31 December 1969

Wednesdayite Weekly - 2012/13 Issue #31

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  • The Wednesdayite Weekly: Until the last ball is kicked, until the last mile is travelled...

    This Friday's funky bunch:

    • Eddie is dressing as Brian McDermott for Posh
    • Ben gets into the nuts and bolts of the run-in
    • Matt and his armchair are now a Civil Partnership
    • Away Coach: The Final Solution

    All this, and HIRSTY'S BAR IS SOLD OUT!


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    If there's one tradition that we never seem to let anyone down with, it's the Owls turning up to the last away game of the season in absolutely ridiculous numbers, and with a large amount of us dressed up like complete idiots in the name of good humour and turning the day into one big fiesta. From Honolulu Wednesday to Miguel Llera scrumcaps, we easy to spot and hard to forget - and tomorrow won't be any different.

    We're taking five thousand to London Road for our last away trip of 2012/13, which should add at least 50% to Peterborough's average gate, and with the noise and colour we usually generate, we'll go a long way to making sure this most vital of games feels like a home match to the Wednesday XI taking the pitch to hopefully take three points and ensure safety for SWFC ahead of the final match of the season.

    I'm looking forward to one of the final chances we'll get to stand on a terrace too - as from next term, every Championship team needs to have an all-seater stadium. So I'm hoping for the same mental, exuberant atmosphere that we had at Brentford last season - except this time it'll be everyone else watching on nervously as we kick off late looking to put things beyond doubt, rather than us cheering on another team to do us a favour...none of us want that stress again!

    So bring not only whatever crazy costume you fancy donning, but also your voice and passion - because whether the boys know they're safe before kick-off or whether they know they need a point or more out of Posh, singing will be mandatory! Let's show the watching world that Wednesday's away support is second to none in either numbers or noise...and then let's look forward to a final flourish in the sunshine at Hillsborough a week tomorrow.

    And in between, we've got our Hirsty's Bar event, which sold out inside four days - I can't wait to welcome every one of the 280 Owls fans who are going to pack out the South Stand's 1867 Suite on Wednesday night. Hope to see you there!

    Up The Owls!



    iconBEN'S BLOG

    Owls blogger Ben Wier returns to the line up at Wednesdayite.com as the 2012-13 Championship relegation fight draws closer to its conclusion. Ben is 20 years old and lives in Colchester, Essex and when he's not there he's in Sheffield attending the University of Sheffield where he studies Journalism.

    Ben's Dad is from Sheffield and has been a Wednesday fan, like himself, all his life. He took him to his first Wednesday game at Hillsborough during the 1998-99 season where the Owls drew 0-0 with Chelsea and despite no goals, in his own words "I was hooked". One of his favourite Wednesday goals witnessed live was Matt Hamshaw's mesmeric goal vs Watford in the League Cup Quarter Final in 2001 when we won 4-0. His favourite players over the years have been Chris Brunt, Jermaine Johnson and John-Paul McGovern.

    "After Bristol City’s relegation to League One on Tuesday night, there are now only two more relegation spots left in the Championship, current occupants are Barnsley and Huddersfield. With three games remaining (for most teams), 15 teams can still mathematically go down, but who will be joining the Robins in the 3rd tier of English football?

    With many people suggesting that 56 points will be enough to stay up (ridiculous considering you only needed 41 points last season in the Championship), 14th to 23rd are yet to reach this total. If we take a look at these teams’ final remaining fixtures, will they manage to reach the magic 56 mark?

    Well, in 14th on 55 points is Blackpool’s beach football team, their remaining fixtures are Brighton (A), Derby (H) and Bolton (A). With both Brighton and Bolton tricky games, the home game against Derby will be crucial for their survival hopes. Needing only one point to reach 56 point though, a win at home to fellow strugglers Derby could see them easily cross the line with a game to spare.

    This leads us onto Derby County in 15th, also on 55 points, who have not won in three games (all against relegation rivals). Peterborough (H), Blackpool (A), and Millwall (H) is their run-in… 3 games against further relegation rivals, could Derby be a dark horse to go down? Peterborough are currently in lightning form having not lost in 10 games, a loss at home to Posh could start a slide for the Rams. Blackpool away will also be a tricky game with the current state of the Tangerine’s pitch whilst Millwall also have 10 points from their past six away games. Every game for Derby now are 6 pointers where losing cannot be an option. County have shown great faith in Nigel Clough over the past seasons, he needs to ensure he returns the favour."




    iconMATCH BLOG

    Matt Savage is back on home turf as the Owls take on Ipswich. Well, he's always on home turf. Literally. He's at home...

    "The games are falling off the fixture lists quickly now and the season is coming to a close but will both these clubs still be in the Championship on the final whistle of the season? Ipswich Town under the stewardship of Mick McCarthy have improved and moved up the table steadily but the closeness of English footballs second tier means they aren't safe yet. The Owls are also creeping to safety but are still mathematically in danger of relegation so all 3 points for either team would be a major boost.

    The away side get proceedings underway but after just 36 seconds they're under pressure - Luke Hyam fouls Jermaine Johnson only for Danny Pugh's free-kick to be cleared by former Barnsley loanee, Frank Nouble. With barely 2 minutes on the clock, Hyam fouls J.Johnson again - this time deep in the Wednesday half. Ipswich attack on the 4th minute when Nouble whips a dangerous ball in but Owls captain Anthony Gardner claims possession and clears the ball. The 5th minute sees Town earn a corner and Jay Tabb swings a ball over to Tommy Smith who beats Chris Kirkland only for Pugh to be on the line and clear to safety.

    On the 11th minute a Giles Coke cross is met by J.Johnson whose header is saved well by Scott Loach. The next attack belongs to Ipswich and they make the most of it - a Carlos Edwards throw-in causes panic and disarray in the Owls box leaving Tabb to bundle the ball in from inside the 6 yard box. In a less than entertaining game where both sides squander possession, the visitors almost score a second goal on the 17th minute - a 20 yard effort by Hyam saved well by Kirkland before Lewis Buxton clears Tabb's corner kick. When Pugh is fouled by Nouble a minute later, a worked piece of play ends when J.Johnson sends his snapshot over the crossbar. When loanee Seyi Olofinjana sends a well placed ball over to the Jamaican moments later, the supporting striker squeezes his shot narrowly wide. Not content with his sides showing, Dave Jones makes 2 early substitutions: Steve Howard replacing Kieran Lee (who earns a reception from the crowd and applauds all 3 home sides) and minutes later J.Johnson is replaced by Chris Maguire after Ipswich put the ball out of play allowing the pulled-up winger treatment."



    iconAWAY COACH

    Sheffield Wednesday will be travelling to London Road for the Owls' Championship game v Peterborough United TOMORROW!

    As always, the last away game of the season is a carnival atmosphere and with the Owls having sold all but 200 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
    Non-members: £16.00
    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.

    This is your last chance to book - get it done now!






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    We knew that our lineup for next Wednesday's Hirsty's Bar was good - but we didn't anticipate selling out not only the initial 200 places, but another 80 emergency additional tickets...within 96 hours!

    If you're lucky enough to have a ticket for the night, then you're in for a treat, as Owls boss Dave Jones has confirmed that he'll be in attendance and bringing Messrs Bullen, Coke and Prutton along with him, and Hirsty has made sure that Zico and JP are both raring to go (mainly by promising we'll buy them a pint or two).

    Doors open at 7, with enough time to take your seat and get a drink in ready for the start of proceedings at half-past. And you won't need to leave your seat either, as we'll be bringing the pie and pea supper to table at half-time. Only with Wednesdayite do you get this kind of luxury!

    We can't wait for Wednesday night - and we hope you're ready for what will be a brilliant evening with some of the best talkers in the game!

    A reminder that all proceeds from the night go to the SWFC Academy, and we're guaranteeing that we're donating a fiver for EVERY person in attendance - so thanks to your generosity we've already raised well over £1000!


    Cap enthusiast and clear best shot-stopper in the world Chris Kirkland bagged the first of what surely won't be the only award he picks up this season, as he was named the Star & Green'Un Player Of The Year for this term.

    The honour will come as no surprise to Owls fans, as Kirkland has been a one-man highlight reel since arriving at S6, showing athleticism that few, if any, keepers in Wednesday history have been able to match.

    Congratulations to Chris from all at Wednesdayite - we're sure you'll have one or two more great saves in your collection before we end this season, and when we're happily safe in the Championship for another season, we'll have you to thank in large part!

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