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Bearwood Owl1

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  1. 14 minutes ago, sheriwozgod said:


    Remember the trapdoor game well as Eric Potts got the vital second and he was always a bit of a favourite of mine as when he first came to Wednesday he actually lodged with another Wednesday Junior player who was the brother of my dads best mate and i sometimes used to sit with Eric at the Northern Intermediate games at Hillsborough when we all went together.



    There's something in the players seeming more "real" I think also. Lots of stories of people knowing them in some way, players lodging with families etc. Great stories - thank you :)

  2. Had confirmation of my place at Owls in the Park. The book will be launched that day - 28th June. I'll be there and happy to chat and sign a copy if that helps :) It'll be in all good bookshops, on Amazon and other retailers soon afterwards. More details to follow. Thanks for the positive words and support I've had on here. It is genuinely appreciated. 

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  3. 1 hour ago, asteener1867 said:

    The thing about those days was 

    It was actually dangerous to go about in 3s or 4 you simply had to stay with the masses 

    So inevitably you were in amongst it if and when it did kick off

    If ever I found myself on me own I just put me hands in me pockets and pretended to know where I was going til I bumped into some Owls fans

    It happened to me away at Chelsea in the game Droy spoiled the party in the last 15 minutes

    Fighting outside the ground near that railway embankment I got split up

    No idea where the coaches were bumped in 4 big lads from Stocksbridge and walked back with them nobody thought to bother them 

    I think that nails it, it was there. It happened. If you went to football, especially away, there was a chance of getting caught up in it - like it or not 

  4. 10 minutes ago, Utah Owl said:

    Well the Vale thing I mentioned was sheer bluff so we could get away without getting into trouble. I got thumped a couple of times and chased a couple of others, but never hit anyone myself although at that time you didn't have to be directly involved in trouble to witness plenty of it.


    The Chesterfield incident I referred to above was just a total lack of control by the Police, there was no bad behaviour from the fans at that point of the night.


    You are quite right though, there were some who relished the prospect of finding trouble.

    I think you're point there about not needing to be directly involved to witness plenty of it is key.


    It was a different world in the 70s in some ways. This being one of them. So no major judgements from me (though I can't understand looking for trouble). More my attempt to report the sort of things you describe 

  5. 2 minutes ago, Utah Owl said:

    It was pandemonium trying to get in, the coppers didn't have a clue and very nearly got crushed (as did many others).

    The violence/hooliganism bit was one of the most difficult to write. I didn't want to glamorise it, while accepting that it happened (pretty regularly), that Owls fans were as responsible for it as anyone, and that (some) fans actually quite enjoyed it. Others hated it of course, and the experience varied depending on the games you went to. So, tricky. Hopefully I've presented a fair picture of it all.

  6. 21 minutes ago, owlthorpe said:

    Went to Chesterfield away in September 1975 ,a night match in our first season in the 3rd Division , think it was the first time we had played them for many a year. We had just beaten Grimsby 4 -0 the previous Saturday and out of a crowd of 13,000 there must have been around 8,000 Wednesdayites. We were watching from a side terrace and just before kick off the packed away end full of Owls surged forward and hundreds steamed straight across the pitch and onto their kop, the Chesterfield fans legged it to the sides. Their were various pitch invasions throughout the game which of course we lost 1-0. Remember one of the fans coming off the pitch and standing near us saying  , we might be losing but at least we have took all 4 sides of the ground.

    There's a bit about that game in the book, trouble outside the ground as well.

  7. 1 hour ago, asteener1867 said:

    Wasn't always violence...Remember Norwich away when I was about 13, and me two uncles and ytheir mates had left us to stay in the pub..We wandered over to the ground...It was a really hot day, so probably early in the season...(I can't for the life of me remember dates...must have been early 70's)...We went in..The Kop...that was split in those days at Carrow Rd..with a big grass bank behind it...We were the only two Owls sat on the grass banking...most were on the terrace or in the pub...and an old (To us) Norwich couple passed us a coke and a bag of crisps through the railings that seperated the steps up....always liked Norwich since then...

    Now that is a genuinely lovely story :)

  8. 7 minutes ago, marconi said:

    Loving this nostalgia topic. Loved football in the seventies, you knew most players from most of the teams in the top division, household names Bell, Astle, Hunter, Sumerbee, Keegan Best etc. None of your Abangnyans or Xavier's or some other overpaid foreigners then.


    Muddy pitches played on by honest hard men, not today's atheletes with a lightweight ball, who's sole aim is to con the ref into giving a penalty or free kick.


    Loved going away every other week. Never planned most of the trips, just got up Saturday morning, jumped in car or train and paid on the gate.

    Fealt like a conquering army rolling into town at the Shrewsburys, Oxfords, Orients Grimsbys etc. 


    The football all violence was a weekly regular feature of the game, no wonder the old blokes at the time wanted to bring back National Service.


    Some great memories from forty to fifty years ago that will live with me to the grave.

    The football hooliganism/violence bit gets a section to itself. Very different times for that 


    One theme of the book is that football was the same but different back then. 1000s of Owls travelling away? Same. Able to decide on the day and pay on the gate? Different! 

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  9. 36 minutes ago, asteener1867 said:

    Actually mate...that looks better than I recall it lol

    I honestly don't remember a thing about the Boycott 

    Some letters in the local press, and leaflets distributed outside previous games. All with a 'sack the board' theme.


    Not sure how much impact they had, or whether it was that Dooley's team were really struggling by this stage.

  10. 37 minutes ago, asteener1867 said:

    Worst afternoon I can remember was a miserable November or might have been December game in '73 against Oxford...Think we lost 0-1...bloody miserable drizzle..very sparse crowd and a miserable performance..The Kop looked shocking...just the Electric scoreboard fizzin' crap.

    That was all we had going for us as a club...For ages it was the only ground with an electric scoreboard in the country!!!!

    Truth told..the bloke who operated it couldn't f.ookin' spell and some of the bulbs had gone...


    THE   WLS


    and one that said...

    "Cheer on Willie *ENDER**N  and the laffs"

    The picture is of the Oxford game, November 1973. There were attempts to organise a boycott and the attendance therefore fell below 8000.


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  11. 4 hours ago, nuneatonowl1 said:

    Looking forward to this coming out John / Bearwood. We’re friends on Facebook and I happily wrote a few memories for you of my times actively supporting us through our ‘lowest times’.  Moved to Sheffield when I was 5 in 1970 and despite living the other side of Sheffield toSWFC I chose us to support, or was I was destined to be an Owl. My badge of honour is still being on Look North filmed in our then 55,000 capacity ground, stood on our cast pretty empty Kop, in a record low crowd of 6,905 against Colchester. Still got 150+ programmes from that era.  As a previous poster alluded to, some of the over entitled drama queens on Owls Talk wouldn’t have been able to handle those formative early years of supporting this Club 

    You did mate, I've been very lucky in that nearly 200 fans have shared memories one way or another. The vast majority of them are positive about the time - even despite or because of performances on the pitch!

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  12. 1 hour ago, S A Andy said:

    Excellent pre match entertainment in the Ozzie Owl club during those "darkest times", Comedians, Strippers, Pasquale amazing everyone by downing the yard of ale in seven & a half seconds without spilling a drop.  


    1 hour ago, REDOWL said:

    Agree mate. Spent many happy hours in there before the match. 


    1 hour ago, REDOWL said:

    Said it before but always worth saying again. Those were the days of the Ozzy Owl Club,yard of ale,comedian and strippers then booted out on to a kop without a roof to get hammered by the likes of Port Vale, Oxford and Chesterfield. We still went back the next week for more of the same. Some might say daft....but Wednesday are a way of life and we just live it.

    The Ozzie Owl club also gets a full section to itself :)

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  13. 6 hours ago, legendaryswan said:

    Wednesday went into a downward vacuum after the betting scandal,Brown was a shadow of Buckingham,lacked ambition and vision,his judgement was clouded by his beliefs,he made some awfull decisions on players,he didnt have the skill to manage at the highest level.

    But the blame for the decline was in the boardroom,they were so far detatched from football and how it operated and what it required they just sleep walked us into oblivion,millionaires applied to be directors,but the board ALWAYS turned them down,it wasnt untill Mandaric rode up that we finally rid ourselves of the cancer that was the directors,an old boys club that took more out than they ever put in and used the club for tax rite offs and bigger pensions

    Some truth in all that... I didn't want to cover the betting scandal through to relegation from D1 as a) it's been done before and b) it was a truly depressing time with very few redeeming features.


    Fast forward to 73-76 and the football was often dreadful to watch, but as we see here there's plenty of nostalgia for it. And... I argue at least, the green shoots of later recovery under Big Jack are tantalisingly close.

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  14. 15 minutes ago, REDOWL said:

    Daniel Gordon's book  "A Quarter of Wednesday" highlighted some aspects of those years and this will be a great read also, especially for us old 'uns that had to endure those times. Looking forward to it.

    Who can forget April 29th 1976 against Southend when we just escaped relegation to the old Fourth Division by the skin of our teeth.

    The title refers to the Southend game. The club's 'Lowest Ebb' - never have the team fallen so low before or since. 


    Daniel Gordon's book is excellent - would recommend it to any Owls fan.

  15. 42 minutes ago, Sergeant Tibbs said:

    74 for me. 

    3-1 up at home against Man U at half time. Their centre half (Jim Hilton ?) stretchered off, ended in a 4-4 draw. 

    I should have known then what it was going to be like following this club.

    Big section on that game. And an interview with Dave Sunley who scored two of our goals. Who would have believed that after Xmas that season we'd score only 2 league goals?!

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