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31 December 1969

Owls Blog - SMILE Lord Hillsborough

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    Lord Hillsborough recently attended the Steel City derby versus Sheffield United, not as you may think as a VIP, but as a guest of our SMILE tickets scheme.
    The Lord tells us about his day and a little but about SMILE with his latest blog for Wednesdayite.com


    "Pip pip Chaps and Chapettes, and once again thank you for joining me for my lordly ramblings.

    I would like to start off with a confession, there is no getting around it, and I would like to be utterly honest with my fellow Wednesdayites.

    I, the Lord of Hillsborough, have fallen on hard times.

    I would like to assure you that this is through no fault of my own. I do live rather a humble life style. I don't throw money about on partridge stuffed with peacock tongue, fur lined undergarments or any of the usual Lordly caper.

    Every Lord is issued with a Jeeves as standard by the Lords Council and is expected to make it last for as long as possible. Lording isn't the money spinner it used to be which is why you don't see many about. And the recent financial climate has forced me to make sacrifices that I would otherwise not consider.

    This is why, this season I have been tweeting during games rather that attending. And although I would rather be at the games I'm more than happy tweeting with the online Wednesdayites.

    There I said it, it's all out in the open and I feel much better. I do hope you won't judge me too harshly, but the fact remains that I'm not the only one.

    So imagine my utter delight when I was contacted by Helen Hudson of Wednesdayite (@Alienwoman12 on twitter) to invite Little Lord H and I to the Steel City Derby as a guest of the SMILE Ticket scheme.

    This is a scheme that has been run by Wednesdayite since 2006 and helps disadvantages and deserving Owls fans and their family's to attend games.

    "My word Jeeves" I said "can you imagine the joy this will bring to Little Lord H. The young lad will be beside himself.”

    And indeed he was!!!

    Why, Jeeves had to sit on the little fellow to avoid him running through a wall. And trying to get him to go to bed on Derby Day eve was damn near impossible!

    But soon enough the day arrived and we headed off to the Wednesdayite Lounge to pick our tickets up. I must admit to being very impressed with the place. Oodles of Owls drinking, chatting, eating and generally having a whale of a time. There were children outside playing football whilst their parents sipped nervously inside, all speculating about the battle to come.

    I was very pleased to be able to put a faces to names that I had been conversing with for some time when I had the utter pleasure to meet Miss Hudson and her extraordinarily sweet daughter Daisy! And then, the not quite as sweet but still toughly charming, Director of Communications for Wednesdayite Rich Davies (@dickyowl on Twitter).

    But all too soon it was time to head off to find our seats for the game.

    Now, I could give you a blow by blow account of a wonderful derby game. I could try to describe the utter elation of being part of a full Hillsborough. I could tell tales of goose bumps, hearts in mouths and pure unadulterated joy! But I shall leave the telling of such tails to far finer reporters than myself.

    I shall however mention that I had worn my finest bouncing trousers to the match and due to some rather hard usage during the game Jeeves had a job on to restore them to their former glory when I returned home.

    So my son and I were able to have a wonderful day all down to the hard work of the Wednesdayite SMILE ticket scheme. And for that I can't thank them enough.

    Of course this scheme can only exist due to, not only the fine work of Wednesdayite, but the kind donations of Owls fans. Last season a massive £3,500 was raised that enabled Wednesdayite to purchase 18 season tickets for SMILE.

    I'm sure you will agree that this is a truly spiffing scheme, but of course it can only flourish through the kind donations of the Owls Fans.

    Now, as I have explained, I am aware of the hard times everyone is suffering at the moment. However, should you find that you have a few extra shekels in the bottom of your pocket I urge all Owls out there to please donate to this wonderful scheme.

    Or if you would like to nominate anyone to receive SMILE tickets, there are links to follow at the bottom of the page.

    It would be very remiss of me not to quickly mention our change in management. All I can say is "The King is dead, long live the King"

    No one can doubt the pride and hard work Mr Megson put in to our club. I for one shall miss him, although I'm sure Jeeves won't miss cleaning the Ginger hair die from out of the bath.

    But the fact remains, we need to get behind the club, the badge and the chaps regardless of whom is at the helm.

    I would like to welcome Dave Jones to our club, and remind him that under no circumstances must anyone have a bigger locker than mine.

    Leave it at home Dave old boy, And Jolly good luck!

    Well that's it from Jeeves and I.

    Thank you one again for reading and please do have a poke around at the SMILE tickets webpage. This really is a spiffing scheme and utterly deserving of any spare lolly you may be able to donate!

    After all, We're all Wednesday aren't we? Even us poor Lords!"

    Follow me on Twitter @Ld_Hillsborough

    Up the Owls!
    Lord Hillsborough 

    SMILE Tickets Webpage: http://www.wednesdayite.com/smile


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