This afternoon we welcome the supporters of Brighton and Hove Albion to Hillsborough. It has been a difficult season for The Seagulls in some respects. They started off on a bad footing when we beat them at the Falmer Stadium on the opening fixture of the season. That was Sami Hyypia's first game in charge and was a sign of things to come. Brighton hovered around the bottom 3 during the opening months of the season and just before Christmas, Sami tendered his resignation. Chris Hughton assumed the reins on 31st December and has had some notable victories already. Let's hope any revival is arrested temporarily this afternoon!
Big Jack Charlton was a great manager for SWFC. I loved the guy but to this day I think his biggest mistake as manager was not playing Charlie Williamson at left back in the 1983 F.A.Cup semi-final against Brighton at Highbury. Just before the semi-final, our regular left back, Ian Bailey, broke his leg in a 2-0 win at Bolton the previous Saturday. We had trained all week with our cover left back and natural replacement, Charlie Williamson, deputising. For some reason Big Jack decided to take Pat Heard out from the left side of our midfield and replace him with Ante Mirocevic who had been out of the team since January. Pat Heard was played at left full back, which disrupted both our defence and midfield. The rest is history as they say! It is interesting though that Charlie Williamson played every game for the rest of the season and I cannot remember Mirocevic ever playing for the Club again. I still believe we could have been walking down Wembley Way to face Manchester United in the Final if Charlie Williamson had played at Highbury and Pat Heard had been left in midfield. We will never know for sure but it was so frustrating to get so close and miss out.
SPECIAL EVENT FOR THE OWL WHO SAVED BARCELONA AND WAS KING OF REAL BETIS
Friday 27th February 2015. 7:30pm1867 Lounge, HillsboroughThe Patrick O'Connell Memorial fund, in association with Wednesdayite, invite you to a star studded night at Hillsborough on Friday, 27th February 2015, to celebrate a football legend, and former player Patrick O'Connell, who sadly to this day lies in an unmarked grave in London. Tickets and further details are available via www.wednesdayite.com
The great Johan Cruyff has kindly donated a FC Barcelona signed shirt from his era and the shirt will be raffled off on the night at the event.Obviously this is a once in a lifetime chance to win a signed shirt from a footballing genius and all-time great and it can only be won by those that attend the Event. Other shirts personally signed by other legends like Beckenbauer, Maldini, Pirlo will be auctioned.
Special guests include Jim McCalliog, Phil King, Mel Sterland, Terry Curran and many more.
All at Wednesdayite would like to express our gratitude to Milan Mandaric for all he has achieved with and done for SWFC. It is much appreciated and we would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new owners.
Peter Shaw, Wednesdayite Director