Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

Blast From The Past - 1998

Blast From The Past - 1998

Mid-November, and the beleaguered Owls manager Danny Wilson must have looked at the fixture list in dismay.

Put out of the League Cup in September by Cambridge United, still suffering from the ructions over the Di Canio/Allcock incident with no win in the six games since that fateful day. There was no relief in sight: next up was a home tie against high-flying Manchester United.

In his programme notes, Wilson may have been preaching that Wednesday were unlucky but they couldn't buy a goal at that point in the season. All that was to change. Maybe it was luck, maybe United had one eye on an upcoming Champions League clash with Spanish giants Barcelona, but they were to leave Hillsborough distraught. Of the 36 games Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke started in tandem that season, banging in 53 goals between them, this was the only one Manchester United lost.

The catalyst for an unlikely win was one of Wednesday's favourite Swedes, Niclas Alexandersson. A £750k signing from IFK Gothenburg, he brightened up the team with classy commitment and no little skill. This was perhaps his most memorable game in blue and white.

Wednesday started the brighter, pressing United and very much on the front foot. The match-turning incident was an uncharacteristic Peter Schmeichel fluff on the quarter-hour - Alexandersson's 20 yard pot-shot prompting a spot of juggling from the big Danish keeper who ended up in the net. Unfortunately for him, so did the ball.

United struck back in fine style, Cole rounding Srnicek following an incisive pass from Yorke to slide the ball home on the half hour to further embarrass England boss Glenn Hoddle with his eighth of the season (Hoddle had openly doubted Cole's abilities and left him out of the World Cup squad for 1998).

Referee David Elleray then infuriated the travelling support by turning down a penalty appeal, Irwin tangling with the ubiquitous Alexandersson, but the man in black waved away the protesting United players. The end of the half saw the Reds' best spell of the match. Yorke and Cole got in each other's way for the same cross, and both were ignored a few moments later by a rampaging Jaap Stam, who chose to shoot when a pass to a striker may have been the better option. However. Srnicek was equal to the big defender's 20 yard drive. Scholes then handled the ball into the net and was booked for his troubles, and maybe Wednesday were fortunate to go in at the break all square.

No real change until the 55th minute, when the game finally swung Wednesday's way as Wim Jonk's first goal for the Owls lit up Hillsborough. Sonner fed Alexandersson out wide, who supplied a first time cross pinpointing Andy Booth, who was unfortunate to see Schmeichel pull off a point-blank save. The rebound however fell kindly to Jonk who rammed home from six yards to start the celebrations.

In the 73rd minute, the Owls made the game safe when who else but Niclas Alexandersson charged down an attempted Stam clearance, rounded Schmeichel and sealed the three points for Wednesday.

Alex Ferguson admitted: 'That was a poor performance from us today. We were unrecognisable. We were giving the ball away in the first half and that gave them plenty of encouragement. Sheffield Wednesday deserve their victory. Although we grabbed an equaliser and improved slightly after that, once the second goal went in it was down hill from then on.. there were mistakes everywhere and only Jaap Stam performed to the standards you expect of a Manchester player.'

A relieved Danny Wilson acknowledged Wednesday's luck when the ball ran kindly for the second half goals: 'We worked hard for this result today. We took the game to Manchester United and we had that rub of the green which has been lacking over the last month, but we earned it. Hopefully, we will grow in confidence from this performance, particularly as we've a massive game against Chelsea next week in which we don't want all our hard work to come unstuck.'

Understandably he was delighted with Wednesday's Swedish international - 'Niclas is a shy, quiet, unassuming lad, but he is terrific to work with. He's a fantastic pro and he fully deserved both of his goals today.'

Sheffield Wednesday: Srnicek, Atherton, Walker, Thome, Hinchcliffe, Rudi, Sonner, Jonk, Alexandersson, Carbone, Booth.
Subs not used: Clarke, Sanetti, Humphreys, Stefanovic, Magilton.

Manchester United: Schmeichel, Neville, Stam, Keane (Solskjaer 83), Irwin (Brown 66), Beckham, Neville, Scholes, Blomqvist (Butt 58), Cole, Yorke.
Subs not used: Van Der Gouw, Berg.

Attendance: 39475



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Auckland Owl
Date:Friday September 4 2009
Time: 10:00AM

Comments

0
Happy Birthday Sheffield Wednesday ..................... 142 years old today (Sept 4th)
Handsworth Owl
04/09/2009 11:31:00
0
I remember it like it was yesterday!
pob
04/09/2009 11:53:00
0
I watched that game with a man utd fan. He was from Dublin obviously.
Radon Barrier
04/09/2009 13:27:00
0
i was there that special day,hillsborough was bouncing,bloody brilliant!!!!
carlton owl
04/09/2009 13:55:00
0
niclas was brilliant for wednesday, goal scoring midfielder was never the same though when he went to everton
BIG TONY
04/09/2009 16:57:00
0
just check the attendance
ozzietheowl
04/09/2009 18:46:00
0
Was it really nearly 11 years ago!
CLIFFANDJ
04/09/2009 19:18:00
0
I wrote it and tried to do a good job, getting my facts straight and all that.. and only then I thought "11 years. Blimey." A good memory from that season.
Auckland Owl
05/09/2009 10:42:00
0
I'll always remember a comment made by a sky sports pundit during this season.... "peter atherton, currently the best uncapped defender in england" My mates gave me so much stick everytime I would mention it
Norman
05/09/2009 11:31:00
0
God, really... 11 years i was 14 years old n sat on the kop, this is probably my most treasured league game
homerj
12/03/2010 08:47:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (24/4/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for 2016/17.

Twitter Reactions: Owls End Rams' Run

We look at the latest Twitter reaction following the Owls' 2-1 over Derby.

Vital Match Reaction - Fletcher States Owls Have Momentum

Fletcher focused on Owls going again to earn a high Championship finish!

Vital Match Reaction - Bullen Praise All Of Owls Team

#TeamOwls for Bullen as he focused praise on the unit not an individual after beating Rams

Archived Vital Wednesday Articles

Vital Wednesday articles from

Site Journalists

Ed Jepson
Editor email
Profile
Tom Sellers
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who'll miss out on the Playoffs?
Suggested By: Vital Wednesday
Leeds95%
Reading0%
Fulham5%
Wednesday0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 44 28 8 8 92 35
P Newcastle 44 27 7 10 88 40
3 Huddersfield 44 25 6 13 81 3
4 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
5 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
6 Fulham 44 21 13 10 76 27
7 Leeds Utd 44 22 7 15 73 14
8 Norwich 44 19 9 16 66 12
9 Brentford 44 18 9 17 63 12
10 Derby County 44 17 12 15 63 2
11 Preston 44 16 13 15 61 2
12 Aston Villa 44 16 13 15 61 0
13 Cardiff 44 16 11 17 59 -2
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 44 15 10 19 55 -3
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
21 Birmingham 44 11 14 19 47 -22
22 Blackburn 44 10 15 19 45 -15
23 Wigan 44 10 11 23 41 -16
R Rotherham 44 5 6 33 21 -58
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2017 12:00PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dooleys left leg4
Vital Football Comment