Match Of The Past: Sheffield Wednesday
We continue – and this is the penultimate one for this division: League One comes next – our series of archive matches of the clubs of the Football League Championship with one of the grandest of them all: Sheffield Wednesday. Founded, as The Wednesday in 1867 (and this, for those that didn’t already know it, was a name which the club kept until as late as 1929), the club joined the Football League in 1892 and would go on to become one of its more illustrious members, albeit one with a tendency to have its fortunes fluctuate a little both on and off the pitch. We have six matches from the clubs past, kicking off with a home match against Wolverhampton Wanderers which was filmed for the cameras of Match Of The Day in September 1967. Wednesday, by the way, are wearing the white sleeved shirts in that match.
Our next three matches are from the 1970s, which were a difficult decade for the club. First up is a home match against Hull City from the 1972/73 season, and we follow this up with a home Second Division match against Manchester United from the 1974/75 season. The last of our three matches from this decade comes from January 1979, when FA Cup Third Round day was decimated by the weather to an extent that only a handful of matches took place the length and breadth of the country. Wednesday beat the snow – just – in order to play their home match against Arsenal. Our fourth match captures a brief snapshot of the clubs revival during the early to mid 1980s, a home match against Chelsea from the 1984/85 season, and our final match is a match that will be familiar to all of the clubs supporters over the age of thirty or so: the 1991 League Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley.
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