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Owls Chairman Receives Death Threats

Wednesday chairman Lee Strafford has revealed that he's received death threats during his time at the Hillsborough helm.

Strafford has been in his role as club chairman for over a year but has revealed to the Sheffield Star that he's received death threats, while his personal health and marriage have both suffered during his time with the Owls.

But despite the stressful time endured trying to change the fortunes of Wednesday, Strafford insists that he'll remain in his role of chairman until he completes the task in hand - investment.

Strafford told the Star of the problems he's encountered while trying to get the Owls back on track financially, saying: 'My health has suffered, my wife has threatened divorce, and I have received death threats from people intent on holding this club back.'

The Wednesdayite has constantly called on Owls' fans to back him with big numbers at matches and sales on season tickets for the new season.

Since his arrival he's helped secure sponsorship for Sheffield Children's Hospital for the club, which in turn has led to record-breaking sales of the Wednesday home shirt.

Development for Hillsborough is also in the pipeline, which has secured potential World Cup football for the city, beating rivals Sheffield United as a potential host stadium for the 2018 World Cup.

But, despite his achievements for the club, Strafford is still under pressure for the key area for supporters - investment.

So far it's failed to materialise, with a few false dawns thrown into the equation.

But it's something he continues to work on, and knows its importance in the grand scheme of things, and he needs the backing of the Wednesday fans to make any investment process easier.

He went on to tell the Star: 'Fans of this club have been abused for years but now we have a real opportunity to change all that.

'If the fans don't back me on this we will be forced to carry on as was and that cannot be an option.

'Most Wednesdayites aren't daft, they know things need to change but there are some who just don't get it.'




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 13 2010

Time: 11:36AM

Your Comments

disgusting
ozzietheowl
has football come to this ?
vic mobley
It cannot be understated the amount of unpaid work this guy is doing for our club, without him we would sink back into the third. I just wish more people would buy into his plan and help lift this club back up.
doitforlove
absolutely disgraceful, its morons like this who need driving out of town. In my opinion Lee has done a great job in turning the club round. I hear people moan about Stafford on here, which is one thing but death threats are a different cup of tea. They can clear off scum bags
Hirsty's Shinpads
for f*8k sake what has our club come to LS does a lot of good work all for free find these morons & ban them for life!
HorburyOwl
Reading this makes me angry. I think Mr Strafford has done everything he can to help us out, his intentions and morales are first class. Some 'fans' expect results and investment overnight. In this current economy there are few investors who will take a gamble on any team thats below mid-table in the premiership. I was touched when i first heard about the charity shirt pledge, and also pleased with the appointment of alan irvine. If these idiots who are making death threats think they know of a better man to do the job, then they should let us all know. These rats are complete scum, leave the man alone and let him continue to take us forward.
Norman
I can't believe anyone would doubt what he's achieved so far, regardless of these braindeads. I think he's been superb for a club that had been utterly rudderless for 18 months and before that had to put up with the secretive dictatorship of Dave Allen. The only thing that had been missing was results, early signs are we may be turning that around as well. As for the death-threats, these people shouldn't ever be allowed to call themselves 'wednesdayites' again. Disgusting.
north stand owl
must be utd fans worried about our resurgence!!
sussexowl
I think I sat next to some these wasters at the Leicester match. If trash like this had brains they would be worth worrying about. Such pond life has put an end to me taking my son to football. ScoobyChris
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