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bobbycraig

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  1. Because some disabled Owls fans are situated at the Leppings Lane end of the ground below the West Stand, they don't always get thanked by the players on the walkabout at the end of the last home match. We are not away fans! Please acknowledge these fans who follow the team through good times and bad. Thank you!
  2. After last night's match, whilst loading the car with the wife's mobility scooter etc, in the disabled section in the Hillsborough Park car park, I stupidly left behind a shopping bag, containing Wednesday hats, two programmes and a Thermos flask. I don't suppose anyone has found it? If so, please let me know. Thanks!
  3. Just need to improve our throw ins now, we lose possession from them nearly every time.
  4. Joey O'Brien been released by West Ham, reliable right back who was loaned to us a few years ago, could be a good shout.
  5. The big lad Skoda for the Czech Republic caused Croatia lots of problems when he came on as sub. Pudil could have a word in his ear about Wednesday.
  6. All the time, and at Hillsborough! My wife is disabled, and because there aren't enough disabled areas in home fan areas, we have to watch from the Leppings Lane disabled area. Not nice when the away team brings loads of fans that fill the lower tier, especially when it's Leeds fans!
  7. How much do you think the average English top division professional footballer earned in the early 1960s? £100 a week? £200 a week? Would you believe £20 a week in 1961, the year the maximum wage cap was lifted? In 1962, the average "rocketed" to £25 a week, in 1963 it was £29 a week, which is around the time we are talking about when the bribes scandal occurred. The average wage for top footballers didn't reach £100 a week until 1974. By 1985, £1000 a week, by 1995 £3393 a week. With big money coming into the game from Sky, by 2005 the average was £18,367 a week, and by 2010, £33,868. Heaven knows what the average is now, but Rooney is said to be on a "basic" £250,000 a week. No need for Wayne to risk his career for a few quid by making a silly bet. Most footballers in the early sixties couldn't afford to run a car. Johnny Fantham , I believe, lived with his parents in a Council house in Greenhill. They might have earned a bit more than the average worker, but nothing like the huge differences we see today. Please remember this before you judge. Anyway, I thought this post was about the talent of Bronco and Hirsty as footballers?
  8. You must remember that all of Bronco's goals were scored in the old First Division, now the Premiership. In his first season, 39 appearances and 29 goals, including 2 goals both home and away against the Blunts, whose fans naturally hated him with a passion. I was at the match at the Lane and one goal was a thunderbolt freekick from 25 years which ripped into the net at their Kop end, an unbelievable strike, He also scored 1 FA Cup goal that season, so 30 goals in total. His second {and last) season, 35 appearances and "only" 23 league goals. However, Bronco scored 5 goals in the Inter City Fairs Cup, a precursor to the present European football, in 3 appearances! So a total of 28 goals that season. In total, then, 81 appearances and 58 goals. Only Derek Dooley ever had a better strike rate than Bronco. Comparisons with Hirsty? Why bother, both are Wednesday legends, Hirsty all left foot, Bronco more right foot and a great header of the ball for his size. Much has previously been written about the bribes scandal, still very painful for all of us who lived through it. There must have been many others involved, but Wednesday suffered by far the worst. Bronco was expected to play for England, no doubt about it, before the scandal hit. Swanny would have played many more times than the 19 caps he achieved. The team went from consistently in the top six, to relegated in 1970. A very sad decline, some of which must be down to the bribes scandal. But Bronco Layne will always be one of my greatest heroes.
  9. Disappointing that the biggest percentage increase in season ticket prices is for our disabled fans. Also, those in wheelchairs have to sit below the away fans at the Leppings Lane end as all wheelchair spaces in the North Stand are taken. Would be nice if our new Chairman could ensure that all wheelchair bound Owls fans can actually sit with the home fans. Are we really all Wednesday?
  10. Had we lost to Millwall and Boro, and Millwall had also beaten Rotherham, Millwall would have been just 3 points behind us, and alarm bells would have been ringing big time. As it is, the gap with Millwall is a massive 15 points. Happy days!
  11. Always liked Lloyd Dyer when he played left wing for Leicester. Seemed to lose his way at Watford, and apparently fell out with one of their many managers. Be a good addition to the squad.
  12. In last night's programme (page 28), did you see how VERY pleased Kieran Lee was feeling after scoring against Barnsley? Impressive for such a little chap!
  13. I was also very impressed with the little Algerian winger, wearing no 11 I think, not sure of his name, but Germany just couldn't get the ball off him. Anyone know who he is?
  14. Think they said on the Germany v Algeria game last night that Magic Bougherra is without a club at the moment. What a signing he would be, absolute Rolls Royce of a player, so smooth. Still only 31, but guess his wages might be a problem.
  15. Seem to remember the last time Mattock was played at right back, he got sent off, after looking totally lost. Please don't play him at right back! Obvious to stick with Lee there, of course we will miss him in midfield, but McCabe got rave reviews at Portsmouth, so give him a chance. Be interesting to see if Antonio gets picked by Stuart after hooking him for that terrible mistake against Charlton.
  16. No wonder they have lost £65 million, giving away free shirts. Any chance of some free pies, Milan? (Just a thought).
  17. I was at the Leppings Lane end with the wife (disabled section), had a perfect view, and it was definitely a penalty, and as Dunne was the last man, it had to be a red card, well done ref (for a change!) Mind you, can't believe QPR's tippy tappy football, never got anywhere near our goal, must be Martinez's easiest match so far. Thought Helan was superb, his best match so far, tackled like a demon, bombed forward when it was right to do so, really impressive. Also Nuhiu was terrific and Best seems to have found some extra pace. Palmer and Lee excellent, everyone put in a real shift. And what about Goochy's forward run for the Best goal, Beckenbauer at his best!
  18. Ben Marshall delivers a good corner, oh no not that thread again!
  19. Back in the Sixties, a very popular terraces song (to the tune of Yellow Submarine) went something like: "We all live on a blue and white Kop, a blue and white Kop, a blue and white Kop, We all live on a blue and white Kop, a blue and white Kop, a blue and white Kop, And our friends are all aboard, Jim Mc Calliog and David Ford, And the fans (band) begin to sing (play) Wednesday! Wednesday! Wednesday!" Any other terrace songs remembered from way back then? David Ford a Wednesday legend, only scored the second goal in the 1966 FA Cup Final! Big respect!
  20. Blimey, I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition, I was just asking when he might be back in action. Unfair to have a go about how much he is paid, think about how gutted he must feel being out for so long.
  21. Almost 6 months since his achilles injury, think they said he would be out for 4 or 5 months. Anyone got any news or idea when he might be back?
  22. Looking at the Sunday newspaper reports of matches, none of the top sides play 4-4-2 any more, it's nearly always 4-2-3-1. Most of the time, we are outnumbered in the middle of the park, as on Saturday against Huddersfield. Every one could see this was the case. Why didn't Jones make changes when this was so obvious? He should have brought on Coke in the first half for Antonio, who just didn't seem interested. There is no point in playing two front players when they never get any service. On present form, in my view players worth a place would be Kirkland, Buxton, Roger, Semedo, Coke and JJ. Too inconsistent - includes Antonio, Reda and Helan. Not working hard enough includes Fryatt and Wickham. Worth a go - Maghoma and Nuhiu. We have three really tough games ahead and we need a formation that is really hard to break down, and players who are willing to sweat blood for the shirt. We need to pick 4 solid defenders, 2 tough tackling midfielders protecting the back four, 3 hard working forward-looking players and a powerful centre forward good at holding the ball up. With what we have at the moment, I suggest Kirkland, Buxton, Roger, Reda at centre half (let's at least try him there, failing that Zayatte), and Mattock/Helan; Semedo and Olofinjana; JJ, Coke and Maghoma; and Nuhiu. Couldn't be any worse than Saturday, could it? Let's hope for a good reaction from those left on the bench - Llera, Antonio, Fryatt and Wickham.
  23. and not enough footballers. That's Wednesday at the moment. The best teams have a combination of players with different strengths - skill, pace, power. Teams like Arsenal and Barcelona have tiny players compared with the giants of Wednesday, but if you keep the ball much better than the opposition, then you don't need to be seven feet tall. Dave Jones seems obsessed with picking tall, powerful athletes rather than skilful footballers. Is this why Maguire and McCabe rarely get picked? Once Yeovil went down to 10 men, the obvious way of playing the second half was to stretch the opposition on the wings using the pace of Helan, Antonio and JJ when he came on. Why did this not happen? Are the players not intelligent enough to realise this was the way to play against 10 men, or did the coaches not tell them to do this? Also, how many times did we lose possession from our own throw ins? Do the players not practice how to keep the ball from throw ins? Yeovil managed to do this almost every time, retaining possession as a result. How is that little Yeovil, with probably the smallest budget in the Championship, out footballed us with 10 men? They retained possession much better than us, our only answer seemed to be to hoof it towards the big lad up front. Wednesday players interviewed in the programme don't do themselves any favours with the fans by boasting about the very expensive, top of the range cars that they all seem to drive. I am old enough to remember when players travelled to Hillsborough by bus, and they often stayed with the club for all their careers. They were "one of us". I know which era I prefer. Today's players are overpaid, pampered and made for life, no matter how much effort they put in. Let's have a mix of different types of player, not just "The Land of the Giants".
  24. that Sheffield Wednesday produced arguably their greatest ever half of football, away against Blackburn Rovers in the Coca Cola Cup semi final, first leg. Paul Warhurst was virtually unplayable that night and I actually felt (a bit) sorry for Colin Hendry. Goals by John Harkes, John Sheridan and 2 for Warhurst made it 4-1 by half time. I remember Big Jack Charlton co-commentating and saying "Sheridan's one of my players" (for the Republic of Ireland) after he scored. Mind you, we were very nervous in the second leg, and Roland Nilsson almost scored the craziest ever own goal, hitting our goalpost with a sliced crossfield pass. We were a goal down at half time, but a Hirst goal settled us down, and Bright scored a second. We also got to the FA Cup Final that year, being very unlucky to lose against Arsenal in both matches. I also remember us leading 5-1 at half time, again against Blackburn Rovers, in 1960, this time at home. Terrible weather pouring down with rain, we were all hoping for double figures in the second half, and it ended 5-4, with us hanging on! Greatest ever home game? Difficult to choose between Boxing Day Massacre, and the 5-4 win against Man U in 1968. Best ever away result? 7-2 again against Man U in 1961 in the FA Cup replay, after a 1-1 draw at home!
  25. The photograph of Swanny and Ron Springett (the greatest ever Wednesday goalkeeper) is them playing for England against Scotland at Hampden Park in 1962.
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