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SWFC est. 1867 - Is This What We've Become?

More wasted money and time watching sad excuses for men that don't give a damn about the fans or, more importantly, the kids. The fans of tomorrow, who consistently see a lack of effort on the pitch. I was so sickened by the abject inability of a group of so called professionals, that I've been awake since 3am thinking about it. Where do these players come from? There MUST be better players out there in the non-league who would try harder and to greater effect.. this shower are an utter disgrace.

Get them out... the whole lot of em. They are a disgrace to this club's name.

I'd like to say we could fight relegation. We all believe in that last minute goal, the last game of the season. What I'd like to say is:

Is this all that Sheffield Wednesday Football Club has become? A team that fights a relegation battle and sees that as success if we beat going down?

The whole rot started years ago. Misguided chairmen, lack of leadership, financial mismanagement, a failure to appreciate the talent we had in players like Paolo DiCanio and support them when needed, and managerial decisions borne out of panic and not common sense.

And now a new chairman, whose heart is in the right place, but whose visions are sadly.. just visions and dreams. The only vision that is must become reality is the cashflow to stave off our demise. We as fans are asked to continually keep raising our game, digging deep and supporting the club. Lee Strafford on his part is trying to put some credibility back into the club. I understand that and respect him for that, but the players are letting him down.

It's now down to him to sort them out, not the fans, not the food etc etc. He's done his bit. We continue to do ours. It's now way past time there were players in place to do theirs.

The reality is on the pitch. Not the colour of the toilet walls, or the flavour of the pies. But on the pitch. The young lads and lasses that will be the fans of tomorrow don't remember what the pies tasted like, or whether the toilets smelled good. They remember their HEROES!

That's what you and I remember, the Rodger Wyldes and Terry Currans and Gary Bannisters and David Hirsts.

Who today will the young kids remember? No-one. Because currently there's no-one good enough in the squad, to make the fans sit up for a split second. Not one single player brings about any excitement when they get hold of the ball. This is now constant, every single week.

The new manager. Instills the confidence of previous incumbent into our team. Same problem, different face.

A honeymoon period where the players thought they were playing for their skins, and now.. ah well, it seems thats enough for them this season.

And Investment... a carrot to catch a few more season tickets... make that bottom line look a little brighter to stave off the bank.

I'd like to put some of LS's comments from the Forward Together meeting into perspective.

'We all want to see Hillsborough full, I would love to see a start of half-full and positive.'

Improve the team then, give them something to cheer. We can all create a community atmosphere without involving football players... we cant however keep the fans happy without a team that tries and competes.

'My memories of the promotion season is that is was the supporters that lifted the team and became the 12th man'

Because the squad gave effort and the fans ran with that.

' lift this team the way that SWFC fans have done in the past'

You cannot keep placing the onus on the fans to do all the work. The team is shocking.

'We're not in the position to get six new players in, due to the history of what has gone on here..'

We aren't asking for six players. Just effort. If we performed at work the way that these players perform, then we'd be out on our backsides. Get rid of the dross, and get someone in that will at least give effort.

I'm waiting for Lee Strafford's biggest fans to come along and say 'Get behind the team'. I do, every single week.

But people have to face the reality that this is a FOOTBALL CLUB. Not a creche, not a community drop-in centre. Along with the hearts and minds doctrine, there has to be an understanding that all that matters to fans is whether we win or lose but in losing, at least that we have tried to win the game.

The endemic ethos of blaming the fans for 'not getting behind the team' doesn't cut any ice anymore when the team really couldn't give a damn about their performance. It's been a long-used avoidance technique for the inability of the management team at SWFC to provide a team worthy of the name.

Please stop relying on us year in year out. Ask the team to give something back as well, because looking from the stands, that's not happening. This is a two-way street, Mr Chairman.

Im not asking for great success, just some effort and a squad of players that try. This has clearly become the biggest problem that besets Wednesday today. It needs addressing. Difficult I know with the finances, and reading the Portsmouth forum thread I see some superb comments by Scoobyowl regarding debt and football. But something needs to be done, because the fans that are so crucial to the club's finances won't be around forever, and we just cannot rely upon grants and community building in a financial climate where public money is being cut back. That's no long term strategy to pin the hopes of the entire club on.. now is it?

Would you rather young fans stared at posters of the latest Pukka Pie and marvelled at the toilet facilities?

Or do you want them to look at players they respect giving their all for the club?

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

The Journalist

Writer: def_dodgy_d Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 2 2010

Time: 9:00AM

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Excellent article Def.
skeggy owl
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02/03/2010 07:58:00

excellent, send a copy to the chairman.
tommy craig
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02/03/2010 09:26:00

Could'nt have put it better myself, at last someone that say's it as it is, as tommy say's send a copy to the chairman, and the manager to read out in training, because they obviously do very little in training, we've seen the results of that on the pitch.
ecco owl
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02/03/2010 10:15:00

excellent and spot on at the moment i feel guilty for leading my 3 young sons down the swfc path im suprised it hasnt put them off football for life watching what theyve watched this season. my 6 year old said it must be nice to be a man utd fan cos they win some games i have no answer!
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02/03/2010 10:23:00

I must add, the sight of a steak and kidney pukka pie dressed in silver tin foil distracts me every time...
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02/03/2010 12:43:00

Here here,after reading that i was thinking myself of copying it and sending it to the chairman,at least when Dave Allen was ere and we wa struggling he would dip into his own pocket for a new player/s.I remember Hirsty n Dalian Atkinson,Regi Blinker n Waddle,Anderson n Pearson etc all names that stood out that gave their all for this club who wud do nothing less then go out to win.We av lost out on so much money in transfers through the sell on clause Emerson thome being one that springs to mind and Alexanderson a u21 swedish international goin for peanuts n Walter Smith saying i cant beleive we got a player of his calibre for that price,yes neither cud we.So its been bad ever since the Dave Richards era buying expensive players n letting them go on the cheap with no sell on clauses and getting **** managers to try n save money(Peter Shreeves,Terry Yorath etc).This was once a massive club and still does av gr8 support and will do once again wen the club starts giving us something to support cos we can go watch that standard on a sat aft or sun morn for free on the local parks.Please oh Please get this club back to the MIGHTY OWLS we all love and you will get the support.
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02/03/2010 12:49:00

Even the crap managers that we've had in recent times have identified that only success will bring the fans back to Hillsborough in numbers, nothing else. Who wants to keep paying every week to watch their team get trounced and relegated? Once again, this whole investment saga is turning into a joke. Maybe Strafford wants to use his logic on the investors instead of the fans. He says the stumbling block is that the clubs valuation differs if it is a League 1 club or a Championship club. If certain parties had got their finger out before xmas, when xmas was blamed for getting in the way of finalising the deal, then we could have spent some money in January and confirmed our Championship status, whihc is best for investors anyway. This is now just looking like another one of the many messes that has surrounded the club since we were relegated from the Premiership 10 years ago. Like others have said, pies and paint can't be seen as progress in anyones book if we go back to League 1 at the end of the season. It seems the Chairman forgot that its what happens on the field that is the most important part of a club to the fan - stuff the pies and the toilets!
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02/03/2010 14:36:00

Stuff the pies down the toilet along with the squad I say!
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02/03/2010 17:07:00

i,ve sent a copy to radio sheff where stafford's answering questions tommorow 6 - 7pm lets se what happens
tommy craig
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02/03/2010 18:22:00

tommy we will be all ears lets hope it gets a good response.
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02/03/2010 19:18:00

very good agree 100%
vic mobley
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02/03/2010 19:30:00

Excellent article def_dodgy it's exactly what I have been saying for weeks....You can't expect decent hard working owls fans to pay good money to watch such abject performances as we have witnessed over the last few weeks. There isn't one player in the current squad who I will still remember in 10 years time. I wish we had snatched Burnley's hand off when they came in for Tudgay - he's been a disgrace this season. I'm gonna stay at home on Saturdays and spend the money on my kids. I hope LS reads this article and appreciates that something needs to be done urgently.
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02/03/2010 20:13:00

PS the latest delay on investment is supposedly because the potential investors want to see what division we will be in next season. Forgive me but why can't they invest now based on two prices? Negotiate a deal wherby the investors pay one price if we stay up and one if we go down. Surely our current shareholders appreciate that immediate investment now represents their best chance of getting a return on their money or am I looking at things too simply?
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02/03/2010 20:20:00

great article!
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02/03/2010 21:23:00

Good comments and valid points by all, espicially CLIFFANDJ... good idea about the negotiating between two prices based on the league we will be playin in, hopefully the championship! we all wednesday :D
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02/03/2010 22:06:00

CLIFFANDJ how can they do it on two different prices when they are just Straffords imaginary friends, its all a con to get us to buy new season tickets, well i ain't falling for it this time, my 405 x 3 are going towards a holiday, something my family can enjoy, because i sure ain't enjoying that rubbish at Hillsborough, if the players can't be bothered why should we.
ecco owl
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02/03/2010 22:53:00

I hear Purse and JJ could be back Sat and maybe Jeffers, everything will be alright after all!! But seriously I'd like to see 5 or 6 changes from last week, macca, simek and Esajas in and hopefully Purse and JJ as well. Take your pick who to take out but maybe we could play with 16, might have a chance then! I think Irvine may keep a similar team to give them a chance to atone for their dismal showing.
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03/03/2010 09:34:00

esajas???? why? , that guys useless!!!!
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03/03/2010 11:30:00

Maybe but he's about the only player we've got that can do something exciting and a bit different and get fans off their seat although admittedly he mostly gets fans off their seat to go home in disgust or to stand up and shout at him!!! He's clearly got talent but rarely does he show it.
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03/03/2010 12:22:00

agreed!!! for a winger, he never runs with the ball or tries to get past players!!!!
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03/03/2010 12:44:00

Ive sent the link to this article to Lee on his Facebook account. Fingers Crossed he will read this out to the team.
Handsworth Owl
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03/03/2010 16:54:00


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