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  1. That was Don Megson's last game for Wednesday. He ended up being subbed cos he was absolutely roasted by some kid called Keegan..... Was a sad end to a fantastic career.
  2. Billy Walker tried to sign Matthews from Stoke back in 1934 when he'd just become Wednesday manager but failed. Even at that stage (he was only 19) Stoke considered him irreplaceable. The only time I definitely saw Matthews play was the testimonial match for Joe Shaw, the old United player, back in March 1965. He played in an All Stars XI against a United side that also included Jimmy Hagan, years after he'd retired. The crowd was 29,500!
  3. Can I just say that the Liverpool game, 1968, I chucked a cushion on the pitch. It was all my dad's fault.....never seen him get so worked up about a ref's decision!
  4. When I moved to London in the mid-70's and lived in Harrow I used to support the local team, Wealdstone, who then played at their old ground at Lower Mead which was just at the bottom of our road. They had a forward called George Duck who was a legend for them, scoring over 250 goals. Also, a midfielder called John "Willie" Watson who was the biggest (though not in size) thug I've ever seen on a football pitch. I remember on one occasion them playing Altrincham in what was then called the Alliance Premier him laying out one of their lot and then walking on his face. The Stones also had a teenage full back called Stuart Pearce.... After moving to Chelmsford in 1985 I've been a regular at City games; in fact, I've probably seen more City games since then than Wednesday. I've even been to a few away games at such exotic places as Enfield (when they were the best team outside the league and played at Southbury Road, Braintree (the local variant of the Pigs) and Thurrock. City are serial play off failures....this season was the seventh time in eleven years they've reached the National South play offs and they've got to the final once!
  5. The clip also misses the male streaker who, if I remember rightly, it was subsequently discovered had some sort of mental issues. Nothing to do, though, with watching Wednesday. Apparently.
  6. Remember the Save Our Owls campaign only too well. Our football was embarrassing enough but that really took it to another level. Pretty sure it was launched for the away game at York City on a Friday night; last day of January 1975. There was a guy from The Star taking pictures of the Wednesday fans behind the goal; I'm sure someone will be able to link to the pictures somewhere. But we were terrible that night and lost 3-0. For the next game we had Phil Henson, our new star signing from Man City, in the side and actually he was a bit better than what we'd seen thus far that season but he soon descended to the abject mediocrity of the rest. And after a couple of weeks when it had become clear that we couldn't even score a goal let alone win a game the campaign was quietly dropped. Really brings me out in a cold sweat when I think of that season.
  7. Forestieri has a year left on his contract. If next season he is the player of old then he is potentially priceless but we have had two seasons when he has been very much on the periphery. So do we take that risk bearing in mind in twelve months he can leave for nothing? Come next January we might bite anyone's hand off for £2 million.
  8. How do we generate funds to bring in players, bearing in mind even loans cost a fee, without selling? We may be saving circa £140k a week on wages with the freed players but what about Rhodes wages? "How do you know "No one" is interested in our in contract players ?" Read the sentence again. There is the word "unless" in there.....which is the whole point. Clubs won't pay silly wages and a huge fee as well. FF, Rhodes, Reach, Bannan (probably wouldn't sell)....all on north of £30k a week. Just about every player we have has a price. But we won't get anything like the nonsense figures being talked about on here.
  9. The selling club has the position of strength.....except when you are wanting to sell, which we are, and when everyone knows you're near the knuckle with FFP. You then have to take a view. Do you continue to pay out the £30k plus a week in wages for a player or do you get some funds and save on the weekly wage bill? The summer window is a buyer's market; there are tons of free transfers and clubs looking to sort out season-long loans for their younger players. No one is interested in the in-contract players we have with their current wages (which the buying club would have to meet) unless we are prepared to seriously lower our own expectations.
  10. I would have thought that at the moment every one of our players has his price. And other clubs know that we are looking to offload so we are hardly negotiating from a position of strength. So being realistic..... Winnall.....hardly kicked a ball for a year so who's going to buy him....£750k FF....injuries, attitude, high wages, too risky?....£2 million tops Joao....unfulfilled promise....£750k Rhodes....gone backwards, high wages....£2 million The real bankable assets we have are Bannan and Reach but again wages could be a problem. And I don't really see anyone apart from the likes of Huddersfield (replace Mooy) and Cardiff coming in. I reckon we'd be lucky to get £3.5 million for either.
  11. How many games has Nando actually played in the last couple of years? He seems to have spent most of the time out injured and even Bruce has said they’ve got to be careful with him. Anyone coming in for him will need to match his wages and they’re not going to do that and pay a big fee for a player who spends half the time on the treatment table.
  12. I started going with my dad about three years before then; distinctly remember the home game with Leyton Orient (56 years ago this Saturday!) but don't know if that was my first or not. My dad was certain, at the start of the 1965/66 season, that we were going to go to Wembley so we got season tickets from then in the North with my uncle. We actually went to all the cup games that year.
  13. Another stat.....from 1965/66 to 1978/79 inclusive (14 seasons) we only had one season (1976/77) when we actually had a finish above tenth in any division. All these bloody glory hunters these days..... By the way. I started with a season ticket in 1965/66....
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