Hundreds of Owls fans and Wednesdayite members have enjoyed our Hirsty's Bar events over the past few seasons. From Strikers' Night to the Skippers Special, every time Hirsty assembles his drinking crew, Owls fans are guaranteed an entertaining and informative night of laughs, tales and of course a brilliant pie and pea supper!
However, we may just have outdone ourselves with our event coming up soon - very soon in fact, as it's a week on Wednesday - May 1st, in between the vital Peterborough and Middlesbrough matches.
Not only will Owls supremo Dave Jones be Hirsty's special guest, but he'll be bringing our current midfield pairing of Giles Coke and David Prutton to give their views on the end of what has been a crazy, roller-coaster ride of a season.
If that's not enough for you, then you can enjoy the thoughts of Development Squad boss and Hillsborough hero Lee Bullen, as well as a fellow Owls legend who keeps a close eye on things at S6 in his regular programme column, Mel 'Zico' Sterland.
With Hirsty himself sure to chip in with plenty of banter with his former Southampton gaffer, and the considerable talents of yet another Owls great holding things together in the form of MC John Pearson, this has to be the most star-packed lineup we've ever put together!
Of course, we'll be feeding you as well, with pies and peas aplenty, and there will be the chance to win signed Owls shirts and memorabilia on the night too.
The reason for putting on such a great event is simple - it's with the aim of raising enough money to purchase some cutting-edge and much-needed medical and sports science equipment for the Owls of the future in the SWFC Academy.
All proceeds from the night are going to the Academy, with Wednesdayite guaranteeing that we will donate £5 to the Academy for every ticket sold.
So how much does this event cost? Well, that's the best bit. Wednesdayite members can get admission, a pie and pea supper and know that £5 is being donated straight to the Academy for...A FIVER.
That's right - we're so passionate about this cause that we're footing the bill for the entire shebang to say thank you to our members for making 2012/13 another season to remember!
For non-members it's still a brilliant deal at only a tenner a ticket - and the same applies, so £5 is guaranteed to go straight to the SWFC Academy.
Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
We want to make this our biggest and best Hirsty's Bar yet - and we know we can pack out the 1867 Lounge with our great members and the wider Owls fanbase. So get involved and get your tickets today! It's only 12 days away, and ticket sales close at 5pm on Friday 26th April - which is a week from today!
For only a fiver, there's simply no better way to spend an evening. So dig deep and let's help to deliver the next generation of Owls stars the best start in their careers!
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! NOW! NOW!
Three games left then, and despite the week bringing a defeat and a goalless draw, the spirits of the Owls faithful don't seem to be dented heading into the final stanza.
The manner of our capitulation at Leeds was annoying at first, but a strong finish to the game could well have earned us a deserved point. Then, away on a beach of a pitch at Bloomfield Road, the Owls came away with a clean sheet in an end-to-end game where earlier in the season we'd have been hit with a sucker punch late on.
Let's be honest here. Four points from three straight away games is a handsome return, and with two out of the final three games being at Fortress Hillsborough, we have to take confidence and resolve to finish the job. It's perhaps symptomatic of this crazy season that Tuesday night saw teams below us get maximum points against Hull, Watford and Palace, but while it meant that our cushion was reduced, it actually benefits Wednesday as it keeps teams immediately above us still in the battle for survival.
Tomorrow is a tough test against an Ipswich team that, like us, have seen a significant upturn in form since the New Year. But with the vociferous backing of a big Hillsborough crowd, we could be sitting all but safe by 5pm. Play your part and get to the match - and give the lads your full backing. We've proved that we're more than good enough to stay up. Let's seize safety now.
Up The Owls!
SWFC ARMCHAIR BLOG: LEEDS
Leeds fans came into Matt Savage's house and tipped over his armchair earlier this season. HE WANTS REVENGE.
"This Yorkshire derby comes with both sides in need of points to avoid slipping down a compact league table into potential trouble. After the explosive earlier season encounter and the appointment of a new Leeds manager, tensions were high as bragging rights were up for grabs as well as the vital 3 points. As the early kick off approaches, a somewhat less than capacity Elland Road anticipates a massive 90 minutes for both the Yorkshire sides.
The games first action comes on the 3rd minute when Jermaine Johnson fouls Paul Green whilst jostling for position and after 4mins Luke Varney has the first shot of the match, his right-footed shot sailing wide. As the away fans create the atmosphere, their players commit 2 further fouls - Giles Coke fouling David Norris and then Reda Johnson fouls highly-rated defender Sam Byram. With neither side able to get a foothold on the ball in the opening exchanges, 14mins in and Varney is penalised for handball whilst in an advanced position. Barely a minute later though and when Miguel Llera fouls Steve Morrison, a Rodolph Austin free-kick flies wide to the relief of the Wednesday back line. The home side are making the most of the ball now and David Prutton does well to block an Adam Drury cross before Austin again lets fly from distance with the same result as his free-kick.
Looking to fight back, the Owls earn 2 free-kicks in quick succession. First a foul by Ross McCormack on Jeremy Hélan then Jason Pearce upends Leroy Lita. Sheffield Wednesday keeper and nominee for player of the season, Chris Kirkland claims a 21st minute cross by Morrison before a quick counter attack ends when Paddy Kenny claims a floated R.Johnson cross. When J.Johnson commits 2 fouls in a matter of minutes, his second one results in a yellow card as Stephen Warnock picks himself up. The towering defence of Wednesday stand up well to the crosses into the box and when Drury drops a ball in - Anthony Gardner is underneath it to clear. The 26th minute I a pivotal one as Austin is found in the box but somehow lashes his effort over the crossbar and from the very next attack, Hélan feeds the ball to the in-form J.Johnson and the Jamaican international chips the ball over former Sheffield United keeper' Kenny from the edge of the box to give the Owls a 0-1 lead and send the travelling fans into raptures. With the goal comes an increase of volume, deafening as usual from the Owls away support."
READ THE REST OF MATT'S MUSINGS
AWAY COACH - LAST AWAY TRIP NOW TAKING BOOKINGS!
Sheffield Wednesday will be travelling to London Road for the Owls' Championship game v Peterborough United next Saturday 27th April 2013.
As always, the last away game of the season is a carnival atmosphere and with the Owls having sold over 4000 of their 5000 tickets, the chance to be part of it is running out! And if you've got your ticket, there's no better way to get down there than on our brilliant Away Coach service!
Kick off is at 5:20pm and a Wednesdayite Coach service will be departing from the Wednesdayite Car Park, Penistone Road (Opposite the Kop at Hillsborough) at 1:00pm prompt.
Prices for this journey are:
Wednesdayite Adult Members: £14.00
Wednesdayite Junior Members: £13.00
Junior Non-members: £15.00
There are three pick up points for this trip:*
Pick Up 1 - 1:00pm - Wednesdayite Car Park, Penistone Road,
Pick Up 2 - 1:25pm - Aston - opposite Aston fire station off Jct 31 M1
Pick Up 3 - 1:30pm - Barlborough Lay By off Jct 30 M1
*When booking please confirm your pick up point.
Please note STRICTLY no parking at Aston fire Station, parking is available on the other side of Worksop Road in the layby.
Our previous coaches have sold out quickly and therefore we urge you to book early.
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