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Bearwood Owl1

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  1. I've got lots of stories of what it was like to stand during the mid 70s - on the Kop or the Lepp. 

    Less so on what it was like in the stands. Did anyone sit in the North/South? If so, what was it like - facilities, view, row of seats all to yourself?

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  2. 2 hours ago, dunsbyowl said:


    John - this was my season ticket from 1976-77 so imagine that is after the subject of your book.  I have the previous 2 seasons somewhere I'll have a look.  Anyway it cost an immense £16.00 - for the season - think my Dads was £32.00.  Was quite thick was there were a load of Cup Tie vouchers within- not that we used them for Wednesday very often though I did go to a couple of semi finals and the League Cup Final replay. Other thing I remember that you fnas where deemed to be an adult atthe gate at 14! didn't stop blokes with taches and full beards getting through.  The other bizarre thing and obviosly in 7,000-8,000 crowds with no fences tickets for that Lepp stand allowed you to go and stand up and the terrace if you wanted to - I used to leave my Dad and go and stand down the bottom - so absolutely no crowd control. !




    Great stuff!


    I did find one season ticket on the Internet- but can't find its owner. 


    I'm coming up to writing about the stadium next - the stands and fans experience in them. No segregation, limited crowd control, Kop score board, trees on the Kop,  North stand cushions all on my list :)


  3. 49 minutes ago, Harrysgame said:

    No wasnt having a go. Started going in 72 when I was 3 with my dad. Seem to remember spending most of my time running around on the empty terraces at Lepp end (must have allowed home fans then) no fences. In fairness football was all new to be at that age so positive is that I didn't realise we were that bad. 

    Do remember some decrepid away grounds old Walsall seems to stick in my mind for some reason. Mick Prendergast was my first idol.

    Haha - the problem with the internet! I didn't think you were having a go :)


    The book tries to 'reclaim' the period a little. Yes the team were poor, but still plenty to remember well. If nothing else,  the 7000 or so who kept going through the darkest times should get a medal!





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  4. 1 hour ago, Harrysgame said:

    Does not sound like book to put a smile on your face that :-(

    Funny thing being, there's a degree of fondness for it all. Think Tommy Craig,  Mick Prendergast, Willie Henderson.


    4-4 vs Man United,  last day escapes,  proper away days, standing at both ends of the ground, the Ozzie Owl Club. .. I could go on :)


    So, not a natural happy read given the club's position - but deserves to be well remembered I think  


    Buy the book next year and judget for yourself though :)

  5. I'm in the middle of writing and researching a book about the Owls darkest times 73-76 (there's a thread about it in the history section). Published next year by the same people who did Carlton Palmer and Lee Bullen's books - Vertical Editions.


    Anyhow, one chapter will be on memorabilia - so if anyone has anything they've kept from those dark times that they'd like to see in print give me a shout.


    I'd love to see a season ticket from back then - not sure there are any left! 

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  6. 7 hours ago, Alfie Tupper said:

    For most of the first home match after the sacking, the Kop chanted for Burtenshaw and against McGee (something about his parentage) - I was only 15 and I've often wondered since what they were thinking, but that's what happened.    


    "Sack the board" chants most weeks?  I'm less sure about this, but I don't think so.  I think we were remarkably supportive, looking back.   Maybe they were more deferential times, there was no social media (even the radio 'phone-in was yet to be invented), and the local papers were more or less supportive of the club (perhaps they had a cosy relationship or thought that positive stories sell papers - I don't know).  Obviously the majority of fans had simply stopped going - perhaps only the more upbeat remained - which could be why some people have a rose tinted view of the era (just idle speculation).


    Steve Burtenshaw was probably appointed with a brief to re-build the club from the bottom up, and his work with the youth side of it is well acknowledged - David Grant, Mark Smith, John Pearson and Mel Sterland all came through the youth set up.  I think that he also tried to produce a side playing attractive, passing, football - maybe that's why some people liked him.  Of course a passing side will usually lose out to a "more robust" side, unless the players are significantly better, and ours definitely were not - hence the results (and there's nothing attractive about getting battered every week).  Bert McGee was said to be a tough character, and his appointment of Ashurst, and later Charlton, reflects this - we needed to kick our way out of division three.


    Just to end my ramble (guess who's off sick today), it amused me when, a few years later, Martin Peters was appointed manager of United and told the press that  his old England colleague Jack, who was by then our manager, had called him to say, "you have to kick your way out of the third division".  Peters responded by insisting, "we're going to play our way out", which of course they did - into division 4!  

    Yes I guess most weeks might be pushing it - but the fans weren't averse to having a go -  a few cushion throwing incidents a nd previous chairman Sir Andrew Stephen going to game via taxi as fed up of having his car scratched just two examples.


    Agree on the wider points about SB. Two ex players I've interviewed really rated him. So he had something. I think I'll need to acknowledge the counter argument, but accept that he basically failed when I finish writing this bit up.

  7. 16 hours ago, Utah Owl said:

    I'd like to see a picture from one of the programmes c. 76 of a very attractive 18 year old modelling Wednesday knickers with the owls logo on them! I was in love (or lust) with her!

    Hahaha - I'll let you know if I find it!

  8. 4 minutes ago, Utah Owl said:

    Even so strange timing, by this time Burtenshaw was getting better results, and Ashurst got off to a shocking start. The fact that it went down to the final game of the season was a complete embarrassment.


    It was only by virtue of the fact that we won the last 5 at home that we stopped up at all and in the first game of that run we had to rely on an 86th minute OG from Colchester to save us, in front of less than 7,000 fans. We worshipped Accurst as a saviour at the time, but in retrospect I'm not sure that Burtenshaw would have been as bad or worse.

    Which brings me back to where I started. It's 45 years ago now, so there can be a bit of objective distance. Maybe it's time to re-evaluate SB (even if only a little!)

  9. 1 hour ago, Utah Owl said:

    That's just not true. He was sacked immediately after we beat Millwall 4-1 in October of 75 which had us in 12th place. Ashurst was appointed on 15th October 1975 and it took four or 5 games before he got his first win (November 5th v Gillingham) and we all know how the rest of the season panned out.


    Whether Burtenshaw would have done any better or not who knows (probably not) but he inherited a poor team which needed a major rebuild and we just had no money at the time. Ashurst was certainly a capable enough manager and he struggled and only lasted two seasons. Then along came a certain Jack Charlton.


    Just as a funny aside, whenever I type in Ashurst the spell check automatically alters it to Accurst which given Wednesday managers track record of the time seems rather appropriate!

    Not necessarily disagreeing with the point, but I believe SB went before the 4-1 as that was one of Jim Macnearney's two games as caretaker manager I think. 

  10. Not my picture, but I'm wondering if it's time to rethink Steve Burtenshaw? A couple of the ex players I've spoken to recently for my book on the period rated his coaching and enthusiasm. Set up Middlewood Rovers. And I'm told (some) fans protested about his sacking.
    Has anyone got any other arguments in favour? I know there are lots against :)


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