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  1. 104 points
    On what planet are Leeds rivals with Manchester United?
  2. 100 points
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 74 points
    I thought the comments from Gullit and Murphy were f**king disgusting.
  8. 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.
  9. 70 points
    Hiirst Senior has gone to tell Steve Bruce that he once nearly signed for Man United
  10. 70 points
    “So Chelsea, Sir. A nice break in the normal routine. Something to look forward to.” “Chelsea eh…” “Yes Sir. I believe that’s what I said” “Not really Chelsea though is it.” “It isn’t?” “No. Not at all. They aren’t really Chelsea are they. Not really. Chelsea really stopped being Chelsea when the Russian came in. Sent everything scewywiffy. What they are now… that’s not Chelsea. No. Not a bit of it.” “Well, they are Sir. They have the same name they've always had. Same kit. Play in the same ground. They're definitely Chelsea ” “The same Ground?! Are you mad! It’s on the same spot Stubbs but it’s not the same ground. Blimey no. It’s a different place. Different club. Blimey, they were averaging 18,000 last time we were playing them every year.” “To be fair Sir, that was nigh on 20 years ago.” “Money has made them Stubbs. Nothing else. You don’t gain 20,000 supporters in a ten year window through breeding,no. It’s glory Stubbs. They’ve gained 20,000 come in for the Glory.” “Well, isn’t that the same for all Clubs Sir? You have a good run and your attendances go up. That’s how football generally works, you said so yourself only last week. I mean, if you look at the stats Wednesday have gained 8,000 fans since Alan Irvine left.” “Well, that’s my point! We’re proper Stubbs. We’re still Wednesday. Yes we’ve gained numbers over recent times again, but we’ve still been scrabbling about haven’t we. attendances have gone up. But it’s not like we’ve gained 8000 fans coming to watch the European Cup. It’s not like we have young kids desperate to get along because of some exotic players . Folks weren’t scrambling to get tickets to see James O’Conner scurrying about the place. They came back because …well, they believed better times were ahead.” “Well Chelsea fans might have come back because they ‘believed’ again Sir. They might have come back because they thought better times were ahead. And they have been right to think that because they have” “20,000 of them? No no. They’re new Stubbs, new. New affiliates.” “Affiliates? Look Sir, I know you’ve never been a big fan of Chelsea, but don’t you think you’re perhaps just trying too hard to discredit them. They’re a popular club, successful club with a large fanbase and-” “Well whatever! I don’t like it one bit Stubbs! Doug Rougvie, Gordon Durie and that big empty open ended stand with the disabled cars parked at the front. That’s Chelsea. ” “Was Chelsea Sir, you can’t live in a time warp.” “I haven’t had a bloody choice but to live in a sodding time-warp Stubbs!” “Sir, times change. You must adapt. Look at the beginning of the season, your first OMDT of the new campaign. You opened up by saying "Wigan were a 4th division club.” “They are!” “But they’re not Sir! They’re a Championship team, on merit, they play in a 25,000 Stadium. You can’t judge them on what they were 25 years ago. It’s only 5 years ago after all since they won the FA Cup. I mean, when did Wednesday last win the FA Cup?” “They’re bloody Rugby-walling pie munchers Stubbs! They belong in the 4th division playing in-front of a couple of thousand. You see, you see, this is exactly what I’m on about Stubbs. And you’ve bought it. This is what is wrong with the world. This is why the world has gone mad. This is why everything is wrong. Awfulness! Awfulness everywhere. This - that is to say "modern football" - is the very nucleus of the Worlds awfulness .It’s hub.” “A bit melodramatic Sir. I mean, Brexit, Trump, modern day slavery, foodbanks, there are more awful things in the world than Wigan not being in the 4th division and Chelsea being a super-club.” “Yes, yes. But why? Why Stubbs? Because things have been knocked off kilter. I mean, Bournemouth. In the bloody top flight. Bournemouth! Say it out loud to yourself.” “The thing is Sir-“ “Say it! Say it out loud!” “Very well. Bournemouth are a Premier League Club” “See Stubbs! See? See how wrong it sounds?” “What’s that got to do with starvation? Or people trafficking?” “Everything Stubbs, everything! Do you think Trump would have got in power in the real world?” “The real World Sir?” “Yes. The real world, because Stubbs, I’m starting to think this isn’t the real world anymore.” “This isn’t about Costellos pickle Jar again is it Sir?” “No. It’s Scudamore. He’s ruined the World. Him, Murdoch and Sugar. They’re knocked us out of our own time stream.” “Oh, here we go again” “Right, listen here Stubbs. Who do you think is the best player currently in the Premier League?” “Well that’s a tough one, possibly that De Bruyne Sir.” “Don’t even start me on City Stubbs,don’t even start me on City. A Club owned by a bloody country. Ye Gods. That’s a whole OMDT on it’s own. Pick another player.” “Hazard Sir” “Hazard. Right, now think back Stubbs to the last time you accompanied me to the Bridge.” “Sir it’s years ago I last went with you.” “Think.” “I don’t know, 86 maybe, or 87. I know it was freezing and we lost.” “How many there Stubbs?” “I don’t know without checking Sir.” “Well check!” “Hang on….right, he we go….it was February 1987, lost 2-0, attendance 12,493” “12,000 on a Saturday afternoon. In the top flight Stubbs. The top flight of English football. Can you remember that day. The ground?-“ “Yes Sir. It being freezing cold and awful, yes” “Right. Now keep that in your head. Now keep that image Stubbs, keep that mental image. Can you imagine Eden Hazard playing for them? That club. In that Stadium.” “No Sir” “Right. Well there go then. That’s what I’m saying. It’s wrong. It’s all gone to pot. The whole thing.” “But Sir-” “I’ll tell you something else Stubbs.” “Hmm?” “That Eddie Howe.” “What about him Sir?” “I think he’s an automaton.” “What? The Bournemouth manager Sir?” “Indeed. They can do all sorts these days. But there’s a giveaway Stubbs. A giveaway” “Really Sir...” “The mouth Stubbs, the mouth. You watch that mouth when he talks. Top lip never quavers. Not so much as a wibble. Then watch an old Gerry Anderson show. Captain Scarlet, Thunderbirds any of those. Then see the similarity” “Sir. Please…can we just do the match day thread.” “He’s an automaton Stubbs. I’m telling you. We ever get to the Premier League and visit Dean Court again and I’m going to rip his mask off and reveal his real robot cyborg face to the watching World Stubbs!” “Dean Court? Do you mean the Vitality Stadium Sir?” “This is exactly what I’m bloody well on about Stubbs! Exactly what I’m on about. The bloody Vitality Stadium indeed! Gordon Bennett! Bournmouth. In the top flight. The vitality bloody stadium.” “The thing is Sir. You’re a bit of a football romantic. I thought you’d be behind the ‘minnows doing well’ story, Sir” “Minnows doing well? By bloody cheating Stubbs.” “You mean administration Sir?” “It’s bloody well cheating Stubbs!” “If you say so Sir. Now, I have todays early team news-“ “It all started with squad numbers this did you know.” “What did?” “Football all going off kilter. Do you know what I heard the other day Stubbs? Someone called football boots ‘Cleats’. Bloody cleats I ask you! I mean what the hell is going on.” “I’ve got the Match facts Sir if you-“ “And I’ll tell you something else, that bloody Lovejoy.” “The antiques dealer?” “No, no, that smug chump off the telly. The one who did the cooking thing with the bald scouser” “Sir I really have no idea what-“ “He’s another one another reason it’s all gone tocock. With his laddy fake laugh, dumbing down of the game Stubbs. Bloody tekkers! Nauseatingly smug inane grin permanently etched across his clock. Good Heavens. Then kids watching it. A generation of kids grew up with that paphead. Thinking that’s what football is all about. No wonder they all walk about in Pink plastic boots at £200 a pop. The iconography of the madness of the new game. They’re made out of bloody cling film half of them.” “What are?” “Modern boots Stubbs, modern boots. What did you think I meant? There’s no quality control. Style over substance. Stitched plastic knocked together by some poor orphan in a sweat shop working for a multinational conglomerate who make a killing by persuading sunder-headed chumps to part with their cash so they can look like a modern player who spends half his time on his arris diving about. Man alive! Whatever happened to two players going full blooded into a 50/50 in a pair of Puma Kings and hammering each other. Gone are the days Stubbs. Cheap coloured bloody boots. No wonder they all have broken metatarsals Stubbs. Clingfilm boots! To kick their fly-away 50p shoot balls on their plastic bloody pitches.” “Sir we really must make a start on the..” “Computer games. They didn’t help. They encouraged an entire nation of Lovejoys. Smiley smiley, laughy laughy , chatty chatty fans. Beamingly and banally clucking to themselves about bloody back heeled penalties in the Peruvian third division , is it any wonder they developed an obsession with dropping in random foreign players into conversations. “Oh yeah Couto Van Di Mysterio, 15 years old, plays for Msiepyb in the Peruvian third, I’ve seen a lot of him, really good player in my opinion, someone we should look at”. Well I don’t Stubbs. And they haven’t bloody seen a lot of him at all. I think these kids should go out and get a job and stop being goons. And I blame him. Lovejoy, him and FIFA” “Gianni Infantino? Or the earlier Blatter regime?” “No. The computer game! That and bloody football manager.” “Sir please, stop…” “Nauseatingly self-assured Premier League fans fill the football world now Stubbs. Fill it. I never cease to be bombarded with posts on my news feeds, and is it really news Stubbs? No it’s not. It’s 13 year old blogging from his bedroom about how many Ballon ‘Dors Messi was won. And then a constant pinging while two more kids from Bombay…” “You mean Mumbai Sir?” “No I mean bloody Bombay Stubbs! Two kids one from Bombay and one from sodding Cairo argue about who is better between Messi and Ronaldo. That’s not news. It’s bumph! And you daren’t leave a bloody comment on it yourself or else you have some lad from Nigeria leaping onto your feed telling you your support a crap club and that his team – Manchester City this year incidentally- are far better.” “Sir, kids have always looked and attached themselves to popular clubs of the day. It's nothing new!” “But it’s not just them Stubbs! Your grown man is at it now. Grown men...turned to airheads....they're no better than the kids! I heard a Leicester fan on the radio the other day and do you know what he said? Do you?! Do you know what he said? What he said with no irony, no self awareness?” “No Sir.” “He said that Puel had to go. Because….wait for it Stubbs, wait for it, because “We should be challenging for the Champions League spots.” Leicester Stubbs! Bloody Leicester City. Zero self awareness.” “Sir, they have won title so…maybe that’s not too much of a big ask….and you were as happy as anyone else when they won it!” “It was a fluke Stubbs. A fluke. And yes , yes I was pleased for them, because they are a small club who overcame Lottery winning odds to create the biggest sporting upset of all time.” “Of all time Sir?” “Yes, of all bloody time! The whole thing is a cartel! There’s only four clubs won the bloody league in the last 25 years Stubbs! Four! Then they won it. Of course it’s the biggest upset ever. Great shades of Elvis! You’d die a happy man if you won a fluke League title. I know I would. But no! Oh no! Now, now they think they’re under achieving. Underachieving Stubbs! Leicester City sat ninth in the bloody Premier League table and they think they’re underachieving! They’ve spent more than half their history in the second division and now they EXPECT to be challenging.” “Sir. Wednesday have just spent 20 years in the second and third division it doesn’t mean-” “Yes! And wrongly so we’ve been down there! It’s not right. Our KOP was the biggest standing terrace in Europe Stubbs!” “Yes, but that doesn’t win football matches Sir” “Well, no it doesn’t but bloody hell it should count for something! Not how many bloody twitter followers your centre forwards wife has got. It’s all wrong." "Hang on a moment Sir. Not 5 minutes ago you were saying that having big attendances like Chelsea and to a smaller scale Wigan, didn't mean they should be where they are" "Stop arguing Stubbs, you won't change my mind. Football is all wrong. Ohhhh, and don’t even start me on that new show on 5-live. Don’t even start me on that!” “But you love 5-Live Sir” “Loved Stubbs, loved past tense. I don’t love it now. Not with that new bloody show. Young gobby people on their now Stubbs, young people. People born after 1995 , modern fans, all supporting the big 4. Professional Vloggers. Did you know what was a job now Stubbs? Vlogging. It is you know. Videoing yourself talking absolute bolllocks. It is. And it’s lapped up by morons. Well anyway. Now they have a show. It’s awful and it’s full of these vacuous vloggers. Last week they were discussing “The hard times as a fan” and you know what they thought were the hard times Stubbs?” “No Sir” “I’ll tell you” “I thought you might…” “'Not winning the title' Stubbs. That’s it. Their idea of Hard times was 'not winning the title'. Having to “make do with Cups”, I kid you not Stubbs. I kid you not. Gods honest truth I nearly threw the wireless out of the window. You know what they call this show Stubbs? The Squad. Not in the sense of a football squad obviously, though there’s clearly the play on words with it, but no, it’s called the squad in some homage to daft language used by young people to describe a group of pals. This sort of crud started with that Lovejoy and look where it's ended up. The bloody Fresh Prince of Grange Hill show. Honestly Stubbs. The games gone. The game has absolutely gone! The media circus surrounding it has gone. All of it. It’s all totally and utterly fecked. There’s nothing Stubbs . Nothing. You’ve got lecherous agents sucking all they can from one end of the game and chump fans flicking their fingers and whooping ‘baller’ every time some chump makes a 10 yard pass at the other. The whole scale. It’s all gone. The whole soul has been nearly ripped from the game.” “So shall we not bother with the OMDT today then Sir?” “Oh no. We’ll do it Stubbs. We’ll do it. We have to do it. It’s the FA Cup. It’s the last bastion of what football should actually be about - Even though the BBC are trying to urbanise it by having Grime artists mumbling and heavy breathing while they show grainy shots of kids kicking a ball about infront of heavily graffitied shuttered shops on some sink estate in London – But ignore that, we have to look past that. I’m bothered Stubbs. Oh yes, I am bothered. I’m more bothered than I’ve been for a long time. We have to be bothered. We have to win this game. I mean, I don’t want to put pressure on our lads. But we have to win this bloody game. We have to win it for the good of the game. We have to win it to make some small ***** in redressing the balance of the football nature. We have to win this game Stubbs to restore some normalcy to the football world. We have to win this game for every long suffering fan of every none super-club who has stood in the pisssing rain watching a terrible football team week after week in a ruin of a ground . Not just Wednesday fans Stubbs, all fans of all the teams pushed out the road and crushed on the tidalwave of polish and glitter and marketing bullshite. We have to win this game for every double-denimed bloke who ever walked out of his job and crammed himself as fifth man into a Reliant Robin and travelled 100 miles to see his team stave off relegation to the fourth division. We have to win this game for young and old. We have to win this game so that young fans of glory teams can taste a bit of what our young fans have had dealt them their whole lives. Misery , desolation.... ....Oh I want to win this game Stubbs. You’d better believe me. In a crazy way I want us to win it more than any other I can remember for a long, long , long time. We must go to Bridge Stubbs and we must kill the dragon.” “Right. Well… You’d better look away now then Sir Chelsea v Wednesday The FA Cup - 4th Rnd Sunday 27th January Stamford Bridge Wednesday travel to the Bridge hoping to overcome a pretty poor record FA Cup meetings between the two sides stack the offs highly in the London teams favour with Wednesday getting just two competition wins in that time. Opta stats This is the 124th meeting in all competitions between Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday but first since April 2000, a 1-0 win for the Owls at Hillsborough in the Premier League. Sheffield Wednesday have been eliminated from eight of their 10 FA Cup ties with Chelsea, last knocking them out in the 1965-66 semi-final. Chelsea have progressed from 47 of their last 49 FA Cup ties against non-Premier League sides, losing in March 2008 against Barnsley and January 2015 against Bradford City. Sheffield Wednesday are facing the holders of the FA Cup for the first time since the 1955-56 campaign, when they lost 1-3 against Newcastle in the third round. Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has had a hand in seven goals in his last four FA Cup appearances against sides from outside the top-flight (5 goals, 2 assists), scoring in each of his last four appearances, including one for Chelsea against Hull. The Good news for Wednesday is that Chelsea are likely to make quite a few changes to their side. The bad news of course is that it is still likely to be a terrific side on paper. With this the line up that the London press are expecting-: . The Bookies seem pretty convinced their second string will have too much for Wednesday too They're offering 12/1 for a Wednesday win. .....and there's talk that Gonzalo Higuain, one of the most dangerous hitmen in Europe might make his debut. so as you can see Sir. It doesn't look good. It doesn't look good at all. Sir? Sir are you ok?" "Bugger it all Stubbs , I'm fine. I still think we can win. I still believe in magic." The Wednesday!
  11. 68 points
  12. 68 points
    Sorry for the following attempt at translation (courtesy of Google translate, and a little reading between the lines): Football comes from the street where it's worth everything, where there is a lot of passion to win and celebrate with your friends in the neighborhood. Now we are lucky to be professionals but that passion that comes from the street never changes because you repeat it with your colleagues even though it's no longer just a hobby. And the most beautiful of all this is the passion, the feeling that you have inside for all this. But unfortunately they want to take away the most beautiful thing that football has, that is passion.
  13. 67 points
    Found carrying multiple blades in his back pocket
  14. 66 points
    "And so friends he is here at last. The man we all wanted-" "Well, apart from the ones that wanted Jocanovic Sir. And McCarthy." "Silence! I won't give you any of my kebab if you keep this up." "I wouldn't eat anything from Fat Leons anyway" "Well more fool you Stubbs, more fool you. Apparently he's really improved things down there, he's doing his Hygiene NVQ's and everything now he has more time on his hands and Madine has his place in the side. But stop distracting me especially on this most happy of days! Bruce is here and he's just what the fans wanted. He's experienced. He knows this division inside out. He's played the game. Knows the key value in having a good dressing room. And that's been evident from the first day in the job hasn't it. Been in to visit Lee and Hooper, then he's gone and got the lads raring to go at training. And then....then he's only gone out and got us three players in. and in the right positions too Stubbs. For the last 4 years Wednesday fans have been saying the same thing - We need-: More competition at full back Centre half cover and competition. Pace. And he's seen us on the videos that Agnew has been sending him and spotted it straight away. It makes you wonder what the other two were up to! You see this is what what you get when you bring in someone who knows the game. Know this division and knows how to get out of it. Pace and power . Dynamism Stubbs. Dynamism. You see it doesn't matter if you play on the front foot or the counter, in this league you have to be quick and you have to be able to put yourself about. Do you know Stubbs I'm actually really excited. We've got stripes back on the shirts" "Only on the front Sir" "Baby steps Stubbs. Let me finish. We've got stripes back on the shirts and we've got a manager who knows his way about. He's an easy way with himself, is comfortable in himself. You can sense the self confidence in him. He knows how to build a team and he's straight in and doing it. And....and Stubbs....our own Chris Kirkland said he's "A brilliant man manager". Yes Stubbs, I'm excited. This reminds me, dare I say it, of when the Bigman rolled into town in February '89" "Quite the compliment Sir." "Well that's just how it makes me feel Stubbs. And plenty of others too I shouldn't wonder. Gosh he's not messing around this lad. He's already got his eye on trimming the top heavy nature of the side too. Not just bringing them in. He knows one or two need the door. Old Carlos was collecting Strikers like Panini stickers wasn't he. Problem was he didn't know where to put them in his book. Well Steve will know. He'll know that sometimes you get too many of the same card and need to get into the yard and get some swappies done" "Nice analogy Sir" "Thanks. Have you got the fact file?" "Here Sir" "I'll tell you what Stubbs. You can't go wrong with a getting a good Roger in" "Pardon!" "Roger. That's a super name. Dependable name. An Englishman. An English name. That's what we need." "French actually Sir." "What?" "Roger, it was name brought over by the Normans Sir" "Well yes. Look never mind William the B*stard and all the sodding origins of the name.What I mean is it sounds English to me. It's been here long enough. I'm claiming it. Sounds like a dependable plumber. Which is just as well as our defence has been leaky as hell all year. Yes, the nationality isn't the big issue here, what I meant was, it was more about getting in someone who knows the crack Stubbs. Knows the league. The players. Even down to the little things like knowing which grounds are horrible places to go to. Which ones have fans close to the pitch and are intimidating. Someone who will know the other managers and their ways. It's those little bits of knowledge that will give him that little bit more quality in his performance in the dressing room and the dugout that his predecessors didn't. He really is the perfect signing. And he's been around the block too He's got the winning mentality , he'll have picked that up from old Red nose at Old Trafford. You can't work under someone like that and not get infused with the addiction to winning. He was super in the press wasn't he? Well , he was once he'd got the dunderheads in the assemble ranks back on track after they went for the Chairman. You know what I also like Stubbs?" "What's that Sir?" "Well, some of these top players when they retire, and he was a top player Stubbs, I often wondered if he might have been better off going down the Irish route and getting a game with big Jack with him being overlooked for England. Where was I? Oh yes. A lot of these top players from the big clubs they finish playing and hang up their boots and want to step into a big job straight away. Without having any experience of management. It's one thing being a player Stubbs its another being in the dug out I'll tell you that, and that's why I like Bruce. He did it the right way. Earned his managerial stripes. He's worked his way up from the bottom when it comes to management. .. "Very good Sir" "Thanks" "Would you like me to do the match stats and facts for the big game?" "Meh. F*ck Ipswich Stubbs, I couldn't care a hoot. It's all about the Wednesday tomorrow. You can do it if you want. I'm off for my kebab." ***** Tractors 15/8 Draw 11/5 Owls 6/4 Ipswich's new signing James Bree could make his debut for the club in the home game against Sheffield Wednesday. Right-back Bree, on loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season, became Ipswich's seventh January arrival on deadline day. Boss Paul Lambert has no new injury concerns, but midfielder Emyr Huws is still out as he works his way back from a long-term knee injury. It remains to be seen whether Lambert will include Jonas Knudsen in his squad after a move away from the club failed to materialise for the left-back. Sheffield Wednesday's deadline-day signings Dominic Iorfa, Lazaar Achraf and Rolando Aarons are all eligible for Steve Bruce's first game in charge. Defender Iorfa, a permanent signing from Wolves, plus Newcastle loanees Achraf and Aarons could go straight into Bruce's squad. Michael Hector is back in contention after being ineligible to face parent club Chelsea in last week's FA Cup defeat and Fernando Forestieri (hamstring) is hoping to make his first league appearance since December. On-loan Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah (hamstring) is not ready to return, while Matt Penney (shoulder) is out until April. Match Facts Ipswich have lost two of their last four league games against Sheffield Wednesday (W1 D1) - one more than they'd lost in their 15 previously against the Owls. Sheffield Wednesday haven't completed a league double over Ipswich since the 2006-07 campaign. Ipswich are looking to secure back-to-back home league wins for the first time since December 2017, having beaten Rotherham last time out at Portman Road. Sheffield Wednesday have won just one of their last eight away league games (D2 L5), winning 1-0 at Middlesbrough in December. Ipswich boss Paul Lambert has never beaten Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship (W0 D2 L2), failing with Blackburn Rovers in 2015-16 and Wolves in 2016-17. Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher has only faced Norwich (8) and Hull (7) more often in English league football without scoring than he has Ipswich (4). ***** "Hey Stubbs" "I thought you'd gone Sir" "Remember last time I was this giddy about us getting an experienced gaffer in and we went to Portman road?" BARMY ARMY , BARMY ARMY , BARMY ARMY! BARMY ARMY , BARMY ARMY , BARMY ARMY! COME ON WEDNESAY!
  15. 65 points
    I'll be sad to see him go.... Never a starter but a Game changer off the bench... Always gives 100%. Much prefer others to go before Atty
  16. 64 points
    Today's performance left a lot to be desired, and I'm sure we can pick over lineups, formations, substitutions and individual performances ad nauseam in typical Owlstalk fashion, but in the midst of our disappointment, I think it's worth taking a moment to reflect on how remarkable it is that today's game still had anything riding on it in the first place. It may feel deflating in this moment, but the damage was done to our season not by our performance against a Leeds team who look worthy promotion winners, but long ago when we went on that terrible ten game run which culminated in Luhukay's sacking. The fact that we were somehow in with a shout of a playoff place at this late stage of the season is quite incredible, and is testament to the efforts of Bruce, his coaching team, and the players. I'm sure there will be changes in the months to come, but if Bruce can keep the positive elements of his first few months whilst addressing the obvious shortcomings of our squad, then there's no reason why we can't look forward to next season with genuine optimism.
  17. 63 points
    No surprises there , been a good player for us though , best wishes to him
  18. 62 points
    When you say 'rumours', do you mean the one you've just started in this thread?
  19. 62 points
    "It's snowing out Sir" "I should hope it is in this Council Tax band" "Pardon Sir?" "Snow in Winter, birds singing in summer. Where did you think the money went?" "Well, chopping down trees according to the Telegraph every week" "No, no. It goes towards making things right and proper. You think they get this in the rougher ends of town Stubbs?" "I'm sure it's more to do with altitude Sir" "Nonsense. You go and find the nearest flat roofed pubs Stubbs and I'll guarantee they've had nothing more than an icy sleet" "Really Sir" "Yes really. Now stick another log on the fire. Have you got the notes for this weeks Match day thread?" "Yes Sir, I've got a copy of the Chairmans statement, that seems to be the main talking point of the week." "No no, we've done all that in the other thread." "But people will want to know-" "There's nothing to know Stubbs. It's old news. We're up the creak without promotion. Well. Up the creek in terms of signing anyone. But it's not as if that's breaking news is it." "Well no, I suppose not." "No. We haven't a pot to wazz in" "Wazz Sir?" "I'm finding alternatives Stubbs. I refuse to let the swear filter defeat me" "I see" "So anyway. The Chairman is loaded but can't spend it, so in real terms we are skint." "Shame the club isn't allowed to gamble Sir" "Whys that?" "Because if they could then they might be worth staking the entire budget on Steven Fletcher to bag tomorrow. He's notched 6 goals in his last 6 starts against Wigan." "Really?" "Yes Sir. Loves playing against them" "Probably be rested tomorrow then!" WEDNESDAY - V - WIGAN ATH. HILLSBOROUGH KICK OFF :15:00 REFEREE : A.Chump "Well he's got the all clear , fit as a fiddle. So if he does start that's where you put your money. 5/1 on for first goal scorer. " "What other news?" " Sheffield Wednesday Joao is back and fit and raring to go. There's a chance he might start if Wednesday stay with the diamond formation they used at Luton., Sam Hutchinson and Keiren Westwood are almost guaranteed to be put back into the starting XI" "Good" "Joey Pelupessy will be another week with an ankle strain." "First time he's really been out since he arrived isn't it. He's been fit as a fiddle since he came here. Funny that there's not hundreds of threads from the conspiracy lot though accusing the club of faking his injury. Funny it's only fan favourites who have to feign knocks" "Moving on Sir.....Wigan boss Paul Cook could name the same XI that started the 3-0 win over Aston Villa last week." "3-0?" "Yes Sir." "How did I miss that?" "You were blind drunk in Hull Sir, trying to take on all comers in the Old Black Boy" "Oh yes. That's right. Hull. Bloody hell, don't remind me. Here , I thought Dean Smith was the top manager blah blah blah. Hows he got battered by Wigan at home?" "To be honest Sir Wigan haven't really had a kind run. They've been on a losing streak, but it has to be said that during that run they've played some of the top sides in the division in terms of form and squad strength. West Brom, Swansea, and Sheff-" "Stubbs!" " James Vaughan, Nathan Byrne and Callum McManaman are among those pushing for recalls to the starting line-up. Darron Gibson will be assessed after missing the last two games due to a thigh problem and striker Nick Powell (calf) is not ready to return." "Powell? Wasn't he the next big thing at one time" "Possibly Sir, there's hundreds of 'next big things isn't there.." "I suppose there is" Match facts Sheffield Wednesday have won three of their four home games against Wigan in all competitions (L1). None of the nine meetings between Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan in all competitions have ended as a draw (five Wednesday wins, four Wigan wins). In their 3-0 defeat by Hull City in their last Championship match, Sheffield Wednesday managed just three efforts at goal - their fewest in a league match since April 2018 (two against Wolves). "Good God! That's approaching the same form as the last Days of Carvalhal! I tell you what. I really can't wait for Brucie to get here. Training sessions and what not is all well and good, but you really want the gaffer in there don't you. Someone with a bit of star quality." "Doesn't necessarily mean the player will shoot more though Sir. I mean once they're over the white line there's it's up to them" "Yes I know that. But I just think that it's all a bit of a no-mans land at the minute. Nothing against the new chaps. But you want the Bigman in place. Give everyone a boost." Wigan have lost 10 away games in the Championship this season, while only Crawley (11) have lost more in the English Football League in 2018-19. If Wednesday keep a clean sheet on Saturday it will be just their 4th of the season Four of Wigan's last eight Championship goals have been penalties, scored by three different players (two by Joe Garner, one apiece by Will Grigg and James Vaughan). "Well then, if we don't fanny about at the back then it shouldn't be a problem should it" "If Sir. If" "Indeed Stubbs. If... If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, (You are probably Cameron Dawson) If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; (You are probably Morgan Fox) If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, (You are probably Fernando Forestieri) Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: (You are probably Atdhe Nuhiu) If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; (You are probably Lucas Joao) If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; (You are probably Tom Lees) If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, (You are probably Steve Agnew) Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: (You are probably Lee Bullen) If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-throw, (You are probably Dejphon Chansiri) And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; (You are probably a clapper) If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, (You probably bought a 3 year season ticket) And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ (You've probably never left on 85 minutes) If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, (That's me isn't it Stubbs?) If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; (You're probably Gary Hooper) If you can fill the unforgiving minute... (You are probably the bloody fourth official!) Yours is this City boys and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’re Wednesday, my sons! COME ON WEDNESDAY!
  20. 61 points
    The only one I’m gutted about. Thank you Super Hooper.
  21. 59 points
  22. 59 points
    The authorities are fucking disgusting They have no evidence whatsoever and the guy has been cleared in a law court - yet the oh-so-knowledgeable (not!) authorities plough on... maybe they should concentrate a bit more on the structural problems they have caused within the game that is seeing clubs going to the wall regularly - proud old clubs like Coventry on the brink of extinction - and not allow clubs who have money to spend it based upon phoney manufactured nonsensical rules and then actually punish those clubs for having the temerity to spend their own money Absolute fucking charlatans who are not remotely fit for purpose
  23. 59 points
    Really chuffed that this lad is finding his feet and is now producing solid performances from left back. Sure he will be under pressure from the laddie from Newcastle for his place but it’s just great to see him silencing the idiots who’ve seemingly made him a scapegoat. Onwards & Upwards Foxy!
  24. 58 points
    The stewards often get a lot of stick, so this is a thank you from me today. I know that I suffer at times from acid that really cripples me at times. It's never happened to me at a game though before, so I have nothing but thanks for the steward who asked a medic to attend to me on the kop. I was absolutely doubled up looking like someone in the throws of a heart attack, I am sure. This whilst having my young son next to me. I was in a lot of pain which I obviously showed so much that this guy thought I was in need of attention and got a lovely female medic to attend to me who was absolutely professional. She understood that I thought I knew what was wrong with me, and still did her job well - because quite frankly I could have been wrong. Whilst I knew I was not in trouble, I was clearly holding my chest and in a lot of pain - so thanks to those people who saw me in a lot of pain and came and checked me out. We often slate people working at the club, today I would like to give thanks to a couple of them.
  25. 57 points
    Woman in the ticket office when you bought a Club 1867 package When you cancelled it I hope you're proud of yourself
  26. 56 points
  27. 55 points
    fizz me what an idiot. I’m not talking about Berahino.
  28. 55 points
    Reda was perfect for us at the time, a colossus of a man with a heart is big as a lion. After some of the weak dross that we had put up with for many years, he along with the likes of Liera helped us become a team that never gave up. A great representative of the club at charity events. If I remember correctly sometimes stood with the fans at away games. Great goal scoring record better than most of our forwards. Might not have been the most skilful but will always remain one of my favourite players.
  29. 54 points
    He'd be a decent squad player for most Championship clubs, and considering his form in the back half of last season, he'd be a starter for most lower half teams. I never understand the scramble to criticise or dismiss our own players from some Wednesday fans.
  30. 53 points
    Best football we ever played. 3rd in the top division, European football, regulars at Wembley. Signed the great Chris Waddle. He never got the credit he deserved.
  31. 53 points
    https://stv.tv/sport/football/1436359-three-out-and-two-in-for-scotland-ahead-of-qualifiers/ HOME Sport Three out and two in for Scotland ahead of qualifiers Peter Cassidyan hour ago Jordan Archer, Barry Bannan and Charlie Mulgrew are out of this month's double header. McLeish: Will be hoping to pick up six points. SNS Group Three players have pulled out of the Scotland squad ahead of this month's double header against San Marino and Kazakhstan. Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer, Sheffield Wednesday's Barry Bannan and Blackburn's Charlie Mulgrew have been replaced by Livingston goalkeeper Liam Kelly and Kilmarnock defender Stuart Findlay. The national team travel to play Kazakhstan on March 21 before heading off take on San Marino three days later. Alex McLeish will be hopeful of picking up six points to get off to the best possible start in a group that also includes Russia and Belgium. Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney could also be a doubt after he was taken off during their 1-0 win over Dundee on Sunday. On loan Premiership stars Marc McNulty and Oliver Burke have been called up to the squad as has Sheffield Wednesday full back Liam Palmer- whose father Carlton was an England international in the 1990's. Scott Bain is widely expected to replace Rangers Goalkeeper Allan McGregor who recently announced his international retirement.
  32. 53 points
    Chansiri isn't selling. It was just heightened emotion at the fans forum that the press leapt onto. Can we just move on plz.
  33. 52 points
  34. 52 points
    Will probably go down like a led balloon on here, but after listening to yesterday’s conference IMO DC needs to be shown far more respect Hes made some silly signings, which chairman hasn’t? He seems to be learning from his mistakes, the first 18 months+ were never going to be easy for him: new country, new language, new industry The way the media portray us fans to DC, he must feel the most hated person in the city. Always negative questions aimed at him. I thought he handled that idiot Giddings perfectly yesterday, made him look like a chump
  35. 51 points
    Whilst I have no scientific proof at all I'm sure our lads would be injured a lot less with a pair of proper boots in non-garish colour. In fact, I'd make them compulsory.
  36. 50 points
    Didn’t hurt us at all It’s a huge thing for the people of Thailand and must mean a lot to our owner. I think our fans showed a touch of class during and for applauding afterwards. It didn’t cost the fans anything and if it helps us to build our brand and gets the club noticed in Thailand then it can only be a good thing.
  37. 50 points
    Rumours on twitter though....
  38. 50 points
    "Good evening Sir. Shall I grab you a brandy and fire up the laptop?" "No there won't be any need. I'll have another round of sandwiches though and a fresh pot of tea. I'm just getting to a good part in my book" "What book is that Sir?" "Azincourt, Stubbs. Our archers sticking it to the Frogs. I'm just getting to the interesting bit." "But Sir, shouldn't you be trawling Owlstalk and The Stir for this weeks gossip?" "Well no actually Stubbs, because there won't be any gossip" "Pardon Sir?" "There won't be any gossip" "There's always gossip Sir. The media. The support, they're powered on gossip. It's their life force." "Well their batteries will be low then Stubbs. Did you hear Bruce's press conference today?" "I didn't Sir." "Well I did. He answered every question. Thoroughly. Answered them honestly and frankness . Not a swerve , food analogy or riddle in sight. Played it with a straight bat and left no room for stirrers , mixers and rogues to make things up by filling in the gaps. He's literally given them no scope for the usual liberal sprinklings of bull. He's gone and batted with honesty and fact. A faultless performance in control." "But the OMDT Sir. I mean, we always try and put some of the gossip in" "Well that is at an end Stubbs. At an end." "Right. Well, I suppose so. But that's a bit dull isn't it?" "Dull suits me Stubbs. The constant conspiracies are tiring. They're hobby for the short attention spanned. The fidgeters and people who can't sit still. For people with a need for constant drama and conflict. For the nutters, wums, mischievous hacks and blunts." "Right. But.... Bruce's first game in charge at home though Sir, you want some excitement surely." "Indeed Stubbs, indeed. And I think we'll get it. But we'll get it in the right place. In the Stadium. Out there on the park! Not in the comments sections and the message boards. The Bruce's first game at Hillsborough. The first time he'll send his charges out in the blue and white stripes. That's where the drama should come. Not making rot up about peoples contracts and transfer targets. Mind, I hope he's not disappointed when he steps out." "Disappointed?" "Well, you know, he's been making a lot of 'the support'. The 'remarkable support'. I just hope we make some noise tomorrow for him and then keep it going throughout the game. Get behind the lads and put Reading to the sword. " "I'm sure that'll be the case, Sir" "I'm not so sure Stubbs. Not so sure . Hillsborough is notoriously quiet. There's no point beating around the bush here. There are times it's like a museum in there but for the odd murmurs and grumbles about Fox or Palmer. Yes, I'm sure they'll give him a warm reception before kickoff but as the players line up and Hi-Ho silver fades and the first whistle is parped, I fear the roar will die down into its usual echoing silence." "Blimey. You are a bit down in the dumps Sir." "No, not at all just being a realist Stubbs, just being a realist" "Well as long as you're not becoming The Realist." "Heavens above no! As I said I just hope that the lads get out of the traps fast while the positive feeling is still in the air. Get on the front foot and play like we did at Ipswich. Big Ron always used to say that to the lads. "Get at em the first ten minutes and this lot will back you to the hilt." But are those different days Stubbs. Different times?" "Are you sure you don't want a drink Sir?" "Quite sure. If we play like we did at Ipswich I see nothing but another win. A comfortable 2-0" "Got to start taking those chances though Sir." "Indeed Stubbs. But at least we're creating chances . Two, three , four proper chances last week rather than the old 50/50 odds and sods. You've got to be in the right place to miss them, or something. Know what I mean?" "Indeed Sir." "Right then. Sandwiches when you're ready Stubbs and stick the match facts in for the early morning club." "Erm...Sir" "Yes?" "You know you said that Bruce's honesty and straight batting stopping the gossip mongering and stirring?" "Yes....?" "Well it seems Radio Sheffield are playing an interview with Westwood where he's claiming Jos told him his not playing was about money but Chansiri said it wasn't...and well, it's all over Facebook some lad is saying that the other two keepers were told it was about money, twitter, oohh folks are rowing about whether Jos has been stitched up by the Chairman covering his arris, or whether Jos used the Chairman as a convenient excuse to drop a character he didn't like.." "Great shades of Elvis! Stubbs, people will stop at nothing to ensure there's always negative debate around the Wednesday. Bruce has come out and talked about playing on the front foot. Scoring goals. Closing down higher up the park getting wins, making a late surge, making Hillsborough a fortress and what do people latch onto? Eh? What do they Velcro onto? Something that's got no definitive answer. Something that's nothing to do with Bruce. Something that can be chewed on and spat out and argued about. The scheming and mixing. The misdirection. It won't end will it? It'll never end. Not even with The honest Bruce at the helm. Stubbs, Brandy, large one and fire up the laptop." WEDNESDAY - V - READING Sky Bet Championship 3:00pm Saturday 9th February Hillsborough OWLS 1/1 DRAW 23/10 ROYALS 14/5 "Right Sir. Wednesday news. New signings Dominic Iorfa, Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar could feature in Steve Bruce's first home game . Though the manager has hinted it'll be the same back that played against Ipswich. Loanee Josh Onomah is out with a hamstring injury. This time on his good leg! Gary Hooper is nearing full fitness after a groin operation and will train with the lads next week but will be a month away from genuine consideration. Reading forward Nelson Oliveira is sidelined because of a broken nose sustained in a collision with-" "Collision Stubbs?! Collision? That wasn't a bloody collision. It was a bloody assault! The terrible shytehouse Mings bloody stamped on him. On purpose too, nothing will ever persuade me otherwise. He should have been banned till the end of the season. Criminal. Absolutely bloody criminal." "Mings scored against the Pigs tonight Sir" "Well, ok, maybe I'm being a bit harsh then. He should be banned for the rest of the season..starting from Monday morning" MATCH STATS Sheffield Wednesday have won their last three games against Reading in all competitions. Reading have won only one of their last six matches at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday in all competitions (W1 D1 L4). Sheffield Wednesday have won four of their last seven league games (W4 D2 L1), including each of the last two. They last won three in a row in September, with a victory against Reading the third game in this run. Reading are without a win in 11 away matches in league competition (D5 L6) since a 3-2 victory against Preston in September. No Sheffield Wednesday player has been directly involved in more league goals this season than Adam Reach (10) Only Bolton (86) have made more changes to their starting XI in the Championship this season than Reading (83). COME ON WEDNESDAY!
  39. 50 points
    Apologies if this is well known - I must've missed this but Lee has lost his dad I'm sure we all pass on our very best wishes and condolences to Lee and his family Times like this we are all one family chin up Lee we are with you mate Lee Bullen‏ @BullenFootball 52m52 minutes ago More 1/3 On 7th May 2018 my Mum lost her battle with MS. 11th January 2019 my Dad passed away peacefully.... not happy with taking on Prostate and Bone Cancer he thought he’d take on Alzheimers as well-a bridge too far! Today was the day we laid him to rest. I know you’re with Mum...
  40. 49 points
    We have had plenty of players in our recent history who have who have clearly believed they are above the club but that team with Reda in it was full of players who seemed to really appreciate playing for club. Reda, Jones, Semedo, Llera, Lowe all players who saw an opportunity to play for a big club, had a real go and gave there all. Not our most talented side but one that will be remembered very fondly.
  41. 49 points
    Fair enough. A bit of class. Although I hate the scummy bar stewards with all my heart and hope they lose every game.
  42. 49 points
    Fantastic for those two kids to train with our first team for a day. Tyreece and Billy have been off school since with a groin strain and sore hamstring respectively, but the Headteacher is confident they will be back at school in two weeks.
  43. 49 points
    Just on my way back from Wembley, I think a couple of additions and next year we could be top two.
  44. 49 points
    What a great picture this is. Look at the happiness on everyone’s faces. Lazaar not even kicked a ball for us but look at his face. Joao and Boyd both subbed but look at there reactions. Nuhui and Dawson unused subs but just as delighted. Every member of staff off there feet too. Sometimes when players play poorly everyone seems to think they don’t care. But photos like this just goes to show they do.
  45. 49 points
    Well this is clear as mud. We're told our input is financially worth nothing. We have players on between 20 and 40 grand A WEEK. Take Abdi for instance. Let's say he's on 20k a week. This means for every 40 people who take up this offer we can pay his wages for 1 week. For him to sit on his arse. If 10,000 people take up the offer, at 500 quid each that's 5million. Or to put it another way, 1million short of a Gary madine. Stop messing about with stuff like this. Sell some players, get the wage bill down, replace high wage earners with lower paid younger hungry players and get us moving in the right direction. Lower season ticket and match day prices to get more people through the door. Lower corporate hospitality costs to actually fill some boxes and generate some income. Get some stock in the shop that is affordable and profitable. Get more people spending rather than getting a few people spending more.
  46. 48 points
    "Come out Hargreaves, the game's up. There's no way out. We've tracked you the world over. But we were going to get you sooner or later. A Snooty never gives in. Come out. We've the place surrounded." "Surrounded,Sir?" "Sssshh! He doesn't know does he" "Very good Sir." "Hargreaves! Just give us Sid James Pipe and we'll go. There doesn't have to be bloodshed. I'm prepared to leave you here. Just give us James and nothing needs to get nasty. I won't tell the authorities where you are. But I want James and I want him now. Hargreaves! I know you're here!" "Sir. I've checked everywhere. I can't find him" "He's here Stubbs, he's here. Pass me my bag." "What's in there Sir?" "It's a kebab. I'll just pop it over this air-con unit and left the smell waft around the place. He'll soon be out once he gets that up his nostrils. Now, have you got your phone?" "Yes Sir" "Then pull up a chair. You can give me the match facts while we wait for him to come out of hiding." **************************************************************************************** Wednesday - V - Swansea Sky Bet Championship 3:00pm Saturday 23th February Hillsborough Stadium Wednesday defender Tom Lees is back in contention for the home game against Swansea. Lees could return to the starting line-up after missing the last three matches due to a shin injury. Striker Fernando Forestieri sits out a one-game ban following his two ridiculous sending off at Rotherham which caused Steve Bruce to opine the referee should have sent all 15 celebrating players, subs and staff off if that's how the ref wanted to play it. George Boyd is a big doubt due to illness leaving Wednesday with limited forward options. Defender Jordan Thorniley won't be risked after being round house kicked in the noggin. Swansea have been handed a triple boost with pace burners Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Declan John all expected to return to the squad. John, who returned to full training this week, has been sidelined due to an ankle injury. Captain Leroy Fer (hamstring), who has been out for four games, hopes to be fit for next week's home match against Bolton but looks set to miss the clash with the Yorkshire Giants. Joe Rodon (metatarsal) is still out. "Stubbs, who's that?" "That's the Swansea manager Graham Potter" "Crikey. He looks like an accidental splicing of political comedian Jonathan Pie and Grange Hill schemer Gonch Gardener" "If you say so Sir" "I do. Carry on" **************************************************************************************** MATCH FACTS Sheffield Wednesday are winless in seven matches against Swansea City in all competitions (D4 L3). Swansea have not visited Sheffield Wednesday in a league match since December 2009, when they won 2-0 thanks to a Darren Pratley double Three of the last six meetings in all competitions between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea at Hillsborough have ended goalless. Swansea striker Oliver McBurnie has been involved in seven goals in six Championship appearances during 2019 (six goals, one assist), scoring with all of his six shots on target. Steve Bruce last faced Swansea City in September 2015 in the League Cup as Hull City manager, winning 1-0. Swansea have not lost three consecutive away league matches since a run of seven between September and December 2017. **************************************************************************************** "Oh. Oh dear Sir" "What?" "I've just got two news flashes through sir" "Yes?" "Sid James pipe is back." "Back?" "Yes Sir. He and Hargreaves are both back safely at Owlstalk. Sid Emjoi is in situ and ready to carry on the good fight. Hargreaves has issued an apology and said he just wanted to make sure the bawdy emoji used his full holiday entitlement and with him being the most oft used Emoji he thought he could do with a midseason break like the European emojis do" "Well bloody hell. What a faff. All that pi$$ing around chasing him around the globe. Well. At least it's all over Stubbs. Have we got a cup of tea before we head back? Stubbs? Stubbs? Are you listening to me?" "The second news flash Sir." "Yes?" "陰茎 vocano is about to erupt for the first time in 2000 years Sir" "Well that's an interesting one for the Volcanologists and Geothermal Researchers with an interest in tropospheric volcanic plumes. They don't get much action you know. Lot's of theory work. Be nice they've actually got something to get their teeth into." "Sir. 陰茎 is Japanese for tail. tail Mountain." "I beg you pardon?" "tail Sir" "A comedy name Stubbs, what of it....oh, oh, but hang on, this place, this base when we came in I said to you didn't I, didn't I says Stubbs, 'that secret base of Hargeaves's looks just like-!" "Indeed Sir" "Andy Blairs Trainers!! Come on Stubbs we've got to get out of here!" "We can't Sir. You insisted we blow up the entrance way when we came in to stop Hargreaves escaping" "Well phone for help man!" "I'm afraid calling up the match day facts on my phone used the last of my battery, Sir. It's dead." "So this is it Stubbs? Doomed to be incinerated in a giant rocky scrotum" "It would appear so Sir. "Sums up the season really doesn't it" "Sir?" "A right load of old bolloc-"
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    I hope we hammer you and the pigs somehow manage to spaff their own hopes by going on a dreadful run of their own making.
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    "Awful night" "Awful day and night if you're a Bolton fan" "I meant the weather Stubbs but I take your point. A great old club like that in absolute turmoil. Players not paid. Old bill not paid. Owner trying to sell. Fans protests. Stuck at the foot end of the Championship. what has this game become. Bolton Wanderers. One of the iconic names of English football. Evocative names. Like Sheffield Wednesday. Preston North End. Tottenham Hotpsur. They conjure up images. Images sadly fading... " "Indeed Sir. There has even been some talk today that the game tomorrow might be at risk" "The only thing at risk tomorrow Stubbs is Steve Bruce's unbeaten start coming to an end." "Pardon Sir?" "Everything points to it Stubbs. Club down on it's uppers. The players are in dispute with the chairman, the fans are in dispute with the Chairman. Local MPs are calling for and investigation. They're stuck at the wrong end of the table. Bottom of the home form table. Scrabbling about in an absolute mess. Players making statements, chairman making counter statements. absolute shambles from top to bottom. Everything is in place for Wednesday to rock up there and lose". "The bookies are offering Wednesday at 1/1 Sir. they think it all stacks heavily in Wednesdays favour." "They did the other year thought didn't they Stubbs when Bolton hadn't won since the invention of the telephone but they still managed to do us. Then they lose another 8 on the spin without finding the net once until, you've guessed it, they played us again. And won again. They've become a bogey side Stubbs." "Even so.." "Never mind 'even so' I've seen it too many times. As soon as we become bang favourites for anything you can guarantee it will all go big boobies up. You want to make some money tomorrow Stubbs-bang it on the trotters" "Bit pessimistic if you don't mind me saying" "You can say what you like. Besides....Phil Parkinson" "What about him?" "You struggle to get past a Phil Parkinson team. We're too nice and he'll have them ready to make it scrap. I mean look at the man. He's got that look." "What look?" "The look of the pool team Captain from a flat-roofed boozer. The who's on the blower all during the match telling her he'll be home 'when the game is finished' and 'no he doesn't know how long it's going to take' and 'what the hell do you mean has Gina travelled with us, she's not even in the pool team' and 'no I haven't got any idea what you're raving on about woman I'm out with Kev and Nige.'." "Pardon?" "Of course Gina is there Stubbs. He's took her along. Met her on the corner near the bookies. That's what I'm saying. He's got the look of that sort." "I'm afraid I don't follow ,Sir. Who's Gina?" "She's the bit of fluff on the side in this scenario! .Some rough scrumpet. But that's not the point" "If i may be so bold Sir, 1hat is the point?" "That Parkinson has that look! The look of the bloke who sinks the black, knocks back the half bottle of Budweiser he's been drinking and smirks across the table at you. While his fancy piece sidles up and puts her arm around his waist" "Have you been on the cheese again Sir?" "You don't understand these things Stubbs. but the readers of this section will know what all too well I'm on about. Namely that we shouldn't expect anything tomorrow other than a tough game and more than likely a defeat that might seem unthinkable to the rest of the footballing World but not to us." "Well I hope everyone else is more positive than you then Sir" **** Bolton Wanderers - V - Sheffield Wednesday Bolton boss Phil Parkinson has reported no major new injury concerns following Saturday's home win against Millwall. Forward Clayton Donaldson and midfielder Luca Connell are both pushing for recalls after dropping to the bench on Saturday. Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher is doubtful due to a foot/ankle/knee injury sustained in Saturday's draw at Derby. (Who kicked him?) Fletcher was withdrawn just before the hour mark, but boss Steve Bruce remains hopeful the Scot will prove his fitness. Fernando Forestieri missed out at the weekend due to a hamstring strain and fellow forward Gary Hooper is still out having not featured for over a year. Newcastle loanee Achraf Lazaar remains sidelined after missing the last two games due to a hamstring problem. Match Facts Bolton have only lost one of their last 11 home matches against Sheffield Wednesday in all competitions (W6 D4 L1), a 0-1 defeat in December 2012. Sheffield Wednesday haven't completed a league double over Bolton since the 1982-83 season. Bolton have not won successive home league games since New Year's Day in 2018. Sheffield Wednesday have drawn each of their last three away games in the Championship, last drawing four in a row in November 2014. Phil Parkinson has never lost at home against Sheffield Wednesday in all competitions (P7 W5 D2 L0). Steve Bruce has lost his last three away league visits to Bolton, last winning there in October 2011 with Sunderland. **** "Oh Sir.... were you aware that Liam Palmer had been called up for the Scotland Squad?" "What?" "Palmer Sir. Called up for his excellent recent form" "Really?" "Really Sir" "Then f*ck it Stubbs! Forget what I said earlier! Get some money on the Wednesday. We're going to win. 1-0 . A rejuvenated Palmer with his first goal of the season. " WELL DONE LIAM COME ON WEDNESDAY!
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    "Sir may I ask..." "That Stubbs is a cheeky little punt." "A joke ,Sir?" "No, not one bit of it. I'm full of beans. We're on a roll.That's worth a dabble of anyone's money." "But promotion Sir! It's not two days ago that you told Asteener you weren't even looking at the League table" "Well I'm not. I don't need a league table to see that things are on the up here Stubbs. On the up!" "You're not celebrating a 0-0 like a win are you Sir?" "No. I leave that to others.... ....to me that was just another game undefeated in our positive run under Bruce. Who, by the way Stubbs, said today that he himself believed it could be done and that we just need to keep our form up for the next two months!" "But Sir, is it realistic?" "Of course it's realistic. There's much of a muchness in this division. No reason at all why we can't go on a terrific run. The whole place is awash with positivity. The fans haven't been this positive for yonks. We're creating a vibe off the pitch which will transfer onto it and together, as one, it will push us over the line. Honestly everyone is buzzing. The manager is talking with honesty and passion. He's putting things in place for the long term but which we are already seeing signs of improving things. Crikey O'Reilly did you know Iorfa only cost us £200k. Bargain! Everyone, everyone is buzzing . Fletcher is looking every inch the top flight target man . Liam Palmer is playing like a man possessed , I've never seen him in such good form. Right back, left back....Gary Hooper is on the comeback trail. Hector looks a beast and Sammy Hutchinson is showing why Chelsea thought he was destined for the very top. No wonder all us fans are buzzing and.... ...... what the hell is that Stubbs!" "Well about that Sir. Not all the fans are buzzing." "They're not?" "No Sir. Because that alarm is the negativity alarm. "There is no negativity! We've nothing to be negative about. What? What Stubbs tell me?!" "Well. The George Hirst saga has raised it's ugly head again and people are rowing about him in that thread, on Facebook, Twitter and no doubt in the pubs" "But he doesn't even play for us!" "No, but he's been to watch a game" "And?" "And that's it Sir. But that's all it takes. 16,000 views! The most popular thread of the week!" "Ye Gods! But ignoring that, on the whole there's a positive vibe about the place. Why's your bloody alarm going off? it can't be just George Hirst" "Well, Sir, Bruce today also announced that Forestieri looks like being out of action for a month and joining Lazaar in the sick bay" "No.." "Yes Sir, and the rest of the internet has been awash with other comments he made ahead of the game.... Mr Chansiris advisor is still very much on the scene" "'You don't mean-" "Yes Sir. look, let me show you on the laptop. See here, described as 'part of the fabric of the club." "For fuc-" "AND...." "And what?" "And all this negativity, Hirst Jnr, Fernandos Injury, the advisor... all that negativity in one day... well, it's awoken Mr Mason from his slumber." "..." . "Sir? Sir are you ok?" ************ SAT 09th March CHAMPIONSHIP Kick off : 15:00 Venue: Pride Park Stadium Frank Lampards Derby County could welcome back forward Tom Lawrence, who has missed the Rams' past five matches with an ankle injury. But boss Frank Lampard, whose side will move into the play-off places if they better Bristol City's result against Leeds, is still without Mason Mount (reyt bonus) and Craig Bryson (the lad we wanted when we got Butterfield). Sheffield Wednesday will be without striker Fernando Forestieri, who went off at half-time against city rivals Sheffield United on Monday. Manager Steve Bruce said the striker may be out two or three weeks with a hamstring issue which, as of yet, the club don't if is related to an ongoing knee complaint. Sam Winnall looks set to step up into the match day squad after taking part in first team training. Morgan Fox has been declared 100 fit and the best news of the lot, Steven Fletcher has shown no signs of struggling after going down against the pigs. Match facts Derby are unbeaten in 10 home matches against Sheffield Wednesday in all competitions (W7 D3 L0) since a 2-0 defeat in April 2006. Sheffield Wednesday have won just four of their past 31 league matches against Derby (D10 L17). Derby have lost just one of their previous eight Championship home games (W4 D3), losing against Millwall in February. Steve Bruce has won five of his seven away matches against Derby in all competitions (L2). Derby teenager Jayden Bogle has provided an assist for three of the Rams' last four goals in the Championship Steve Bruce has picked up 13 points from seven Championship games as Sheffield Wednesday boss ************
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    FT CHAMPIONS Thanks to all who followed the boys on here and continued support and updates from Ethel. The boys will parade the trophy on Sunday.
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