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Poor Relations, Rich Reward

Kenny's in no man's land.. the ball falls to Watson.. ohhhh, exquisite! Steve Watson sends Wednesday into raptures! Lovely: I'll be replaying that video again and again, for quite some time to come. I was pretty confident I'd have a happy weekend, but I didn't want to shout it from the rooftops, that's not quite my style. Other folks have a different way of going about things, however.

''Only just over a week to go, beginning to look forward to the day. 5500 Blades in the West Stand (shame SY Police dont let us have the corner as well) plastic inflatable pigs, red & white balloons everywhere, every song in the book being sung especially 'No Pig Fans in Town' Remember Tongs top corner free kick, Akinbadbuys goal, try to forget last seasons gutless performance. Beatts is fit again, Billy will run em ragged, you'll never beat the Killa! COME ON YOU RED & WHITE WIZAAAAARRRRDS''

''I'm really really confident today and i think we will hammer them. it will be difficult to start with but with beats and sharp up front, howard, speed, and quinn in the heart of the midfield and the best deffence in the division we should romp this today. im going for 4-1 blades (beats hatrick and sharp in front of a packed leppings lane end) PAYBACK TIME YOU POOR RELATION PIGS!!!''

''Head-To-Head: Wednesday wins: 38 United wins: 44 Draws: 38 Read and weep little piggies, the biggest and better team in Sheffield have the better head to head over the years. How many years since you last did the double of us? Over 90, soon to be 100. Enjoy the match.''

Believe me, I enjoyed it. I really did.

Because we'd had it in the neck all week on this very web site from the naysayers and the non-believers. We'd had both platitudes and smirking self-confidence from the United manager on Football Heaven. We'd had claptrap disguised as journalism in one of the nation's biggest newspapers. So it was perfectly set up for it all to come crashing down round the Blades ears, and so it proved.

My heart sank when Kilgallon was sent off. I'm not going to trot out the old 'it would have been much better to beat a full team' line here. No, my heart sank because I knew that when we won, it would be all down to the referee: all Mike Dean's fault that the Blades lost, the handy excuse for Blades everywhere would be that the man in black has done the business for Wednesday.

But to use that excuse denigrates the Owls energy, effort, commitment and desire. It puts aside the perfectly pitched psychological battle won once again by the redoubtable Brian Laws (who really has got the hang of these occasions now). It conveniently ignores the fact Kenny was moving and off his line before the penalty was taken to illegally keep the deficit to one goal. It denies that the match-winning moment was a delightful touch of genuine class.

I grant you, the Blades are well off, well run and well supported. I'll give you that. Unlike the Owls, they have a chairman. They have a star centre forward possibly worth more than the Owls entire squad (ok, he was marked into anonymity on Sunday by an eighteen year old, but he's worth a few bob). They have a manager who tries to talk the talk AND walk the walk, which must be a great relief to United after the previous incumbent (note to Kevin Blackwell: you should wear a suit, you're the boss, not one of the lads).

Yep, they're well off, well run, well supported and... well beaten. The Blades a better team? Not on that showing.

Not until they can wrest control of the Sheffield derby from the gleeful grasp of Brian Laws and his blue and white wizards.




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Writer: Auckland Owl Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 20 2008

Time: 12:00PM

Your Comments

nice one auckland, the truth will hurt and when the comments are re-digested by our piggy neighbours then it might just make them realise what a self pompous bunch of blinkered clots they have made themsleves look, UP THE MIGHTY OWLS
dbblue
Both clubs are over 100 years old and are going to have spells where they are better than the other. Wednesday dominated the 80's, 90's and early 00's. During that time they got to 3 major domestic finals and won one, finished 3rd in the top flight and played in Europe. United have been the best team for the past 7/8 years during which time they have managed 1 season in the prem before getting relegated. The only real achievement is finishing above Wednesday in the league which is not much of a benchmark. All this poor relations because of the league positions and having higher attendances for the past 2 years only is embarrassing from a Utd point of view and very desperate. Although looking a bit dated Hillsborough is still the biggest and best stadium. Wednesday went for it in the nineties and financially imploded, leaving lots of great memories but a big hangover. What have Utd fans to remember over the past lifetime. - Not even a cup final. Everytime they have been to the big stage (Cardiff or Wembley) they have lost. Now they can't even beat a wednesday side that cost practically nothing with a 7m strikeforce. Still its always somebody elses fault. This time it was the ref, last time it was tevez
Radon Barrier
Excellent article! More of the same come Feb!
welshyowl
Doesn't matter what the reality is, in the blunts' eyes it will always be "someone elses fault". The sooner they accept the truth - that their team & club isn't as big/good as they think it is, the better off they'll be. BTW, anyone recognise the irony of yesterday's ref? He was the same guy who refereed their match against Wigan, the day they were relegated! Not even the blunts have picked up on that one .... yet!
US Owl
Killgallon was diving in for the first twenty mins I wasnt at all suprised he got sent off. Dont put your foot half way up a players ribs dont get sent off, dont loose to wigan dont go down its that simple. Lawsy obviously built up the game perfectly he still made sure the players had the heart and desire to win but calmed our lads down enough to keep eleven men and keep control for 90 mins. After Blackwell's childish Braveheart war cries all week Im thankfull and proud we have King Brian he always achieves when we need him to
jazz1867
And to any blades i think the attendances were lower than they might have been because our club has a responsibility to make sure every fan in the the home stands had to be on a database which makes sure that every young fan is safe. The alternative is to let anyone in the kop and crowd issues like at your place with no control and young children in and amongst it .
jazz1867
what a load of garbage!! shut up to muppets.
bladesforlife1889
haha, sourgrapes bfl, love it!
johnnywalker69
does anyone know of a link to a website showing the goal? Can't find it on youtube
Norman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNGeWIM99eg
Auckland Owl
maybe bfl is reffering to his shower from the lane
wesp
1-4 bfl??? you were half right
wesp
 

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