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Portugal Owl

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  1. Preston was my first away match for many years. It reminded me how much I used to love away games. Even when we were dire and got hammered the passion and humour of the fans was always the thing that kept me going. In fact some of my most vivid memories are of dreadful defeats. Like being hammered 4-0 at Palace and all the Wednesdsy fans doing a massive conga on the terraces oblivious to the garbage the team were delivering on the pitch. Countless others and of course some magic moments like Exter when every Wednesday fan ran on the pitch to hoist the players on their shoulders knowing we had just won promotion back to the old 2nd division. The game by the way was crap. I was really pleased with Wednesday’s second half display after the first half utter bilge. The team were transformed at half time. And that has got to be 100% down to the manager. His substitutions worked a treat as well. So glad we have him in charge. Whatever the outcome of the close season we can all surely be optimistic for the 19/20 season. And maybe, just maybe, for once our optimism may be rewarded.
  2. Stayed last night at an airport hotel in Lisbon then got up at 5.00 am to walk to the Airport to board the 07.10 flight to Manchester. Arrived in Manchester at 10.00 am and managed to catch the 10.53 train direct to Sheffield. Arrived about 12.20 and after visiting family I am basically hanging round until I catch a bus to arrive at the ground at about 7.15. Why have I come all this way just to watch a football match? I guess most Owlstalk contributors will understand. I went to the home derby last season and that was when I realised Carlos had definitely lost the plot. The next two at their place I watched on a stream from Portugal. The one this season was the most bizarre as it was in Bulgarian. Not that it mattered because being battered but managing not to lose looks the same whatever language the commentators use. Was thinking on the flight about some of the derbys I have been to in the last 45 years. The outstanding one of course was the BDM. ‘Glorious that day was it to be an Owl’ to paraphrase WilliamShakespeare. The semi at Wembley and that Waddle Free kick. ‘Wow, a thousand times wow’ to paraphrase WS again. But the only one I remember at their place is for all the wrong reasons. And Lord Snooty’s opening piece when he conjured up the image of the knuckle dragging blade helped me remember it. Some years ago I had been given four complimentary tickets for the derby at the Lane. We went to their Hospitality suite, had a slap up meal and posh seats for the match. Everything went well until kick off. After that for 80 minutes we had to endure a non stop stream of abuse and invective from the booted and suited accountants and lawyers in the posh seats who knew we were Wednesdayites because one of them knew me slightly. We left 10 minutes from the end to avoid any aggro. I have been to some dodgy grounds with Wednesday and been abused by some serious nutcase home supporters over the years. But nothing comes close to matching that level of hatred, those bulging demented eyes and the spittle flecked faces of those nice middle class Blades. Never mind. Won’t be long now. All I ask is that the team reward us for the support we give them home and away and a repeat of the BDM would be nice. ‘To sleep to sleep perchance to dream and thrash them off the park’ to paraphrase WS again.
  3. I am flying in to Manchester from Lisbon Monday morning then taking the train to Sheffield and going to the match. A few days in Sheffield then back to Portugal on Friday. After that it will be on IFollow. Unless we get to the playoff final in which case, like last time, I will fly in the day before to London, stay overnight and go to the match the next day. I am retired and have the time and obviously I can afford to do it. There was a time when I had a young family and didn't have a season ticket and couldn’t afford to go to some games. So I understand why some supporters faced with a choice of paying for a ticket or watching for nothing on TV will opt to stay at home. That doesn’t make them part time supporters any more than it did me when I couldn’t afford it. There is nothing to compare with watching Wednesday at Hillsbrough. Particularly when it’s a derby against Them. The moment I get to Hillsborough Park and see and hear the crowd on its way to the ground I get goose bumps. The banter, the chanting, the build up. Sometimes even the match. Nothing better.
  4. I realise it may be irrelevant in the context of how good Steve Bruce may be as a manager. But he seems to me to be a decent man. I say this from the only time I ever spoke to him. It was playoff day and well before the start I was walking past a hotel in London and SB was standing outside the front door talking to someone I think was one of his coaching staff. I asked if I was OK to take a photo and he said yes. I took it and said thanks, but I can’t wish you Good luck. I am a Wednesday supporter. He nodded his head and said “I fully understand”. May not seem a lot but I realised he really did understand what it means to be a supporter. Whether he comes to Hillsborough or not I have respect for him as a human being. We are all passionate about our club. But resorting to personal abuse and showing no respect for others is reprehensible. Fortunately as this post shows it is only a tiny minority who behave like that.
  5. Even though I can only get to a limited number of matches I am a season ticket holder so obviously I won’t be buying membership. My son and his two children who live in Warwickshire have been members. But they will not be renewing. They can only get to 4 or 5 games a year and they are not going to pay a total of £170.00 for a maximum saving of £75.00 on match tickets. I don’t know what possessed the person responsible for this mad decision. There will be a huge drop in the numbers renewing membership and probably a revenue reduction because of this. But worse is the callous disregard for the fans who want to support their team through thick and thin but are being priced out of doing it. I am beginning to despair about the people running our club.
  6. I just renewed my 1 year season ticket online. Took me 2 minutes to do so. Even though I am abroad for half the season I still want to be able to go to Hillsborough whenever there is a game when I am back in the U.K. When I am abroad I use Ifollow which this year cost me £130.00. So I get to watch nearly all the matches in a season. This season has been the most depressing I have endured for years. But as a Wednesdayite for over 40 years I have seen much worse seasons than this one. When I had a young family I struggled to afford a season ticket. Some years when I couldn’t afford one I struggled to even afford to pay on the turnstiles. But now my outgoings are less and I have a steady income so I don’t mind paying for a season ticket. Being a Wednesdayite is always about enduring an awful lot of lows and enjoying an occasional high. To this day the very act of approaching the stadium on match day and watching and hearing the buzz from the crowd still makes me feel emotional. I moved around the country as a young man and I regularly watched quite a number of teams wherever I lived. But being a Wednesdayite and being at Hillsborough is special. I can’t explain it. A lot of Owlstalkers will know what I mean. Maybe they can explain it. Those who don’t. Well maybe you will in time.
  7. Watching on IFollow. The only things we lack are skill, commitment, passion, talent, ability, gumption, organisation, leadership, We do however have the ability to pass to players in red shirts. Other than that we are OK. I expect us to keep them down to less than six today.
  8. What the waiting media wanted today was a picture of Carlos being booed or sworn at. That would have made their day and their back page headline. It would also have made a very negative impact on people across the world seeing pictures of a hostile crowd. Thank goodness it didn’t happen. Because having a positive image matters. It matters for sponsorship and widening our fan base and all that eventually means more income for the club. Having a spat between the pro and anti Carlos groups on Owlstalk is fine. But the image of Wednesday fans showing generosity to their former manager is priceless. So today the anti Carlos group by refraining from abuse were just as important as the pro Carlos group applauding him.
  9. At a personal level I am sad to see Carlos go. But it was seeming ever more inevitable as we went on our current winless streak that he would have to go. But if he ever reads Owlstalk I would like thank Carlos for restoring my belief in the Owls after nearly 20 years of watching far more turgid football than we have had to endure this season. As for his replacement I hope there is someone out there currently coaching in the Bundesliga who can take us up and keep us up. Muito Obrigado Carlos, Boas Festas.
  10. Couldn't watch the game on I-Follow and don't have Sky so I followed it on Owlstalk. What a depressing experience that was. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But to be unhappy because we didn't lose because you hate the manager is madness. I neither love nor hate Carlos. I won't weep or cheer if he goes or stays. I support Wednesday not a manager or a Chairman. Quite a few of them have upset me in my 40 plus years of watching the Owls. But I have never wanted the team to lose because I was upset and I never will.
  11. Never forget that day. In the North towards the Lep and expected us to lose. 90 minutes later and totally euphoric. The best Christmas present ever. There have been some amazing moments watching Wednesday over the past 45 years. Some times of near despair and others of absolute magic. The BDM for me remains top of those magic ones. I flew in last night from Lisbon and am taking three of my grandsons to their first ever Sheffield derby. Then back to Portugal on Monday. Love Sheffield. But OMG the weather is awful!!
  12. Great result. Listened to second half On I Follow. Sounded like we deserved it and second half performance was very good. But all that negative stuff from some of the Owlstalkers takes a bit of the shine off the victory. Winning away at Fulham is not down to good luck. It is down to good play and good management. Well done team and well done Coach.
  13. Well after 2 league games the Carlos Out brigade are licking their chops at the prospect of getting rid of him. As I am one of the few Owls talk contributors who has never coached at football league level I bow down to the 95% of Owlstalkers who have enjoyed major success in their lengthy careers. Their amazing knowledge of the beautiful game has convinced me. I am wrong. CC should pack his bags now. DC should also go and take his money with him. What we need is a good old fashioned manager who picks a team of honest hard working cloggers every week. And a return to a board of directors from the ranks of senior Sheffield industrialists and manufacturers. That'll sort it out sithee.
  14. Signed up for the season to enable me to watch matches while in Portugal. Downloaded the app on to my IPad. Tried watching videos and worked perfectly. Now counting down to Preston game. So hopefully all will be well and I will consider it money well spent. If not will be seriously annoyed.
  15. I love the home shirt and I like the away shirt. I will definitely be buying a home shirt but I never buy an away shirt so this year won't be any different. Just to get an outside perspective on the shirts as well as our chances of promotion here is something from a Brentord fan blog. "Instead, Sheffield Wednesday are the team that will finally come good and take the second spot. Celebrating their 150th year with some cracking new kits, to boot (in my opinion, and not including our own, the best shirts in the Championship ) they’ll go up after knocking on the door for so long." https://nickbruzonslastword.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/who-will-win-the-championship-who-will-go-down-what-about-the-bees-who-has-the-best-new-kit/
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