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Irvine Drives Fans Out Of Hillsborough

Irvine Drives Fans Out Of Hillsborough

Alan Irvine's 'conservative' tactics and baffling team selections are starting to drive the fans away from Hillsborough.

The Owls boss has been up for some stick throughout this season from Wednesdayites thanks to lacklustre performances and defensive tactics.

And just as the club are desperate for as many fans as possible to come through the Hillsborough turnstiles to help with the much-publicised financial difficulties, the fans have had enough.

The 20,000-plus attendance at last night's Yorkshire derby clash against Huddersfield Town highlighted the fans lack of belief in their team and lack of 'value for money' from the football that's being played.

In a game that could, and should have been nearer to 30,000, against the Owls nearest rivals this season, only 20,000 walked through the turnstiles - helped by a following of at least 4,000 from Huddersfield.

Take away that away support and replace it with any other from League One and we'd have been looking at 16,000 max to watch a side that could have moved up to second in the table.

The harsh weather conditions didn't help matters, but that's no excuse for the lack of numbers.

The clash with the Terriers, which resulted in a 2-0 defeat, was just the biggest example of the fans' sapping interest in the club they love.

Even when Wednesday were winning earlier in the season the crowds were disappointingly low - crowds against Brighton and Carlisle United being two prime examples.

Of course, I'd take boring 1-0 victories every week if it meant a swift return back to the Championship - but that's not going to happen.

It came to the point last night when fans, regulars that I see every week at Hillsborough, were walking out after half-an-hour to go to the pub.

These regulars will soon be leaving Wednesday for good until the football and results change for the better, and it's a sad state to be in at the time that the fans are needed most.

I dread to think what the next league attendance at Hillsborough will be, but I'm guessing this season will see some of the lowest gates of the modern era.

Let's get one thing straight, the matters off the pitch are much more important to the club at present than those on-the-pitch, but that doesn't wholly excuse Irvine and the squad for the pathetic performances that we've had to put up with thus far this season.

Irvine has already failed in keeping Wednesday in the Championship, now he's on the verge of repeating his failings and missing out on the pre-season target - instant promotion.

I hope Alan proves me wrong.

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

Date:Wednesday November 3 2010
Time: 2:03PM


Doubt that, not when you consider the 10 point deduction, I think with that we may stay up (not holding my breath).... Get rid get shezza inn... Christ I was actually looking forward to this season a few months ago,,,,WTF.
03/11/2010 14:35:00
Nick, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but your headline is a bit out of order. This headline is picked up on news websites such as Newsnow and you should show a bit more responsibility. Maybe the tactics employed by Irvine are not attracting floods of supporters, but to just seemingly proclaim that last night's low attendance was mainly down to the tactics is just plain wrong. A mid-week match, nearing Christmas, in the middle of a recession, crap weather, takeover falling through, third tier of the English league? I'm sorry, but this is never going to attract anything like the 30,000 you suggest. And I don't care that Huddersfield are our closest rivals - they are still not a major attraction to your average Wednesdayite. Look, you're entitled to your opinion about the manager and his tactics (and I'm not even disputing them), but you're running the risk of turning this site into an anti-Irvine zone. You can't just simply state something that you cannot prove to be true.
03/11/2010 14:48:00
Have to agree with Dant'owl, not your best work nicky boy. Though i do agree the style of play is possibly the most negative i've ever seen at hillsborough, its certainly up there with the worst anyway. But there is plenty of reasons, as stated by Dant'owl above. But if im honest, i dont think many would be sorry to see AI leave at this point. But lets be honest, Irvine is only a small part of the puzzle, the board need to be the first out of the door, followed by AI, followed by half the squad. We havent even properly filled the stadium for the last few sheffield derbies so i think 30,000 for a midweek game against huddersfield is a little ambitious.
03/11/2010 15:05:00
Cheers for the replies - I don't think it's out of order though tbh. Your points are all good ones, but I still believe the main reason our attendances are down so much is because of the tragic football that we're having to watch, and that boils down to the manager. I can't remember a time, even when we were last in this division, that I've not looked forward to going to Hillsborough. This was even at the start of the season when we were cruising, sort of. I'm not basing this on my own opinion though, I'm basing it on mates who have been coming with me for years but now who don't bother because the football's poor, and on people who sit around me week after week - some who are there all the time and others who I don't see again. Triggered, mainly, by some fans leaving yesterday after 25 minutes calling for Irvine's head and heading to the pub because it was more entertaining. It's an opinion, like you said, not a PR site for Wednesday so Irvine and the players should be up for a bit of criticism. The headline could have been a lot worse.
03/11/2010 15:33:00
Just to compare, slightly, we got nearly 29,000 against Hull City at a similar time the last time we were in League One. This was a midweek game against a club in a similar vein to Huddersfield (in that it's a local game but not a big derby as such).
03/11/2010 15:36:00
I think it's spot on. The sole reason for the poor attendances is the dour football produced by Irvine. It's soul destroying and even just listening to him on the radio bores me to tears. I can't imagine what it does to the players.
03/11/2010 15:40:00
i didn`t go last night as the football is embarrassing. my sunday league team have twice as much footballing ethics as alan irvine. he can`t do his job. he is so bad my blood boils thinkling about it. longer he stays in worse it will get as the latter laws era
alcock dived
03/11/2010 15:43:00
The shame of it is a) i dont think we can actually afford to get rid of him and b)what sort of nutjob would take the job ain our current state. not much quality around which wouldnt require compensation. Sadly i think talk of a replacement is premature, i can see him sticking around for a long while yet. Our board will stick with him to take the attention away from their failiure and investment and new board with new idea's is sadly a fading dream.
03/11/2010 15:58:00
I am always looking to deffend managers not sure why sympathy, empathy, patience dont know, still to this day defend Brian Laws, Unfortunatly cant do it with AI, even with the squad we have I expected a difficult season in the third tier, a CB should have been recruited and we should be going balls out against every team at home.
03/11/2010 16:24:00
Can't see there's much to lose by changing to a more attacking style of football, we're playing defensive, boring football and losing so wouldn't it be better to watch entertaining football, surely more chance of winning the odd game. The squad we've got should be****ing this league.
03/11/2010 16:26:00
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