Friday, February 23, 2018
Peter Shaw

Peter Shaw

Director

I have supported Wednesday all of my life and certainly for as long as I can remember. With the family moving away from Eckington and Derbyshire, I spent my school years in Oswestry, Shropshire. Consequently Sheffield Wednesday assumed huge significance for me as it represented a part of my history and culture which I was desperate to hang onto and not become separated from...

I am 54 and have followed Wednesday independently home and away all over the country for over 40 years now. I was taken to Hillsborough for the first time in November, 1960; Burnley were league champions at the time and we played the great champions-elect Spurs side, beating them 2-1 in front of over 56,000 fans and Johnny Fantham scored the winner in front of the kop. I don't really remember much about the match but the atmosphere was electric and I was hooked on football and Wednesday in particular from that moment onwards.

I have lived through the bribes scandal, losing 2 cup finals in unfortunate circumstances, heart-breaking relegations and the dark years of the 1970s. However the only time I have felt totally marginalised was in recent years, particularly with respect to the legal action instigated by the SWFC board against many of its' own fans. I was so impressed by the dignified and professional approach adopted by Wednesdayite in the face of unjustified criticism and provocation that I made the decision in late Spring, 2008 to apply to become a director.

Fortunately, becoming a director coincided with massive positive changes taking place within the club and suddenly we were embraced by the new regime. I was able to raise funds for a new and vastly improved radio service for the visually impaired, which enabled blind supporters to sit anywhere in the stadium and receive crystal clear commentary. I am currently in the process of organising a Coast to Coast cycle ride in order to raise funds for a mini-bus for our disabled supporters and for The Childrens' Hospital in Sheffield. To do this on behalf of and with the support of Wednesdayite has been a privilege and very fulfilling and I look forward to involvement with further projects in the future.

I currently live in Filey on the Yorkshire coast with my wife Kathryn. I have 3 grown up children, and the whole family are staunch supporters of the Owls!

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