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Welcome Home, Shezza...

The word legend is banded around all too easily today, but Wednesday can safely say that they're welcoming one of their own legends home at Hillsborough tonight.

Former Owls midfielder John Sheridan returns to Hillsborough tonight with his Chesterfield side in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round.

The night will be a far cry of the days when Sheridan was the midfield man in blue and white, but it'll be nice to welcome 'Shezza' home, at least.

Of course, he'll be putting all that emotion to one side for 90 minutes as he looks to steer his Spireites side to a shock result at Hillsborough and see them through into the next round.

But he still has plenty of time for Wednesday, telling the official Chesterfield website: 'I had the best moments of my football career there.

'We won a trophy and should have won more. I was fortunate to play with some good players there and I really enjoyed my time there.

'The fans were brilliant and are in my eyes some of the best in the country. It's was a brilliant club to play for unfortunately they are not heading back to those times at the moment.

'But in my eyes they are a massive club and have brilliant supporters and definitely a Premiership Club.'

Sheridan has worked wonders with Chesterfield this season, guiding them to second in League Two and amongst the early favourites for promotion.

But he'll be remembered by Wednesdayites for his committed performances in the centre of the field which made him one of Wednesday's all-time greats.

And, of course, the brilliant strike which 'dinked' in off the post to give Wednesday their last major cup triumph with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the Rumbalows Cup at Wembley in 1991.

A Wembley final, although of a very different nature, will be a step closer for the winner of tonight's match. And although wishing Shezza all the best for his career in management, I hope he doesn't help cause a bit of a shock in S6 tonight.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 6 2010

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

Great post nick. Of all the good players Wednesday had in the early nineties, it was Sheridan that was the catalyst of good, attractive, passing football. Not seen a better passer of the ball since. Great Player. True Legend.
Waddle1993
A true legend. No 4 on my favorite players of all time list, and well deserved. A proper footballer who i'd kill to have playing for us these days.
DEZZYP
Good article Nick. What a great player. Do you remeber him being called back to the Oldham midfield a few years ago due to low squad numbers and he still played a blinder. Oh to have someone like that now!
bluedog
I can still hear the sound of THAT shot ringing around Wembley. But also remember him being booed by so called Wednesdayites earlier the same season, before he silenced them with two goals in front of the kop. Shezza, Hirsty and Waddle are three reasons todays players can't compete with the memorys of the glory days. But even these Legends weren't immune to the ctiticism of the fickle fans
greeny9
i remember that too greeny, he got booed against oxford at home on easter monday when he missed a pen and looked miles away and the usual band of tosspots saw fit to boo even though he'd been great all the rest of the time, then the next home game he blasted a pen in and one for 20 odd yards!
Hirsty's Shinpads
Probably the same idiots that called for tricky trev's head as well, i wonder how many of them would have owned up to booing Shez at Hillsborough on that famous day in 1991 ?
ecco owl
it will have been the same ones ecco owl for sure and none of them will own up!
Hirsty's Shinpads
I only remember Sheridan getting booed once and that was I think against Oxford, but it was on new years day. There were rumours that he had been seen up drinking until the early hours that same morning. i stuck up for him and was rewarded with that goal. But if he had been drinking then he deserved it. He had a reputation for it. As for Tricky Trevor. He was a great player but terrible manager. Inherited a team i could have taken to two cup finals but when he stamped his own authority on the team, showed what a poor manager he was. Spent fortune in the process. Did nothing as a manager before or since. Start of the rot. 'Fickle ' fans pay money and are entitled to thrie opinion.
Radon Barrier
trevor francis? spent a fortune? are you sure? he only spent more than 1.5 million twice. he took a newly promoted team to 3rd, europe, 2 cup finals and another semi. left us in 13th, not too bad in a 4 year period if you ask me. any complaints about that are clearly 'fickle', and thats being kind. wouldnt it be fair to say its our most sucessful spell since back to back league title wins in the 20's? i loved the team and way we played back then, and trev played a massive part in that.
DEZZYP
I agree DEZZYP, what the hell are you on about Radon Barrier ?
ecco owl
whats to understand. i just don't think he was a good manager. I'm convinced that had atko stayed we would have won the league that year. He wouldn't have made the cantona mistake and he was the difference between us, leeds and man utd that season. I would love to have seen what would have happened had atko stayed or we had made a more experienced appointment. Francis had already had a disasterous spell at QPR when all the players revolted against him. 2.75mill for andy sinton IS a lot of money. In his favour he had the name to attract big players like waddle. When francis left, i would argue that the team was worse than when he arrived. He won nothing with a team that should have won something. Opportunity lost. If wednesday fans are so fickle then why did they stick by atko when he took us down. Because we all saw the big picture he wa taking us places. i always felt that from a very good starting point we would only go in one direction with francis. Why has he never been successful since.
Radon Barrier
each to their own i suppose.
DEZZYP
We would not have kept hold of Cantona anyway, he was destine for the top.
ecco owl
we would have had him for one season though. and that would have been enough.
Radon Barrier
who's to say big ron would have got him on trial at all?
DEZZYP
 

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