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  1. 3 minutes ago, eightbelow said:

    Hey pal, is your book available on Amazon, I am in Western Canada, how would I get a copy over here?




    4 minutes ago, eightbelow said:

    Hey pal, is your book available on Amazon, I am in Western Canada, how would I get a copy over here?



    Great stuff - thank you. It is certainly on Amazon's UK site - so I guess for Canada also. I'd happily send you one from here also - signed/dedicated if you like. Downside is it's a few quid in postage 😞


    Cheers and UTO - John

  2. Steve Burtenshaw was involved in the linking of Middlewood Rovers to SWFC. This of course came to fruition later in the 70s/early 80s with Mel Sterland, Mark Smith and all. 

    He was fined as a result of the investigations into the so-called 'bungs' scandal in the 90s.


    I spoke to lots of people in regards to my book 'Our Lowest Ebb?' (available at all good bookshops now!) - Steve Burtenshaw intitially agreed to meet, but pulled out. The reason being that he found it a bit upsetting and too depressing to think about. I didn't push it - as the guy's in his 80s now. 

  3. 2 minutes ago, Manwë said:

    Actually you can undercut them, unless it was a 5 year season ticket for the Championship and/or above.


    People who bought a season ticket for the championship will be not getting what they bought.


    Disclaimer, we are not down yet.


    There are definitely ways and means that wouldn't necessarily mean the club needed to refund people. How about: 

    Free tickets for Cup Games

    One game a season in the executive area/restaurants


    Free/discounted merchandise


    Bring a friend for free once or twice each season?


    Just needs some thought putting into it. 

  4. 7 minutes ago, sternlad said:

    Who is Holsgrove with? Is it Jeff Johnson? Reyt lapels on him whoever he is. I note with interest how the little lad in the picture has totally ignored the two “soccer superstars” Speaks volumes ! And what shiny shoes they’ve all got! Hard to believe we all used to walk around dressed like these two in our Sunday best.😉

    Not my picture that one, but I think it's Colin Harvey?

  5. 24 minutes ago, Glenn59 said:

    Lowest point ever, has to be the mid 1970's era, although we seem to be heading along the road to match it.


    Losing to crap like Plymouth, Exeter in front of 6,000 or so in the ground.


    Miserable cold wet days with no roof on the Kop and fans gathered in little groups to keep warm. Almost like a real life Golden Gordon moment. Found a pic online showing the poor crowds then

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    Great picture.

    One reason I put a ? in the title of my book about the period 'Our Lowest Ebb?' is that although the club hit the lowest league position (to date) - there was behind the scenes by that stage a plan. Bert McGee as chairman was beginning to sort the finances. Len Ashurst and Tony Toms were beginning to make the team more of a fighting unit. It did of course take Big Jack and another year or two for it all to come good afterwards. There's also a good amount of nostalgia/fondness for the time from (some) of the fans who stuck it out. 

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  6. 15 minutes ago, @owlstalk said:


    Heroes on the pitch
    Great goals
    Amazing memories



    Classic shirts

    Great programmes




    Someone explain to me again why we need £45 match tickets and massive wages?


    💯. I've been reading through interviews and programmes from the time recently. Another thing also stood out - what an impressive figure Howard Wilkinson was. Would love someone even now with his clarity of thought, modern ideas and desire to succeed. 

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  7. 11 minutes ago, OWL1969 said:

    I'd just like to wish you all the best with this Pal. 

    This one is much more in my era (14-16 Years old) and still holds some fantastic Memories.

    Having said that I will still be purchasing your first effort "The lowest ebb" as unexpectedly I didn't get get it for Christmass 😠

    Good luck John.

    Someone needs to have a word with Father Christmas if he didn't sort you out with a copy of Our Lowest Ebb! Hope you enjoy it if and when you do get hold of a copy. 


    Plan currently for this one is to have it out for Spring 2022. Fair bit to do first, but it is a great era. We had a top, top team for a while then 🙂

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  8. Hello everyone,


    As you may know or remember - I was fortunate enough last year to have my first book published "Our Lowest Ebb?" - focusing on the Owls in the mid-70s. I got plenty of help from people on here - for which I am grateful. I am also very appreciative of the support from OwlsTalk when the book was released. 


    I think that I've caught the writing and researching bug - as I've agreed to write and publish a follow up. This time looking at happier times on the field as the Owls go 'Back in the Big Time, 1984-86'. So, looking at the team's assault on Division One under Howard Wilkinson.


    As with the first book, I am interested in the memories and views of supporters, alongside what was happening on the pitch and at the club. If anyone has memories of the period (Sterland, Marwood, Lyons, Chapman and all) and can spare 15-20 minutes - then I have a survey open here. I'd love to read about and hear people's memories: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9MJJVBF


    I'm also really interested in the memorabilia people have kept from the mid-80s. So, if you've got a selection of programmes, shirts, rosettes, tickets or anything else of interest - I'd love to hear from you. If there's a great story to go with it, even better!


    Cheers, and UTO - John Dyson 

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  9. A few years back when he'd just broken into the Owls team, the club had Clare, Jack Stobbs and Jordan Thorniley signing autographs and taking pictures in the Megastore. Anyhow, I took me and the lad in and they were all very personable and friendly. Until the slightly knowing comment from one of Stobbs or Thorniley on the lines of 'you better get his quick - he's going to be a superstar'.


    He's got a way to go to reach that level. 

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