31 December 1969

Wednesdayite Weekly - 2011/12 Issue #28

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  • It's the Wednesdayite Weekly - your Friday guide to everything that's going on in the world of SWFC!

    This issue's bulletpoints:

    • Welcome Dave Jones
    • Ann's Blog - the Rollercoaster of Love
    • Away Coach Update

    All this, and absolutely nothing about Mario Balotelli.

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    We're one game into the Dave Jones era at SWFC (I'm not counting his watching brief at Rochdale last weekend), so it would be remiss of us not to welcome him to Sheffield Wednesday.

    Many of us will have been present at his first match, the excellent 4-1 defeat of Bury on Tuesday night, and few Owls can say that they weren't impressed with both the setup and workrate of the Wednesday side as they showed not only steel but also a good amount of guile and craft in their play throughout. If this is a sign of things to come, it's going to be a very enjoyable two months between now and the end of the season!

    Dave has been an extremely successful and admired manager going right back to his Southampton days, and with his experience of promotion pushes with both Wolves and Cardiff, he's in the perfect position to mastermind a late surge to capture that second spot come May – furthermore, he's always built attractive, attacking teams which will undoubtedly go down well with a Hillsborough crowd weaned on the rich milk of Waddle, Sheridan et al.

    Mr Mandaric clearly thinks that he's the man for the job, and from the evidence so far, it certainly looks like Mr Mandaric could be onto something.

    Wednesdayite and the Owls fans will be giving their all to push the team on to victory in these final games – we're sure that the new manager will be instilling that same passion in the players to go out and do the business.

    Welcome to Hillsborough Dave, and here's to us all having something special to celebrate in addition to the Queen's jubilee (and England's glorious victory in Euro 2012) this summer!



    After the week's high and lows one of our new Owls Bloggers, Ann Barker, takes us through all of her emotions she's experienced in the last 6 days.

    Ann is a teacher at an academy 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.

    "After the announcement that Gary Megson had been sacked, I think it's fair to say we have all been on an emotional rollercoaster. No one likes change, it's basic human nature and basic Wednesdayite nature that we should be absolutely gutted that yet another manager has left.

    But we should be welcoming with Dave Jones with our open blue and white arms. We should be excited, optimistic and looking forward to the championship next year, if only because we don't have an option.

    I'm not going to bore you with science, but according to the Kubler Ross Grief Cycle there are seven stages we go through when given bad news, and seven emotions that I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling since I heard about Gary Megson. First we all experienced the shock stage, not after Sunday? surely he hasn't really been sacked? (and did anyone else find out in the exact same minute that Sheffield United equalised against Scunthorpe?) Life can be so cruel sometimes..."




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     Ann's Blog

     Away Coach Update



    Tuesday night was a bit of a belter all round, wasn't it? It ticked pretty much every box for Wednesday fans, with a 4-1 drubbing of Bury matched by the Blades making it three losses out of four at Walsall (especially sweet as they'd got back into the match twice before finally succumbing). Add to that a return to scoring form for both the Goal Machine and Ryan Lowe, and two crisp finishes from Micky Ants, and we all went to bed happy. The results leave us a point behind the unclean with them still having a game in hand. It's all up for grabs...


    In what proved to be a fascinating and enlightening session with thirty invited fans last night, the 'quiet man' of Hillsborough, our CEO Paul Aldridge sat down for a Q&A at S6.

    Wednesdayite chair Nigel was on hand to be part of the event, and while there was no formal reporting of proceedings, topics covered included James O'Connor (decided he wanted to leave during contract negotiations before money was even mentioned), loan signings between now and the end of the season (3 expected, with one imminent), Ben Marshall (once he'd decided he wanted more than Stoke were offering, Leicester offered him terms that were far above our valuation), the new Community venue (should it be a goer the Middlewood site will be optimised for the elite athletes) - and much more (the potential for a 'points' system for away tickets, the possibility of giving Owls fans the West Upper and Lower for the final game of the season if it's a vital match amongst them).

    Most who were there regarded the meeting as a positive one that answered many questions and showed PA to be an open, honest and frank individual who didn't swerve a question. Well done to the club for putting the event on!

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