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31 December 1969

Owls Blog - Who Really Is Englands No.1?

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    To start the week we welcome a new Owls blogger to Wednesdayite.com and without further a do, we'll hand over to John to introduce himself; 
    "My name is John Patterson, I have followed Wednesday since I was a young lad, growing up I was a Newcastle United fan but was converted to Sheffield Wednesday in 2001 when I attended my first game.  Unfortunately for me just after our last Premier League season so as of yet have never been to a Premier League match but hopefully if Wednesday continue with the great start to this season I will get to see one in the near future, fingers crossed.

    Saturday 17th March 2001 was my first ever Sheffield Wednesday match, as the teams enter onto the pitch a booming rendition of 'England's, England's No.1, England's No.1' as I look down towards the pitch a certain Mr Kevin Pressman has his hands raised and is applauding all the fans, as usual he put in an ever impressive performance, already know as a legend to most of the Wednesdayites who had know him ever since joining the club in 1987.

    He quickly became one of my favourite players and also became the chant which I heard ring around Hillsborough most often as he produced some fine saves and kept Wednesday in many matches. The biggest performances of his career though came against our Steel City neighbours Sheffield United, he would be almost guaranteed to be man of the match pulling off save after save. However there were a few afternoons he would probably rather forget such as the 22nd September 2001 against now Premier League champions Manchester City, when Wednesday were beaten 6-2 or even the 29th December 2001 when Norwich City beat us 5-0 but on either occasion did Wednesday turn there back on him, well does half of the Kop singing where gonna win 6-5 in the 89th minute against Norwich answer that question.

    Although during his 478 apperances for Wednesday he never actually become 'England's no.1' he did manage an England U-21 cap in 1988 and 3 England B caps between 1994-1998, he was also called up to many England senior squads but never attained a cap. His career was almost over before it began though suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in 1990 keeping him out of action for 8 months and wondering if he would ever win his 1st team place back from Chris Turner. Indeed he did and played for Wednesday until 2004 when he signed for various teams including Leeds United and Leicester City.

    Kevin Pressman will be fondly remember by most Wednesday fans as one of our best goalkeepers ever but with the club finally moving in the right direction for the 1st time in 10 years there maybe chance to see more England No.1's, at the minute we have Chris Kirkland, granted he may only have 1 cap but its a sign that we can still capture a high calibre of goalkeeper, along with Nicky Weaver and Steven Bywater admittedly only having U-21's experience we have 3 goalkeepers which im sure most Championship sides would be delighted to have.


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