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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 149 points
    Just wanted to post this to recognise what absolute star and true gent we have in Keiren Westwood. On Wednesday, a lifelong friend of mine, Dave Holden, lost his short battle with Cancer. Dave was a huge Wednesdayite and did a huge amount for the club, as do his family with the disability group, SODA. Keiren learnt of Dave's battle and went to visit him in hospital. Instead of a token brief visit, he spent over 2 hours with Dave, talking all things Wednesday. This meant a huge amount to Dave. He's obviously kept Dave in his thoughts, putting a heart felt message out on the day he died and then dedicating the clean sheet and today's victory to Dave. The guy is such a fantastic down to earth person and knows what it means to be part of the Wednesday family. Can not thank him enough.
  4. 136 points
    First off Jordan and our entire family would like to tell you that it was a total privilege and honour for Jordan to have been involved with such a wonderful club. Our humble gratitude to have met Steve Haslam and have him involved developing Jordan and the support he gave him was second to none. The coaching staff, and physio/sport science who looked after him with his lengthy lay off was terrific and our gratitude is never ending. We are certainly going to miss going to watch him play at Wednesday and to play at such a iconic place like Hillsborough swelled my heart with pride so I can only imagine how Jordan felt running out the tunnel. He leaves Wednesday a double U18s title winner and has told me he wants to repay the Wednesday coaching staff and Steve Haslam by returning to the Club as a proven player in 5 years time. Special thanks to Ken Ryder and Big John in admin and every single one of you guys on here for your support of Jordan and his teammates. I will be sticking around to chip in every now and again and to keep you updated on Jordan’s journey back to Wednesday. Thank you all so much.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 108 points
    Manager Defends players = Clown Manager nails players = Clown 5 managers. Same players...
  9. 104 points
    On what planet are Leeds rivals with Manchester United?
  10. 102 points
    I have been on here many years but never been ITK with stuff. However, today is the day after nearly a decade on Owlstalk that I join the highly esteemed likes of The Bizzle, Big Guns, Penguin and John Bloodaxe in being truly ITK. One of my friends (not an Owl) works at another Championship club and a guy who he knows from university currently works for us (I won't say the role but it is with the first team and U23). They met last week and got talking about Wednesday as he knows my family are all supporters and season ticket holders. This is what he passed on to me, some of it is very obvious stuff we can all guess, but some other things might be surprising. - The first team were told that a points deduction is inevitable and is imminent (although DC is still committed to appealing it). He had heard 12 points was what had been mentioned to the first team and he does think this has really affected the performances etc - DC wants out and has hardly spent any time at the club this season. He is also quite widely disliked by staff there - If we do manage to stay up after a points deduction he doesn't believe DC will be spending much on big signings again - Monk is apparently liked by the players and staff (surprising) and the way he speaks seems to indicate he plans to be here long term and use a new younger side - Westwood and Hutch have been pushed out after falling out with Monk. Apparently they both aren't that well - liked behind the scenes, especially with the newer players. He also described one of them as not a nice character - There are some divisions within the dressing room - Fletcher is a legend and everyone loves him - Rhodes was due to sign for Celtic on transfer deadline day on loan but DC requested a ridiculous loan fee that Celtic didn't want to pay - Monk has been told he can bring in his own backroom staff and wants a big turnover in the current playing squad in the summer - In his opinion as an employee and not a supporter, the club massively lacks leadership and direction and it seems that things are just plodding along without any real aims. Just a sort of, 'let's hope we get promoted' without having any real plan. This stems from DC - He has no idea why we haven't got a Chief Exec or an equivalent to run the day to day things at the club, especially seeing as DC is rarely ever at the club nowadays Most it seems pretty plausible and nothing too groundbreaking. Enjoy .
  11. 102 points
    Oh here we go. I can hear Doom sharpening his pencil now.
  12. 101 points
    We're becoming one of those grubby clubs that I was always glad we weren't. Pushing the rules to their limits, being unco-operative, not holding ourselves to a higher standard. What a shameful episode in the club's history that at the moment looks likely to result in relegation. Incompetence of the most heinous kind.
  13. 101 points
    We shouldn't let this stupid narrative become normalised. A tight 1 0 win in the championship against a team who've won their last two games and made one single chance in the game is not playing 'awful'. We were excellent in defence, the midfield held their shape and we scored one of our two chances.Call it dull or unexciting fair enough. Just to remind some that we spent f all this summer and lost our manager just before the season started. Now a 1 0 home win against Stoke City to take us 3rd in the league is an 'awful' Wednesday performance. Believe me we can do a lot worse.
  14. 100 points
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 94 points
    Transfer window closed and he's still an owl. He's on good money, he's our record signing so use him. We've made perfect signings to play to his strengths. Finally we have pace to get down the flanks, put that ball in the box and let him do what he does. I don't think there is any owl who doesn't want this guy to succeed. Let's get behind him, make him feel wanted and watch him tear up this league like he has so many times before. He could be as good as any new signing. UTO
  18. 94 points
  19. 93 points
    Yeah, he's showing all those who've been negative about him, eh?
  20. 93 points
    Quality tonight. Ended the season well, pretty much from when Bruce came in. Still gets loads of grief when named in the line up. Faces up to the criticism, and just gets on with it. He's tall, has a decent whipped cross on him. I get that he's not a flying full back, but I think he'll go on to have a very decent season, and plenty will have to hold their hands up for their criticism of him. 2 brilliant challenges tonight, 1 early on and the 2nd late on when, if Luton had equalised, the whole atmosphere would have changed. Passing, positional sense, all spot on. I think he gets grief in almost a sheep mentality. Fair play to him, joint MOM for me with Borner and Harris. He must have some strength of character to crack on, despite all the criticism. First topic start on here, prepared for it...
  21. 92 points
  22. 91 points
    So the Monk has arrived. The work of the bookies in the previous 48 hours had muddied the waters and pointed the vain eastward to Lincoln creating a diversion which only added more fuel to the fire when the Sincil bank incumbent Cowley didn't rule out the possibility (as he had done the Huddersfield talk) by saying he 'knew nothing about it' (just as Bruce had) and then made vague comments about perfect opportunities and "the 3 parties involved". If there was nothing from Wednesday then there would surely only be the two parties wouldn't there? His team and the Lincoln hierarchy. It remains unclear what went off. It is possible that Cowley might have been playing the game and trying to encourage a Wednesday, hope that a bidding war could be matched with Huddersfield or even to get some sort of further backing from Lincoln. All these things can be used as bargaining chips. What can't be argued is that all of this had an effect on the announcement of Monk. Had sky not started spinning the Cowley yarn and we had simply gone from post terrible-QPR-loss to announcing Monk I suspect the news would have been greeted with far happier response from the fan base. Yesterdays response from supporters was almost muted. Of course it is not only the Cowley story that has affected the response to the new man, but also the timescale which has spanned from Bruce going and Monk being announced. The man has been out of work. Why the delay? Many will put that down to it being "Typical Wednesday" or "Chansiri not doing owt" I suspect that is far from the truth. Chansiri , far from looking pi$$ed off and mardy at the press conference as some have suggested looked, IMO, a man totally drained. Someone who had been burning the midnight oil and who having jetted from one side of the World to the other and then half way back across again in the previous two week looked like it was starting to catch up with him. Anyone who has ever done a lot of travelling knows only too well the effect it can have on the sleep pattern, the body and how physically and mentally tiring it can be. Add to the that the stresses of the SAG, SYP City Council Witch-hunt of The Wednesday and the stadium sale investigation and it's not hard to understand, if you have a reasonable about of grey cells why the owner might have looked a bit tired at the press conference. Not including the pressure of 30,000 fans demanding regular updates Frankly , that anyone could have seen the man yesterday and not see that he had obviously been running about like a looney trying to get things sorted is astonishing. . He said when the Job became available that there had been 100 applicants. Given the way that he's been previously shafted and before that got the appointment badly wrong, this process won't have been a case of sitting at a desk and casually flicking through those applicants "yes, no, no, yes, maybe, no, yes". He'll have been looking into them in detail and will have also have been seeking advice from other people. He's also, as we know, someone big on the respect side of things. Chansiri won't have been making snide phonecalls to in work managers like other clubs do. He'll have gone through the proper process of approaching clubs seeking permission. They might not have answered the requests until the 4th time of asking. There are all these things to consider and they all take time. He's then had to talk to people on the shortlist. Preliminary chats. Does he like them? Do they like him? Can they see each other working together? You don't just pick a name out of the list offer them a contract and get off to the pub in time for last orders. Then there will have been second rounds of talks , trying to lay out the vision you have to the candidates, and them there's to you. They need to know the conditions they will be working under and they will have had their own ideas that they want to get out in the open before things proceed. Then...one of them says no and you move on again to the next man. In the meantime Bullen and the team have been holding the fort and doing ok. The Chairman was probably happy with this in knowing that it meant he could thoroughly investigate the possible candidates and make sure no stone was left un-turned. It might have frustrated us, but in the long term shouldn't we be happy that the best possibilities have been investigated and looked at to ensure we get the right man at the right time. After all timing is key in football. Which brings us to Monk.... Currently in a war with his previous clubs about the transfer activities and the use of his agent in brokering deals. Am I not the only person who believes another reason for the delay might be that Chansiri had been seeking reassurances about these affairs and had possibly been getting the clubs briefs had been drawing up a water tight contract to avoid any possible future disputes between themselves and their new manager? I think that there's every chances that some things have been included in the wording to make sure there are no future 'coincidences' occurring at Hillsborough. So what of Monk the manager? Starting at Swansea as a caretaker after the Laudrup experiment went wrong Monk saved them from the drop with a game to spare. He then took the role full time in the summer. In his first full season he guided The Swans to eighth position with a club record points tally. Monk signed a new three-year extension. However he was sacked before Christmas following a run of one win in 11 Premier League matches, which left the club 15th L**ds June 2016, Monk was appointed head coach of Championship club L**ds United on a one-year rolling contract Leeds were firmly in the playoff positions and in the hunt for automatic promotion, having pulled 11 points clear of 7th place. However, after a dramatic loss of form in the final 8 matches of the season, Leeds mathematically missed out on the playoffs on the final day of the season, finishing in 7th place. Despite this L**ds were set to activate a 1-year contract extension with the option of exploring a longer term deal, but on 25 May, Monk resigned as Leeds United head coach, with (new owner) Radrizzani saying that Monk's decision to quit the club had been a 'shock'. Middlesbrough On 9 June 2017, Monk was appointed as the manager of newly relegated Championship club Middlesbrough. Monk stated that he aimed to have the club promoted immediately back to the Premier League. On 23 December 2017, it was announced that Monk had left the club to be replaced by Tony Pulis three days later. Boro were just 3 points from the play-offs when he was given the boot! Birmingham City March 2018 he signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, and became Birmingham's fifth permanent manager in 15 months in a time of great disharmony at the club! With the team in danger of relegation, he led them to five wins out of the eleven matches remaining to save them from the drop. Monk said he would be "relentless" in raising the mentality throughout the club, and "whoever is not on board with that won't be here." He excluded several players, including both senior goalkeepers, from consideration for the 2018–19 first team. Despite a 9 point deduction and a hampered transfer summer because of EFL restrictions Monk finished the season 17th. Xuandong Ren announced he was dissatisfied with Monk's playing style. Monk said Ren knew nothing about football. After making it clear he would not resign, Monk was sacked on 18th June much to the total disgust of the Birmingham fan base disgusted at the way their club had been run and who had, in Monk found someone to galvanise the football side and the supporters. This was a man afterall who managed to get a tune out of Jaques Maghoma! Management style? Playing Syle? Whilst at Swansea Monk’s tactical philosophy was keeping hold of possession and cautiously building from the back. With a three point midfield in a 4-3-3, the 3 often rotate around each other creating gaps and space to play passes out to the two wingers. In the course of this season, the two wingers , both coming with bags of pace and directness in running at the opposing full-backs. The central midfield rotation usually evolves around having one man on his own, with the other two either in front or behind. However..... ..........in more recent times .Both Middlesbrough and Birmingham made comment on his exit about his style of football not being what they were after, wanting a more continental possession based, nice looking aesthetic game. Monk himself has offered comment on this perceived shift to a high tempo high pressing style... So will Garry Monk be a success at Hillsborough? Will he be the man to change our fortunes? The truth is non of us know. No one can predict the future no matter how desperate they might be to convince us otherwise. The Chairman doesn't know, the players don't know, and we sure as hell don't know. All managerial appointments are gambles. You have to just pick the person you think best suited and then.... require a bit of luck! "We have some lucky elephants" "I was hoping you were gonna say a proper left back" What I do know is that despite only having a short time as a manager in the game Monk has managed to get more experience in those 5 years than he will have in his entire playing career and than many managers will have gained in careers twice as long. Why? Well, because you truly only learn the most when there's a $hitstorm. When you have to batten down the hatches as the storm rages around you. In his 5 short years he's worked for clubs and fans with expectations well above their level, some crack pot owners, he's had to work under EFL restrictions!!. Despite his short career he is probably the perfectly experienced man in that sense to take on the Wednesday All that and he's only 40 ! Get this right and he might have a secure job for a long time. Chansiri is a man who backs his managers. Monk taps into the club and gets us in the right direction he's as much chance as anyone of going down as one of the best!!! GOOD LUCK GARRY MONK You'll bloody need it! Also a quick thank to @OWLERTON GHOST I'm back in the game after Dottys tip nearly ruined me. Thank you Brother!
  23. 91 points
    Take them to the cleaners DC we’re all behind you
  24. 91 points
    Sounds like a perfect way to screw us on compensation. Cheers Nigel, David and George...legends
  25. 90 points
    I don’t get the hate for Carlos. Yeah, it went wrong in the end like it does for most managers but his first season was fantastic. I like the guy
  26. 90 points
    There was a massive overreaction on the radio last night. People laying into monk, saying he should go etc. Really venemous. Then I look on here and see more venomous, nasty poo aimed at Chansiri. Calling him a spoilt rich kid? Is there really any need for that? A man who has poured alot of money into our club (and yes, made some mistakes) Everyone complaining , no balance. How does that help matters? Monk has been brilliant this season. Look at the league position until yesterday ffs. Let's just support him and hope the club can get the players in we desperately need to compete in a very tight division. The season is still alive and we still have plenty to play for.
  27. 89 points
    What a bloke, that is all.
  28. 89 points
    Is Dave Jones turning up to finish the talk off halfway through the night ?
  29. 88 points
    MIDDLESBOROUGH - V- WEDNESDAY ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Saturday 28th September 15:00 Kick Off Riverside Stadium ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ THE TEAM NEWS ****** (3-5-2): Randolph Fry Ayala Shotton Dijksteel McNair Clayton Saville Johnson Assombalonga Fletcher (4-1-4-1): Westwood Odubajo Iorfa Borner Palmer Hutchinson Reach Lee Bannan Harris Fletcher ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is Steve Gibson. He looks a happy chap here doesn't he? Well he was! In 1994 Steve bought and became chairman of his boyhood club Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough had just finished 9th in the Championship. They played in a windswept traditional old ground call Ayresome Park where they averaged 10,000. The Taylor report meant Clubs had to put seats in their grounds. Early estimates said that with the seats in Middlesbrough would have a capacity of 20,000 . Fair enough, you might think. For a club averaging 10,000 . Who hadn't averaged 20,000 since 1977. And who just 7 and 8 years before had averaged 6350 and 5135 No. Mr Gibson wanted to build a new stadium. So he did. They built a brand spanking new stadium. And it cost a lot of money. Crikey! That's a big stadium for a club with low attendances isn't ? Especially when it costs a lot of money. How do you fill something like that? Well. You have to get some good players. And so Steve did. And they cost a lot of money. He signed Jan Fjortoft for £1.5m pounds. Which was a lot of money in those days. And then he signed a little Brazillian lad called Juninho for £4.75m. Which really was a lot of money in those days. And then a lad from Hull called Nick Barmby for £5.5m. Then he signed a Brazillian left back with 70 odd caps who was on a wage which wouldn't be out of place now. And some people did come and watch his team. In his shiny new ground. So he signed some more. He signed a player from Juventus. Yes, a player swapped Juventus for Middlesbrough. He was a boy called Ravanelli. He cost a whopping £7m pounds! And then it seemed like Steve just couldn't stop signing cheques. He let his manager get another Brazillian called Emerson. Another £4m and a former Geordie nicknamed Gazza for another £4.5m In a very short space of time he'd spent over £25m. Or £47,663,296.09 in 2019 money. Those transfers and Steve changed English football forever. Steve was happy. These days lots of other clubs spend lots of money as well Steve isn't happy any more. The End
  30. 88 points
    What a bloke Lee Bullen is. True Wednesday legend. Steps in when the club and players need him the most and conducts himself fantastically. The only reason I don’t want him appointed is because I’d hate to see any Wednesdayite turn on him if it started going wrong. The man just simply wouldn’t deserve that.
  31. 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"
  32. 87 points
    Well that could have been another apocalyptic night at Hillsborough. There were at least 300 mild mannered Luton fans ready to reign havoc on us or for our fans to have possibly drove them into the river with pitchforks. You never know do you. Thank God that SAG commissioned a student from Manchester Poly to tell them that far from their policing and communication being to blame for the Derby kicking off, it was actually that the layout of the ground was so dangerous that despite all evidence to the contrary ANY game could result in a major catastrophe. Yes, a Tuesday night game with 23000 Owls and 300 away fans with no history of animosity is so potentially dangerous that we must close exits and wee pipe everyone around. What a great risk assessment meeting SAG must have had. Imagine the anguish when considering whether to call the game off in case of lightening causing the police box to fry or the potential of a meteor strike. What a bunch of thick agenda driven tools.
  33. 86 points
    Just seen an outrageous video posted by the Star headed ‘This was the scene outside Sheffield Wednesday ground on Saturday’ The footage shows a minor disturbance outside the Rawson Spring Hotel. Message to the Star. We know you have an agenda that likes to stir things up against our club. But please the Rawson Spring is not outside Our Stadium, rather it’s at the far (east) side of Hillsborough corner, roughly three quarters of a mile distant. Sheffield Wednesday cannot be expected to be responsible for policing the streets so far from the stadium. Stop your stirring and report accurately.
  34. 86 points
    Yep..I know its another one.... SYP, in my opinion..are desperate for the name Hillsborough to disappear offa the face of the earth. When you used to type it into google..You either got Our ground..or the castle in Northern ireland... ...Type it in now It reminds them of the shambles they made in the policing of that game in 1989....It reminds them that they altered statements in the aftermath of that disaster...and were quite willing to go along with lies that were peddled in The Sun..... It reminds them that they were culpable..it reminds them that their name will forever be associated with it.. Do SYP honestly think that Wednesday changing grounds...will expunge that? Its about time they owned it...and left Wednesday fans the f.ook alone..Cos we had sod all to do with it..bar Owls fans helping the injured in their roles at Sheffield hospitals...and Wednesday fans offering drinks and phone calls in the environs of Hillsborough,,,,Vere rd etc None of it was the doing of Wednesday fans...It simply happened at our ground... I no longer go to Hillsborough ashamed...I'm saddened that so many lost their lives over a football game..and sometimes I look over at the Leppings lane and think about... The only thing I had to do with it was to go into work at the Hallamshire...The same afternoon..as a porter...The wife came with me..as a Nursing Sister..and we all donated our wages to the bereaved families... Why in the name of f.ook should any Sheffield Wednesday fan still suffer from it? Cos thats what its all about now.. A thin veneer over what actually happened...A "look at us" attitude from the powers that be...Its unfair...its transparent...and its cowardly. Hillsborough these days..is not unsafe..If it was how come the powers that be let nigh on 40'000 in against Wycombe? Was I unsafe in that crowd..If so,,,who is answerable for that..? Its absolute b llx!
  35. 86 points
    Previously on Owlstalk... "Home" "Right then, have I missed much?” “Sir... I....” “Come, come Stubbs, let’s hear all the pre-season good tidings! A quick review of the unbound summer optimism!" “Right, well…(*inhales deeply) The club have signed a German centre back Julian Borner, six foot odd with a natural left peg and a stereotypically German air of self- assurance.... also on-board is Cardiff flyer Kadeem Harris who has pace to burn likes to take on the full back and can play on either flank..in a four or a front three....they've been joined by Pudils play-off nemesis Moses Odubajo… Kieran Lee has re-signed but; the announcement was delayed because of embargo… but then it was announced the club is out of soft Embargo or maybe even full embargo- …so then Lee was then officially announced… but the embargo lift is only for the time being as this season has now become “Endgame”…..or maybe not …Newcastle came in for the manager….Bruce said he knew nothing about it and just wanted to take his dog for a walk….the shirts were revealed and we're back in proper stripes ….then it turned out Bruce had indeed walked his dog...;to Newcastle for talks... ....Then he came back ( Bruce that is, I'm not sure about the dog) and told Chansiri he wanted to go to Newcastle…Chansiri wouldn’t let him….So Bruce quit…. but Chansiri didn’t let him quit either….but he went anyway…. Fat Mike Ashley offered us a Sports Direct Mug and a £5 golf driver so Chansiri told him to cobblers…. the bookies had Zola installed as favourite for the Wednesday job….20,000 people had a mental breakdown...and hundreds pumped money on random names , including Rui Silva and Jesus Christ just to push Zolas name off the top spot….then it was Chris Hughton as favourite….though some people thought it was Ray Houghton....and some people thought Hughton was Houghton.... then a bombshell! - there were no kiddies socks in the Megastore… then Hughton turned us down... twice…maybe it was three times, who knows…. Then Rowett became the new favourite but he says he hasn’t spoken to the club…. body language experts say he has spoken to the club because when he was interviewed on 5-live he kept “looking up and to the left”, which is apparently a classic and well known tell-tale sign of someone who is lying …However the body language experts seem to have forgotten to take into account that there are live-feed TV screens in the 5 live studio attached to the wall in the corner which means guests have to glance up and to the left if they want to keep an eye on the cricket scores... ...so he was lying or watching a sticky wicket...... Vulva has moved to an island in the sun….or might be trapped in a suitcase…it's unclear..... Megson has thrown his hat in the ring for the job…..but only if he’s number one, he doesn't want to play number 2 to Pulis…. Pulis has thrown his cap in the ring….which is rare as he never usually takes it off, but it turns out he’d been wearing two caps all these years, so even though he's thrown it in, still no one has seen the top of his head because there was another one underneath it…. Chansiri announced he wanted £4m for Bruce and then went on holiday to Disney land …. Jordan Rhodes has been scoring goals again in friendlies but friendly goals (like Nuhiu taps-ins & headers) don't count , but it's still been enough for Norwich to make a cheeky bid of ten bob , two pear drops and a toffo with a hair on it….Chansiri told them to get fecked as well...he'll be growing very wary of clubs beginning with N soon....... Newcastle then paid up for Bruce, it was 1,2,3, or 4 million depending who you believe….meanwhile some of the fans didn’t get clapped in a friendly game which could cost Bullen the chance of getting the job that he's previously said he didn't want ,because teams not clapping fans is the sign of a bad manager....the Chairman held a clandestine meeting in London, Florida and California all at the same time.....either some of it isn't true or he's been cloned......also it's been revealed that The Star are advertising for a partner in crime for Doom Howson .... . .......Bullen -despite "Clap-gate"- remains in charge for the foreseeable …though the Burton game two years ago might still cost him as that's the one episode in his whole career that he will always be judged on..... there was a water main burst on Pinstone street which caused some chaos...but no-one knows if it was that that stopped the kiddies socks making it to the megastore…No one knows if Newcastle paid for the two Steves, you know, the little bald one and the other one....meanwhile on here.concern is growing for the health of walthamowl who’s taken this pre-season pretty badly….. Forestieri has been banned by the FA for 6 games the week the season starts for shouting at someone - a year ago…even though there’s no hard evidence and he’s been cleared in a court of law …we have no permanent manager....no more players have come in...no players have been sold......the transfer window shuts soon....and we kick off tomorrow in one of the toughest divisions in World football...against a Reading side in confident mood and fancying they can put 3 or 4 past us due to the "turmoil Wednesday are in" ...anyway.....i think that's about it.......Sir? Sir, are you ok?” “Proper stripes on the shirt you say?” “Yes...” “Excellent. Promotion it is then. Pop open a bottle we'll celebrate." Reading - V - Wednesday Saturday 3rd August 15:00 Madejski Stadium Cloudy, 22c READING Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Joao Virginia; Yiadom, Miazga, Moore, Blackett; Rinomhota, Swift, Adam; Loader, Meite, Barrow Unavailable: Obita (Injured) Doubtful: Richards (Injured) Reading manager Jose Gomes will be glad to get a first pre-season under his belt after taking over from Paul Clement last season and he continues to trim down and hone the squad that battled to avoid relegation. Seasoned Championship players Charlie Adam and Michael Morrison join the Royals from Stoke and Birmingham respectively, while Matt Miazga has re-joined on loan from Chelsea after his success in defence in the second-half of last season. Gomes has been putting the Royals through their paces with a mammoth 10 pre-season friendlies played over the summer as he aims to avoid the horror start suffered last season that saw them go six games without a win. SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Westwood; Odubajo, Lees, Borner, Palmer; Reach, Lee, Hutchinson, Bannan, Harris, Fletcher Unavailable: Iorfa (Suspended) Doubtful: Forestieri (Looming ban) Caretaker manager Lee Bullen leads the Owls - he won three, drew two and lost just the one of his six league games in charge earlier this year. Wednesday will line up 4-3-3 unless Bullen changes tack and starts with Jordan Rhodes partnering Steven Fletcher. throw up for places in the wide areas where Harris, Reach, Forestieri and Joao are all hoping for a spot Left back remains an issue. Palmer is the more consistent out of the 3 options of himself, Odubajo and Fox. Fox has a natural left peg and has been putting it to good use in the friendly games putting plenty of crosses in. COME ON WEDNESDAY! UTO ================================= ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RING, RING! "Hello?" "Hello?! Is that Dejphon?" "Yes, who is this? Can you phone back later, I'm trying to enjoy the show with the family" "It's only a quicky" "What?" "This Toffo that Norwich offered for Rhodes. What flavour was it?" "Banana" "The dirty bstards. You did the right.thing. Enjoy the show. Cheerio."
  36. 86 points
    Saw this on Twitter so thought it was worth posting. Positive things don’t always get a lot of attention these days.
  37. 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
  38. 84 points
    Because without football directors, a comprehensive coaching team, comprehensive scouting networks, up to date training infrastructure, a thriving commercial set up and youth team with players loaned out accordingly, a good analytics team etc we are basically a second rate club that's stuck in the 20th century. The opposite to the Brenfords of this world if you like. 20 years of systemic failings at wednesday with no long term strategic planning, and all a lot of us can do us blame one isolated head coach after another. We as a club need a LONG Term comprehensive, coherent strategic plan going forward in the summer that needs to be presented to the fan base. My incling though is that we will continue to lerch from one random manager to the next and sign over 25 ex stars such as Whickham to try and paper over the cracks...
  39. 84 points
    Already having a pop at Monk or calling it a dreadful appointment. The guy hasn't been in the door more than 24 hours Some need to get a grip, we aren't going to get Mourinho I would rather have Monk over Cowley Similar age and one has managed in the Prem meanwhile the other hasn't managed above league one A no brainer and didn't cost us any compo
  40. 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!
  41. 84 points
    Just think, if we’d have got pasted you would have been able to have a real go at the club
  42. 83 points
  43. 83 points
    I'd actually written something today. Usually I don't. Too busy running about with one thing and another and manage to sit at the lap-top at about this time and start tapping away the drivel that appears in my crackpot mind. But today, today I'd actually made some notes in advance. Got a bit to put in without having to make it up off the cuff. But like all the best laid plans....that's out of the window now. Because I cant get my head around the wider football picture today. A picture that has seen Bury Football Club unceremoniously dumped from the football League after 125 years. The Shakers ( the club's manager once delivered an early team talk with the words "We shall shake 'em! In fact, we are the Shakers" and it was adopted as the clubs nickname) enjoyed 17 years in the top flight until the first world war and once won the FA Cup beating Derby County 6-0! They have played at Gigg lane since 1885. 5 years ago Bury were debt free and owned Gigg Lane. Now (or rather before todays events) their debts were £12 million and they no longer , in law, owned their own ground anymore. Two Spivs have, in a very short space of time, destroyed a club which had been at the heart of it's community since 1885. The first , Stewart Day, borrowed money secured on The Gigg Lane Ground at 10% interest a month, which compounded into 138% annual interest, to build some student flats for his property portfolio. When his business collapsed and Bury were ranking up the debts, he then sold the club, and it's losses to another businessman Steve Dale, (a man who had a trail of insolvent businesses behind him) for £1. Amazingly the club were promoted last season , but debts were ever growing, an unpaid £250,000k Electricity and water bill came to light and towards the back end of the season it was reported that some of the players hadn't been paid for a 12 week period from February. The Football League says tonight that it's with deep regret that with no buyer found in time they have had no choice but to remove Bury from the League. The football League....the same football league who two years ago said they were reviewing their Fit and Proper persons test for club ownership. That worked then. Desperate fans have done what they can. Trying in various ways to make money. Others have been giving up their time doing things around the ground as Staff have been laid off. The supporters have shown the very soul of what a club is. The hub of the community. An estimated 300 volunteers from 8-80 turned up at the club's Gigg Lane home on Tuesday to help get the ground ready for Saturday's scheduled game against Doncaster Rovers, but their efforts were in vain. Now Bury have gone ripped from the League because of the overspending , over dreaming actions of people desperate to get involved in the World Richest game. That small town, of just 190,000 people ,8 miles from Manchester where Alexis Sanchez enjoys a half million pound a week wage, have seen their rich history brushed aside and been given the boot. Thoughts from me tonight go to those Bury supporters, one who I saw on the news who had been going for 70 years, as his father did before him and now finds his club removed from the league like a fleck of dandruff on an Armani suit. What a f*cked up thing our beautiful game has become. What a really f*cked up monster it is. We might come on here and bicker about the merits of selling or Keeping Fox. Whether Jordan Rhodes will ever hit a donkeys arris again with the right service, About whether our stripes are thick enough, or the slow service at our snack bars. But at least we've got our club. #buryfc ============================================== ROTHERHAM - V - WEDNESDAY 7:45pm New York Stadium ROTHERHAM Predicted line-up (4-3-3 ): Iversen ; Olosunde , Ihiekwe , Wood , Robertson ;Wiles , Barlaser ,Crooks ;Vassell ,Ladapo , Smith Unavailable: SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Dawson; Odubajo, Bates, Borner, Palmer; Luongo, Pelupessy, Reach; Forestieri, Nuhiu, Rhodes Unavailable: Wildsmith (Injured) Doubtful: Palmer (Back)
  44. 83 points
    I refuse to walk or drive down Bramall lane in case they name a stand after me.
  45. 82 points
    Keith Andrews: "The defining moment is very controversial. I don't see it as a clear penalty. Nuhiu's clever as he puts on the brakes ever so slightly and Tommy Rowe shouldn't get as tight as it's risky. Lee Johnson: "The penalty is an absolute nonsense. The referee has been sucked in. The linesman didn't give it and it's questionable whether it's even in the box. Everyone knows it is a poor decision.
  46. 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.
  47. 81 points
    For proud Wednesday fan and hero - Lance Corporal Laim Riley #RIP who lost his life this day in Helmand ten years ago.
  48. 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.
  49. 80 points
    they didn’t really like that did they. Great noise from the Owls when we scored!
  50. 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.”
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