from Rob Jones (just how tall is he?) lift up to the box, a wonderful seat approching the half way line, coffee, drinks and a snack at half time, a 3-0 win, sunshine, coffee and a pie at full time. Collect car and mum, home at 6;00 well happy. A big thank you to all, especially Aliaster and James who looked after us on the day. Made my mum's day and all of us very happy UTO and well done SWFC for helping to make this happen.
  9. 104 points
    On what planet are Leeds rivals with Manchester United?
  10. 102 points
    Oh here we go. I can hear Doom sharpening his pencil now.
  11. 100 points
  12. 100 points
    Hi Marcelo, how you doing? Here’s some pointers for you. We play a basic 424. Fletch and Bannan all right foot. Keep it on their left peg and you’ll be fine. Every play we make comes through a lad called Pellupessy. Keep the ball off him and let Bannan have it in space. Hopeless. Up top we have two carthorses wide, Joao and Matias. Run like they are pulling a tractor, so you can play a nice high line and worry not. Hope this helps. Trust me it will.
  13. 97 points
    Bet this one hurts all the Nuhiu haters tonight Well done big Dave
  14. 97 points
    Glenn Loovens looks like his legs have gone and his speed of thought and decision making seem terribly inconsistent which is resulting in him making some bloody awful mistakes and bad plays of late - he definitely looks like he’s coming to the end of his Wednesday career. What happens currently when he makes these mistakes? He gets fvcckking dog’s abuse from a good proportion of our fans. Loovens has served the Owls well and, at times over the years, held our defence together singlehandedly. I’m not saying we shouldn’t moan if Loovens makes a mistake but let’s refrain from making him the absolute villain. We used to long for him to return from injury to bring stability but now I hear the vicious descenting and cynical voices ringing out. Let’s show some class towards a player that has been class for us. Let’s not part with Loovens on a sour note after his great service and commitment he’s shown to us. Let’s support him.
  15. 95 points
    Think criticising him for ‘discipline’ is harsh when he’s just been sent off for celebrating a last gasp equaliser. some of our fans are fvckin pathetic
  16. 94 points
  17. 91 points
    Sounds like a perfect way to screw us on compensation. Cheers Nigel, David and George...legends
  18. 89 points
    Is Dave Jones turning up to finish the talk off halfway through the night ?
  19. 88 points
    WIGAN - V - WEDNESDAY "Stubbs! Stubbs! Stuuuubs" "Yes Sir" "Ahh, there you are. Come in, come in don't just stand there." "Is something the matter Sir?" "Well yes, I should say there is." "Yes sir?" "Tomorrow is kick-off day Stubbs. Kick-off day" "But I thought her ladyship wasn't back until Sunday" "No no man. The Football. The Wednesday!" "Oh that." "Oh that. Oh that. What on Earth do you mean with that tone?!" "Nothing sir, it's just " "Just what? Just what, eh?" "Well after the episode last season sir, just before I went on holiday" "What episode?" "When you started blowing the villa up with the shotgun sir, screaming about Portuguese snake-oil salesman and vowing you were never going again" "Oh. Oh that. No, I'm over all that now." "Very good sir" "Anyway. I thought I'd have a bash at the old Match Day thingymajig" "Thingymajig. Isn't he the new mayor sir?" "No no. Thats Magid. Do you even read the papers Stubbs?" " Not really sir, I think they repress our intellectual movements through brainwashing" "What?" "Nothing sir" "Well anyway. Look here. I'm going to do this match day thing and I can't even get the laptop working. Have a look will you. " "Configuring updates. 4%. How long ago did you turn it on?" "About an hour and half ago" "An hour and a half?!" "Yes." "When did you last have it turned on?" "Good God. I don't know. Maybe the Norwich match" "Then I think this could take some time sir. Infact I don't think you'll be logged on before midnight at this rate" "But I must! I need to do the thread" "Well will it really be so bad if you don't. I mean there's nothing much to shout about is there" "What an Earth do you mean?" "Well. I mean. It's hardly been the best summer has it. Eight players out the door. The best young International prospect in 35 years gone for nothing" "Borukov hasn't gone anywhere Stubbs!" "Who? I was talking about Hirs.." "Silence!" "Sorry I.." "Don't mention that name. I never want it mentioned in this house again. He's dead to me. They all are. They mean nothing. They never existed" "Sorry. I was just saying.." "Well don't" " Hunts gone. You liked him didn't you?" "He was ok. Never saw him finish a game for 12 months. Subbed every week. Ankle like my auntie Norma." "Your auntie Norma is ...dead" "Correct Stubbs. Correct." "I know but, Palmer at Right wing back" "What's wrong with that!" "Well come on sir you've said yourself before that..." "No! I won't have a bad word said against that boy. Local." "Worksop?" "Local-ish. Loves the club. Came through the ranks. That's what it's all about to me now" "Switches off though sir" "They all do. It's second division football. For Christs sake. Trippier plays well in the World Cup and it's hammer LiamPalmer time. Well I'm not standing for it. First one to give him some lip tomorrow is going to get a damned good thrashing" "Are you going tomorrow?" "No" "Well, unlikely to find anyone slagging him off then" "Well if I hear Giddings or any of them chumps having a pop" "Erm...haven't you heard sir there's been a...well....Radio...BBC.." "Oh yes. That. Well. I'm not bothered anyway. Radio is rubbish. Rubbish!" "But you said you loved John Pearson and his rampantly biased views." "Yes well. I don't like radio any more. It's a dead medium" "Well what are you going to do tomorrow?" "I'm going to get one of those stream thingies aren't I" "Not on that lap-top you're not. It's still only on 6%" "Pah!" "Well, your not missing anything really sir are you. I mean they haven't signed anyone have they. I mean it hardly bodes well when you can't even get a kid in from the Dog and Duck" "We don't need more players for your information" "Really" "Yes really" "Look sir, I'm all for putting a brave face on it but" "Not a brave face Stubbs. A fact. We didn't need any extra bodies." "I mean you've lost the skipper." "He was too old anyway!" "Wallace" "Don't mention Wallace!" "Are you crying sir?" "No. NO! STAND BACK MAN. leave me!" "Are you ok?" "I have something in my eye" "Oh" "Well at least they're back in the proper kit sir. Looks very smart that?" "That's Wigans kit!" "Wigan! I didn't know they played football in Wigan." "Well they do. Very well actually. Beat Manchester City last season" "Tough game then sir" "Not at all. Not at all. We'll thrash them" "Really" "Oh yes. They're a fourth division club" "I thought it was the Championship?" "It is. I mean they should be in the fourth division" "Why? Have they broken some rules?" "Because I bloody say so. They are a fourth division club. Rugby town. " " I thought you said they beat Manchester City.." "That was in the cup. That doesn't count" "Oh. I see. What about the league. They any good in the League?" " Champions last season" "Pardon sir I didn't quite catch that you'll have to speak up" "I said they won the third division!" "Oh. By much?" "They got 98 points" "Oh. Good side then. Very tough test this. Bloody hell. .." "Bloody hell what?" "Well I mean, there will be an absolute meltdown won't there if Wednesday lose" "We won't lose" "Seven players out. None in. Can't spend. Radio deal unsigned. George Hirst off to Belgium. He's making his debut tomorrow you know against Mechelen." "I've warned you!" "Fans going mad....membership higher than top Premier League clubs.....toilets on the KOP still a disgrace... and you haven't even played a game yet sir" "Where have you got all this wrist slitting blather from?" "Old Bob in the Navvies arms. They're all on about it." "Right. Well I'm not drinking there anymore. I can do without their bedwetting. Tomorrow I shall go to the Cornish Club" "Very good sir. What time shall I call the taxi for sir to take you to the club?" "Taxi?" "Yes sir, the cars in the garage if you remember after you hit that tree when Radio Sheffield announced you couldn't afford to sign Venanncio" "Don't mention them either! I'm in a good mood. I won't have it ruined" "Sorry sir. Anyway. As i was saying. What time do you want me to get the City Taxi here?" "No! No, no, no, no, no! I will never ride in one of their carriages again" "Why ever not sir?" "Never you mind. I'm just not giving money to those traitorous swines! Ring me a D taxi" "What's a D-Taxi?" "There, there look, on the back of that card" "Ok." "The lines dead sir, it's not ringing" "There must be some mistake. Pass it here. Pass it here. It's not ringing Stubbs" "I just said that. Are you sure it's a Sheffield firm." "Look never mind. Get the motorbike out. We'll go on that." "I'm not sure what condition it's in sir. I haven't seen it for months. It's right at the back of the garage. Can't see it for all those Woodburn..." "No! Don't mention Woodburn, I won't allow it. I should have known you were a pig" "Eh?" "Woodburn indeed" " Woodburning stoves sir. I was going to say I couldn't see your bike for the Woodburning stoves that you bought off that conman" " I wasn't conned" "You've bought 30 woodburners on the hottest summer on record" "Silence! I've had it just about up to here with you and your negativity." "Very good sir" "The Wednesday are going to win today. Whether we've lost Loovens, Wallace, Hunt, Venanncio or not. Whether Leicester have done us right up the ricker with Hirst....we canwin today even though we haven't signed anyone.....we can win today even though Wigan have momentum.......we can win today even if I can't listen to it on Radio Sheffield........ we can win today even if we haven't a white hoop on the sock. We can win today even if Membership is £90. We can going to win today even if they score first. You know why Stubbs? You know why I'm saying that? Because.... as bad as people think it is. As much goes on off the pitch....we can win....because it's Seasons eve....and the pre-season hope still burns.... the first day of the God damned season is coming, FFS and hope, yes HOPE!, is all we've bloody got and if we haven't got hope then we've got nothing at all." "Drink sir?" "Yes. Brandy" "Bit early sir" "No. No it isn't. I've never felt so much pressure on a first game result as this" "Match prediction?" "2-0 Wednesday." "Goalscorers sir?" "Joao two and big Adthe" "Nuhiu?! " "Don't mock me Stubbs" "Very good sir"
  20. 86 points
    Saw this on Twitter so thought it was worth posting. Positive things don’t always get a lot of attention these days.
  21. 85 points
    played well today, tackled well, cleared the ball when he needed too no fannying about with it at the back. Played 2 decent games in a row. one of the shining performers today
  22. 84 points
    "What your doin' here?" "It's a free country as far as I can remember, Barry" "Yer don't usually come in 'ere" "I'm just here to enjoy a drink" "Day before the Derby?! Where were yer last year?" "I came down here last year after the game. You remember the 0-0 massacre where you got one point and we got one point. There was no one in though." "Aye well you won't be getting any points tomorrer." "Well, we'll see, we'll see. We weren't getting anything the other year when we had 14 players out injured were we. The game when 50% of our squad was in the sick bay and our skipper got sent off with half an hour left on the clock....but....well...we did." "Bleedin' fluke that were" "Yes. Then we weren't getting anything last time out either ....but, well, we did, again." "Aye, well mebbe you might actually try and gi' us a game tomorrer! If yer can get the ball off of us" "Oh you're right there , quite right, you'll have the lions share of the ball. I wouldn't expect anything else from the club that invented total football" "Eh?" "Would you like a drink Barry? My shout. Stella is it?" "Eh, what , yeah, how did yer know?" "Wild stab in the dark. Yes. Got to fancy you tomorrow. The way you play. Anything less than an annihilation of us is akin to a loss really isn't it. " "Yeah...what....hang on, no!" "Absolutely huge pressure on you chaps tomorrow." "There int" "Oh come Barry, you're the team gunning for promotion. You're team playing the best football in the league. The pressure is all on you. We can go out and enjoy ourselves really. Play with freedom. We've nothing at stake. It's a free hit for Bruce in many ways. Dropped points means nothing to us." "Erm...wey they don't to us" "They do though don't they." "Ney-ow , pressures on your lot." "Pressure's on us? Hahah. You are a wag Barry. Is this that famous banter I've heard so much about?. No, what little pressure on us was not to be relegated after a wretched start to the season. That's gone. No, real pressure....real pressure comes with fighting it out at the top end. Always has done. Teams that can see the finishing line in sight. They're the teams that feel the pressure. That's United." "No!" "No what?" "Just no. Pissoff. "There's no need for that corky. Though I suppose it's understandable with all the pressure on you." "Yer tryna mek out its all on us" "It is." "'t'int." "It really is." "Whey....anyroad, we can afford to loyse this un , we've gorra game in hand" "Oh I don't think so Barry. I don't think so. You can't count on games in hand can you? It's all about points. You HAVE to win those games in hand. They're full of pressure. Mentally it can effect teams can't it if you don't win them? I mean I wasn't going to mention it but...well..since you've brought up the game in hand it's not so long ago that you had a few games in hand coming to Hillsborough. 'Mind the gap' year wasn't it? Then lost. But more...never recovered really. 6 more years of the pub league after that wasn't it." "Look knobheead, that were years ago. We're gonna batter your tomorrer" "There we go. That's better. I should think you are going to batter us too" "Eh?" "Playing Barcelona football. Divisions top scorer on your books." "Aye our Billeh." "Should be an absolute whitewash. Mind, doesn't seem to be able to find the net against us . 5 games and counting last I heard" "We're gonna do yer! Yer won't know what hit yer. We won't come and shut up shop like your lot" "No you won't will you. No you won't. You'll come flying out of the traps" "'kin will!" "Yes. Charging out. Leaving those big gaps at the back while everyone pushes on desperate to put us to bed" "Yeah!" "Mind. We've got some pace now. Always nice to have pace on the counter..." "Counter! We'll have bloody buried yer by aif time" "Indeed. Mind, you said that in...oh when was it... '79? Absolutely flying weren't you as I remember it, yes that's right it was 'gonna be a massacre' . And it was of course, but not in the way you thought. Mind you, that was in the days when massacres were massacres wasn't it. Not two goal leads. Massacres aren't what they used to be. Yes but that Massacre, the proper one....lost the derby and bombed to mid-table didn't you?" "Ugh" "And then down to the 4th division the following year wasn't it? Funny how history seems to have a habit of repeating itself - lose the derby lose momentum" "I'm gonna smash your f*cking head in yer poncy twatt" "Is that a song by the Beautiful South?" "What yer on about you, yer dikk'ed?!" "Oooh hello, who's this staggering over? Your brother?" "That our lass yer cheeky tw-" "Oh sorry, of course, my mistake. Hello dear. Nice tooth." "Nah then!" "Oh wow. Knuckle tattoos. You don't see many ladies with those these days, it's more sanskrit on the back of the hand these days isn't it. You don't see many of the old blue ink jobs at all." "I did it forra" "Indeed. What does it say? Oh yes....I see. So are you a big fan of German Bluegrass rockers then?" "Eh?" "LUVHAT" "It's Love- hate. Yer idiot can't yer read?!" "Calm down Barry. Deary me. Is there's the jukebox in here? I'll put some music on, lighten the mood. You seem a bit uptight. It'll be all that pressure." "Do what tha wants and there int nor pressure ont Blair-des!!" "If you say so Barry. Right, lets see....one selection for a pound.... bit steep. What have we got here .......ahh...453A .....there we go. Ooh, excuse me, I've got a text. It's Stubbs, he's outside. He's come to pick me up. Right, must dash. Enjoy your song Barry. Goodnight. Try not to let the pressure get to you." "Good evening, Sir." "Evening Stubbs. What's for tea?" "Gammon, Sir" "Oooh no. Not tonight. I've seen enough gammon tonight to last me a lifetime." Championship Hillsborough Stadium Kick off : 7:45 Team News Sheffield Wednesday will hope to have defenders Morgan Fox (back) and Jordan Thorniley (concussion) fit for Monday's Steel City derby at Hillsborough. If neither makes it then left back will be a choice of Liam Palmer or a step in from the cold for Daniel Pudil. The match will see Owls boss Steve Bruce go up against the side with whom he began his managerial career in 1998. They have no concerns up front where he will be hoping striker Steven Fletcher can keep up his excellent recent form, the scot having bagged 3 in his last two games, including a terrific overhead kick against Swansea Sheffield United will have defender Jack O'Connell back after missing the past three matches with a hamstring injury. Blunts boss Mardiola will have to make a decision on whether to give a place to George Baldock who has been recovering from a calf problem. John Egan was taken off midway through last weekend's 1-0 win over West Brom but is also fit again, Mardiola has confirmed. Match facts Each of the last two league meetings between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United have finished 0-0 - they last played out three consecutive league draws between 1992 and 1993. Sheffield United are looking to record back-to-back league wins over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough for the first time since October 1937. This is the first league meeting between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United on a Monday since April 1971 - a 0-0 draw in the second tier. Sheffield United have won their last three Championship matches without conceding - they have not won four in a row without conceding at this level since December 1969. In all competitions, Steve Bruce has won seven of his nine matches against former side Sheffield United (D1 L1), though he lost most recently as Aston Villa manager in September 2018. Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp has failed to score in five league appearances against Sheffield Wednesday for the Blades, only facing Charlton Athletic as often without scoring for United (also five games). COME ON WEDNESDAY!
  23. 84 points
    Just think, if we’d have got pasted you would have been able to have a real go at the club
  24. 84 points
    I refuse to walk or drive down Bramall lane in case they name a stand after me.
  25. 82 points
    F*****g Brucie. Waltzes in from the cricket and by the time he's been here for 3 hours he brings in the 2 full backs and the pace that we've lacked for 3 years.
  26. 81 points
    Or maybe he has lost family members this year and has decided he wants some family time and will return to work after his family break.
  27. 81 points
    The lad seems to love playing here. He seems an enthusiastic character. Noticed against Preston , Leeds and Sunderland him fist pumping his way around the fans at the end of the game. Huge grin on the face. Always one of the first in the goalscoring congratulations and noticed too him being one of those to pat the keeper on the head when he makes a save. Might not be a shouter and bawler but you puck up these little things don't you. Spot when people fit into the group. I think he's starting to settle in now. New country, different culture (in football and generally) Young boy away from home. Never easy. But he's looking more and more at home. More relaxed. I really like the lads attitude. How good he can be? I don't know. But for just North of £350k he's barely made a dent in what we've spent overall and is barely a gamble.
  28. 81 points
    There's a lot been said recently about our fanbase being negative on social media and websites so here at Owlstalk we will be leading the push to show the doubters that our fans aren't all like that and can drive many positives. As well as a number of upcoming events that we've been working on (the Big Ron Atkinson one being the first) we will be trying to work as closely as possible with John Pearson and the community team to bring fun and positive ideas and initiatives aimed at having fun, getting fit, having a good night out or just having a laugh and at the same doing a bit of fundraising for great causes (not least the SWFC community) I want all the readers out there to read all these events as and when they're posted, take part in as many as they can/want to, and help support this push for positivity because all too often only negatives are seen online when in fact the positive people far far outnumber the trolls. So don't keep silent and help us push forward with positives! This one's ace - you get a free Wednesday shirt if you can hit the sponsorship target (easy to achieve too) and it's a fun day where you might even get fitter too Run 4 Wednesday! Date for the diary... 23rd September 2018! Run For All encourage people of all abilities to take part in the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K. Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme has teamed up with the charity run, to make this day extra special! The first 50 people to raise £150 (and donated to the Virgin Money Giving online page) will become a Wednesday Runner. What do I get? A FREE entry to participate in the Sheffield 10K (usually £28). A Sheffield 10K runner pack including Timer, Goody Bag and Medal. A FREE FIRST Team Sheffield Wednesday FC football shirt. Represent Sheffield Wednesday FC and the charitable arm in a once in a lifetime experience. You will get to choose to be apart of either the 'running' group (lead by John Pearson), or our 'walking' group (lead by ex-player Mick Pickering). Charities Your donations will be supporting the charitable arm of SWFC, providing training, health and education projects to the community. You'll also be helping the amazing charity Archer Project, which provides services to the homeless and vulnerable to improve and achieve a better life. About Cathedral Archer Project We help homeless people achieve a better life by supporting them to: · Develop their independence · Improve their ability to tackle setbacks · Improve their ability to identify and change negative behaviour · Improve their wellbeing How do I donate? Once you have fundraised the £150 (or more) click here to make your donation. Leave you Full Name, Contact Number and Email address on the donation page - so we can contact you with your Runner Pin. How to make an account? To make a donation you will need to have an account with Virgin Money Giving (dead simple!) so we can track your fundraising progress. Click here to make an account. For more information about the Sheffield 10K Run, click here. For any questions please contact john.pearson@swfc.co.uk Happy fundraising! Also the person who raises the most money will get an invite, with a guest, into the SWFC Community box for a home match this season ( Subject to availability ) Half of all the profit raised will be split 50/50 with the Cathedral Archer Project If you can’t run or walk the Sheffield 10K and would still like to donate please follow this link - https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/SWFCCommunityProgramme10K As a forum let's start showing the club what Owlstalk can do when pushing positives that are worthwhile, fun and for much needed causes such as the brilliant Cathedral Archer project. Plus imagine it when over 50 of us rock up in our free Sheffield Wednesday shirts to do this one! Will look amazing!
  29. 80 points
    Young Wednesdayite Cameron Bough had a day to remember on Saturday when Fernando Forestieri dedicated his goal against Hull to him with a special celebration. Cameron, 9, has recently been critically ill in hospital after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an auto-immune disease which paralysed his body. After bravely battling the illness in hospital, Cameron is now in recovery, learning to walk again and building up his strength. The youngster was invited to Hillsborough on Saturday with his family to meet his heroes, he toured the Owls dressing room prior to kick off, and got some one on one time with Forestieri and Cameron Dawson. Fernando said: “I saw him before the game and I was very happy to see him. His father and his mother told me he has had a good recovery after being in hospital. “When I saw him he looked really happy to see me, so I said, ‘if I score today, what do you want me to do?’” “So we decided together that I would tap my legs, because he has done well to walk with his legs not working so well, so the goal was for him.” The Argentinian scored a second half penalty against the Tigers, and he stuck to his word by tapping his legs. Cameron said: “I just thought, this can’t be happening! “I was just speechlessI When I knew what he was going to do I felt really happy.” Forestieri was certainly happy to make the young supporter’s day, as well as that of his brother, Matthew, 12, and mum and dad, Karen and Iain. He added: “I was a kid as well and when I went to see my idols play in Argentina, I always wanted them to do something for me. “I have this opportunity to do it for him, so I wanted to make the young man happy. “The beautiful thing is to see the young kids smile, so for me it’s very good.”
  30. 79 points
    Got to love Hutch's salute to the fans at the end of the match today....
  31. 78 points
    Getting tired of reading nonsense on here from the some of the ignorant fans on here who have probably never run a business or risked investment in anything. Both the Chairman and Manager getting unacceptable stick. The Chairman has sunk tens of millions into our club. His strategy hasn’t worked and clearly he has been badly advised but the guy has put his money where his mouth is big time. Luhakay is bring hounded by clueless idiots on the radio about an embargo. Let him get on with coaching what is still a large and talented squad. Let Chansiri get on with sorting out the financial situation. Some people should be careful what they wish for and wind their necks in. We could have a lot worse owners and managers.
  32. 78 points
    Quite a day for my son. Played footy with Atdhe, Westwood, Dawson and Lucas Joao(sp?) Scored a penalty and celebrated by having Atdhe lift him up above his head and set him up for a goal. Loads of pictures with the players taken too. Then he did a keepy uppy challenge on the Hallam FM stage thing and won a signed shirt that will be presented by his favourite player before a game. (68 he did, not bad for 11 years old) Even had the crowd singing his name. Well, a few blokes anyway. All that cost a quid. I don't care that the shirt wasn't available for him, he no longer cares. We'll buy one when they come out. He's still smiling. What a day. Don't think that will be forgotten for a long time.
  33. 78 points
    Today's victory against Hull throws up a relatively interesting statistical quirk: Carvalhal averaged 1.17 points per game during his 23 league matches in charge this season, which is exactly the same as Luhukay has averaged during his 17 league matches in charge so far. Of course, that only tells part of the story. The eleven players with the most league appearances under Carvalhal this season were: Reach (23 apps) Hooper (23) Bannan (21) Rhodes (20) Wallace (19) Fletcher (19) Westwood (18) Lees (18) Hunt (17) Jones (17) Lee (15) ...whereas the most frequently-used players (with a three-way tie for eleventh place) so far under Luhukay are: Wildsmith (17 apps) Reach (17) João (16) Nuhiu (16) Venâncio (15) Boyd (15) Pelupessy (14) Fox (13) Pudil (12) Palmer (11) Hunt / Lees / Thorniley (9 apps each) We're looking at very different sets of players which the two managers have been able to rely on, with only Reach, Lees and Hunt offering any kind of consistency between their two reigns. It will come as no surprise to any Wednesday fan, but it's quite remarkable how few of our 'big name' players have been available to Luhukay during his time here: whereas Carvalhal was able to call on Hooper in every single one of his league games, Luhukay hasn't been able to pick him once. In addition to this, the likes of Fletcher, Westwood and Lee, who were frequently playing under Carvalhal, haven't been available for selection once under Luhukay, whilst Wallace and Bannan have barely been able to feature during his tenure either. Instead, Luhukay has had to somehow fashion a team by coaxing previously-unseen performances from out-of-favour strikers such as Nuhiu and João; completing a defence with young and inexperienced players such as Wildsmith and Thorniley; and filling much of the rest of the team with players who were previously seen as backup options or squad players. That he's managed to achieve the same points average as our previous manager given the comparatively limited tools he's had to work with can only be seen as effective management, and hopefully bodes well for our future under Luhukay. Given a full pre-season to bed in his own signings, instil his own methods, and hopefully work with some of our better players, who knows where he could take us? Watch out, Championship, Luhukay's finding his rhythm!
  34. 77 points
  35. 77 points
    Dejphon Chansiri club statement I would like to begin by saying a big thank you to all our fans for another year of amazing support and dedication. The season did not go the way that we planned, reasons for which have been well documented, but we must now look forward in a positive way in the short and long term. On that note, it has given me a lot of pride to see some of our young players step up from the Under-23s and into the first team. They have done themselves proud, helping the team through a period of uncertainty when many of their senior colleagues were unable to play. The backing they have been given by the fans played an important part as well, this helped no end with their confidence, which as we all know is a key component in football. Jos has welcomed the younger players into the first team squad and I am sure you will agree that they have never looked out of place so credit must go to everyone concerned with their development. Most of the young players have committed their futures to Sheffield Wednesday, others have been offered contracts, and I believe this illustrates that there are no barriers in the way of any player at our club if he has the ability and correct attitude to succeed. The youngsters can look to the likes of Glenn Loovens and Ross Wallace as role models for their own careers. We will shortly say our goodbyes to Glenn and Ross, who have been consummate professionals in their time at Sheffield Wednesday and I thank them for their commitment to our club. We now look forward to a summer of preparation to ensure we try to challenge at the top part of the table next season. After two years of finishing in the play-offs the expectation levels go up, this is normal. But there are no guarantees in football so we must put this season behind us, dust ourselves down, and as I say, move forward in a positive way. As always, the one thing I can promise is that we will do our very best at every level of the club. We have made positive moves behind the scenes to ensure we continually improve the foundations of our club. Finally, I will conclude this statement where I began. The love you all have for Sheffield Wednesday is the bedrock of our club. To have the ability to call on your level of support makes us the envy of many of our peers and only drives my passion to bring sustained success to Hillsborough. I say thank you to you all and also to our dedicated staff who work so hard day in and day out. Enjoy your summer and we look forward to seeing you again next season.
  36. 76 points
  37. 75 points
    As the dew turns to mist across the land and the milky low winter sun rises across the Steel city to welcome the dawn of a fresh new year full of hope it's only right we look back at and put to bed the memories of the last 12 months. To clear out the memories... and what a year it has been. Highs, lows, frozen outs and thawed outs. Manager in and manager out. Number ones and number twos-" "Sir, what's this?" "What's what?" "This poster stuck over the window. Of that tree, the lawn in the morning. I thought I was seeing things. It's the middle of the night " "Put that back at once Stubbs, I'm trying to create atmosphere." "It's pitch black outside." "Just put the bloody picture back. And go and fetch me a pot of tea. I'm doing the match day thread for Birmingham" "Very good Sir. Hang on Sir. You're a day early." "I know. We're recording it early , like Jools Holland. You don't really think he's playing boogie woogie in a sodding TV studio at midnight on new years eve do you?! I mean I can hardly do this at 11:30 on the last night of the year can I!?" "Sorry Sir. I'll fetch the tea." "Where the hell was I? Ah yes...." Last year. No wins in November and December and Carlos was on his way by mutual consent on Christmas eve. A date which Wednesday seem to have a thing about when it comes to making changes . Mutual consent ..hmm... though one has to wonder with previous approaches knocked back and Swansea heading into the festivities without a manager once more how much of it was one way or the other or whether it was a genuine 50/50 agreement. Either way, it doesn't really matter that much now. We headed into the new year with the most crippling injury record that I can ever remember in all my years following the club with at one stage 16 players all unavailable to play. Most of whom would have been considered match day squad regulars. In comes Jos Lahukay. Somebody who, if everyone is honest no one had never bloody heard of. But you take it as it comes. What choice do you have? No one had heard of Wenger when he rocked up at Highbury. You just have to hope. So in comes this diminutive little chap with a 'tash' and within days the players are praising him making them do proper training. Which starts to prompt more questions online about the previous regime... Luhukays first job is a trip to darkest Morder and Bramall Lane. Crikey I can remember that week, barely had I been more worried going into a new Year. I ordered Stubbs to keep the Christmas lights up a bit longer to try and keep a bit of a warm glow about the place a bit longer so gloom laden was my mood. The blunts at their place. And us down to the bare bones. The absolute bare bones and with a home pummelling by them still fresh , nay , seared in the memory! The trepidation was palpable. I remember doing the match day thread and the early pages were all full of people of the same view- Just hoping that it wouldn't be a pummelling. No Bannan No Lee No Hooper No Forestieri No Hutchinson, No Fletcher No Lees No Westwood. Well he goes and shocks us all, we go there and match them up 3-5-2. Well that caught old Mardiola on the hop. Literally he was hopping about in the technical area having obviously thought they'd steam roller through us in our standard 4-4-2. We'd got the rookie Wildsmith in net. David Jones in midfield playing , what to me is still his best game for us. And wee Ross Wallace charging about kicking folks for fun in central midfield!! I've never seen the like! Then, the skipper Glenn Loovens, who's powers were waning anyway gets sent off. A bit harshly in my book, his stud catches in the ground and propels....but anyway. 64 minutes on the clock and we're down to ten men. With odds and sods in the side in an alien formation. And they still can't beat us. Blimey we even nearly win it at the end. Oh yes the blunts mocked that we were celebrating that 0-0 but make no bones about it, that draw hurt them more than any of them would ever EVER care to admit because in the build up, with our incredible injury crisis and terrible form... (1 win in 11) they genuinely, and don't ever let them tell you otherwise thought they were going to 'properly' avenge the Boxing day massacre. They'd built that game up in their hearts. This was it. And they didn't. Mardiola had looked at himself in the mirror that morning and said to himself that it would be he that would be remembered , out of all their managers, Bassett, Warnock, Harris, Haslam....it would be he Wilder who avenged it. Oh how he rubbed his trotters together with glee. But then this little bloke from Holland had quietly come in and stolen a point with kids and fillers. Venancio who had been keeping himself fit at Ponds Forge because he'd never had a sniff coming into the side and heading crosses away for fun. Yes, this little Dutchman bought some credits that day. And he needed them, because most people after the Carlos project were wanting something else. Someone English, someone who knew this league. He'd got them in for double training. Everyone gets giddy. It's the way things are isn't it. When one man goes you all want someone who's his opposite. Carlos was easy going. So we want someone who's going to make the buggers work. Especially after those photos that surface with most of the players looking like they have a spare tyre under the shirts! We then go and keep two more clean sheets, against much fancied Middlesborough and Warnocks Cardiff City. Games that , along with the blunts we were expecting to take nothing from. We then go and take a point at Oakwell, and then go and beat Derby. We suddenly look more unified. Far from a finished article of course, we're still crippled by injury but he's doing things simple- like playing combinations up front. Joao and Nuhiu are in from the cold and actually looking like a bit of a pairing. But then...then he does something that you only usually see on the International stage... we go to Millwall and play with no recognised strikers. There is outrage, and you can see why ...it's a Tuesday night game 190 miles away. Already the fan base is splitting and he's only been here a month! He says the crippling injuries in the club means he's not going to take chances on players who aren't fit and risk them being out longer. It's common sense stuff and as new drips from the dressing room about the holiday camp session under Carvalhal many people nod that they can see method in the new mans madness. George Boyd agreed saying that he backed the new manager and that the players fitness was lower than it should have been and that Carvalhal’s training sessions lacked intensity and left them ill-equipped for the rigours of the Championship! Despite four drawers , a win and two narrow defeats the 0-0 at the lane was losing its sparkle. The Millwall thing still fresh in peoples minds. The visit of Steve Bruces Villa will be etched in the memory of any who was there. For it was simply the first time in my entire life that I genuinely felt a referee was on the take and not simply terrible. Ironically it was probably , footballing wise the best team performance under Luhukay to date. But it was all over shadowed by the play acting of Robert Snodgrass and the man in the middle. George Boyd tripped in the box- nothing. Snodgrass....eurggh! I can't even talk about it now a year on! That referee. I have never been so incensed and nothing will ever persuade me otherwise that there was something afoot. Swarbrick retired at the end of the season. Which is just as well as the thought of him coming to Hillsborough again...he'd have been lynched. I'd have genuinely worried for the mans safety. I mean those stats. They will stand out like a sore thumb till the end of time! Two more defeats followed. The good performance against Villa boiled down to nothing more than a loss of points. A heavy defeat at Ashton Gate courtesy of a Bobby Reid hat-trick brought the ire of the fanbase and a home defeat to Ipswich had some fans murmuring about why we hadn't opted for an English manger like Johnson or McCarthy. By this stage things were ramping up though in the negativity stakes, what had promised to be a season where many thought it would be third time lucky had nearly turned into a free fall. The new man had come in and given us some manager bounce and had done something which Carvalhal admitted that he had failed to do which was get performances out of his squad players when his best XI were out injured. But still there was huge dissatisfaction. The manager wasn't a 'character' and whilst that shouldn't really matter- to fans it can do. Fans do like a character in the hot seat. They like someone with a quip or a one liner. Whilst Carlos and his endless food analogies started to grate when things weren't going well on the pitch he was certainly value for money most of his time here for the soundbites. As the season started reaching its end the conspiracy theories really started to ramp up not not helped when a clip of a Carlos press conference from earlier in the season reared it's head when he said there were things happening and that he'd "Tell us at the end of the season" suddenly with nothing much else to get excited about and a mid table finish likely on the cards the gossip mongering hit overdrive- for fans love chatting and with little to talk about of note on the pitch it meant that it was time to look for other things to remark on and that thing was the injury crisis. Social media soon exploded with theories that the injured sixteen weren't actually injured at all. Even though many of the players had gone down injured on the park. Now theories started that the injuries were all fake. That the club was forcing players to miss games to save money, to save bonus clauses, to save on auto contract renewals and..." "Your tea Sir" "Ahh, thank you Stubbs." "How's it going, Sir?" "Ok I think. Just looking back, last season really was one to forget wasn't it. So many bad things. I was hoping to put some positives in but..." "Ahh yes. Butterfield" "Bloody hell Stubbs I'd forgotten about him!" "Well perhaps you should mention him" "No. No, I don't want it to be all doom and gloom. I'll leave that to The Star" "Will that be all Sir. I was hoping to get down the Nuns for a quick slurp" "Steady on Stubbs, you'll be getting the post deleted with that sort of talk. Have you forgotten deletageddon in last weeks match thread?" "Sorry Sir." "Yes, anyway. Get yourself off." "Thank you, Sir" Ahh yes. Contract renewals. There were all sorts of theories doing the rounds. Luhukay who had done well in steadying the ship with mainly bench warmers and squad players with a sprinkling of the kids thrown in was now also getting dragged into the conspiracy theories regarding injuries. The quiet Dutchman was now having the finger pointed at him as having been given the job because he was a 'yes-man' who would agree to having players pretending to be injured. It was all quite farfetched but it was gaining more and more followers and questions. In the end Barry Bannan one of the players who had yet to make an appearance under the new manager after sustaining a hip injury at Norwich before Christmas broke under questioning from a social media detective.. But it wasn't enough to stop the rumours persisting. A fortnight later Bannan was back in action as Wednesday took apart Preston at Hillsborough, a game remembered for an Atdhe Nuhiu double and one of the best goals seen at Hillsborough in many a year. Also a game I remember because a chap in front on me had been giving him pelters all afternoon. I looked for him when that magnificent third goal went in and saw his seat was empty. Gutted. Still. When Forestieri came from the bench to bend home the fourth it put a gloss on things. Defeats to QPR and Fulham were sandwiched inbetween wins over Sunderland and Hull. Reading were put to the sword and the season was wrapped up with a smashing of Norwich with a Nuhiu hat-trick. Summer The summer ,people hoped, would be one of rebuilding. He'd come in and been unspectacular but his remit had been to stop the slide, which he did, with mainly fringe players and kids. He'd already got his critics, the Millwall game or Striker-gate as it shall be known was still needling many. But as the summer sun brought some relief most supporters were prepared to see what the man could do after the break when he had a full squad to pick from. The Club revealed we'd be having a new kit and that last years would be getting sold off. Though many fans were disappointing at the high prices for something which was about to become out of date. As the season approached bad news dripped out that Hooper and Lee looked unlikely to be ready for the start of the new season. Ross Wallace and Glenn Loovens were released. Fans started to get wondering who would replace them. Two experienced campaigners and as free transfers two chaps who had provided some of our best business in years. Frederico Venancio it was presumed would come in and help bolster the back line having stood in for Tom Lees whilst the future skipper was injured and many were shocked when he announced to the media that he loved it here and was desperate to stay but then flew back to Portugal with any talk of signing him vanishing with him. Suddenly alarm bells were ringing. There was talk that we might not have been able to afford the affable centre half, yet his asking price was being touted as low as £750,000 an absolute snip compared to similarly talented English centre halves who were moving for four and five times that figure. Jack Hunt was the next out of the door transferred to Bristol City for £1.6m. A decent fee it was thought for a player who had also had some injury problems and had to be subbed off struggling in many of the 28 games he did start the previous season. But again...was he going to be replaced? Rhodes was set up with a loan move to Norwich City, presumably with a view to a permanent move. Also on the move was his father Andy, the Wednesday goalkeeping coach and someone who had been credited with doing much to help Wednesdays two highly promising young custodians Wildsmith and Dawson. Gone to become the assistant manager at Oldham a club where he played 69 games during one of their finest spells in the late eighties and early nineties. There is some good news at this stage though as George Boyd tells the press that the players are going to be much fitter this season and that they have done a lot of quality work in pre season. “As a player, you need that fitness,” he said. If you don’t do a proper pre-season and don’t build up that base of fitness, you can’t do it during the season, especially with the amount of games you play in the Championship. You can’t get fitness sessions during the week so you need to do it now and that sets you up for the rest of the year.” (Amazingly though this interview is one of the few times we see George for 5 months until Bully brings him back in.) So there were tiny threads of positivity. However this was tempered when he announced that he would be having young Cameron Dawson as his number one. Several times he stated it in the press conference. But he kept referring to a "situation" Dawson knew what the "Situation" was. As did Westwood and Wildsmith. But the thing is, the fans didn't know what the "Situation" was...and it was something which was to become a constant talking point throughout the season. As the season approached the rumour mill went into overdrive with people throwing the names of all sorts of possible transfer targets out there. Hundreds were touted and rumoured. But none came in. The manager was given nothing to spend. The club then revealed the new kit Magnificent! (Though the stripes were only on the front it was a step in the right direction. If we get the shorts and socks right next season under Bruce then maybe , just maybe the glory days will come again!) Wednesday were away to momentum powered Wigan on the opening day of the season and fell to a 3-2 defeat, young Van Aken back in the side at the centre of a 3 man defence where he struggled with the physical side of the game whilst over on his right flank Tom Lees ,the best defensive header of the ball in the club, was struggling to get to grips with being charged with pulling wide and starting moves off. The fans , after a poor previous season were worried a bad start could cost us and even Luhukays most vociferous critics were demanding to know why the Dutchman hadn't been given any money to spend, with his only signing to date being Joey Pelupessy, for a meagre £420,000. To be given any chance the man, even his doubters agreed, had to be given something to spend. It was in this early week of the season that the Chairman announced at a fans forum that the club had been under a temporary embargo since April! On the park Wednesday got their first point on the board with a 1-1 draw with Hull City. Sam Hutchinson replacing the shell shocked Van Aken in the back line. Though Hutchinson was used in the centre of the back three, with Lees again on the right side and charged with getting the moves going. So many people wondered why Hutchinson -so much more comfortable on the ball wasn't put in the RCB role and Lees in the central one. A week later against Brentford Hutchinson was back in midfield against Brentford. On paper this was a solid looking Wednesday side. Lees back in his comfortable position as the right sided centre half position in a back four had Pudil alongside him. However left fullbacks Penney and Fox were overlooked for the left back spot by natural centre half Thorniley. A midfield 3 of Hutchinson, Bannan and Pelupessy was on paper a good balance of fitness, finesse , stamina, ticking, tackling. However somewhat bizarrely rather than Hutchinson and Pelupessy sitting, or even just Hutchinson sitting and Pelupessy playing higher up alongside Bannan...Wednesdays ball winning tackler played in what can only be described in a sort of attacking, deep, inside right position. He looked lost, but that could be little excuse for a barmy penalty he gave away. He'll have been as gutted as the next man. However...it would be the last we'd see of Hutchinson in the League for 5 months. Three wins on the spin pushed us right up the table into the top ten and Lucas Joao was in good goalscoring form and showing flashes of the player he always had the potential to be. We've stuck with a back four for a few games and while not pulling any tree up we're at the right end of the table. Josh Onomah and Michael Hector come in on loan to bolster the numbers. There's no sign though of George Boyd or David Jones though and the contract and payment rumours of last season start to flair like embers in the great until the conspiracies become a raging fire once more. When asked why they aren't involved the manager plays it with a straight bat and says he's looking long term and has some kids who are the future of the club and he wants to give them game time and experience. Which is all fair enough. But with the shadow of embargo hanging still over the club many just outright call him a liar. In that situation, whatever you think of him as a manager it has to be said that he and to an extent the club, can't win. On the pitch after some really good results the signing of Hector actually seems to make the manager wobble even more, the recent run of wins and draws (with a defeat to Forest in there) comes to a halt as he then goes back to a back three, almost to squeeze Hector in. It means Lees moving back to right centre back and almost instantly the skipper starts to look wobbly again. Leeds United with Bielsa at the helm (The man I wanted when Gray got the boot and everyone told me would never come to England!!) give us a right old game at Hillsborough raining in an astonishing 25 shots in on young Cameron Dawsons goal, which he manages to keep at bay. It's like the Alamo at the back there, but Wednesday are clinging on to their lead from Reachs wonder goal at the break. Ten minutes after the break though they are back in it when Mateusz Kitch scores as good a strike as you'll see at this level. With changes now happening every week no one has any idea what team will be playing week by week. Pudil, Thorniley and Hector all seem to be rotated. We take a two goal lead against West Bromich Albion at home but squander it all too easily... players start getting some hammer from the fans who seem to be arguing with each other about which players to blame even down to arguing which players should be fouling the opposition! The players are starting to lose the fans, the club is starting to lose the fans. There is no clarity about what it happening with the embargo. The manager is a quiet bloke , and though it makes little difference in real terms, the Sheffield public are getting agitated and they want to see their manager looking agitated in the dugout and getting annoyed like they are. It's all a bizarre thing but it's tribal, they want to know the man in the hot seat is as stressed as them. The skipper had a nightmare against Middleborough and the airwaves were crackling with voices saying he was too quite to be a captain and that he needed Loovens along side him. One or two with a bit of nous wanted him to be stuck back in a two man central defence. As it was he found himself dropped for the following match at QPR... ...along with four others. We get pumped 3-0. Then we're on to Birmingham, but we're back to a back four now and a very narrow midfield, some would say diamond, which is almost completely devoid of width. A week afterwards Jos decides to put the width issue right by going 4-4-2 and making sure we have player in wide areas! Nuhiu and Fletcher start up front and one or two old fashioned types start to have hopes of seeing crosses and headed goals like the good old days. We do actually create a couple of decent chances and Onomah should probably have us 2-0 up going into the break but lines are fluffed. Cameron Dawson saves a penalty which earns him warm applause. However.... after half time Wednesday capitulate and amazingly find themselves 3-0 down in just 11 crazy minutes, and sections of the crowd start chanting Kieran Westwoods name, scuffles and arguments break out in the stand. A fourth near the end and the murmurs and groans around Hillsborough grow. Fans are arguing on-line and Football heaven is full of callers all with a different take on the situation some livid and many quoting what is rapidly becoming 2018's buzzword "Toxic". Wednesday have conceded 28 goals in 16 outings and fans are all agreeing at this stage, whatever their views on the manager, conspiracies and anything else- the opposition aren't having to work for their goals. So many of them are gifts. Though..... "The opposition are going to get gifts," said Radio summariser Brian Laws "if you are allowing teams 15 to 20 free hits at goal every week. One of them will get lucky" In goal, Laws' statement is backed up by the fact young Dawson has faced more shots than any other goalkeeper in the entire division. He's made the most saves, say SKY TV, but it's an accolade he'd rather not have as the reason for it is the fact he's being shelled every week. "This Luhukay," opines one chap on my Twitter feed "I heard he was reight defensive, but I don't know where they've got that from we couldn't get a clean sheet in a Chinese launderatte" We then go to the place where it all first started for Luhukay Bramall Lane. And oh! King-Grunter Wilder is loving it , his team are flying high and Wednesday are struggling and are the only team in the division yet to keep a clean sheet. Mardiola is revelling in the build up all week and The Star can't give him enough column inches! Their reporter also tries to crank the pressure up by claiming that Wednesday are favourites for the clash.. despite Wednesday having just 3 wins in 3 months. Unbelievable! Wilder, in his Bristolian, Bedfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Wiltshire accent goes on to say how he understands how big the game is on account of him being so Northern... Luhukay says "It is the biggest game of the season, the derby match, you play for pride, honour and respect. You play to win a derby , you have to do it for the fans, so the players must also understand that." But the press ignore that totally and concentrate all their efforts on pointing out one tiny part of the 15 minute conference when he said he'd managed big derbies before and so of course he knew what they were about. As it is Wednesday go there and put in one of the best defensive displays of this or any season . Dawson saves a penalty and keeps a clean sheet having faced 19 shots. Wednesday get a point, the United fans make fun of Wednesday fans for celebrating the result and Mardiola can barely hide his upset that once more ,with all the chips stacked in his sides favour he has failed to bring home a double or revenge for the BDM! He resorts to saying how proud he is of his players and finds himself barely able to open his mouth without trying to shoe horn in that he thinks every player in Wednesdays squad is on £40,000 per week. (God knows what he'd make of the £100,000 a week that David Jones is on!) Wednesday fans still bicker though and despite the clean sheet the debate about why Dawson is playing instead of Westwood rages on. The manager says it's down to him, which many fans think is lunacy, some fans claim Westwood is a bad egg, some claim it's to do with a contract clause which means we'll have to extend his deal and one or two of the more fringe lunatics actually think that Chansiri is picking the side and texting it to the manager every week! No one has any idea what the truth is! The chairman when asked outright at a fans forum backs the manager by admitting it is purely the managers decision. But still some don't believe him claiming he's throwing the manager under the bus to cover for an FFP fiasco. There's about 8 factions of fans all with different views on the matter and no one has any idea what the hell is going on. Though all fans from every side of the equation are agreed on one thing...the situation won't be doing the young lad in the net any good. Wednesday go to Blackburn and get demolished by an average Blackburn side. Going with a two man central midfield we don't have anyone to pick up Bradley Dack who is afforded the freedom of the pitch and goes on the rampage. The fans start chanting for Jos out. This is the Winter of our discontent! Ahh the forum. The Clubs fans forum. Fair play to the Chairman. I wouldn't do them, I wouldn't honest. But he did. Booked at the University octagon centre to allow more people to attend ....until the Universities security manager had the event cancelled with worries about fans kicking off. It all seems a bit rich from a venue that has previously held boxing nights and cage fighting all with an open bar. But cancel it they do. Releasing a statement via their Vice chancellors office. But even this is dismissed as rubbish by some fans who are now at mouth-frothing levels of anger and accuse the University of colluding with the club to get it cancelled so not as many people can attend. Funny the effect football can have on people! The Chairman leaves the meeting knowing that most fans aren't happy with the manager and within 14 hours the manager was gone. Lee Bullen is suddenly giving the keys an told to look after the house until a new man can be found. Bullen steps up to the plate with little fuss. He talks common sense in his first press conference. Just as he did when given the same task almost a year before. He's true to his word. Sets us up simply with round pegs in round holes. We go to a traditional and solid back four with the skipper back in his best position as a right sided centre back in a partnership. He plays a formation and system which means we won't be overrun in central midfield by having a holding player behind to shuttlers and frees Bannan and Reach, Onomah and Pelupessy to do their best work further forward. Showing signs he's shrewder than many would give him credit he also recalls two fan favourites from the wilderness in Westwood and Hutchinson. It's a master-stroke not just in terms of tactics but in terms of creating a positive atmosphere at Hillsborough. The fans, for the first time in months are positive before a ball has been kicked. Westwood was barking out his orders to the defence and even people still debating the rights and wrongs of both keepers treatment agreed the benefit of having another experienced head back there in a team struggling for confidence and form. The Preston game isn't a classic but Wednesday are in control, even before dirty get Pearsons inevitable sending off. It's a 4-3-3 when attacking and becomes a 4-1-4-1 when we lose possession. We're compact and we reduce the number of shots at our goal to 4. The lowest of the entire season. Against Middlesborough we again allow them only 4 shots and even against West Brom the top scorers in the entire division we keep them down to just 9 shots . 6 less than we allowed against lowly Rotherham. It's simple stuff. But football is a simple game. It works! Rumours are abound that Bruce is incoming once he's finished his holiday in Barbados. Though some are questioning his eagerness to get here. Well, I don't say I blame him. The Caribbean or a Sheffield winter. Which would you find more appealing. His assistants have already been to watch us and have no doubt been sending back detailed notes from what they have seen and... "Sir." "Stubbs, what are you doing here?" "The Nuns is shut Sir and I've never much fancied the Black Horse since Teds lad took over as tenant." "A wise choice Stubbs. A wise choice" "I did bump into Hargreaves in the village though Sir" "Owen?" "Neil" "Oh yes. What did he have to say?" "He asked me to give you this Sir. It's a Fortnum and Masons hamper, he said he can't believe he isn't paying you considering the quality of your content on this site , especially when he looks at the wedge that's being thrown at proper journalists down the road" "Well he's quite right. But he needn't have bought me this. Listen Stubbs, grab yourself a glass we'll pop open the bubbly and see in the new year" "Ummm..." "Hang on a minute Stubbs, the bloody hamper; it's empty!" "Ahh, yes Sir. He was dropping it off. But then he stopped for a breather by the village Green and sat on the bench there and..well he, well, he drank the lot Sir. But he did tell me to tell you that it's the thought that counts." "Humph!" "Have you finished the Match day thread Sir?" "Just about Stubbs. Just about." "I can't see anything about Birmingham in there Sir.." "Oh Bolllocks. I'd forgot about them lot. Look it's too late now. We'll just have to add a bit on the morning of the game." HAPPY NEW YEAR COME ON WEDNESDAY
  38. 74 points
    Was at the match last night, cracking atmosphere didn’t see any bother then i turn on SSN this morning to see some idiot throwing a bottle then a coin at one of there players (possibly 2 people) Why? Its not big, it’s not clever if you can’t behave like somebody with half a brain don’t bother coming, now it’s highly likely we will face a fine taking away some of the extra gate recipients generated last night. Whoever you are your not fit to call yourself Wednesday
  39. 74 points
    I thought the comments from Gullit and Murphy were f**king disgusting.
  40. 74 points
    Any chance you could actually explain what is happening? Obviously your manager is way outta his depth, but lets be honest...Who brought him in...? Is it not time to face up? I'll take the Flak for buying Jordan Rhodes...I'll take the flak for selling Jack Hunt...but in mitigation..I only did it cos you seemed to be doing sod all. The one thing you have delivered on is the "I know little of football"...O.K we now believe you..Do you really have to keep f.ookin' proving it? Its time to speak to the fans..who are grateful for all the money you have put in..but lets be honest..thats all relative...Wednesday fans have paid ridiculous prices for the last 3 years...might be a pittance to you..but its not to us...The sooner you realise that basic economic fact the better.... The club needs guidance, the fans need guidance...We need a plan, we need something to look towards..and you honestly need to sack the manager...then ask someone who to appoint... I would seriously you ask someone who "Knows a little about football" You need a plan...You need to tell us what it is... You need to tell us what the "serious trouble" you foresee next season is.. .(Of course that was only going to happen if we didn't go up).. Well guess what?...We won't Its time for a statement..Its time for direction...Its time to speak to the fans... We are not "your minions"..we are not some sorta toy to play with..then discard... "WE"..Mr Chansiri..are Sheffield Wednesday...and we will be, whether you stay or go...Threats of serious trouble..You taking your money back...You selling..while unfortunate..Will not change that... "WE" are Sheffield Wednesday..and we are bigger than you... There will ALWAYS be a Sheffield Wednesday...Its up to you to decide what your legacy will be...Cos I assure you...You will disappear a f.ookin lot faster than we will
  41. 74 points
    If he didn't want to sign as soon as he had the chance, I'd rather he fuckedoff to be honest.
  42. 74 points
    Loovens has to be one of the best free signings we have made. He came into a horrendous team fighting relegation in the middle of the season and was fantastic and to go to captain us through 2 play off seasons he’s been immense. Unfortunately age has caught up with him but what a great signing that was.
  43. 74 points
    And there's Carlos' biggest flaw all in one article, he's too far up his own arse.
  44. 73 points
    On this managerial situation I have been thinking and what our great club needs is a young, hungry but most importantly proven manager who is now looking to move to the next level. An appetite to succeed at the highest level, something they simply cannot do where they currently are. That is our trump card. If you look around there are several top managers at much smaller clubs, playing in front of tiny crowds who must wonder what they could achieve with a sleeping giant club and fan base like Wednesday. Outsiders might think it would be a step backwards for them but these top managers know you sometimes have to do that to take 2 steps forwards. Give me any of.... Sean Dyce - got Burnley up, kept them up & then got them into Europe. Burnley fans want him out so he could be available soon. My number 1 choice - we could potentially be in the Champions League in 5 years, maybe less. David Wagner - got Huddersfield up and kept them up. In the play offs at Hillsborough he must have wished he was the manager of the other team with our passionate fans and depth of squad at the time. Eddie Howe - got Bournemouth up and has kept them up. Almost an established Prem team now but he must be sick of managing in front of 7,000 fans each week. Chris Houghton - got Brighton up and kept them up. Does't play the best football but he could do with more creative players and supporters who demand nothing less. Rafa Benitiz - got Newcastle up and kept them up. Only a matter of time before the poo hits the fan up there. The only one I would question we could get because he's a bit older and more likely to move to a Watford or Everton.... unless he thinks he's got one more big job in him. All the above have got teams out of the championship and then also kept them up but their personal projects must be coming to an end where they are now and they will be looking for a change soon and the lure of a big club like ours could persuade them. Or we could just get Gary Megson.
  45. 73 points
    Who after Chansiri had given us a half hour tirade about how we as supporters are to blame for the clubs current predicament; and that we'll have to find the extra money to pay the highest prices in the division because 'we've all got to do our part equally'. Who then gave this complete charlatan a round of applause, just because he ended with the statement 'we've got better players than United'...you all ought to hang your heads in shame. He must've sat there thinking "I could murder their wives and children and as long as I throw them a few platitudes along the way then they'll lap it up". The first opportunity since last seasons debacle to make him accountable and you all sat there like hypnotized clapping seals. More please Mr Chansiri, more please, we love you. The buck for this complete monstrosity of a start to the season is purely down to DC, and the sooner fans stop blowing smoke up his arse the sooner he'll have to make some real decisions, stop behaving like a spoilt child and start acting like a proper businessman.
  46. 73 points
    Hes our talisman and best player at the club,seen a lot of negative posted about whats happened but sir Alex Ferguson didn't turn his back on cantona Come on Fernando im looking forward to seeing you torment the opposition defences this season
  47. 73 points
    #SWFC skipper Glenn Loovens has issued his goodbye to the club "My time has come to move on. I enjoyed my 4,5 years stay at this great club and want to thank everyone of you that made it so special. I wish you guys all the best for the future and hope that you get what you deserve" - Glenn Loovens
  48. 72 points
    There will be an empty seat next to me on the North this Saturday. My lovely mother in law has just passed away suddenly. We have been going to games together for over 30 years. Many of which as ST holders. She loved Wednesday and always had many stories to tell. She loved an away day but more recently just play off finals.... Will miss her and match days will never be the same.... Rest in Peace.
  49. 72 points
    He is not as good as he thinks he is.
  50. 71 points
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