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  1. 104 points
    On what planet are Leeds rivals with Manchester United?
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  3. 68 points
  4. 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.
  5. 63 points
    No surprises there , been a good player for us though , best wishes to him
  6. 59 points
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 56 points
    The only one I’m gutted about. Thank you Super Hooper.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 48 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.
  15. 47 points
    I hope we hammer you and the pigs somehow manage to spaff their own hopes by going on a dreadful run of their own making.
  16. 46 points
    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.
  17. 46 points
    "Few things in life unite and divide opinion like football. But one thing at this stage of every season is undebatable and I would like to offer the warm congratulations of everyone at Sheffield Wednesday to everyone at our neighbours Sheffield United for their achievement of promotion. We may be rivals but we are friends of the same city that holds such unique tradition in the football world. Recognition in the Premier League can only benefit Sheffield and we wish United well, whilst promising our loyal supporters that we will be giving our absolute best to ensure Wednesday will be tasting the same success this time next year. We must also congratulate Norwich City on their promotion and offer our commiserations to Ipswich Town, Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham United. We wish you a speedy return to the Championship. - Dejphon Chansiri"
  18. 45 points
    That’s us getting a points deduction next season then.
  19. 44 points
    Changes need to be made to this mess. Total joke that clubs like Man City continue to spend what they like without being penalised or getting tiny fines. And clubs such as Wednesday have to compete with parachute payment clubs. Many have cheated recently and also received only small punishments. Pathetic English Football League!
  20. 44 points
    There's been many ups and downs following the Wednesday. Many special memories. But this man gave me the single greatest ever season of watching the Owls. Scintillating free-flowing football and a wonderful team full of passion and character. A team that had a unique and unequalled bond with the fan-base which has lasted the test of time. The promotion and a Cup final win are almost bonuses really from a period when I have rarely felt so 'at one' with the club. Happy 80th Birthday Big-man Still, simply the best
  21. 43 points
    You utter f.ookin' imbecile...
  22. 43 points
    Sky probably muted the crowd when a. the Leeds fans sang for a good while "Sky TV is f___ing s__t" b. the Wednesday fans joined in c. the Wednesday fans changed it to "Sheffield Utd are f___ing s__t" d. the Leeds fans joined in e. the Wednesday fans changed it again to "Leeds Utd are f___ing s__t" Leeds didnt join in with that
  23. 42 points
    Happy 84th Birthday to @england & #swfc #Legend Jack Charlton. He gave us our Wednesday back during a fantastic reign as #SWFC Manager 1977-1983. #oneworldcupandaboxingdaymassacre
  24. 42 points
    Made my mind up on him today. If any bids come in, we should consider them. All the talent but seriously lacks application. We can’t have passengers next season and we can’t have players just turning it on when they feel like it.
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  26. 41 points
    Morgan Fox and Joey Pelupessy both played well. It’s a shame that they get such abuse at times.
  27. 41 points
    I have been supporting Sheffield Wednesday since I was a small boy in the late sixties. In that time, I must have spent Thousands of pounds on Food and Drink inside the ground. To me, a drink of Tea, Coffee or possibly Bovril and a pie, and an occasional Pint is part of what is often called the "Match day Experience". That spending, inside the Ground, has now, sadly, come to an end. It would appear that every kiosk in the North Stand has gone "Cashless". The club are now Refusing to Accept Cash payments.(LEGAL TENDER) I will not be "told how to pay" by the club. I will, of course, continue to purchase food and drink on match days, all of it OUTSIDE THE GROUND......
  28. 40 points
    Quick...someone give van Aken a lifetime achievement award for services rendered.
  29. 40 points
  30. 40 points
    "Funny thing the International break. I used to dread them. Firstly because there would be no Wednesday game and secondly because I knew that through blind loyalty and misplaced sense of nationalism in my soul that I would watch England. Whatever gubbins they served up, i would watch it. Thing is though, the lad Southgate has actually done something no other England manager has done for a long long time. He's made the International break bearable. He's made us watchable. I mean yes it was great that we scored ten goals and won. But do you know, even if we hadn't won, I'd not have been overly bothered because I actually enjoy watching us and the way we play." "Indeed Sir. A couple of very thrusting performances" "Please Stubbs, less of the thrusting. It's a word that conjures images and you know that she is back with us." "My apologies Sir" "Accepted. Anyway, lets change from that dreadful thought and subject, we've got the game. Anything to report?" "Not really Sir. Only that Fletcher looks like missing out" "Old news that Stubbs. Old news. We knew that anyway what else. There must be something. Pick anything up from your trip to the training ground?" "Nooo. Not really Sir" "What do you mean 'not really'?" "Look I don't want you to get excited, Sir." "What?! What is it?" "It doesn't mean anything ..it's just a bit of jogging and ball work" "What is man, what is, spit it out." "I just don't want you getting excited and then being disappointed if it's, as it's like to be, something of nothing" "What?! What! What is something of nothing. Tell me" "A couple of photos from today's training session" "Joaos had his hair done in that modern style so beloved of French Internationals. What of it?" "Behind him, sir..." "God God! Kieran Lee! Kieran bloody Lee!" "It was only a light session, Sir" "Kieran farking Lee!" "It was only-" "Kieran Lee, Stubbs!" "Sir, I knew this would happen." "Just in time for the run in! My word. This is it. The late runner coming up on the inside. We'd been blocked in, but now we're going to move out as we approach the final bend Stubbs. Come from the chasing pack and streak over the line. It's on! Kieran Lee is back! Oh Stubbs, crack open the Louis Roederer Cristal Methuselah!. We're going to storm the play offs. He's back!" "Please look at this second picture Sir" "Fernando fit to train and back from his farcical court appearance" "The other chap, Sir" "Who is that?" "Almen Abdi, Sir" "Almen Abdi? "Almen Abdi, the former Swiz International signed from Watford" "Almen Abi?...Almen....Abdi. Oh!! Almen Abdi! But...hang on, wait a minute.. but... he's finished. He's ruined isn't he? Won't play again this season. He can only do light training? What was he doing there?" "The same as Kieran Lee, Sir" "Oh, eh? But...oh...hang on.... oh, I see. Oh bloody hell Stubbs! What did you have to go and get my hopes up for!" "Don't be like this Sir, I did tell you not to get too excited" "Bloody hell. I was about to put a score on us hammering those Pottering chumps tomorrow. I'm not so sure now. You've brought me crashing down, Stubbs. Crashing down. I mean, Fletch is out so I was already concerned. I wanted some good news and you let me have some....and then cruelly, so cruelly took it away from me again. We've nothing to come now. Nothing to come" "I do have one more photo" "Oh?" "Gary Hooper, back in the old routine..." "What?! Holding defenders off playing little give and goes and then hammering it past the goalie!! Woo Hoo! Woooooooooooh Hooooooooo! Go on my son! Stubbs, I take it back, you're a good chap really. Go on, go and get a bottle of the Louis Roederer Cristal Methuselah ! This show is back on the road. Oh yes! Gary Hooper back in the old routine, banging them in!" "No Sir, the other old routine..." " You do this on purpose Stubbs! Wind me up. You're determined to ruin my night! Well it won't work Stubb. It won't work. So more fool you. I'm going to bed. Ha!" "Very good Sir. Though I needn't remind you that her ladyship is with us this evening and has already retired upstairs." "Oh. FFS!" **** Sky Bet Championship Stoke City vs Sheffield Wednesday 3:00pm Saturday 30th March Stoke 13/10 Draw 2/1 Owls 12/5 **** TEAM NEWS Stoke midfielder Sam Clucas serves the final game of his three-match suspension for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday. Young winger Thibaud Verlinden will be hoping to build on an impressive league debut prior to the international break by retaining his place in the side. Striker Benik Afobe is pushing for a recall having dropped to the bench last time out to rest a hamstring problem. Full-back Tom Edwards missed England U20s' game against Portugal on Tuesday after pulling out with an injury sustained in the first game of the international break and is a doubt. TEAM NEWS Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher is unlikely to feature after a groin injury against Blackburn last time out forced him to miss Scotland's Euro 2020 qualifiers. Manager Steve Bruce has other options, however, as Fernando Forestieri (hamstring) and Lucas Joao (knee) are set to return to the squad. Fellow forward Gary Hooper - who has not played a competitive match since Boxing Day 2017 - could also be included. Midfielder Josh Onomah is still a couple of weeks away from fitness after an elbow injury. Form and Positions "The most difficult thing is the period of time that a lot of them have been out (injured). We've got to be mindful of that. It's alright getting yourself back on the pitch, but that's different to the hurly burly. It's good to see them knocking about the squad again, that's for sure. But I'm also mindful of the fact they have been out a long time. You can't just expect them to hit the ground running. Let's hope they can do, but I know that's difficult. The more options you've got the better. A few weeks ago we didn't have anybody, so things are brightening up." Match facts Stoke have not hosted Sheffield Wednesday in a league match since October 2007 - a 4-2 victory for the Owls under manager Brian Laws. Wednesday last visited Stoke City in December 2015 in a League Cup match, losing 2-0 in a quarter-final tie. Between the start of this season and his last game, on January 1, Luton Town were the top scorers in League One under Nathan Jones (49 goals) - by contrast, since his first game in charge of Stoke on January 12, the Potters are the Championship's lowest scorers (seven goals). Since Steve Bruce's first Championship match in charge of Wednesday, in February, only the current top two Norwich (24) and Sheffield United (23) have won more points than the Owls (20). Stoke have drawn their past three league matches goalless; the last team in the top four tiers of English football to draw four in a row goalless were Arsenal in February 2009. Bruce has lost his last five away league matches against Stoke, losing with three different teams in that time (Wigan, Sunderland and Hull). COME ON WEDNESDAY!
  31. 40 points
    I just want to get home. 5 Nations is a bit different to Wigan at home and Mattias falling over whilst some tart reminds me for the 8th time I can’t exit via Leppings Lane. And the bloke next to me smells like a zoo. I just want want to get off not hang about in the rain listening to Clive from Burnley pretending he’s Bono.
  32. 39 points
    Really? They’d be the first club I’d choose to totally rip off.
  33. 39 points
    Phoned the ticket office this morning at 9:00 hrs, as I had made a big mistake of buying "Club 1867" ticket instead of renewing my season ticket. My fault entirely. I phoned the Ticket Office in a blind panic and was told by the young gentleman who answered that he would contact the Ticket Manager who was not in today and that they would contact me later in the week. I have just received a call back from the same gentleman and was told that they would renew my season ticket and credit me the difference back. I can only thank the Club, the ticket office and the young gentleman in particular in sorting this stupid error I made, so quickly and in such a professional and caring manner. I would have not spotted this error if it wasn't for a friend who had noticed my purchase on his friends and family list and asked why I had bought it. Thank you yet again to all involved as its money I could ill afford to lose and I would not have been able to buy a season ticket if they had dug their feet in. Absolutely brilliant service just love this club. Thank you UTO
  34. 38 points
    The fact this is seemingly becoming more and more common says it all about the fairness of FFP/PS, especially with failure/parachute payments. When clubs are in a position that they have to sell their grounds to remain within the limits and/or remain competitive, it says it all.
  35. 38 points
    Here you go Bazza, saved you the trouble...
  36. 38 points
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- QPR TEAM NEWS Lazaar won't make it. Onomah is a doubt. Westwood - I've got a decisions to make. His knee is still grumbling a little bit. I'll have a chat with him this morning and see how it is. Everyone else is all right. Last game of the season...could have done with them all being fit February time!! QPR - We can't be complacent, I have a big respect for QPR been in the Premier League QPR but found some difficult times. They probably want the end of the season. Summer of change for them I imagine. Whereas us we;d have probably loved a couple more games! I want us to finish as high as we can. We have to make sure we don't start like we did at Preston last week! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PLAYERS CONTRACTS & OTHER NEWS Westwood contract- I hope (he hasn't played his last game for us.) I have offered him a contract. We'll have to wait and see. Other contract renewals - We'll be discussing over the next 24, 48, 72 hours over the next few days , I'll be chatting with the players concerned and then we'll let the public know. There's 8 or 9 and 4 loan players. We have to understand the financial implications aren't ours alone. There's big decisions to be made. In my own mind I know where we are. I've left it as late as possible because I didn't want to dishearten the squad when we still had a chance of the play offs.I didn't want to dishearten the squad when we still had a chance. Retained list will be out next week when I've spoken to the players. Hector - If at all possible we'd like to keep Michael Hector. We have to try and agree a fee with Chelsea-and that's never easy. All things being equal he'd be the first one I'd like to tie down. Why wouldn't I, he';s had a terrific season and been voted player of the season and so , for a loan player to do that he's done very well. So yes, if we could then we'd love to try and do something. Other loans permanent? - The problem is the cost. They cost a lot of money. So whether it's possible. We have to be respectful. It's been disappointing because they have both picked up injuries but that we because of the lack of game time. But they're premier league players, Aarons especially made an impact because he gave us something we didn't have. But they're premier league players, bringing them here and Hector would be costly. Budget - We'll have to re-jig the squad. When it comes out the fans will understand it better. We aren't going to be spending millions and millions and millions to spend. We have to adhere to the financial fair play rules. Even if we had millions we couldn't spend it. We're not the only club though there's plenty in the same boat. Unless you have parachute payments and the rules the way they are, and the way the clubs has spent over the last few years you're going to run into problems. I hope that my experience....people presumed we spent millions at Villa. We didn't. We spent £1.5m and used the loan market and the free market very , very well so...it's not all doom and gloom. A TIME FOR CHANGE - Its a time for change. This group have come close twice. and unfortunately they've all grown a little bit older together . We need some younger, fresher legs into the squad and that will happen. New Faces - We're cracking ahead.We're on with that but I think i'ts only right before I mention names (of possible incoming) that I speak to the players involved (who are here and might be leaving) I will speak to our lads before I let anyone else know. I've only spoken to Westwood so far. I need to speak to the other players but I wanted to be focused on the football whichever the play off chance was still there. Challenging - We'll be challenging next year. I wouldn't have come here If I didn't think so. It's what I demand. Never mind the owner or anyone else. It's what I demand. ----------------------------------------------------- AND FINALLY The Blunts- We have to say well done. He's done a wonderful job in what's been a and unbelievable two or three years for them,it just goes to show with his drive and enthusiasm y'know not to long ago they were in league one, so fair play to them, congratulations to them we're all envious but I wish them the best of luck it's been thoroughly well deserved and Chris,I'm delighted that a British, English manager who's learnt his trade and worked hard gone on the coal face , worked hard to get where he is, he needs a chance at the Premier. Well done to him and all his staff they've done terrific.
  37. 38 points
  38. 38 points
    I hope Bruce sees through it. Unlike Jos who gave new deals to Pudil and Nuhiu last season. Players like Matias and Boyd have done well recently, but neither should be given a new deal. Neither have done enough in their time at Wednesday, and although can’t fault their effort in recent months they both should be replaced. Hooper is no doubt a good player, but even if he scores in the remaining games, at his age and with his injury record (been here almost 4 years and missed large chunks of every season) should not be offered a new deal. For those in contract, FF was unplayable last night but has shown time and time again he’s not someone you can rely on or build a team around. Same can be said for Joao. I don’t know how FFP will hurt us, it might turn out we can’t get better than those out of contract. But for me we need to see a real change in the squad with some ruthlessness no matter how well certain players play every now and again. The fact is, a lot of these players aren’t consistent. And despite the way we played, we STILL got sucker punched and couldn’t see the game out. Which we’ve seen time and time again over the last few years. I’m confident Bruce realises this.
  39. 38 points
    Totally undeserved goal that. A kick in the nuts right at the death, I'm not too disheartened though, we can be proud of that performance. We can hold our heads high tonight. Roll on next season. Onwards and upwards.
  40. 38 points
    If he was so concerned about it being a level playing field, why didn’t he share Boro’s parachute payments amongst all the other Championship clubs?
  41. 38 points
    "Who's that at the door Stubbs?" "It's Leonard Sayer" "The hire-able Slayer?" "The very same" "The mans a lunatic. What's he doing here. Don't let him in. What the hell does he want?" "You asked me to call him not an hour since." "No Stubbs, no, I asked you to get me the best of Leo Sayer to listen to, to try and relax me" "Oh." "Oh indeed. Go and get rid of him" "He doesn't really take no for an answer" "Well we can't just sit here." "All things considered Sir. That might actually be the best option" "Good God. How did you even get mixed up?" "I just-" "I mean, what the hell did you think I'd want to hire him for!" "Well, I did think it a bit off Sir. But I thought perhaps you'd decided you'd had enough of Doom being negative about the Wednesday" "Good heavens Stubbs why on Earth would I want the man bumped off." "Hmm." "Why? What's he been saying? That we won't make the play offs?" "Oh no Sir. No mention of the play offs." "What's he on with then??" "He's talking about Wednesdays small minority of idiot fans throwing things and generally being yobbos" "To be fair that's not exactly a lie is it. In fact good on them. Attention needs calling to stupid behaviours. What's the Pigs writer saying about their lot waiting to kick Bristol fans in after the game the other night?" "Erm.." "They do right you know. Highlighting it. I mean, there was all that with kicking the old folks and the women and kids in against Norwich. Some of the nicest supporters you'd meet. And then the Middlesbrough stuff. No, I'm glad it's being highlighted Stubbs." "He's not mentioning that Sir" "Oh?" "No, he's lauding Wilder calling a team meeting before their game this weekend and calling it a master stroke" "So no mention of Sheffield United being second in the table for arrests in the whole football league last season?" "No Sir. Just focusing fully on the positive side of things. The genius manager, the brilliant players." "And what positivity about us from our man. Our amazing run of form perhaps?" "Erm." "Erm? Erm? Are you telling me Stubbs that their man ignores all their misdemeanours, some of the worst in the country, and focuses on the positive and our man does a reverse the night before a massive game? Is that what you're saying. I'm sure there's a mistake. He wouldn't deliberately do that would he? Pass it here. Let me see..." "Right! That's it! That is bloody well it! Stubbs get down stairs at once and let Leonard in. I've got a job for him" Wednesday -V- Aston Villa Hillsborough Kick Off : 15:00 Owls 21/10 Draw 23/10 Villa 13/10 ******** Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce hopes to have Steven Fletcher available for their Championship clash against Aston Villa. The forward did not take part in Scotland's recent internationals due to ankle and knee issues and sat out his club's 0-0 draw with Stoke last weekend. Bruce, however, could still be without Rolando Aarons for the visit of the Villains. Aarons, who also missed out against Stoke, is rated as a "minor doubt" as he recovers from injury. LAST MATCH LINE UP Lovre Kalinic is set to be included in Villa's squad for their trip to Hillsborough. The goalkeeper has been unavailable after sustaining a knee problem on international duty for Croatia. Midfielder Tom Carroll has returned to parent club Swansea to begin rehabilitation on a hip issue. James Chester (knee), Tommy Elphick (foot) and Alan Hutton (knee) are all closing in on first-team returns following their respective injuries. LAST MATCH LINE UP ******** Match Facts Sheffield Wednesday have lost four of their last five home league matches against Aston Villa, winning the other in August 2016. Aston Villa haven't won consecutive league games against Sheffield Wednesday since January 1997. Sheffield Wednesday are unbeaten in 12 league matches (W6 D6 L0), their best run since August 2012 (17 matches). Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn has been involved in five goals in his last three Championship appearances (3 goals, 2 assists). Since Steve Bruce's first Championship match in charge of Sheffield Wednesday on February 2nd, Barry Bannan has registered five assists - the joint-most in the division along with Kamil Grosicki. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ COME ON WEDNESDAY *No Dooms were harmed during the making of this thread.
  42. 37 points
    "And you've no idea at all what this is about ,Sir?" "None at all Stubbs. None at all. Just the telegram you brought to the Study." "An odd time of evening to receive a summons ,Sir" "Too right it is. It's a bloody liberty is what it is, and I'll tell him so. Can't believe the cheek of the man. What's wrong with a phone call? eh? Dragging folks out in at this time of night. In this weather." "Indeed,Sir" "God, I hate lifts, make me claustrophobic. And what the hell is this music?" "It's the greatest hits of The Arctic Monkeys on pan-pipes ,Sir" "I'm not happy about this." "Neither would they be I suspect." "I'll bet this is about the Sid James Gif episode. I knew he'd taken it personally" "To be fair Sir, you'd did blow up his secret lair" "For the greater good Stubbs, for the greater Good." 28TH FLOOR - HUMAN RESOURCES - FINANCE- DIRECTORS OFFICES! "Good afternoon gentlemen can I help you? "Never mind, 'good afternoon' sweetheart, it's nearly bloody midnight, where's bloody Hargreaves?!" "If you'd like to take a seat Mr Hargreaves is-" "Don't tell me he's busy, he's just sent me a bloody telegram. I'm not hanging about out here while he finishes his nachos, trying to making me sweat. Oldest bloody trick in the book that. Come on Stubbs" "Sir, please come back, both of you...come back!" "Now then Hargreaves, what's the bloody game,eh?! Beckoning me at this time of night like some..some serf! It's not on." "Please, take a seat Snooty, take a seat. Tea? Coffee?" "Never mind take a seat, what's the bloody meaning of this!" "Ahh, Snooty, always on the front foot." "Look we haven't got time for this Hargreaves. We've got a bloody match day thread to do. In case you haven't noticed we've been keeping this show on the road while you've been gallivanting around the globe. Match day threads for which , by the way, the cheques haven't yet come!" "Ahh yeah. About that. The money will be made in a one off payment for the 9 months" "9 months! I want paying for the full bloody year. That's what we agreed." "I can't pay you through the summer. I'd be paying you for doing nothing. The match threads aren't needed until pre-season." "But we had a bloody agreement! I'd get a summer retainer. A rolling yearly contract" "It weren't a contract really though was it mate, It was just a verbal-" "Agreement. Yes, verbal agreement. A gentlemen's agreement." "Hahah. And yer take that as my bond? Me, a gentleman? Haha. Did I ever tell you about the time I invited a tramp to the Christmas party?" "Look, I know there's no need for match treads in the summer, but you said I could have a summer retainer. I've got the West wing to rebuild!" "There'll not be a summer retainer, Snoots. I don't need matchthreads in the summer. It really is that simple." "But I can do other threads.." "But I don't need you for the summer threads. I've got someone else for that." "What?! Who?" "Come in Agent B....." "Good God! You can't be serious!" "I'm totally serious Snooty" "But...but...you need quality content!" "We don't actually, our latest analysis shows exactly the opposite. Readers want gossip, not facts!" "Gossip!" "Yes, unsubstantiated gossip" "But why?!" "Because it's more fun! We're about to enter into a summer with the club stuck in the grips of FFP, do you realise what serious news and no gossip does to a membership? Well I'll tell yer, it could destroy it!" "But-" "There's no 'buts', I'm afraid Snoots, no buts, it's decided. You're on gardening leave until August. Penguin's running the show until then" "But-" "You can go now. Oh, and don't nick anything on your way out" "Home,Sir" "Home Stubbs. Home. We'll do the match thread and then...then we're done." "Don't be too down,Sir. See it as a holiday" "We can't afford a holiday Stubbs! You heard the man. The allowance has been stopped" "I took the liberty of taking the keys to his beach villa in St-Tropez off the hook on my way out" "Stubbs, you really are a marvel. Drive on,Stubbs. Drive on!" ------------------------------------- Sheffield Wednesday vs Queens Park Rangers 12:30pm Sunday 5th May Hillsborough -------------------------------------------------- TEAM NEWS Sheffield Wednesday will be without suspended defender Dominic Iorfa for their home game against QPR. Iorfa starts a three-game ban following his straight red card in last week's draw at Preston, but fellow defender Achraf Lazaar could return after illness. Boss Steve Bruce must decide whether to recall goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, fit again after a knee injury, or retain Cameron Dawson, while third-choice Joe Wildsmith is also in contention for the final game of the season. Midfielder Sam Hutchinson (hamstring) and Rolando Aarons (ankle) will be assessed. -------------------------------- QPR caretaker-boss John Eustace must decide whether to recall player of the year Luke Freeman and several other senior players. Freeman was an unused substitute in last week's home defeat to Nottingham Forest as Eustace uses the run-in to take a good look at his squad. Strikers Matt Smith and Nahki Wells are also pushing for recalls. Central defender Joel Lynch remains doubtful due to a hamstring injury which has has kept him out of the last two matches. Midfielder Jordan Cousins (ankle) is out, while defenders Jake Bidwell (thigh), Grant Hall (groin) and Angel Rangel (calf) will be assessed. ------------------------------------- Match facts * Sheffield Wednesday have lost their past two league matches against QPR, conceding seven goals across those defeats. QPR are looking to complete a league double over Sheffield Wednesday for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Sheffield Wednesday have faced QPR in their final league match of two previous campaigns, losing both 3-1, in 1993 and 2004. QPR have lost their final league match of the season in 11 of their past 14 campaigns (W2 D1 L11), including both of their past two. Sheffield Wednesday have not won three consecutive home league games since April 2017. Defeat for QPR in this match will see the Hoops lose 24 league matches in a season for only the second time in the past 50 campaigns, also losing 24 in 2014-15 in the Premier League.
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    Because some disabled Owls fans are situated at the Leppings Lane end of the ground below the West Stand, they don't always get thanked by the players on the walkabout at the end of the last home match. We are not away fans! Please acknowledge these fans who follow the team through good times and bad. Thank you!
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    Happy Days! (according to his brother Richie)
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    "So another season looks like drifting off into nothing" "It's still not mathematically impossible,Sir. I though you of all people would be holding the dream alive." "Yes, but really Stubbs. Stoke. Then Villa. We're just running out of steam" "Perhaps so Sir, but as they say, it's not over till the fat lady sings." "Well her ladyship has joined the village choir Stubbs, so that moment won't be far away. Seasons end upon upon us." "In footballing terms though, there's still 18 points to play for. A lot can happen in these last few games. I wouldn't give up on the dream just yet" "The truth is Stubbs, a top ten finish would be about right. All this clinging on. Hanging on in there. And besides....I've been doing some hard thinking about the last few months. The last couple of seasons. The years in fact. The troubles we've had and to be honest, I think I've cracked it." "A lack of cohesive transfer policy?" "No, no" "A lack of pace in attacking areas which has been lacking even back into Stuart Grays and Megsons time.A lack so strongly felt by supporters that some Pine for the turbo speed and wild inaccuracy and final delivery of JJ and Jeremy Helan?" "No, no" "A lack of wingers with the ability to beat a man and deliver stellar crosses into the box?" "That'd help. But no, I'm on about something more realistic" "This isn't about not having the white turnover on the socks again is it,Sir?" "No. Though it must be said that those little details can mean the difference between winning and 'close but no cigar'. The evidence is there! Who knows what Waddle might have done with the lucky turnovers........ ..................but no , its more than that Stubbs" "No stripes on the back of the shirts?" "It's an excellent point. But I don't even think it's that. We look as Wednesday this season as we've looked in a long time." "Then what?" "It's the goals Stubbs." "The goals?" "The goals" "What goals. I thought goals were good. You mean goals conceded?" "No. THE bloody goals of course." "With the greatest of respect Sir, I have no idea-" "The goals at Hillsborough. The posts. The frame. The uprights. The cross bar. The lack of a god damned old school loops on the posts. I think that's the hoodoo" "Oh. Oh I see. Here we go." " Don't mutter Stubbs! Yes, I've looked at all the variables and it's those nets that are the problem." "The nets? I thought you'd have liked them Sir. In the clubs colours." "Oh, I'm all for that Stubbs. I'm all for that. The actual nets themselves are ok. Though obviously stitched into the wrong modern shape." "Obviously...." "No./ I mean the actual woodwork. Or metal work as it probably is.. .Yes......It, that is to say the doom, the curse, it started way back when...." "Sir, if this is going to be a twenty off minute tirade about the lament of Wednesday since 1999/2000 season then I must go and finish some chores I don't have the time really to-" "Earlier than that Stubbs. Earlier than that!" "97, when Di Canio-" "No, no. You still don't get it. The rot set in '96." "'96,Sir?" "Oh yes. 1996. The summer that football became a real thing again. 3 Lions and all that malarky. Hillsborough a European venue. On the face of it decent times. But now I look back. I see the menace." "Menace?" "The menace Stubbs. The start. The mutation. The inexorable start of the impending 20 odd years of doom and decay" "Sir, please..." "The bloody Stanchions Stubbs! The stanchions. They got rid of the old loop type didn't they. Started tying them back, the nets that is. Tying them back to them bloody post, stick thingy-majigs." AWFUL "I'm afraid I don't..." "Cheap looking Stubbs. I mean I was never a fan of the square netting anyway. The hexagonal style always looks far better when a balls nestles into it for my money. But , it's not about the aesthetic of the actual netting. And as I say , we are back on top of things on that score with the new hexagonal. No, it's more to do with the shape." "Really Sir...." "Oh yes. I mean to say, look the vintage net. Look at the classic. The net of dreams. There was a bit of a hoop at the top of the post and the net sagged. It was a thing of beauty. Not this tying it back nonsense. Though most of us might not have recognised it's significance at the time. A lovely soft slope of netting. Ready to explode when the ball it. Not the continental styling that snuck into the game. You want the ball to nestle into the net. To ripple" PROPER "Ah yes Sir. I see those little hooks you mean now" "I should think you do. Stanchions. A classic styling. Oh yes, you can nestle a ball in there and not having to worry about it bouncing back out again. I mean good heavens there was a time when they were having the nets so taught that they were like a bloody wall" "So you want rid of the tied back square nets and a return to the draped style and you think all will be well." "Oh no. I want more than that Stubbs. I want rid of the U shaped pegs" "Pegs?" "Oh yes. The U shaped pegs and the daft tubing" "What tubing?" "They don't use old school pegs these days Stubbs. They have double sided buggers to hold down that tubing. Bloody awful man! Making it a worse looking net infact than the one that started the rot in 1996." "What tubing?" "That stuff. It looks like cheap bloody electricians conduit! Look at it!. I mean whats the point of having lovely thick weave netting ,in a classic hexagnonal style..and then have a daft square net and bloody ties backs. Why have terrific thick netting. Great design and then square them off so they don't explode." GREAT NETTING TERRIBLE SETUP "Perhaps it's so that goal keepers don't have to crawl into the back of the net to retrieve the ball on there hands and knees" "But i want them doing the crawl of shame! Not strolling in and doing a drag back. No! I want them in there scrabbling about at the bac. Or even better having to walk all the way around the goal and having to give it a toe poke from behind the goal and getting some dogs abuse from the front of the KOP" "And you really think that makes a difference..." "Of course!. I mean look how tight that net is at the top right. That's not going to explode when you hit it. No wonder Bannan leathers everything when he's in shooting sight. You have to wallop it to get anything near a proper ripple. And you've no chance of getting the rainy night special" "The rainy night special?" "When it's been lagging Stubbs. And the water has settled on a lovely sagging old net , on a goal with a proper hoop stanction and someone spanked a ball, a proper old mitre delta usually, and it that damp sagging net and the water was smashed off it as the net billowed sending water drops exploding like a thousand tiny diamonds glistening and sparkling , white fireworks lit by the floodlights" "This seems, if you don't mind me saying Sir, a bit of a romancing" "I'm sorry Sir But even if this were all true.... I don't think the club are going to think much of these findings." "I'm not going to tell the club Stubbs! Good God no!" "Oh good. Because they'd think you quite, quite mad Sir" "No, I'm not telling them because it's them who've been getting it wrong all these years!" "Oh" "No, what we need is some Koppite to get on there before kick off and cut them restraining ties. Let the net free! Let it sag and drape and flow. Let it wait in the breeze ready to bulge when the ball hits it!" "Good luck getting into the game with a pair of scissors Sir" "Not me. I said, some Kop goer Stubbs. And besides, it shouldn't be too hard for them, the stewards are too concerned with plastic bottle tops to be worried about knives, scissors, flares and the like" "And what about that tubing you hate so much. The ..conduit.." "Well someone can sneak down there. Probably while we're attacking at the other end and pull them out. Just peg the net to the turf like a proper net should be" "Don't you think someone might see them carrying them" "Then they can pretend they are visually impaired Stubbs. Pretend they are white sticks." "So what you want and are suggesting, and tell me if I'm wrong Sir, is someone to go to Hillsborough, with a pair of scissors, cut the ties and steal the tubing and Wednesday will get promoted" "Yes. That's about the strength of my findings. Actually they might want to take some sunglasses with them, along with the scissors. Y'know, to make the blind thing more believable when they steal the tube." "Righto Sir. Righto...." "Good man. Set to it. Get someone on board. Someone trust-able. AND someone who can evade capture. We don't want him getting caught and blabbing. Maybe the phantom KOP trumper. No steward will tackle him." "This season really is getting to you isn't it Sir..." Wednesday - V - Forest Sky Bet Championship 7:45pm Tuesday 9th April Hillsborough TEAM NEWS Barry Bannan is an injury doubt for Sheffield Wednesday ahead of their Championship clash with Nottingham Forest. The Scottish midfielder was forced off with a hamstring problem during the home defeat against his former club Aston Villa. He is set for a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. Defender Dominic Iorfa will also be assessed after injury caused his withdrawal just before half-time on Saturday. Some good news for Owls boss Steve Bruce could see the return of Rolando Aarons. The on-loan midfielder has missed the last two games through injury. Forest will check on the fitness of Tendayi Darikwa before making the trip to Hillsborough. The full-back missed the defeat at Rotherham with a hamstring problem but he could recover in time to feature on Tuesday night. Tobias Figueiredo and Sam Byram are both nearing returns from injury having stepped up their recoveries by playing for the Reds' U23 side on Friday. There is a chance they could be involved again before the end of the season, as Forest look to sneak into the play-offs. MATCH FACTS Sheffield Wednesday have won seven of their last eight league matches against Nottingham Forest (L1). Nottingham Forest have lost their last three league matches against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Steve Bruce has faced a different Nottingham Forest manager in his last eight meetings with the Tricky Trees (Paul Hart, Sean O'Driscoll, Billy Davies, Dougie Freedman, Paul Williams, Gary Brazil, Mark Warburton, Aitor Karanka) Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban has scored in his previous two league appearances against Sheffield Wednesday, scoring at Hillsborough last season for Aston Villa. Sheffield Wednesday haven't lost consecutive league matches since a run of four in October and November 2018. COME ON WEDNESDAY!!
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    I don't see how this negativity is Howson's fault. If the minority turds would keep themselves in check, we need not hear about it again.
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    How about the owner, who for all his faults, wanted to pay respects to his newly crowned King. He asked us to join him. Took about 7 or 8 minutes and we had to listen to some stuff that we aren't used to. Is it really that hard to show a bit of respect?
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