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To Boo Or Not To Boo...

To boo or not to boo? That is the question most Wednesdayites have been asking since the 2-1 reverse against Preston North End on Tuesday night.

No not the performance, not the team as a whole - hey, Wednesday played well and should have been home and dry by half-time against North End - but individual players.

No surprises for guessing, were you not in attendance, which player got that special booing treatment at S6 on Tuesday.

That's right, Francis Jeffers.

It must have been a real boost for him coming on to a chorus of booing from the home support, at a time when Wednesday were desperately trying to get at least a point from the match.

Note the sense of sarcasm there.

I don't agree with booing players, not when they're wearing the blue and white of the Owls, and in Jeffers' case, it seems even more pointless, but to do it when we're chasing the game, and we've brought the aforementioned player on to help us get something from the game.

He did wrong at Port Vale, and the club did the right thing in fining him for his attack on his opposite number in the League Cup tie, whether it was right to also slap him on the transfer market at the same time is for another day...

Let's face it, FJ9 hasn't exactly got a lot going for him at S6.

First it was his injury record, then it was his goalscoring record when he was finally match fit to string a fair few games together.

The fact that he's also probably the highest earner at the club at present, or certainly up there, doesn't help him one bit, either.

Let's compare the treatment of Jeffers, by the fans and by the club, to that of Stoke City's Robert Huth.

He could well have been in the boxing ring the way he put one on Matthew Upson in Stoke's recent clash with West Ham in the Premier League.

I could bet my bottom dollar that City will deal with it in a different way to that of Jeffers' behaviour at S6.

A telling off and club fine might be the maximum Huth will get, and i doubt he'll be booed by the home support the next time he features for Stoke.

Of course, there are differences in the approach to both - the quality, position, rank in the team etc., but the situation is pretty much the same.

But still, putting everything that's happened to one side, the idea of booing someone who pulls on the blue and white of Wednesday and attempts to do us good, shouldn't even be contemplated.

I wonder what would have happened had Jeffers scored the equaliser, or, dare i say it, scored the winner? What if he scores a couple in the next few games? Will the boo boys start to cheer him? It does make you wonder.

There are those that will say that they're entitled to voice their opinion when they pay their money to go to a match, and rightly so, but I suggest you think before doing so next time, especially if we're in a similar position again.

It doesn't just have an impact on the player himself, but also those around him on the pitch.

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

Date:Thursday October 22 2009
Time: 5:50PM


Sometimes how they react to the "Boo-Boys" is a measure of a players character. Purse reacted brilliantly for one game, then lapsed into his more usual form. Jeffers has been given a great deal of support by Wednesdayites and it took alot for him to alienate that support. If he puts in the effort he will win it back. The comparison with Huth's treatment is unfair. Huth is a newly arrived player who appears to be playing quite well. Jeffers is in the last year of his contract and has left the supporters feeling short changed. As you point out he is probably the club's biggest earner and has he earned his wage packet week in week out. Football fans work hard for their wages (most of which are far less than Mr Jeffers earns), they spend them on the clubs they love. They're entitled to express their views and disapproval without being made to feel like traitors to the cause. Jeffers sending off was the proverbial straw that broke the camels back. He is in a mess of his own making. The only person that can win back the fans is Francis Jeffers. If you disagree let me ask you this. Do you think we should offer Jeffers a new contract? Only Francis Jeffers can prove us wrong, he is not the first player to feel the wrath of his own supporters, he won't be the last. I hope he shows the character to prove the boo boys wrong but whether he does or not only Mr Jeffers knows.
22/10/2009 18:26:00
Good article, personally i think jeffers is being harshly treated not his fault with injuries and would Wednesday have reacted in the same way if it had been Tudgay or another favourite?.
22/10/2009 19:44:00
no player who wears the famous blue and white stripes deserves to be booed we should support the team win lose or draw.
beverley owl
22/10/2009 20:26:00
You took the words right out of my mouth beverley owl. Spot on, anyone who does want to boo just stay away from hillsborough we don't need you, i'm certain that Brian & the players don't either.
ecco owl
22/10/2009 22:32:00
were notorious at wednesday for having unfit or injury-prone strikers, so i blame BL for buying him!!!!! should have never have been an option!!!! nobody i talked to about him signing for us was happy about it!! definetley dont offer a new contract, and it pains me to say it but i dont think AS will get a new contract either!! EE should be offered one before christmas for sure!!!!
23/10/2009 01:14:00
to be fair, i thought he looked ok, before he had that horrific injury at stoke. which obviously wasn't his fault. that was the injury that took took him months to get over.
23/10/2009 08:00:00
For those who wish to know I wasn't at Hilsborough on tuesday night. I just feel that if you've paid your money, you have the right to express your views (as long as this form of self-expression stays within the law and, more importantly, the realms of decency). I once stood near Tango at a friendly down at Torquay whilst he and his fan club sang "I'd rather be a Paki than a Blade". This racist outburst deeply offended me and from that moment on the fat one's bare chested japery never seemed as amusing. That kind of behaviour is now legally curtailed but we still have the right to free speech. Jeffers will have to decide if he's man enough to face the booing and take it head on by playing out of his skin. I hope he is. Inspite of all I've written about Darren Purse I hope he can play out of his skin in every game. This is how I feel about every Wednesday player but if a player isn't pulling his weight don't we have the right to let him know how we feel about this?
23/10/2009 09:13:00
I totally disagree with the booing of Jeffers. As robc has said people are aware he is apparently on a lot of money and because he hasn't scored many these seems to be being held against him. I still maintain that he has more quality than most of our other attacking options and shouldn't be judged on goals alone. As for the headbutt who gives a toss? Rightly or wrongly that kind of thing happens from time to time and (correct me if I'm wrong) if the player in question is in form or particularly valuable to a club then the incident is forgotten pretty quickly. Get behind the bloke because if he gets going he will make all the difference
Hirsty's Shinpads
23/10/2009 11:51:00
forget the bad grammer I did go to school once, I typed that fast and didn't read it until I'd already submitted it!
Hirsty's Shinpads
23/10/2009 11:52:00
The player isn't going to be bothered about doing well for the club if all the fans are constantly showering him with disgust at his lacklustre performances, he still gets paid at the end of the week. I feel sympathy for the lad he has always had a weight of expectation which the fans have stopped flourishing, in my opinion. And, if Law's is willing to give him a chance well that's good enough for me, he has a hard job and that's what he gets paid, it's a tough league and we are trying to look upwards, for me as a Wednesday fan who wasn't old enough to remember the glorious 90's, I think it's about time we should give are full support to the team.
23/10/2009 12:14:00
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