Tag: Sheffield Wednesday

Video of the Day: Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday, April 1980

The complete absence of football clubs from Yorkshire in the Premier League is a curious modern phenomenon, but there have been times in the past when both of the Sheffield clubs have been in the lower divisions. Today’s video of the day sees Sheffield United play Sheffield Wednesday at the start of April 1980 with both clubs chasing promotion from Division Three of the Football League. With six of seven game of the season, Wednesday arrived at Bramall Lane in second place in the table, with Wednesday just outside the promotion places. Commentary comes from Barry Davies. You can...

Read More

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...

Read More

The Sheffield Derby Throws The Sun Into A Tizz

It is a truth universally acknowledged that football matches – and in particular local derbies – can bring out the worst in people. Where, however, is the line in the sand? What is the definition of what acceptable behaviour inside a football ground? This week, we have seen an example of a national newspaper attempting to draw that line, and they ended up looking a little “odd” as a result themselves. This story began on Monday with a humourous photograph collection in The Guardian which appeared on the site on Sunday evening. It was, as many of these pictorial collections are, brilliant, eighteen photographs documenting the hustle and bustle of Bramall Lane before, during and after the weekend’s derby match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. A couple of the photographs drew the attention and one in particular, a photograph of two female Sheffield United supporters, one of whom was flicking a V-sign, presumably in the direction of Sheffield Wednesday supporters and/or players. It was a humourous picture, a vignette of the – usually temporary – rage that people submit themselves to for the duration of a football match. The photograph made its way around various social media sites and websites on Sunday night and, that, we might have thought, would be that. This, we may have cause to ponder, is what football supporters do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Many...

Read More

The Ice Gets Thinner For Gary Megson At Sheffield Wednesday

It could have been worse, believe it or not. Four goals down with five minutes left to play of the first half, five down mid-way through the second. Eventually, though, Sheffield Wednesday managed a consolation goal and pegged their opposition down to a five to one score-line, but this doesn’t mask the fact that Gary Megson is now skating on thin ice as the manager of a club which continues to loll around in League One and, on the basis of this evening’s performance, seems unlikely to improve upon this at any point in the immediate future unless the manager can turn around a dismal early season run of form. Perhaps the bitterest irony of this evening was, for the supporters of Sheffield Wednesday, the opposition that tore them to shreds so effectively. It already seems difficult to believe that, a little more than two years ago, Stevenage FC were called Stevenage Borough FC and were a non-league club. Unlovable though their manager, Graham Westley is, there can be little doubting the enormous progress that the club has made in the time since then, but it can take a while for most of our mental crib sheets to catch up with such information and perhaps this evening, for the supporters of Sheffield Wednesday, was a reminder – some might even argue yet another reminder – of how far the...

Read More

Sheffield Wednesday Send Their Boys To The Slaughter

Flashing across the BBC website on Sunday afternoon came a result which couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow or two: Alfreton Town 14-0 Sheffield Wednesday. The truth was less exciting than the initial rush might have led some Sheffield United supporters to hope. Wednesday hadn’t put out their first team for this match against a club from the Blue Square Premier, but neither had they dressed eleven scarecrows in blue and white striped shirts and placed them strategically around the pitch in the hope that no-one would notice. This score was achieved – if “achieved” is quite the right word – against a team made up of the players from the Sheffield Wednesday academy. The question to be asked at this stage, of course, is what exactly Sheffield Wednesday exactly hoped to achieve from this fixture. Is it possible that an official from the club took a glance at the name of the opposition, believed them to be considerably lower down football’s food chain than they actually are and decided to send the kids in the expectation that this would be a Sunday afternoon stroll in the park? Well, this is possible, and the extent to which it would be an understatement was borne out by the result. Alfreton were promoted as the champions of the Blue Square North at the end of last season and, while they –...

Read More