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  1. Not a lot to bo over the weekend so I got my toolbox out.....
    19 points
  2. Not fully convinced by him yet. Although a player of his type is definitely one thing we need. Depends what the deal might be, I guess.
    16 points
  3. 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!
    13 points
  4. If you recognise the tune it's probably not our kop band!
    7 points
  5. 7 points
  6. Given this aim, there's a flaw in the punishments which the EFL hand out, isn't there? Transfer embargoes encourage clubs to sell their best players whilst simultaneously alerting other clubs to their reduced bargaining power, thus making it far more difficult for them to effectively reduce their debts. And of course both embargoes and points reductions make relegation more likely, which dramatically increases the chances of a club going to the wall. And therein lies the rub with P&S: it's illogical to enforce sanctions which serve to exacerbate the very problem they're supposed to prevent.
    7 points
  7. We never time owt right do we We stumbled around League 1 and the championship for years with a massive debt around our neck whilst other clubs went into administration and came out smelling of roses, most notably Leicester and Southampton. Then we finally get a minted owner and we can’t bleedin spend his bleedin money
    6 points
  8. FFS don't let them find out they had a better home average attendance in 1901 It'll be on their wall of achievements
    5 points
  9. Very good, I never knew that lot were known as the "The Cuntlers".... makes a lot of sense tho.
    5 points
  10. He was overheard saying he likes to keep up with the "Jones's"
    5 points
  11. None ... Live within your means ... Be back in 5 My man's just arrived to valet the Gull Wing .. .
    5 points
  12. How does this happen?!! Westwood is twice the player!
    4 points
  13. 4 points
  14. Get thee sen down to angling direct Steve our young'un caught a beauty
    4 points
  15. He signed for Newcastle on a free after being released by Bristol City. He’s only played 27 times for them. Absolutely no chance he’s on 80 grand a week. Done nowt to deserve that.
    4 points
  16. It's the EFL, so ........................
    4 points
  17. The usual "anybody is better than we have now" mentality without thinking about the long term implications of diving in to make a change or taking time to make the right appointment. Plenty on here think that I was right behind Jos because I would not jump on the get rid bandwagon. That was never the case. As I made clear at the time, I would rather drift along with him and make sure the next guy is the right one instead of just appointing another Jos clone to replace the one in situ. I was surprised and delighted with the appointment of Bruce. At last, the powers that be at the club got the right guy. I was prepared to wait for that to happen if necessary.
    4 points
  18. The title of this article misses out several key words - namely ‘could’, ‘presumably’ and ‘potential’. Daily Mail.
    4 points
  19. Villa losing £60m even with their parachute payments is disgraceful.
    4 points
  20. Save If there is one tale that encapsulates why David Hirst is a cult hero among Sheffield Wednesday fans — myself included — it is this. At 8.30am on the morning of New Year’s Day, 1990, Hirst and the rest of his Wednesday team-mates had checked out of their rooms in a Sheffield hotel and had headed downstairs to the restaurant. The Wednesday players needed a good breakfast inside them as they would be playing Manchester City at Hillsborough at noon, but their manager Ron Atkinson had left a little treat out for them too. “I put a bottle of pink champagne on every table,” Atkinson recalls 29 years on. “I said to the lads: ‘Right everyone, have a glass each and wish each other a happy new year. Come on, it won’t hurt us. Then we’ll get off to the game.’” As Wednesday fans will know, Hirst is a man who loves a good swill, so he gladly accepted Atkinson’s offer. What “Big Ron” did not know was that Hirst did not have one glass of champagne. He had upwards of six. Roland Nilsson, the Swedish right back, and a few other Wednesday players were not big drinkers. They had not touched their glasses, so Hirst embarked upon what he described to team-mates as a “minesweeping operation” to scoop up any untouched champagne, and he struck gold. “I had probably six or seven or maybe eight glasses that morning,” Hirst would later recall. This would ordinarily be enough to make a 22-year-old man pine for his bed, but not “Hirsty”. He was a well-built 5ft 11in unit who could handle his booze, so he thought nothing of getting on that coach to Hillsborough. What followed further underlines his status as a Wednesday legend. Not only did Hirst put Wednesday ahead, he also came to his team’s rescue at the other end of the pitch by taking the goalkeeper’s gloves after Kevin Pressman went off injured following a tackle by David Oldfield. Hirst broke a finger but still managed to keep a clean sheet and Wednesday won 2-0 against one of their rivals in the battle for top-flight survival. Hirst holds the world record for the fastest recorded shot in historyJULIAN HERBERT FOR THE TIMES “We didn’t have any substitute goalies then,” Atkinson explains. “Carlton Palmer was just about to put the goalie’s shirt on and then all of a sudden Hirsty flies down the field, knocks him out of the way, grabs the shirt and puts it on. “At the end of the game he takes a bow in the middle of the pitch to all corners of the ground. It was only a couple of years later that the lads told me the real reason he wanted to go in net — because he was knackered after his minesweeping episode.” Hirst scored 106 goals in 294 appearances for the club he loved. He had all the attributes that top strikers dream of. He was aggressive, tenacious, a superb header of the ball and could strike venomously from range and close distance with either foot. In 1996, the left-foot volley that he struck the crossbar against Arsenal at Highbury was clocked at 114mph. It remains the fastest recorded shot in history and Hirst has a certificate from the Guinness Book of Records in his downstairs toilet to prove it. As a boy, I remember hanging around the car park behind the South Stand with my dad hoping to get players’ autographs as they arrived. Hirst’s was the one I’d cherish above most. We are not related, but I would sometimes tell my school friends that he was my uncle. Hirst had a penchant for scoring spectacular goals from long distance. Whenever the ball dropped at his feet the Hillsborough Kop held its breath. “I remember playing at Newcastle once and Hirsty picked the ball up on the halfway line with his back to goal,” recalls Chris Turner, the former Wednesday goalkeeper. “It was injury time, and we were 2-1 up so you think he’s going to run it into the corner, but instead he cuts inside, starts running towards goal and he smashes it right in the top corner. That was Hirsty.” Hirst had pace in abundance too. Whether over short or long distances, he would regularly win athletics competitions at school. He scored some important goals too, like the equaliser against Arsenal that took the 1993 FA Cup final to a replay, which Wednesday ultimately lost, and the second goal in the 1991 Rumbelows Cup semi-final first leg win over Chelsea. Wednesday would go on to win the cup after defeating Manchester United in the final even though they were in the second division at the time. Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign him six times, but on each occasion, the then-United manager received the same response: “He is not for sale.” Had he not suffered a series of ankle and knee injuries, Hirst would have replaced Gary Lineker as England’s primary attacker in the early 1990s. He ended his career with just three caps. The reason why Wednesday fans hold Hirst in such high regard is not because he did not push to leave for United, nor is it because of the volume of goals that he scored. He is adored because he embodies the dreams of every Wednesday fan. He is a working-class lad who grew up in Cudworth, an impoverished Barnsley village. His father was a miner and his mother worked in a bakery. During his school years, Hirst would play Sunday and Saturday league football with grown men. He went through Barnsley’s youth system and had one year in the first team before Howard Wilkinson paid £250,000 to bring Hirst to Hillsborough, which was a huge amount in 1986, especially for an 18-year-old. He immediately became a popular figure within the dressing room. “Hirsty is arguably the funniest footballer I’ve ever come across,” said Atkinson, who managed Hirst for two years at Wednesday. “His one liners were brilliant.” When it came down to business, he took his job seriously, but off the pitch, he was a bit of a wind-up merchant. Hirst would cut holes in the socks of his team-mates when they were in the showers to wind them up. He would regularly mock John Harkes’ American accent on trips to games. Hirst was old school by today’s standards. On Saturday nights he would pop up in drinking establishments across south Yorkshire. Wilkinson, Atkinson, and his successor Trevor Francis knew this, but as long as he kept scoring goals, they had no problem with him doing so. Hirst was also a regular in the pub when he was injured. Rumour has it that during one layoff, the Wednesday medical staff were worried that Hirst was putting weight on. They knew that keeping Hirst out of the pub was going to be difficult so rather than try to ban him from doing so, they advised him to change his tipple from Barnsley Bitter to gin and tonic. For Wednesdayites, Hirst symbolises the club’s most successful era in recent times. With Hirst in the team, Wednesday visited Wembley four times in three years. As well as winning the Rumbelows Cup — their most recent piece of major silverware — they qualified for Europe after finishing third in the top flight. They were simply irresistible to watch. Carlton Palmer worked tirelessly. John Sheridan, probably the best midfielder in the club’s history, developed a telepathic relationship with Hirst. Chris Waddle would later arrive to add more stardust from the wing. It was also the most romantic era of the club’s recent history. On the week of the Rumbelows Cup final, they travelled down to London on two coaches — one for the squad and another for the wives and girlfriends. Atkinson held a champagne reception at the Lancaster Hotel on the Friday night after conducting an impromptu training session in Hyde Park. The night before the final, Hirst and Turner, who roomed together on away trips, took a few cans of lager to bed with them “In that cup run we’d always had a couple of beers in the room the night before the games,” Turner says. “We thought: ‘We’ve won every game so far doing this, we can’t stop now, so we took three or four cans out of the fridge and drank them even though we were playing in the final the day after. That’s just how we were.” On the morning of the final, Hirst played snooker with Viv Anderson. After the 1-0 win, he was sinking cans of Hoffmeister in the dressing room with Stan Boardman, the Liverpudlian comedian who was friends with Atkinson. Earlier that day on the team coach, Boardman grabbed the microphone, told a few jokes to relax the players. Upon seeing a sea of blue and white shirts as they turned on to Wembley Way, Boardman remarked: “This lot here have used all their giro to get here today so make sure you don’t let them down.” Hirst left for Southampton in 1997 and would retire three years later. He started working the hospitality suites at Hillsborough and joined the academy’s coaching staff in 2013, but left four years later following a conflict with the club, some say because of their treatment of his son George Hirst, who was not getting any first team action under Carlos Carvalhal despite excelling in the youth teams. George Hirst left for OH Leuven, the Belgian club last summer. His father rejected an invitation to Wednesday’s 150th anniversary dinner in 2017. “It’s a great pity that his relationship [with the club] has soured,” Atkinson says. Hirst’s relationship with the club’s supporters will never be broken though.
    3 points
  21. Is that out hideous abomination of a band at the Wales game or their own version? Brass bands at football games are as tinpot as them clappers clubs hand out.
    3 points
  22. #OnThisDay in 1907 The Wednesday beat @Arsenal 3-1 in the FA Cup Semi Final at St. Andrews @BCFC Att 36,000 #SWFC Goals Andrew Wilson 2 & Jimmy Stewart
    3 points
  23. 3 points
  24. I blame our ex President...forming thefuckers :-D
    3 points
  25. My Dad had a Lakeland terrier, absolute nutter. It would catch the Island bus outside his house, get off in the village and then trot down to the quay and have a ride on the inter island tripper boats... I’m not kidding, but get this... after his day out boating he would catch the friggin bus home again. The bus driver and boatmen knew him well and made a real fuss of him... probably because he didn’t poo up the side of the bus or snap one off on the deck of the boat.
    3 points
  26. No idea how the Kop Band have lasted so long. Should have been banned years ago. Yes it will effect the atmosphere for a season or two but I’m confident it would actually improve the atmosphere a few years later
    3 points
  27. A simple solution to this whole problem is for the FA to impose a rule stating that EVERY contract offered by a premier league club must say that if / upon relegation the players wage will drop to a maximum of £20k per week. This would stop the need for parachute payments and make the championship a more level playing field. It would also stop the need for championship clubs to put themselves in the financial danger they do now because they wouldnt have to spend beyond their means trying to compete with clubs armed with premier league millions .
    3 points
  28. Can't believe so many fans are sticking up for our spending and not selling policy. The club knew they would be under threat from FFP they just didn't know to what extent. Well now we are sweating it out praying we don't get a points deduction because of circumstances that we caused ourselves. Its irrelevent whether its fair or not fair. We shouldn't have horded players like classic cars and actually tried to be a little bit smarter. But according to most fans its nasty evil FFPs fault.
    3 points
  29. Get rid of the parachute payments and all this overspending will stop.
    3 points
  30. It's a vicious circle that doesn't just apply to football . "Max the credit card Bleat you can't afford to pay it Run into the wall Get it written off Start again" .... It's way too easy to live beyond your means .. The FFP & P&S rules are there for everyone to play to. Remove parachute payments for relegated clubs .. Let the big boys form their own super league. They are way out in front financially.
    3 points
  31. Great news for us, but shocking decision
    3 points
  32. My f...kin dog tries to do that all the time.. he once managed to stick one to the side of the f...kin table leg... Would anyone like a really hateful Lakeland Terrier with disgustin' bowel habits by the way??
    3 points
  33. This whole bullshit system needs a huge revamp and things scratching. Parachute payments were brought in to help handle losses and help with things lien wages, not gamble on getting back to the prem. Money just gets spent on transfer fees and big wages. Within 5 years I’d suggest a total scrapping of parachute payments and have it wrtitten into contacts that players suffer something like a 50% pay cut in their wage. Make it compulsory. Just like it’s compulsory to have minimum fee release clauses in Spain. I think the longest contract players receive is 5 years (could be 6 now). So easy to start from the beginning of a season and phase out these payments and any new contract signed has this clause implemented. Now they’ve levelled the playing fields. Let chairmen/owners spend what the hell they like. As long as they can prove finances over x amount of years so it can have no negative impact in the club. Then so what. So many clubs are already light years ahead and now there’s pretty much no way to catch them. I think Man City dropped lucky just before they got a little stricter on the rules. If anything FFP and P&S and the money involved in premier league football has made clubs gamble more and put their futures at risk. Let clubs spend what they like and are able to.
    3 points
  34. 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.
    3 points
  35. Chris Sedgwick ... thought that was a really impressive signing , until he played and realised that pressman was quicker over 20 yards
    3 points
  36. Patrick Blondeau - French defender of the year
    3 points
  37. Very much had a pig smell to it that still enjoyed it though highlight Sheffield United dropped straight back down mainly to do with the Carlos tevez saga ha ha ha nothing to to do with they wasn’t good enough
    2 points
  38. Maybe he could spend a bit more of his money if he occasionally sanctioned offloading some of his overloaded, overpaid squad. Regardless of how it is spun, we have not been particularly savvy at balancing the books.
    2 points
  39. I was at twickenham a couple of weeks ago for the England game. After the game all the bars and loads of food places stayed open. An amateur band then started playing a load of popular cover songs. Result was thousands stayed behind singing along. Brilliant atmosphere with thousands of £££££s being spent at the ground, rather than elsewhere. Just a thought, but why not try and capture the market at hillsborough. Make it an event rather than just 90 minutes of football
    2 points
  40. Of course it’s difficult otherwise we wouldn’t have been stuck in it for years!! We have Stoke West Brom and Swansea fresh down from the Prem doing nothing, Boro Hull , Villa etc all benefitting from their recent parachute payments, and not challenging. flipping Leeds with their massive fan base. All these clubs are bigger than Bournemouth, Burnley, Brighton, Watford etc. It's the way the club is run that gets you up not history or a name or necessarily the money. Easy to spunk away the parachute payments or any amount of money if you’re clueless
    2 points
  41. This was 7 years ago - the Charlton player is still rehab:
    2 points
  42. I think it will be a shame if he is sold. When he first arrived he looked full of confidence, He looked comformatable on the ball, capable of bringing the ball out of defence and passing the ball 40/50 yards and landing at the feet of our attacking players created opportunities. He didnt look too bad making takles either and quickly won the fans over. Im convinced that something happened to him. Maybe he was told to stop making those passes.... maybe he was told to stop bringing the ball out of defence. It was a strange to see because we would often play it round the back a few times, pass back to the keeper to lump it up field or all of our play had to go through Bannan, even if it was a 2 yard pass for Bannan to ping the ball forwards. Van Aken offerred a different dimension at least. Whatever happened, whatever the reason, he had a mare against United (But to be fair, he was far from being the only one!) and never recovered from that. If he was fit now, theres no way he would be able to break into the current back 4 but look at how we had our wingers virtually hugging the touchline against Blackburn in acres of space. Imagine Joost pinging the ball from the back to our wingers in space.
    2 points
  43. My daughter swam for Sheffield City This was their training top
    2 points
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