UK time is: 02:51:30
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: Jarno Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 2 2009

Time: 11:08AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

Owls sign Watford's McGugan on loan (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Madine joins Coventry City on loan (Thursday October 30 2014)

Westwood called up to Ireland squad (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Everton recall Hope from Owls loan (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Owls out to improve Hillsborough form (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Gray pleased with Brentford point (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Owls youngster makes England U20 squad (Thursday October 2 2014)

Archived Sheffield Wednesday Articles

List All Vital Wednesday Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Norwich 18 7 6 5 6 27
11. Wolves 18 7 6 5 -3 27
12. Cardiff 18 7 5 6 1 26
13. Sheff Wed 18 4 10 4 -2 22
14. Huddersfield 18 5 6 7 -6 21
15. Reading 18 6 3 9 -6 21
16. Leeds Utd 18 5 5 8 -5 20

Breaking League News

Away attendance tracker to be used for Forest trip
Leeds Utd : 27/11/2014 21:08:00
BWFC: Three Years On
Bolton : 27/11/2014 21:00:00
LUFC Leeds United v Derby County Team News
Leeds Utd : 27/11/2014 20:55:00
Former players shipped out on loan deadline day
Leeds Utd : 27/11/2014 20:33:00
Ajose - I have wanted to leave for three months
Leeds Utd : 27/11/2014 20:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How Will Wednesday do this season?
Suggested By:  
Top 2 14%
Play-offs 26%
Mid-table 51%
Relegation scrap 8%
Relegated 1%