31 December 1969

Wednesdayite Weekly - 2012/13 Issue #17

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  • The Wednesdayite Weekly: Probably the last one before Christmas

    In this week's bra-busting super soaraway Weekly:

    • Eddie on December's crucial games
    • Director Marc is all about the SMILEs
    • Matt and his armchair announce civil partnership
    • Away Coach 2: Lost In New York

    All this, and a picture of Dave Jones roaring like a lion...


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    Okay, so now it's six defeats in a row. We are dropping away from the teams only three or four places above us and we need to bridge that gap before a poor start turns into a relegation scrap. But there are green shoots everywhere.

    The performance against Cardiff was spirited, for a start. There were some real signs that this squad has got what it takes to compete at this level - and that there's a mental toughness that will enable them to overcome adversity. Look at Martin Taylor - came into the club and made captain, only to find himself jeered by his own fans within a handful of games. Against the league leaders he looked imperious. If we get into that mindset of refusal to lie down, we'll go a long way to making up for the disappointments of October and November.

    But more importantly, look at the fixture list. Five league games in December. Five league games against teams in the bottom half of the table - starting with two against the teams immediately above us. And every single one of them is winnable. I'm not scared of going to Bolton or Huddersfield, having seen them already this season. We just need to pressure them more than we did on both occasions at Hillsborough, and we'll take the points.

    So it begins tomorrow. There is no excuse for failing to beat Bristol City. We demand three points. And another three points next weekend at Barnsley. In fact, there is nothing to suggest that we shouldn't be demanding a maximum haul out of December - to do so would transform our season instantly. And it's eminently achievable.

    Paul Aldridge this week spoke to fans and told us straight - the squad are together behind the manager and so is the executive. Let's give the players and DJ what they need to execute tomorrow - our backing and our noise. December is a pivotal month in this season. Let's impose our will on it.

    Up The Owls!




    In our series of directors blogs on Wednesdayite.com our directors talk about what they've been working on - either for members or in the wider SWFC community.

    Next up in the series is Director Marc Duffy, Marc looks after Wednesdayite's Twitter (along with fellow directors Paul and Eddie) and is also involved in our Smile Tickets scheme which provides free match tickets for people who otherwise wouldn't be able to get to the match. And it's SMILE that he talks about this week!

    "At Wednesdayite we're always thinking of new ways to work and this season we've had an idea!

    As everyone in the whole world knows SMILE is our extra special ticket scheme for extra special people. We buy the tickets and you watch the match - perfect!

    This year we have decided to move away from the traditional season ticket approach that gave us very little flexibility, to a matchday nominations approach - put simply we now have the money to spend as nominations arrive.

    We like this new approach as previously some night games or rescheduled fixtures caused us a problem and lead to unused tickets.

    This brings us to our point...we need YOU! We are looking for nominations from members and website readers alike."





    Matt Savage returns, this time with some new comfy cushions on his armchair. This gives him renewed energy to review the Cardiff away game...

    "It comes as no great surprise to see the Bluebirds flying high in the league and with the visit of struggling Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff City had a good chance to make it 10 home wins out of 10 this season. Dave Jones made his return to the Cardiff City Stadium to a respective reception from the home fans, but it was his own teams fans that he now needs to win over following a string of poor results.
    The game kicks off and City waste no time in advancing, with Andrew Taylor shooting over the crossbar from inside the area. Wednesday also force an early chance, ending when Michail Antonio fires his shot wide of the post with only 2mins on the clock. Only the offside flag prevents the winger from being in a one-on-one opportunity minutes later as the Cardiff rear guard seems shaky in the opening exchanges. When a short corner by Peter Whittingham breaks down, the Owls attack and earn a free-kick following a foul by Mark Hudson on the recalled Chris O'Grady. The free kick goes into the wall from Miguel Llera and the danger passes, 3mins later and the Spaniard again fires a free-kick into the wall much to the frustration of Chris Lines who was also in contention to strike it.

    A quick Cardiff attack results in a corner when Jeremy Hélan blocks Matthew Connoly's effort on goal - Whittinghams corner gets saved by Chris Kirkland and Cardiff have another corner kick. Craig Bellamy crosses and Hudsons header goes over the bar. The home side then start to pepper the Wednesday back line and shots from Whittingham (over) and Jordon Mutch (blocked by Llera) test the Owls back line. When Bellamy takes a short corner, Whittingham gets a shot away but SWFC captain Martin Taylor blocks the effort in a good start to the defenders game. The defender, in as a replacement for Gardner (who failed a late fitness test) is keeping tight to Bellamy and closing down quickly. England U21 midfielder Mutch sees his shot blocked by Llera and moments later has his drilled effort well saved by Kirkland."





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    In the latest in his regular meetings with SWFC fans, Owls CEO Paul Aldridge hosted approximately 40 supporters at Hillsborough this week.

    As always, Paul was full and frank with his answers to questions posed, including revealing that due to an injury that he himself has picked up, he has spent a lot of time in the physio room with the players and is confident that the squad is pulling together at this time. He also revealed that the club were in discussions with Liam Palmer regarding extending his contract at SWFC.

    When asked about the manager's position, Paul was candid in his support for Dave Jones and also stated that there were no clauses in any of our loan contracts mandating loan players to play if available for selection - and also said that whilst Milan Mandaric does not meddle in selection matters, he is a football fan and often talks with DJ and offers his opinions on performances.

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