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A Legend Returns

Very welcome news: legendary Owls physio Alan Smith is back at Hillsborough!

Once again, in a season where team selection has been severely hampered by a long string of injuries, Owls chairman Lee Strafford has got right to the heart of the problem and recruited a model professional with Champions and Premier League experience, who has served under seven England managers, and of course is a Wednesdayite through and through, having worked for the club in promotion and cup-winning seasons in the top two divisions and in Europe.

Smithy told the official web site: 'I am honoured to be involved with the new regime at Sheffield Wednesday in the capacity of consultant physiotherapist.

'Brian Laws showed initiative and professionalism when he invited me down to the club at the end of December after he had been forced to travel to Cardiff City with 13 players injured and was unable to fill the substitutes bench.

'I spent two weeks conducting a consultancy report on physiotherapy within the club which was submitted to Brian, Lee Strafford, Nick Parker, and Howard Wilkinson and my suggestions have obviously been acted upon.

'I am really pleased to be able assist Sheffield Wednesday in an ongoing role with the club and I must praise Lee Strafford for his efforts in developing this aspect of the club's infrastructure. It is also nice to be working with Howard Wilkinson again, he has a wonderful track record and is without question a great asset to Sheffield Wednesday.'

A couple of weeks ago, one of the talking points on the Vital SWFC forums was 'Wouldn't it be great if we could get Alan Smith back?' Dreams do come true, it seems. Welcome back, Alan: we're sure you'll be working your particular brand of magic very soon. It's great to see you at the club again!




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Writer: Auckland Owl Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 5 2009

Time: 8:00AM

Your Comments

Really good news! So, Mr. Strafford, we've got Smithy and Wilko.. how about green and white away kits and Simple Minds 'Waterfront' back on the matchday PA?
Auckland Owl
the best physio in england with the calibre and background to prove it, an excellent move from the club again no doubt will help the infrastructure even more.
BIG TONY
Ah Simple Minds 'Waterfront'... that takes me back to the good old days! Welcome back Smithy, at last someone in the physio room with a bit of intelligence!
johnnywalker69
Lets see how many injuries we get now? Bet it's nowhere near as many we have had in the last few years!!
will it ever happen
Bout time this club have found some sense, Lets get back Pressman as GK coach and get back Pearson, waddle and hirsty as coaches,
stuart_hudson78
IMO this is another step forward.
BedfordOwl
simple minds waterfront is the best song u could have for the players coming out, cant believe they ever changed it BRING IT BACK
smiggyswfc
clutching at straws...again
bladesforlife1889
THIS GAME IS GOING TO BE BLOODY TIGHT. I THINK WE WILL WIN JUST DOWN TO YOUR VERY POOR AWAY RECORED..BUT AS WE ALL KNOW THE FORM TABLE GOES STRAIGHT OUT OF THE WINDOW IN LOCAL DERBY GAMES. ITS GOING TO BE A DETERMINED AND HARD TO BREAK DOWN WENDY SIDE FOR SURE AND LAWS WILL GET YOU LOT FIRED UP - SOMETHING WE HAVE BEEN MISSING IN RECENT DERBY GAMES. I THINK YOU WILL BE COMING FOR THE DRAW WHICH COULD PROVE TO BE DIFFICULT FOR US BUT WE OWE YOU ONE NOW. IM GOING FOR A 2-1 BLADES WIN!! WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DERBY DOUBLE? 91 YEARS AGO?
bladesforlife1889
BFL WTF has this section got to do with the derby ? And like you keep saying to any of us when we actually go on your site, go back to your own poor excuse of a site and stop bothering us with you drivel.
Skeggy Owl
when was your last trophy bfl? 1 million years ago?
johnnywalker69
 

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