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About goldensmoke

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  • Birthday 26/12/69

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  1. Happy Birthday Howard!

    Belated happy birthday Howard. Now with enough passing of time your achievements can be truly put in to the correct context. I watched in awe as a boy as game by game your mighty, unbreakable machine fulfilled almost, almost my every football fantasy I could imagine. We took on the world and won between August 1983 and January 1985. In that piece of time I was utterly convinced we were on a journey that would see us become first division champions and probably FA Cup winners. I have never felt so involved, so intoxicated, so totally full of pride and wonder watching Wednesday. There was a pureness, a righteousness about it all that made those successes so deeply rewarding. Howard there weren’t many mountains left to climb to reach the ultimate peak. I don’t know looking back now who those elusive signings were that would have brought the title to Hillsborough. In truth, who could ever have beaten Everton and Liverpool over 42 games? I say January 1985 because the night Chelsea came to town the spell was finally broken. The BBC cameras caught your dejection as your dreams evaporated like mine into the dark night. The machine broke down as four second half goals flew in to the Kop goal. In all likelihood the winning of the League Cup went that night, but more than that the invincibility of those boys was taken away and that period of wonder effectively came to a close. What came after was still success for some time yet, but the certainty and conviction I had built my house on was replaced with mere hope, like all the other mortal teams fans. In context? The last twenty years have given a powerful and deep lesson about what success is. Also time makes it easier to compare your wonderful era with another one that came from of course 1990-93. That team to me stopped us from regarding and remembering the HW era so much and rather stole the focus of the clubs modern history. The team of course did get past the quarter finals and we did manage to make those ‘dream signings’ that eluded us in the mid eighties. With hindsight now I just feel that the 83-85 team was so driven, so committed, just the romance of it, the homegrown boys, the misfits who found their place, the running, the dream.... Howard you and your team go down in my history as the finest incarnation of a Wednesday team I ever saw. Thanks for all of those wonderful days Goldensmoke
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  3. If it's true the Chairman

    Your lack of perspective is an astonishment to truly behold. We have an incredible and not even small section of support who have totally lost the plot and you're in it. Utterly dire comment
  4. Great photo. Was at this game on he Kop. We were dire, well beaten. Tony Galvin appeared in this one I think, for us, not Spurs. The Chris Fairclough transfer saga was only matched by the Mark Wright transfer saga. This picture perhaps answers why he didn't sign for Wednesday. Fairclough's wife said 'It's too far North and the shopping's crap, anyway do you want to play next to Chris Waddle or David Reeves?
  5. Kits Toffs

    Loving that short sleeved Brighton semi final style 82-83 home shirt! Its bagged! *Tries not to think about Jimmy Case's free kick
  6. 19 years ago

    And Wimp Jock scored
  7. 19 years ago

    On the nail again Snoots.
  8. Social Media Embarrassment

    It wasn't a dig at the forum itself, I can't keep off here! Owlstalk for me has connected me back with the club emotionally even when we were at rock bottom. It's the best example I can think of of the positive impact social media can have. And you were right, I don't use Facebook that much. What I was trying to articulate was the feeling that certain opinion was able to virtually hijack the forum to say Owlstalk has spoken, echoing the Sun newspaper. To me that's beginning to say that the club needs to react or risk losing the fan base, as Owlstalk some might say is the fanbase. (Which obviously it isn't entirely). And that for me gives those who will do it the green light to make the atmosphere toxic. It's been on the edge for a while mainly at individuals like Adam Reach, the abuse I have seem towards him even this season has been disgraceful. Hillsborough home games can be raucous and uplifting like no other ground but at the bottom of it all when things start to hurt on the pitch it's like a dark poison, an immovable gloom fills the place. We can all remember historically times where this happened and Sunday we can all feel it, due to this view that the fanbase has spoken, if we lose the plot on the field, the whole thing is going to break.
  9. No pig, no troll, no clapper, not going to get t'Lane and like everyone else Sunday has hurt and now last night well... However to the 96% of Owlstalk who have formed the lynch mob there are times from our history which might suggest you've forgotten the nature of the club you support. Nobody talks about times in our past but it's who we are as a club and as fans how we conduct ourselves that I think really defines us. We're classy, aren't we, from the blue side of Sheffield. Better supported, the more intelligent and witty, poking fun at our less fortunate neighbours, for Gods sake we formed them. Wednesday humour, the fanzines, on the Kop, now the photo threads and movie threads the opening post in every OMDT, Lord Snooty, Asteener, US Owl, Pauli, that's Wednesday fans humour I love. So look at our reaction to all this compared to some of these times: Jack Charlton went 13 games without a win in the winter of the 82-83 season in Division 2, this rut bottoming out with two dire home FA Cup replays with Southend attended by just 10,000 each. After being top in November....soon as the heavy pitches hit we sank. No lynch mob then. For Jack Charlton? No. Why? Out of utter flippingrespect. Pressure building? No. Dead man walking? No. Lost the dressing room? No. Jack went on untroubled and lead us to the FA Cup Semi Final in April. He left on his own terms feeling he'd done what he could in June 1983. His legacy led us to Division 1 via HW. Jack is rightly one of the great Godfathers of this club. In 1989 Ron Atkinson kept SWFC up with a patched up team from the fallout of the end of the Wilkinson era, with some Eustace sprinkled in there. Patched up with signings he would not persevere with or build his new team around. Then he built a team with style and panache! But the team kept losing. From the jaws of mid table comfort relegated to Division 2. Atkinson out!!? No. They're all fancy with no end product! No. No leaders, no bottle!! You kidding? No. Get Allardyce in!!! No. Just one more, but there are others. 1991-92, anyone else see Sunday's match as a rerun of that awful 1-3 home defeat to that lot? Yeah well I did, I warned the kids before hand that some event or unusual happening in the match would stop it being a normal match. That would stop us playing and winning. Like 91/92 both games we made abysmal mistakes.... Warhurst and Sheridan flatten each other letting Dane Shitehouse run clear in on Woods. Woods inexplicably lets in a dribbler straight through his legs. 2-0. Francis out!? No. They didn't understand the occasion!!? No. No fight!? No! Tell that to Carlton Palmer. In summary the spouting off on here is toxic, destructive, disrespectful and without the anonymity of our avatars most of us would not dare say what we say. We pay for season tickets, we didn't pay for 23 home wins. It cost £49 in the South on Sunday. Ticket didn't say includes thrashing SUFC. Did even say we'd definitely play well and make no mistakes. Why do all of you that think you can ramp up the pressure so that in your collective opinion you think the managers position is untenable?! What gives you the right to create this poisonous atmosphere? The football we play is lovely, when we hoofed it under GM nobody liked it, now we play out from the back and keep possession nobody likes that either. These are not dark days we average 25000 play beautiful football on a carpet of a pitch, have a charismatic manager, a generous chairman. What do you all want? You know the price for supporting Wednesday is what it always was. It'll never change, it's the romance if it. Owlstalk does not have the right to derail the train. If you don't like what you see then don't go. Don't make the whole place toxic against Leeds, the rest of us don't deserve to have to listen to it. Support the team and an excellent manager. If you can't then observe, but don't destroy. Goldensmoke
  10. Warnocks a rum old cove.....
  11. Don't even start me.....
  12. John Harkes on his way to SWFC

    1991. And it still feels like about 6 weeks ago... I can't get over the passing of time but the flame that still glows from all of those memories will never diminish. The emotions, the music, the sights and sounds, anticipation and wonderment, euphoria and pride. All of them heroes, all of them with their own story, each of them to be remembered for ever. All captains and leaders, all of them my favourites. We drank from the top table and truly tasted silverware; these boys won a war on that pitch against Man Utd at Wembley. Watch the slow mo of the crunching tackles and find the look in their eyes. They left nothing out there and gave us a moment that only those who lived it will ever know of. My brother, my soulmate, we went to it all together. We had to watch the match apart in the stadium. The moments as I waited for him after with Dad, well...I remember spotting him in the distance running down Wembley way then he spotted me then he was right there and we just leapt on each other. JH will be forever linked with all of it. He embodied the spirit we had and had such drive. I have lots of obvious great John Harkes moments. But one night at Hillsborough we were sat at the bottom of the North Stand Leppings Lane end, can't even remember who we were playing. JH had the ball in front of us and this bloke behind us, in excited anticipation yelled 'Goo on Johnny f**k him!!' And JH looked back over at us and stared laughing... Thank you Johnny Harkes. One of the best.

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  14. Hotel cancellations

    Just booked Hilton Wembley earlier whilst avoiding watching today's final, for next years championship play off final, Sat May 26th. Don't want to miss that balcony overlooking the stadium and pints with Hirsty.....
  15. Thanks sorry guys ticket now taken hope anyone without can get sorted still.