Video of the Day: Sheffield Wednesday vs Wolves, September 1967
Sheffield Wednesday travel to Molineux this weekend to play a mid-table Wolverhampton Wanderers team having already booked a place in the Football League Championship play-offs with a game to spare. It’s been a long time – sixteen years – since the club was last in the Premier League, a spell even longer than their last break between top flight appearances, which ran from 1970 until 1984, and our video this morning comes from towards the end of one of their previous stays in the First Division.
At the end of September 1967, Wednesday were riding something of the crest of a wave. The club had been promoted to the First Division as champions eight years earlier, and two years after this promotion finished the season as runners-up to a double-winning Tottenham Hotspur. Hillsborough had seen the construction of a vast new cantilever stand brought an imposing look to the ground, ahead of hosting three group matches and a quarter-final at the 1966 World Cup finals.
On the pitch, meanwhile, the club had been a regular in the top six of the First Division throughout the first half of the decade and reached the FA Cup final in 1966, although that season’s seventeenth placed league finish was something of a disappointment. The following season the club recovered to eleventh place in the table, but at the start of the 1967/68 season Wednesday had an outstanding start to the season, and on the last Saturday of September sat in third place in the table, with six wins and a draw from their opening nine matches and level on points with leaders Liverpool and second placed Arsenal.
The season, however, would end with more disappointment. Wednesday couldn’t maintain the strength of their start to the season and finished in nineteenth place in the table, just two points above the relegation places. The following season would see a similarly tepid fifteenth place finish, before finishing bottom of the pile in 1970 and being relegated back to the Second Division. Such considerations, however, were probably a long way from the minds of Wednesday supporters as their team took to the pitch to play Wolves in front of the cameras of Match of the Day three years earlier, though, and commentary for this match comes from David Coleman.