Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

Cup Run Please, Mr Irvine?

Cup Run Please, Mr Irvine?

So we start our Carling Cup campaign with a very winnable home tie against Bury, could this be a good year for Wednesday in cup competitions?

Year after year we have a wave of excitement whenever a cup draw is made - whether it be the Carling Cup or FA Cup.

Of course, we also have that major competition that is the Jonhstone's Paint Trophy (no disrespect intended) to contend with this season, too.

I wouldn't say I was having sleepless nights ahead of this morning's League Cup draw, far from it in fact - I only realised the draw for the competition was so soon about 24 hours before.

But I couldn't help refreshing my screen every few minutes around the 9.30am mark in anticipation of our first fixture announcement of the 2010-11 season.

Despite the fact that we were seeded and could only play unseeded teams in the northern section, narrowing down the opponents somewhat, I was still semi-excited at the prospect of the draw.

Bury, then, and a great chance for us to progress to the second round at least, and also, hopefully, get some much-needed winning momentum at the start of the new season.

It also made me desperately want a good cup run this season, whether that be in the League Cup or FA Cup.

Success in the JP Trophy, for me, will only be if we get a good day out at Wembley for the final.

When was the last time we had a decent cup run?

It seems whenever we do get a good draw - and by good, I mean someone with some quality from the Premier league - it's always against a team who aren't what you'd class as a 'pull' - no disrespect to recent(ish) cup opposition Fulham.

It means that it's not as exciting as your Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City etc, but there's still a very, very good chance that we could get beat.

You know what I mean...

We've never had Alan Irvine in charge of us in a cup competition - could he be the man to lead us on a good cup run in 2010-11?

First thing's first, promotion back to the Championship is of course the main priority.

First round exits in every cup competition this season will be fine as long as we axchieve our ultimate aim of promotion.

But wouldn't it be nice to have an extended run in a cup competition, maybe get some television exposure, see some quality Premier League players in action at S6, and have the chance to travel to grounds such as Old Trafford, the Emirates Stadium, Anfield, Stamford Bridge etc.

Even more so given our demise to the third tier of English football again.

But also from the club's point of view, some much-needed revenue which comes from good cup runs wouldn't go amiss, especially in the current climate.

We achieved the semi-final of this competition when we were in the Championship not so long ago, so why not try our hand again this time around?

And I'm sure we all still remember Wembley in '91.

We may not be too excited at the prospect of facing Bury at S6 in August, but hopefully that game will be the start of a good cup run for the Owls next season.

Here's hoping, anyway...

UP THE OWLS.



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

Writer:Nick
Date:Wednesday June 16 2010
Time: 1:01PM

Comments

0
I remember Scunthorpe went up the other year and reached the final of JPT in the same year. I think that year they had more matches than Arsenal and Liverpool and equalled Man Utd with a much smaller squad so all in all it could be done. Plus good cups runs will help with finances!
10goalpayne
16/06/2010 15:35:00
0
Cup runs are a complete waste of time and energy and a distraction. We MUST focus on the league and thats it. This competition along with the stupid paint thing are pointless.
jamesc1905
16/06/2010 21:19:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

Getting Shirty

We take a look at Wednesday's new 3rd strip, selected by the fans, for the 150th year of Sheffield Wednesday.

Championship Cost Per Goal So Far In 2016/17

The end of the Championship campaign of 2016/17 is only a month and a bit away from fans across the country but as we go in to the remaining weeks of the campaign...

Premier League Confirm 2017/18 Fixture Release Date

The Premier League have now confirmed the date on which the fixtures for the campaign of 2017/18 will be released.

EFL Goal Of 2016 Contenders Named

Ten EFL professional footballers find themselves nominated for the treasured Goal Of The Year gong for 2016.

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)

Will Wednesday finish in the top six?
Suggested By: Vital Wednesday
Yes, dont panic!64%
Yes, if Carlos is replaced!0%
Agony as we just miss out0%
No, we wont this season36%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
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)

Apr 1 2017 12:30PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 5:30PM : Newcastle United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dooleys left leg2
Write for Vital Football