Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

How Wednesday Lifted The Striking Miners

How Wednesday Lifted The Striking Miners

Twenty five years ago, Sheffield Wednesday were challenging at the top end of division one, however, away from the terraces of South Yorkshire another battle was going on: The miners and the Conservative Government.

These were bleak and desperate times for mining communities who no doubt contained a lot of Wednesday fans, but one bright spot was the performances of Sheffield Wednesday. Under Howard Wilkinson Wednesday even recorded a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield, as well as earning plaudits for their attacking football, as they eventually finished 7th.

The Owls were Yorkshire's only representative in Division One at the time, with the likes of Leeds United and Sheffield United toiling in the Second Division.

David Peace's 'GB84' (a fictionalised account of the strike) mentions Wednesday on a few occasions. There are the two accounts of miners during the strike, who pour their heart out to the reader as their fortunes go from bad to worse. But one of the miners takes great joy in Wednesday beating Nottingham Forest 3-1.

Football clubs should raise and lift a community in times of hardship. And Wednesday fans should be proud that their club was responsible for raising a few smiles, to the faces of many miners during the strike.



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

Writer:Jarno
Date:Wednesday December 2 2009
Time: 11:08AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

Twitter Reaction: Owls Sink On South Coast

We look at the best of your tweets following Sheffield Wednesday's game against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Audio & Comments - Lees 'Big Clubs Don't Do This'

Lees wasn't happy with the Owls going down in the manner they did at Brighton

Audio & Comments - Reaction to Owls Bizarre Loss At Brighton

Owls lost, but that's not the whole story

Stats: Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday

All the stats from Brighton (2) vs (1) Sheffield Wednesday, Amex Stadium, 20/1/17 Att: 27,162

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)

Abdi, Sell or Stay?
Suggested By: Vital Wednesday
Sell, Cash in...45%
Stay, we need depth0%
Don't know, not seen enough of him! 55%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 27 19 1 7 58 33
2 Brighton 26 17 6 3 57 24
3 Huddersfield 27 15 4 8 49 2
4 Leeds Utd 27 15 3 9 48 10
5 Reading 26 14 4 8 46 2
6 Sheff Wed 27 13 6 8 45 5
7 Derby County 27 12 7 8 43 6
8 Barnsley 27 12 5 10 41 5
9 Fulham 26 10 10 6 40 13
10 Norwich 27 12 4 11 40 5
11 Preston 27 11 7 9 40 3
12 Birmingham 27 9 10 8 37 -5
13 Aston Villa 27 8 12 7 36 1
14 Ipswich 27 9 7 11 34 -5
15 Brentford 27 9 6 12 33 -1
16 Cardiff 26 9 6 11 33 -9
17 Q.P.R. 27 9 6 12 33 -11
18 Wolves 27 8 8 11 32 -3
19 Forest 27 8 6 13 30 -7
20 Bristol City 27 8 3 16 27 -4
21 Wigan 27 6 7 14 25 -8
22 Burton 27 6 7 14 25 -11
23 Blackburn 27 6 7 14 25 -12
24 Rotherham 27 4 4 19 16 -33
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

Jan 31 2017 7:45PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 3 2017 7:45PM : Wigan Athletic (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 10 2017 7:45PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 18 2017 3:00PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 21 2017 7:45PM : Brentford (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dooleys left leg6
2.swfcjambo6
3.Nobsworth1
4.CHOWLER1
Write for Vital Football