Though t I would share this - been reading up on John Holmes - a giant in the early history of the Wednesday Football Club.
He was born on this day, 11th July, way back in 1841. He served for many years in the 19th century as President and experienced some of the very best of times with the old Wednesday Club.
I came across this facinating interview with John as he reminisced about his association with the club - first becoming involved in 1869/70 when the club was in it's infancy - he saw the amatuer years playing at the various grounds the Wednesday used aswell as the bigger games which took place at Bramall Lane. He saw the move to professionalism and the move to Olive Grove, the first FAcup Final in 1890, joining and winning the Alliance League and joining the League proper in 1892. He saw the Wednesday win the FAC Cup in 1896, relegation in 1899 and the move to Owlerton in the same year. This was followed by promotion in 1900, 1st Division titles in 1903 and 1904 and another FACup win in 1907. He passed away in 1908.
Obviously a man of efficiency, truth and dignity. They don't make them like that any more.
Jolly old John Holmes with the "rollicking Wednesday Lads" and the 1896 FA Cup.