31 December 1969

Wednesdayite Weekly - 2013/14 Issue #6

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  • The Wednesdayite Weekly: Not in prison at all.

    In this week's bumper, fun-packed missive:

    ➤ Eddie is Dave Jones' PR man
    ➤ Matt Savage is back for Brighton
    ➤ SMILE day was incredible
    ➤ Aiden reviews Donny
    ➤ Blurred Away Coach Lines

    All this, and we're NOT on TV this week.



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    I'm a relentlessly positive Owls fan. You've probably worked that out when - even though we've picked up five points from ten games, I'm still convinced that we're going to lift off at any minute.

    I still believe - and right now I've just got off the phone to a mate telling him that we've grown enough in confidence and shown enough in guile to get past a team like Ipswich. We'll see.

    But I can absolutely understand how the growing swell of ill-feeling towards Dave Jones has come about.

    A year ago, we went through an absolutely abysmal patch of the season. We couldn't buy a win - and unlike this season, we couldn't even call ourselves unlucky. We were getting beaten by teams much better than us and not turning up in vital areas of the pitch.

    This time out, we've seen leads disappear left, right and centre, we've had dodgy penalties given against us, injuries to crucial players at crucial times and even a player sent to prison. And yet last year, the fans seemed to pull behind Dave Jones, whereas this time the knives are out.

    I'm an unashamed Jones fan. I think he's a football man with an amazing strategic vision for what needs to happen to see this football club reborn. At the same time, it's clear that some of the tactical decisions made in the heat of the match have backfired. Perhaps his task at S6 is so great that he needs to devote so much time to the 'director of football' type tasks - restructuring the Academy with new coaches and philosophies, changing the training and preparation methodology of the first team squad, bringing in the development squad and ensuring that they can become a production line for new talent - that he is missed out on the training ground, not only because of his footballing brain but also because of the bond it forms with the players.

    One quick fix would be to roll the dice with some expansive, attacking football the likes of which we saw when he first arrived. However, the lack of form shown by the likes of Antonio, Helan and JJ must trouble him as much as the lack of a reliable striker to get on the end of balls.

    One thing's for certain - the Hillsborough crowd is as difficult to judge as it is critical to prepare for. Sometimes when our backs are to the wall they are vociferous in support of the team, no matter how poorly they play. And often they reserve their loudest boos for flat, ineffective play rather than individual errors.

    If I had one message to DJ it would be to - even if it means risking getting hit on the break - make sure the team rides on each wave of backing from the crowd. Commit to pressing higher if a few phases of play go our way, and let's try to ram home our advantage. The crowd will be with you if you do.

    As always, let's sing our hearts out tomorrow and let the recriminations wait until Praise or Grumble...

    Up the Owls!

    Eddie Hoyland



    Saturday's match against Doncaster was our first SMILE match of the season and saw 19 guests from the Sheffield Royal Society For The Blind come to Hillsborough as our guests for a ground tour, photo shoot and to watch the game.

    SMILE is Wednesdayite’s popular and long-running scheme whereby we use proceeds from our many events to reward local organizations and deserving Wednesday fans with tickets to watch the Owls. We’ve raised over £10000 in the last five years and made hundreds of fans SMILE with a free trip to see Wednesday at the home of Sheffield football.

    Thanks to another record donation total raised this season we are proud to be partnering with the club and SWFC Community to host several SMILE Tickets days throughout the season, with more fans than ever being part of the fun.

    As our Chair, Nigel Short, puts it “SMILE is the thing we’re most proud of at Wednesdayite. Working together with the club and the community programme to help spread the SWFC name and reaching out to show that the Owls are an active and passionate part of our local community is exactly what a fans’ group like Wednesdayite should be doing. We’re thrilled that our SRSB guests are here for the match and can’t wait to put more SMILEs on faces this season!”

    Saturday's SMILE guests were hosted by Wednesdayite director Richard Davies (and his two Owls-mad sons!) – who made sure that the experience was something special for all our blind and partially-sighted guests and their helpers.

    Our guests were then given a ground tour, bumping into some of the Owls players and staff on their way, and finished up on the Hillsborough pitch with mascots Ozzie and Barney and representatives from the SWFC Community team!

    In addition, the Owls team warmed up with the special Wednesdayite/SRSB t-shirts, showing their support for this worthwhile cause!

    Sue Coggin, Fundraising Manager from SRSB, said "Thank you so much for your support at the SWFC Match on Saturday. Our clients had a wonderful time we have had some great feedback from them all. I have had texts, voice mails all saying how good it was you made them feel very special."

    SMILE is running all season and is available to all deserving Wednesday fans, whether they are suffering through illness, have prioritised looking after family members or helping in the community over going to matches or even who struggle to make matches due to financial reasons. Apply or nominate for tickets by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via Twitter @wednesdayite.




    Aiden Cusick returns to feature on Wednesdayite.com. Aiden is a 22-year-old wannabe sports journalist with an obsession for Sheffield Wednesday and in his own words "talks a good game, plays like Kim Olsen."

    Aiden's second blog for the site is a review of last weekend's home defeat against Donny.

    "Must be nice being a Donny fan: No scramble for away tickets and a sit down in the Leppings Lane sun before a short journey back up the M18 - throat in tact – with three points in the bag.

    A solitary strike from Federico Macheda was enough to seal Saturday’s all-South Yorkshire encounter at Hillsborough, though that scoreline seemed unlikely for much of the game leading up to it.

    At first it appeared we’d done enough; I dug out my lucky boxers, we parked in our lucky spot and consumed our lucky pre-match refreshments - courtesy of Legends and Beres respectively. But despite our best efforts, Macheda’s strike 19 minutes from time was enough to condemn The Owls to a place in the bottom three.

    Wednesday were still searching for their first win going in to the game and naturally, there were moments where The Owls looked devoid of confidence but despite that, Dave Jones’ strugglers showed numerous signs of improvement.

    New recruits Roger Johnson and Stephen McPhail looked much more at home in the Hillsborough sun following last weekend’s drubbing in the second city, and the former’s insistence on playing the ball to his one-time Cardiff City teammate at any available opportunity was refreshing to see.

    McPhail, without a club since leaving The Bluebirds (Redbirds?) at the end of last season, was the stand-out player in a Wednesday midfield not used to seeing much – if any – of the ball in recent games, or in fact seasons.

    But the first real chance was created by a more familiar outlet; Michail Antonio, back on the right following a number of games playing God knows where, saw his low cross sliced in to the path of Atdhe Nuhui by Owls’ old boy Rob Jones, but the big Austrian struggled to get his shot away and saw his eventual effort blocked by a defender.

    Wednesday were looking the hungrier of the two sides and hard-working Nuhiu went close again before Jermaine Johnson wasted a promising counter-attack, opting to connect acrobatically with Antonio’s pinpoint through ball despite being free of the last defender, though he did manage to hit the target – albeit tamely – which will have surprised many of the 21,000 people inside Hillsborough.

    Half-time passed largely incident free, although I almost fell down the North Stand stairs when the fella on the row behind me announced to his mate that Tony Currie was picking out the day’s 50-50 winners. It wasn’t him, obviously."




    Matt Savage has built up quite a following for his blog, which meticulously - and ever more full of pictures and details - records the Owls' progress match by match from his armchair.

    This time out, he's dealing with Tuesday's trip down to the Amex

    "A 1-0 home defeat to local rivals Doncaster Rovers after a good performance had Wednesday fans optimistic that their first win of the season was just around the corner. In their way was a Brighton side that lost their last outing - falling to a 2-0 reverse to Ipswich Town. With the return of top scorer Leonardo Ulloa and the Owls languishing at the relegation zone, home fans were expecting a 3 point return come full-time.

    'The Massive' at Brighton. An early foul on Jose Semedo, back in the side replacing David Prutton, by Bruno is quickly followed up by fouls on Roger Johnson, Semedo again and Lewis Buxton as neither side can gain any momentum in a slow start. The first chance of the game comes in the 16th minute when Brighton earn a corner kick following good defensive work by Buxton, back from injury - but the set-piece is wasted and Chris Kirkland remains untested. In the 23rd minute a cross by Inigo Calderon is met by Andrew Crofts whose right-footed shot is blocked and cleared as the Wednesday back line look resilient. When Stephen McPhail concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position, fouling Ulloa that resilience looks to be tested. As the set-piece is crossed in Ulloa out-jumps his marker and heads the ball on, only for Crofts to rifle a right-footed shot high over the crossbar in a let off for the Owls.




    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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    In the end of a very depressing and sorry tale, Gary Madine was today sentenced to 18 months in jail for two assaults in Sheffield city centre.

    Madine was convicted of hitting Daniel Beresford in the Paris Bar in February 2012 and, four weeks later, attacking Reece Hall in the Viper Rooms, Leeds Crown Court heard.

    His solicitor said he had thrown away his talent due to "drink, childish behaviour and a temper problem".

    Judge Rodney Jameson QC sentenced the Owls striker, who has a previous conviction for assault, to 12 months for causing Mr Hall grievous bodily harm and six months for causing Mr Beresford actual bodily harm.

    SWFC have at time of writing yet to release a statement, although one is expected in due course.

    ITV's Calendar approached Wednesdayite for an interview, but Chair Nigel declined, saying that he will only work with the BBC these days, and he's still upset about War Of The Monster Trucks.


    It was heartbreaking for Wednesday on Tuesday night as they held on to a 1-0 lead right into the final few minutes against Brighton before conceding and failing to close out the club's first win of the season.

    It had been brighter at half-time as loan striker Matty Fryatt gave the Owls the lead just before the break after the Owls had weathered furious Brighton pressure for most of the first half.

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