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  1. I’ve just book a hol which misses the playoff final date. Last time I did that we got promoted at Cardiff and I had to arrange a 90 min taxi to get the family to the nearest civilisation (Sky sports) to watch the bloody final. Great day tho. No thanks needed just relax and enjoy the ride I’ll be with you at Wembley in soul if not body.
  2. Heeleyowl

    Any credit to Chansiri?

    Absolutely spot on - I’d rather keep DC and instead lose a few hundred of the ‘Sir Alf Ramsey know it alls’ that we have in our fan base. They would really be no great loss whereas DC and his money, support and commitment would.
  3. Heeleyowl

    Shine a light protest

    Why don’t we all hold up a handbag and pull a funny face (a la Reeves and Mortimer) that’s a much better piece of flouncing. No doubt about it, It’s really crap at the moment but seen MUCH much worse than this - we even had a campaign to ‘Save our Owls’ in the seventies when the club was really on its arse. Gates of 10.000 but don’t remember anywhere near the histrionics that we are seeing now.
  4. By all means DC should be challenged on events over the past 18 months. But before some people start exploding with their own indignance tonight, take a breath and remember a couple of points to temper that frustration: 1. DC has ploughed millions of his own cash into the club. As such it’s HIS club until sold. He alone has the power to sort this out. 2. Can any of us seriously believe that he is personally remotely happy or satisfied with the current situation and that he doesn’t want to see the club succeed. Of course not so let’s keep him onside. 3. This season is now about surviving to partially reset FFP and go again next. DC must know that so let’s hope he had a plan for a more competent manager to bed in to do that. 4. Finally and perhaps most importantly - a fall out between fans and owner is not a good path to take. Look at Blackpool and Hull to see examples of owners in dispute with fans. Be be careful what you wish for
  5. Heeleyowl

    Be careful what you wish for!

    The sense of entitlement in some of our fans would be quite funny if it wasn’t so toxic. May you in particular get everything that you wish for.
  6. Jos has: 1. No formation or structure - back 5 or back 4, changes in midfield 2,3 or 4, what on earth is Reach’s role - does he even know, and have any of our strikers shown even the faintest sign of joined up play between them. 2. Inconsistency in selection. So MANY changes week in week out. How can any player (apart from Reach, BB, Dawson and League 1 Joey) feel comfortable knowing they may fall foul of Jos’s bingo selection techniques. 3. Narrow mindedness - if he can’t recognise the quality he’s ignoring (Westwood and Hutchinson, FF on the bench!) that’s worrying or he is so stubborn that he will not back down even in such desperately bad times when his own job is on the line. If so then he is clearly no effective man manager. I actually wonder if Hooper, Lee and Winnal were fit whether they’d get near his first team, probably not. Dawson will be a good keeper but he’s made some calamitous errors that for any other keeper at any other club would see their place under threat - Jos clearly has his favourites or is determined to prove his own views regardless of form - League 1 Joey EVERY game! 4. Communication - Okay English is not his first language but that’s almost the norm nowadays with so many foreign coaches - He is unintelligible in interview and what he does give is so simplistic as to be useless and does not provide any insight into his real thoughts. Can anyone say what Jos feels about things? He seems so bland. 5. Passion - Probably the least important (as long as results flow) but he’s simply a flat liner, bland and grey without any obvious character. He hasn’t demonstrated any attempt at a connection with fans or to try and lead as a figurehead/representative of the club. As a long standing fan I’ve seen worse play on many occasions previously but never have so many of our shortfallings been SELF INFLICTED PS having said all that I still will not be booing at any match!
  7. Casual racism - hardly. He’s one of what seems like many ‘foreign’ managers but who else comes across so badly? I really think he might be better advised using an interpreter because surely he can’t mean to talk such bafflingly incompetent tosh. Just a little insight or knowledge would do. Sorry but I switched off after you defended League 1 Joey. There’s no doubt he’s very committed (more so than others in fact) but he’s one paced, not particularly good in the air and offers nothing but a backwards or sideways first time ball - He’s a shallow imitation of Semedo and his consistent inclusion in the team shows where Jos is taking us. That said I still won’t boo him!
  8. Although we agree in our final assessment I was always taught at school to show my ‘workings out’
  9. I had the (dis)pleasure of watching us in the seventies - the football was generally dire until Big Jack and that Boxing Day and attendances were often down around 10,000 (inc both home games either side of Boxing Day!). The big difference today is the inflated sense of entitlement that so many fans seem to have. Did anyone at all complain when DC took over? It’s his money and therefore his club but unfortunately he has created a monster by giving us a glimpse of what might be and to have those hopes dashed and a return to (what are typically normal circumstances - mid table) is just too much for some individuals to bear. It was much worse watching in the seventies but the atmosphere was nowhere near as toxic as now. I’m personally very fed up with watching our hopeless manager and his disorganised team but history shows things do change and no need to burst a blood vessel over it.
  10. Heeleyowl


    England honours, Tottenham player and played most of the games in a Villa team which were one game away from promotion. Could be that we aren’t using him properly or giving him a chance to show what he can do? But then again surely Jos wouldn’t do that! How he has not been starting alongside Bannan is a mystery. Joey P is at best a top half league 1 player - energetic but no touch, pace or forward vision even Jones must be non plussed as to how he can’t get a game ahead of Joey.
  11. You have my support whilst you are in charge but why not show us your real man management skills and make use of ALL your best resources. We have some key players who are top 6 quality but for whatever reason you won’t use them ahead of what were previously reserves or squad players - FF vs Matias, Hutch vs Thorniley and of course Westwood vs Dawson. Can we even expect Hooper & Lee (if they ever actually recover) to actually be included? You are deliberately trying to do the job with one hand behind your back. We have undoubted quality in the squad so why not show that you know how to blend experience and skill with youth and energy. Until you can show you are up to it we are mid table at absolute best. Still loyal and supportive but Very disappointing. Unfortunately as a lifelong Owl this isnt a surprise!
  12. Disappointing end - yes very definitely but it was Jos and his excellent team setup that got us 2-0 up and playing as the better team. Who wouldnt have taken a point before the game? Put those dummies back in! A generally very positive performance - did anyone notice Bannan didn’t play by the way
  13. 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/
  14. 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
  15. Got mine today as well - Nice little reward for funding the Fred Spiksley Kickstarter project. Hope it goes well.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. Heeleyowl

    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.
  19. Heeleyowl

    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.
  20. Heeleyowl

    #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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. Heeleyowl

    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?
  24. 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
  25. 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.