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Heeleyowl

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  1. Whilst we are celebrating our 151st today this might be of interest to anybody who cares about how Wednesday got started. It’s a free walking app which helps you explore the earliest days of Sheffield club football (and by logic world club football). It’s interesting to see how Wednesday favoured Heeley for so many of our early years. Pity we had to move. It would save me having to drive past the Lane every home match. 22 years without United in the city - oh to be able to go back in time and sabotage that stupid idea that we needed two clubs. http://www.homeoffootball.net/
  2. I caught a ‘Rumbelows’ League cup final commemorative ball at Wembley in 1991. The players kicked/threw them into the crowd when they came out. Still got it somewhere - happy days
  3. Got mine today as well - Nice little reward for funding the Fred Spiksley Kickstarter project. Hope it goes well.
  4. I know the stands are usually about half empty in the half time periods but some of the recent applause for the half time draw, given to some of the 'Wednesday legends' has been desultory if not pathetic. I appreciate that some of the older players might be a complete mystery to some fans, so why not spend a little bit more time with the welcome rather than just 'here's our old friend ..........' This was most painfully brought home at the last home game. I felt really sorry for Brian Hornsby. Okay he's no TC (Terry Curran for those born after 1979) but he played in the Boxing Day massacre FFS and offered a little bit of flair in what were very dark days for our club. Perhaps a little research and a bit more effort in the (otherwise pretty good) announcers welcome would not go amiss. Give the fans a little bit of background - career dates/appearances/goals/notable games played etc. To some of us they were very important at one time so lets make the welcome a bit warmer and a whole lot more genuine. Rant over - back to my warmed up soup! and I hope its not Fred Spikesly on Saturday.
  5. Some don't care about someone they've never heard of or who was average at best for us! Reaches for flat cap and presses play on Hovis tune - If thats a representative view for a fair few of todays fans then, to me it shows a sad lack of interest and respect in our club and its history (which to be honest is one of the few things that really marks us out at present). Its also missing the point that today's favourites will perhaps be one of the legends at a future game. And here's our old friend Fernando Forestieri. Son - Who's he dad? Father - He used to be a star when we were nearly relegated from the second division son. Son - Oh right, I'm off for a pie. Some of these 'legends' played when we were much more successful (in the old First division) than we are at present. When Wilko and his team of pretty average players outperformed a lot of much more expensive teams and even managed to finish in a European qualifying position before the Liverpool charge at Heysel restricted that option. Some played even earlier in less happy times but like today and like the past 18 years when we've been a second and third division side there were still favourites who we applauded. Returning to my original point - If we can't show some respect and provide a proper introduction and welcome for these 'legends' then why bother?
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    Season tickets - who's renewed?

    Renewed before the original deadline was extended - £24 per match to sit on the halfway line in the North is still fair value. If it was down to a match by match decision, with our "how much!!!' walk up prices, I would not be bothering for a fair few of the games.
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    Morgan Fox

    Not sure what his strengths are supposed to be - Seems a little slow, not particularly strong in the tackle, distribution is okay but positional awareness is often dodgy and most frustratingly he hits their defender with almost every attempted cross. Reach is absolutely made for the wing back role in a back 5 when we have the strength back in midfield.
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    #SWFC to feature in feature documentary

    This looks like a brilliant project! Yes its ancient history but its OUR clubs history. Looks like they are only halfway to the total thats needed, so perhaps Owlstalk (and talkers) could do as much as they can to support it. Every little bit helps, can't wait for my 1899 print.
  9. Swapped my ST seat in the north for middle of the kop - nice enough view between the pillars and def right choice to avoid the blizzard compared to poor souls in the front of the south brought back lots of good memories from years ago but the band is bloody annoying closer up
  10. The WAWAW happy family seems to be seriously split with the current situation and the ONLY positive aspect is how entertaining it is to watch the raised handbags and listen to the pained hissy fits from the significant minority of Meldrews who are fast approaching a mass meltdown. Thank god there are no cliffs nearby, the lemmings would be crowding the edge. The Meldrews simply don’t believe it! They don’t believe the poor team selection, the poor tactics, the crap players, the expensive ticket prices, the delayed shirts but most of all they don’t believe the ineptitude of the manager. It must be said that Meldrews are never ever happy - they demand their team play at a champions league level, they absolutely believe that their team has a god given right to premier league status and they obviously know so much more about tactics and selection than the manager. Of course they do they’ve been watching Wednesday for (insert number here) years. They have never played the game at any decent level but they simply know better than the idiots in charge. They know that booing is helpful and it teaches the players a lesson that will surely improve their confidence. Clapper or Meldrew I would not be upset to see Carlos go- I think he’s run out of ideas but equally I’m not going to go apoplectic just because we are not in the top 6. It’s just a bloody game, the club will still be here next year and I’ll still be watching. Things never change and you can also bet that in a few years time when we are struggling back in the Prem the Meldrews will be hysterical again. WAWAW.
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    Clapper or Meldrew

    Meldrews - thankfully they are only a Significant minority but they make a hell of a lot of noise on social media and radio with their hysterical ravings. Will it ever be good enough for some of them?
  12. Why even raise this as an issue. Our wannabe 'hard boys' with boys being the appropriate description are just as pathetic. What you will see on Sunday is groups of intellectually challenged fools hiding behind lines of police and giving it their best Danny Dyer impressions. How hard is it (if they were really serious) in a city the size of Sheffield to organise a 'meet up' of the two sides to have a physical discussion with no police to protect them. Frankly it's all a bit laughable and sad - FFS grow up
  13. No buses at all that day. Walked to Hillsborough from our end of town (6 miles on google maps) with a big bunch of best mates majority of whom were Blades (comes from growing up near the Lane). Brilliant day, unbelievable performance - No Blades at the meet up point afterwards- think they must have misheard the arrangements! Apart from the day I also remember 10,000 at home matches before and after (lost both?) before we got into our stride and gathered pace. Blackburn away 10,000 Owls what a.night. More of the same please.
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    Staggering

    People praising Hudders are missing the point. We have a squad (even with injuries) which was good enough to be able to take the game to them both home and away. We didn't do that and instead we played negatively hoping to pinch something and hold it. Hudders have a minus goal difference & didn't look threatening across both legs. That approach has been the blueprint this season and let's be honest we've had some very poor performances as a result. Whoever the manager is (and even I think CC has gone as far as he can) we simply need to change our attitude from let's not lose to we can beat anyone. Let's bloody well USE the talent we already have.
  15. I'm not a clapper or a moaner (more of a fence sitter) My expectations this year, given the significant investment, were absolute minimum playoffs and then thru them hopefully to promotion. The football has clearly NOT been as good as last year but if we get promotion then who's bothered, certainly not me! However The season is not over yet - we've won absolutely nothing so far, so let's reserve judgement. We could Crash and burn in the semis, lose another final or actually win the bloody thing and each outcome would cast a very different perspective on this season. Fingers crossed - we are the best team left in it but ............
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    Marmite Bannan

    Who else can play the creative central midfield role in this squad? With the exception of Abdi (and the jury is out on him given injuries and intermittent appearances) there is simply no one else! Hutch for all his fantastic qualities could certainly NOT play this role - he's far too defensively minded. Lee is a different type of midfielder (energetic, short game and ball carrying) so neither could he. Get off his back, Bannan is a class player at this level, and playing alongside Lee they are our key to a real tilt at promotion. On top of all this Hooper has provided the missing piece in the jigsaw in his new deeper lying role providing the link between midfield and attack. We no longer look disjointed and some of the intricate play from last year is starting to show again.
  17. Compared to last year the whole team formation seems to have dropped back 10 yards. Hutch, in midfield can't help but drop far too deep leaving midfield outnumbered. Midfield was our strongest area last year. Ok we are desperately missing Lee but Bannan is our quarterback and it seems everything has to go through him - He's struggled with this responsibility and with the lack of support around him. FF is not a centre forward & is much better running at people but he doesn't like the wing. Reach is in limbo between being a full back or winger and hasn't filled either position effectively. SO - Lets follow the growing trend for wing backs. Defence - 3 central defenders (Hutch happy & we tighten up with a very formidable trio). Wing backs - Hunt gets to play his natural game and Reach finds his feet - fire some crosses in from both sides. Centre midfield - Bannan pulling strings with Jones doing his leg work. Forward midfield - FF and Winnall - lots of skill, intelligence and link up play there. Final place either JR or Hooper as central striker but whichever it is they will have more chance of some proper service with this formation. In effect the whole team will step forward and some of our round pegs currently stuck in square holes might relax and play like we know they can. Fingers crossed for our run in but I can honestly say that presently I don't have a clue whether we will make the playoffs or if we do what will happen then. Felt more confident last year!
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    Imagine Supporting Burton

    What short memories - we've been there ourselves remember very recently awful boring football under Irvine, Gray, Jones and even Sturrock & Megson (at times) making the most of the players we had. They r a L2 club punching well above their weight & play a system to use what little they have. They worked their socks off last night. I walked to the ground with 4 of their fans after they asked the way-they know exactly what they r as a club. Well done to them, their fans were excellent BTW in support if not numbers. I hope the lads I spoke too enjoyed their after match pints mine tasted a bit sour
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    McManaman

    I'm not a betting man but theres no chance of Mcmanaman starting tomorrow - Carlos will set up tighter than a ducks arse with Hutch protecting Sasso from big bad Woody. Can't argue with recent results (Brentford apart) and why gamble when we only have a playoff place to protect but I think we could absolutely murder anyone if we released the shackles and realised our attacking potential. Macca and FF on opposite wings JR and Winnall thru the middle Abdi and Hutch in the centre - doesn't matter how many the others score we will score at least one more!
  20. Just nipped forward to May 2018 - Eddie Howes Sheffield Wednesday clinched the second automatic promotion spot behind runaway champions Aston Villa. Howe,who replaced Carlos Carvalhal after losing a second successive playoff final (this time to Fulham) played down his impact saying - we didn't have to change too much really, the playing talent was already here. Apart from strengthening at centre half we've simply tinkered with the team set up and removed some of the inhibitions at getting forward. Howe modest to a point undesells his achievements. Wednesday clearly needed a change following the sacking of Carvalhal and as the leagues top scorers (led by Rhodes on 32 goals) they have attracted great plaudits for their enterprising style of play over the season. It's just a bit of fun - feel free to borrow my time machine but make sure you bring it back
  21. I said you can borrow it so do what you want but remember I want it back so don't make me ask for it
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    Stop moaning will you?

    I think there is definitely room for us to show more flair AND keep the results going. I don't think our recent performances have merited the results we've actually achieved and I think it could have been made easier against Brum and Blackburn (and others) if we had put more flair on the pitch (Abdi and McManaman) and moved the central midfield forward 10-20 yards but I have no qualifications or experience as a manager and at the moment Carlos is getting the results which we desperately need. Now if we start losing some of these poor performance games that might be another matter!
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    Stop moaning will you?

    That's the promised land for us fans isn't it but if we can't have both then my point is that I would chose results every time. I think we were spoiled last year by some of the football we played and after adding so called better players it would be fair to expect even better football. That's definitely not happened and Carlos has definitely changed his approach but like I said results are most important. If we go up playing as defensively as we are I'll gladly take it.
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    Stop moaning will you?

    Results vs performance - no brainer results every time. Shouting/booing vs quiet dissatisfaction - no brainer whoever heard of anyone improving by being abused? I've been disappointed by recent performances the football has been scrappy but Carlos has chosen to play defensively (can Hutch & Bannan play any further back without interfering with Westwood) but he's getting results by doing so. It wud b great to repeat last seasons football but I'll take the points thanks
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    Sasso

    Posted this in previous Sasso thread, it seems he's very popular at the moment. However I'd say answer the question below, to see if you think he really is good enough? Honest opinion not a dig - I'm not a fan but Sasso did okay last night. Thank god Loovens (who was immense) took on responsibility for Jutkiewicz and he dominated him in the aerial battle. Sasso is no better than okay at championship level but he's just not good enough to be a regular for a team hoping to compete in the playoffs. His positional sense is patchy (although no where near as bad as Pudil) and he always seems to have at least one bad mistake in him but his main weakness (crucial for a centre half) is that he is poor in the air. He simply doesn't look comfortable with that part of the English game. Can't fault his effort as 4th choice but ask yourself this would you feel confident with him in the playoffs? We need reinforcing at CB.
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