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Colin Dobson

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  1. Colin Dobson

    On This Day 25 Years Ago !

    Thanks my lord for a bit of Wednesday history I wasn’t aware of! The tragedy about 1993 was that we ran out of centre halves. The Blackburn LC semi was the greatest ever TV performance by the lads but it contained Pearson’s last brief appearance in a Wednesday shirt. If he’d played at Wembley a month later ...... who knows?
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    On This Day 25 Years Ago !

    Yes, Walker was the signing that Four Four Two said would make us champions! I haven’t got the stats to hand but the Shirtliff/Pearson partnership was phenomenal. Wednesday lost very few games when they were together. I was really sorry when Pearson was deemed surplus to requirements.
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    Owls v Arsenal

    I think Blue & White has got it spot on and therefore the defining moment in our recent history is the mix up between Des Walker & Kevin Pressman at Selhurst Park that meant Clinton Morrison nipped in(!) and we slipped three or four places closer to the bottom and lost £250,000(?). BFR's contract wasn't renewed and Richards(who many believe sacked him out of spite) spent the rest of the summer of 1998 failing to get the "big name" manager he wanted. With Carbone & Di Canio in the ranks and BFR in charge we were fine. He could handle big name players. We know what happened next. I agree, too, that how can anyone break into the top six of the PL these days without becoming a completely different club? I've been a Wednesday fan for over 60 years and they still make or mar my week-end but I did make 3 predictions to myself in May 2000 that I'm sorry to say are holding firm nearly 20 years on. A. No return to the PL B. No major trophy win again C. No current England international in the ranks. Hinchcliffe being the last. Really hoped Carlos could break that mould of failure but sadly no, but I still care just as much as when I saw Wednesday for the first time in September 1958 bottom of the First Division and losing 4-2 at White Hart Lane!
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    Wednesday TV

    Great post and the world's gone mad enough for it to happen(just!)
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    Where are the MODERATE #SWFC fans?

    I’ve been a supporter for over 60 years and 1991 apart it’s been disappointment all the way! But Sparling’s “Romance of the Wednesday” was written with me in my mind! Think Chansiri is doing his best for a club that seems cursed to me but my fingers are crossed for the start of a re-run of those wonderful seasons from August 1958 to April 1961(i.e. the Catterick years).
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    20 years of hurt !

    The most important mistake Richards made - Wilson was about 5th choice and his tenure spoilt how Wednesday fans felt about him as a player. A big personality was needed to cope with the Italians and sadly Wilson wasn't up to it. Seemed a nice bloke though.
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    BREAKING - George Hirst Gone

    I saw Hirst's debut at Cambridge which should have only been for five minutes but they equalised with a worldie. His performance in extra time was very ordinary - physically he will need to fill out considerably. It's disappointing of course but the Hirst family and Sheffield Wednesday disagreement was obviously toxic.
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    Chris Turner 1991

    When he bought Woods from Rangers I always thought this was Trevor Francis show of intent because he thought having England's keeper on the books would keep us firmly on the map. But keeping clean sheets ad nauseum(and breaking records)was a world away from Division One. His first game against Villa showed he had weaknesses against crosses. He could be a very good shot stopper though. Thought Pressman and Turner were great servants of the club but I think if you'll find Sunderland fans rated Turner only a little way behind Montgomery for keeping the score down - he turned in many brilliant performances for them. I seem to recall Turner replaced Fox and then was replaced by Bob Bolder because Jack Charlton thought he was too small. Always liked him though and he made the crucial save at Wembley to win us the League Cup. Sorry he got so much stick when he was manager but his "European Cup in five years" quote was asking for trouble.
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    ffs Wednesday

    I've already posted my top 5 on and off the field "worst moments" but I haven't included any of the 3rd Division embarrassments(The 0-0 draw with Rushden takes a lot beating). However, I've just remembered the 3 match League Cup 1st Round saga against Darlington in August/September 1975. We'd won 2-0 at Feethams(Prendergast & Potts), lost 2-0 at Hillsborough in the 2nd Leg and having won the throw of the coin managed to draw 0-0 in the replay at home and then subsequently lost on penalties! These were Wednesday's first few days as a 3rd Division club & it was obvious we were more likely to be heading for the 4th Division(which we very nearly did of course) than going back to the 2nd! Dreadful times!!!!
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    Colin Dobson

    My favourite Wednesday player back in the day obviously! Very disappointed Alan Brown felt he was surplus to requirements but he did well at Huddersfield. I feel he should really have had a much more stellar career than he did. After a few U/23 performances one paper(I think it was the Daily Express) picked him to play in a full international but I forget who it would have been against. Judging from Don Megson autobiography he and Colin were good mates. Hope he's well and thriving.
  11. One of the really critical "what ifs" was Howard Kendall pinching Peter Reid off us after it seemed JC had done the deal with Bolton. He was considered a good player with dodgy knees which is why it looked as though no top club would buy him. Always wondered how far we might have gone with him in mid-field.
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    #OnThis Day in 1966

    Yes Nev I too wasn't a great Alan Brown fan(even less so after he walked out on us and left for Sunderland) but a Cup Final is a Cup Final and the players seem to really respond to him for a time(the beginning of 1967-68 springs to mind). However, he froze out my favourite player(and one of yours it seems) even though Colin Dobson scored at Newcastle in the 4th Round!!!
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    #OnThis Day in 1966

    Hi Braddo In answer to your question - we played brilliantly until we went 2-0 up and then after a disastrous quarter of an hour had a real go in the last ten minutes after the players had recovered from the shock! Nothing against Sam Ellis(18) but if Mobley hadn't been injured in the Semi-Final I think we would have won. In my opinion history repeated itself in 1993. The Blackburn League Semi was the best ever performance I've ever seen from a Wednesday team but people tend to forget that mid-way through the second half Nigel Pearson came on and broke his leg within 90 seconds! Pretty sure he hardly played again before heading for Middlesbrough. No Shirtliff in the final either I seem to recall - what a pairing those two made. No one in the football world seemed to recognise them but they were an ace combination.
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    #OnThis Day in 1966

    Desperate day! We held that 2-0 lead for just under three minutes and immediately after Ford's goal we went up field and very nearly scored again with the Everton defence all over the place. I remember Kenneth Wolstenholme saying that "it looks as though the cup is coming home to Sheffield!" In March 1967 Geoffrey Green,quite a doyen of football writing in the 50's & 60's, said on Sports Report on the Light(!) Programme "Wednesday for the cup" a week before the 6th Round tie at Stamford Bridge. We all know what happened that day and we're still waiting! Don't think I shall live to see it!
  15. Excellent interview. I know one shouldn't romanticise about players playing for the Owls too much but Atdhe really does seem the real deal - absolutely committed to the cause, a genuinely nice guy and suddenly those little pieces of brilliance are flowering over prolonged periods in games + the goals(tap ins, headers & worldies). I think he has such a lot to his game and his height is such a bonus!
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