31 December 1969

Wednesdayite Weekly - 2013/14 Issue #1

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  • The Wednesdayite Weekly: Guess who's back, back again....Eddie's back, tell your friends...

    To kick off the new season:

    ➤ Eddie muses on where we are relative to last time out
    ➤ Call to arms - get your membership sorted, pronto!
    ➤ I Bet The Away Coach Looks Good On The Dance Floor

    All this, and TAKEOVER CARNAGE.



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    When I wrote this article on the new Wednesdayite.com at the end of June, the off-season had been one where news out of Hillsborough had been scant and the questions posed at the end of last term hadn't yet been answered.

    Things have certainly changed since then. The key measurement of how the off-season had gone was always going to be whether we started the new season with as strong a team as the one that finished the last one - and preferably better. Let's not forget that not only had we lost key loanees who had been the core of the side, but we also had four first-choice first-teamers out of contract.

    Well, the news of Coke, Prutton, Llera and finally JJ signing up closed one half of that loop, and the brilliant permanent capture of Jeremy Helan left us only a striker or so short of keeping that second-half-of-the-season team together. And with early addition Jacques Maghoma being joined recently by the impressive Rafael Floro and out-of-the-blue signing Atdhe Nuhiu, the squad is looking pretty handy.

    I think most Owls fans would like to see one final marquee signing, either in the middle of the park or up front, but it's clear that DJ's not settling for what he's got as he's admitted to chasing the signature of Kamil Zayatte - I wouldn't bet against there being other late arrivals at S6 before we kick off. The crucial thing is that - unlike last season - the team hasn't been rebuilt from the bottom up, which should bring dividends as players pick up where they left off in 2012/13.

    Whilst QPR tomorrow will be a stern test for the Owls, I'd sooner play the relegated teams early on, before they're accustomed to life in the Championship and hopefully while they're still carrying some of the baggage of last season's disappointments. That said, a point will be a decent return for a Wednesday team that looked steady in preseason with an emphasis on building fitness rather than going out full-tilt for the win. I'd certainly take four points from the first two matches as a foundation to build a season of progress upon.

    It would be remiss of me to close out without mentioning one of the more memorable nights in recent Hillsborough history as our only home friendly of the preseason turned into scenes that brought back memories of Kaiserslautern at home in '92. Rangers came in numbers and in awesome voice (most I spoke to could only point to West Ham's following in 1986 as a better example of a truly incredible following), and I can't have been the only one who spent much of the game watching the away end in awe of their noise and colour.

    Opinions differ amongst Wednesdayites about the Glasgow giants, and many are uncomfortable that so much of what makes them such vociferous supporters stems from their sectarian rivalry with Celtic, but if their intention was to impress their hosts not only with their backing for their team but their friendliness and camaraderie with Owls fans, then they absolutely succeeded. The applause that reverberated around Hillsborough as fans paraded the flag in honour of Lee Rigby was warm and as much in respect for the Rangers fans as it was in memory of a fallen soldier. I hope that we get a chance to return the favour with a visit to Ibrox soon.

    But that's enough about preseason. The real job starts now. If you're heading to West London then roar the lads on, and if not then we'll get together once more against Burnley next weekend.

    Up the Owls!

    Eddie Hoyland


    Wednesdayite memberships for the new season are going quickly, with new members almost as numerous as renewals in our daily reports out of Wednesdayite HQ.

    We think this is going to be a great season to be an Owl, and for every Owl a Wednesdayite membership is well worth the £10 it costs...


    • Save £1 Per Match In The Wednesdayite Car Park
    • Save £2 Per Trip On The Wednesdayite Away Coach
    • Free Entry To Exclusive Members-Only Meetings 
    • Save A Minimum £1 Per Ticket To Wednesdayite Events
    • Free Entry To Our Match Day Lounge @ Niagara
    • Save 10% On Official SWFC Events At Hillsborough
    • Exclusive McDonald's Hillsborough Privilege Card
    • £2 Per Member Donated To The SWFC Community Programme
    • £2 Per Member Donated To our SMILE Tickets Scheme
    • Your Chance To Go To The SWFC Christmas Party As Guest Of Miguel Llera



    Every Wednesdayite member is entitled to all of the above, and much much more! Your membership pack will contain your 2013/14 membership card, as well as a Wednesdayite keyring, a pin badge to commemorate the season and an official Wednesdayite card holder with space for both your Wednesdayite membership card and your SWFC season ticket (or your McDonalds privilege card if you don't have a season ticket!).

    Furthermore, you will get first choice on all manner of events, offers and exclusive discounts throughout the season - watch this space!




    Our Wednesdayite Away Coach service goes from strength to strength as the Owls establish themselves in the Championship again. Any Wednesdayite who has followed the boys away from home knows that the atmosphere and passion of Wednesday's away following is second to none - and our Wednesdayite Away Coach is the perfect way to ensure that you're a part of it!

    We only use luxury coaches - we take as many as five to each match - so you can travel in comfort, a selection of food and soft drinks to keep energy levels high and raffles and quizzes to help pass the time. All of this and at very reasonable prices too - you'll struggle to get to the match and back for less!

    It is also a great way to meet other Wednesdayite members and SWFC supporters - we also offer places to non-members, at a slight extra cost - members save on average over £2 per trip!

    With pick-up points not only at the Wednesdayite Car Park, but also at conveniently-located spots near Sheffield's M1 junctions, it's convenient, family-friendly and fun for all.


    Opposition Member Non-Member
    Sat Aug 3rd
    Departs 8am
    £24 £26
    Leeds United
    Sat Aug 17th
    Departs 10:30
    £12 £14
    Sat Aug 31st
    Departs 11:15
    £15 £17









    Member Name
    *|FNAME|* *|LNAME|*

    Membership Number

    Membership Expiry





    Membership 2013/4

     Away Coach





    Actually, his name is Sammy Yu and he doesn't make fabulous shoes. Yes, it's rumour-mill time again as Milan Mandaric confirmed that his friend Sammy Yu, former vice-chair at Birmingham City, has made an expression of interest in investing in SWFC after his plan to buy the Blues fell apart.

    While the message boards and Twitter have gone into full meltdown about what sort of chap Mr Yu may or may not be, Milan has made it very clear that talks are not at any sort of advanced stage and that he is not actively looking to sell the club.

    We at Wednesdayite would like to reiterate that we take Mr Mandaric at face value when he talks about doing what's right for the club, and we will continue to place our faith and trust in him to make the right decision for SWFC.

    Just don't go selling us to any crooks, gangsters, incompetents or Blades, okay Mr Chairman?


    Wednesday's final challenge leading up to the season was the short trip to the ProAct stadium in the picturesque market town of Chesterfield to take on the Dave Allen-powered Spireites team.

    With new signing Atty Noo-he-yoo (i'm going to spell his name phonetically until we've all learnt it) starting the game, Wednesday continued to show the same combination of driving pace and whipped balls in from the flanks that had characterised the Rangers match.

    However, it was the SkyBet League Two side who took the lead through one of their players (irrelevant to me who, to be honest).

    Despite concerted Owls pressure in the second half, the Spireites looked to be holding out for a second victory on the bounce against SWFC (the last time was the precursor to our magnificent comeback to promotion in 2012) - until Chris Maguire popped up with a last-minute leveller to see Wednesday head into the new season off the back of some positive results.

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