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31 December 1969

Owls Blog - Automatic Promotion - Curses & Angels

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    As the season draws to it's conclusion Owls blogger, Ann Barker, blogs about the curses and angels of automatic promotion. Ann works in Bradford and has always supported the mighty Owls. She has a commercial pilots licence, two Springer Spaniels who go wild if you say 'Sheffield Wednesday' and she loves Chris Waddle with all her heart.

    "I’m a teacher (keep reading, I know it’s a terrible start but it gets better), it’s the Easter holidays, so what more is there to do except to worry about not getting automatic promotion? 

    But its not just about getting automatic promotion anymore is it? It’s so much more important than that, it’s about pride, dignity and showing everyone once and for all that this city is ours.

    So I have been thinking (worrying) about Sheffield Wednesday probably a bit too much lately, until yesterday that is, when an angel (again, please keep reading it gets better) came to my door. It wasn’t a white dainty feather winged angel that I may have preferred, but nevertheless it was an angel, who told me in no uncertain terms that Sheffield Wednesday will get promoted. The ‘angel’ was an unshaven white van man who was delivering a parcel and passed the information onto me when he spotted the Sheffield Wednesday dog bowl next to the front door, but it was still extremely reassuring and made me feel very happy.

    The problem we have now is that automatic is not in our hands anymore. We can win all our remaining games and we all know that we can, which means that our fate is in the hands of the enemy and all we can do is sit back and hope they slip up (like they usually do!). I am putting all my faith in MK dons who will have everything to play for and who could do us the favour we are all desperate for. Although I can’t help imagining how if we’d beaten them 10-0 in January we wouldn’t be in this mess.

    So, worst case scenario and they manage to keep up their current form, well then we’ve got a day out to Wembley! Remember the magic of Cardiff? I would never have given up that day for automatic promotion -admittedly because of the wonders of hindsight, but also because it truly was an amazing day, everyone singing their hearts out and bouncing in the sun was something we’ll never forget (was it sunny? In my mind it was but I am very aware that it could have been raining that day).

    Imagine having that day again but at Wembley, the nation watching as the mighty Sheffield Wednesday get a step closer to the league we all know we belong in. All the pain of not getting automatic promotion will be quickly forgotten and we can thank the Blunts in advance for an easy 6 points next season.

    We may have the curse of being 3rd in the league but curses (unlike angels I hasten to add) are nonsense – look what we just did to the ‘curse’ of manager of the month and the ‘curse’ of being live on Skysports. The fact is we will be going into the playoffs as the strongest side and the most on form side (at time of writing!) and that play off final, just like the city of Sheffield, will be ours.

    So, the angel/white van man is right - we are going to get promoted this year and it really is a win-win situation. If we don’t get automatic promotion we get a day out in Wembley and we have next season to prove that there’s only one team in Sheffield. If we do get automatic promotion we not only get the bragging rights but the pleasure of watching the Blunts crumble under the pressure of the play offs (again!) and we can look forward to a season of patronising and laughing at the pigs (again!).

    Keep bouncing x



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