At Last - Focus On The Football!
After weeks and weeks of transfer rumours, takeover talk, and poor pre-season form we can finally concentrate on the real stuff.
The Owls kick-off their npower League One campaign against Dagenham & Redbridge at Hillsborough on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
I never thought I'd be looking forward to the start of another season in the third tier of English football, but Saturday's season opener can't come soon enough.
I don't know about the majority of Wednesdayites, but the takeover talk and talk of the club's financial situation over the summer has left me gagging for a return to the week-to-week ups and downs of sitting on the Kop.
Not for one minute am I suggesting the ownership of the club, and the investment into it, isn't important.
It is, and we need big, and right, changes at the top of the Hillsborough pyramid to get this great club moving firmly in the right direction once again.
But there comes a point where enough's enough.
I'm in the football fan business for a reason, to go to Hillsborough every other week and support, and sometimes even enjoy (!), the football that's on offer.
I'm not a football fan to discuss the on-goings in the boardroom and in potential takeover consortiums week in, week out.
It's not just a one-off with Wednesday, as we all know, it's a constant flow of takeover talk here, a new interested party there.
The winding-up petition just added to our financial woes this summer - hopefully that is now all sorted.
But stepping through the Hillsborough turnstiles this weekend will be like a breath of fresh air - focusing on what's really important at SWFC - winning matches.
It may be League One, it may be, with all due respect, Dagenham & Redbridge, but I can't really remember the last time I looked forward to stepping into Hillsborough so much.
Of course, all that could well change come 4.45pm on Saturday - but hopefully not.
So with one week to go before the start of a crucial season on the pitch, I'm appealing for all Wednesdayites to get down to S6 this weekend, try and enjoy the football that's on offer, and focus fully on what we're all in the 'football fan business' for - to support our team.
Three points to kick-start the season on Saturday won't end the takeover talk, it won't sort out our financial problems, but it'll sure enough make our celebratory beer taste that much better on Saturday night.
Bring on Saturday - UP THE OWLS!
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