31 December 1969

Wednesdayite Weekly - 2013/14 Issue #4

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  • The Wednesdayite Weekly: Bank Holiday Special...

    In this week's not-actually special special:

    ➤ Eddie is desperate for a win
    ➤ Have your say about S6 catering
    ➤ Ben's blog about how he'll never see us win
    ➤ Fake Tales Of Away Coach

    All this, and AN EXTRA DAY OFF WORK!



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    The traditional Wednesday slow start to the season is something we have to live with, isn't it? It's no fun starting this term doing exactly what we spent most of last season doing - waiting for Sky Sports to show the bottom half of the table, and to be honest, I'm sick of watching The Football League Show with little to cheer on a Saturday night.

    That's only part of the reason why I really think Dave Jones and the team need to demonstrate that the poor start has been more about two real tough away trips and a large dose of bad luck rather than the beginnings of another real slump in form.

    The next three games - two at home against teams hardly expected to challenge at the top, plus an away trip to a Boro team who seem to have had a mirror-image start to their season (poor performances, but some points nevertheless), should see the Owls able to give a true reflection of the combination of talent at their disposal.

    The welcome returns of mainstay Buxton (who didn't put a foot wrong against Leeds) and the iconic Reda Johnson (who looks to be ready to play the same role as terrifier of defenders as he did last season) should do wonders both in defence AND attack, allowing Jeremy Helan to push forward onto the left flank and provide pace and width that should be exploited by Nuhiu and the rest of the forward-looking contingent.

    We all know that Wednesday fans are a fickle bunch at times, and our fragile confidence in the team is reflected in the swift swings in Hillsborough attendance from nearer 30,000 when we're flying to below 20,000 when things aren't going well. That's why tomorrow and the Yeovil match are particularly important - we need to build that positive spiral between team and fans that is worth an extra goal to the Owls.

    In other news, Wednesdayite have launched their 2013 Catering Survey, to get your views on the matchday provision of food and drink at Hillsborough. Please take a look and respond - we'll reflect those views to the club.

    Up the Owls!

    Eddie Hoyland


    Once again, it 's your chance to have your say about the catering facilities at Hillsborough on match days. We had a spirited and valuable response from fans when we produced our last survey in 2011, and the club and its catering partners promised to take those views into account to better serve you, their customers. So have things improved? Are you a loyal customer of the Hillsborough catering outlets, or do you avoid them at all costs? Let us know!

    In conjunction with top fans' forum Owlstalk, we were asked to canvas opinion on the matchday catering at Hillsborough and feed back to the club and Lindley's, who provide the matchday food services to Wednesday fans. Last time out over 300 fans responded to the survey and provided a wide variety of valuable feedback on topics such as:

    • quality
    • price
    • availability
    • customer service
    • variety
    • how the offering stacked up against alternatives

    So please click below to launch the 2013 catering survey and make your voice heard! Thanks from all at Wednesdayite!



    Owls blogger Ben Wier returns to the line up at Wednesdayite.com as the 2013-14 Championship season kicks into gear, to talk about what must be a common feeling amongst those too young to remember the glory days of the 1990s.

    Ben is 21 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. Ben's first match was against Chelsea in 1998, and 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.

    "Many Wednesday fans will know of the history of the club post 1991… but this is my history, my Wednesday experience condensed into just under 1000 words. You will probably have already read a more in-depth review of the 90’s onwards, maybe not from a 21-year-old southerner’s point of view though…

    3:00am, Sunday the 5th April, 1992, Harold Wood Hospital, Romford… a moment in history that has been invisibly engraved on the soul of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club unnoticed to all. I, Benjamin John Wier, was born and forever since have ‘cursed’ Sheffield Wednesday to its core.

    Born 9 lbs 2oz, I was a rather large baby born into a loving family in Essex, with Wednesday residing in 3rd place in the then called First Division, seven points adrift of eventual league winners Leeds United. The previous year they had beaten Manchester United to win the League Cup at Wembley, 1-0. The Owls were fast becoming one of the most feared sides in the English game. How then have I, an Essex-born boy, come to scar one of the biggest clubs in English Football who ply their trade in Yorkshire?

    Well, after being raised in a small village in North East Essex, the obvious teams to support would have been either Ipswich Town or Colchester United. My Sheffield-born father though had other ideas. He had lived in Sheffield for 20 years and was surrounded by a family full of Wednesday and Sheffield United fans. He was swayed by his Uncle to be an Owl and had experienced many of the clubs lows and further lows over the years, nearly seeing Wednesday relegated to the Fourth Division in 1976 even. But by 1992, he had a team to be proud of. Things were about to change though."




    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.


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    Catering Survey

    Owls Blog

     Away Coach





    A lunchtime kick-off live on Sky with tickets costing an arm and a leg - exactly the recipe for the usually-MASSIVE Owls away support to look a bit threadbare. Still, a thousand or so Wednesdayites made their voices heard at Elland Road, especially when Kamil Zayatte gave the Owls a first half lead from a corner.

    Wednesday will be disappointed to have been pegged back, but - while Zayatte's lack of pace is a concern - few defenders could have dealt with the brilliance of Ross McCormack's touch, skinning the Wednesday centre-back and rifling home past Chris Kirkland.

    Another solid performance from the Owls - but only a solitary point to show for it.


    Wednesday have been linked with a move for Rayo Vallecano striker Andrija Delibasic.

    The 32-year-old is out of contract at the Spanish side and in the hunt for a new club.

    And now it has been reported that a move to England could be on the cards for the Montenegrin, with Wednesday holding talks about a deal.

    Delibasic was part of the Vallecano side which was promoted to the Spanish top-flight in 2011 and has scored seven goals in the two seasons since.

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