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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Wednesdayite and Vital member Ian has his say on leaving early at Saturday's game against Plymouth Arglye

I live 100 miles away from Hillsborough, and with the round trip to collect my son from Leeds, am typically travelling in my car for six hours in order to watch home games, writes Ian.

Last Saturday I persuaded a mate and Wednesday fan, who had recently returned from working abroad, to attend a game with my son and I.

My mate had not see the Owls live for three and a half years and travelled to the ground from his home in York. He, like myself, had been brought up watching the Owls during the glory days of Hirst, Waddle, Sheridan etc.

Nothing in the previous weeks prepared us for the horror show that unfolded on the pitch.

Instead of turning the corner, becoming Megson's battling midfielders and 90-minute hard men, we were treated to one of the most lethargic and ponderous performance we have seen since...when?

My son and I have seen some truly shocking games, and hotly debated at half-time where this stood opposite other abysmal performances such as the cup loss against Wrexham.

The arrival of the hot pies to the north stand canteen raised more cheer than anything on the pitch in the first half.

We also speculated upon what was going on in the Wednesday dressing room at half-time...the hairdryer treatment?...water boarding?...pleading and begging?...laughing and counting their money?

The second half followed the usual performance, rather like my dog, who will happily chase after a ball for ages, but has not idea what to do with it when she gets it.

When we conceded the fourth goal we at last discussed the unthinkable, should we leave before the end of the game? Something we had never, in 20 years of watching the Owls, done before.

In the end despair won out over the momentary satisfaction of booing the 'players'off the pitch at the games end and we left early, along with a good quarter of our fellow spectators.

What a dreadful afternoon! My son and I felt sorry for my mate, who I felt we had invited on false pretences, as he had expected to see a football match.

I don't mind seeing us lose anything like as much as I mind seeing a lack of effort and ideas from the players. I feel sorry for Megson, he's told them how he wants them to play, he's had them practice this method all week, and then they do exactly the reverse of what he wants.

And the killer punch for Megson? He can't go home early!




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The Journalist

Writer: Ian Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 7 2011

Time: 12:14PM

Your Comments

I started watching us was in the early seventies when we had 5 seasons in this league before Jack Charlton came along. I don't remember ever watching a team where there isn't one player that I would be sorry to see leave. I honestly cannot think of one decent player - not since Tudgay and Grant left. The longer term future must be better under MM, but its all getting too much to take at the minute.
Radon Barrier
i left early because we were *****
retfordowl1867
i left on 79mins when their 4th went in. we were pathetic.
owlswfc
I've never left early but I came closer than ever before on saturday, if there hadn't been a queue to get out I probably would have left. Simply a disgraceful display. I for one won't be renewing my season ticket until i see a performance at Hillsborough that is worth my money.
tinman66
Left after 4th went in along with everyone else, it really is the ultimate indicator to the players that you are unsatisfied (to put it mildly) with the product they are producing. You Wouldn't sit through a terrible play / film / concert, so why should we, as paying customers put up with that?? i just wish they had been left with only the plymouth fans and players for company. Pathetic display unworthy of our support.
cole78
i stayed till the end god knows why ruined my weekend another woeful performance away at oldham on tues oldham have not scored in 9 hours whats the odds on them scoring within 9 mins the way we defend feel sorry for megson this lot obviously can't be arsed get rid and start again next season.
beverley owl
Don't get to too many games due to other commitments on Saturdays, however sounds like I should be glad missed Saturday. Going to Oldham tomorrow night though, can't wait, I can see us winning about 4 - 0 just to confuse us all even more.. Gotta have faith, but its very hard at the moment. UTO WTID
Bexy1977
I left after the 4th one went in.Just couldnt stomach any more.It was a disgrace,Plymouth players havent been paid,could only get 6 players on subs bench and yet had more fight than us,were first to all loose balls and 50/50s.They deserved to win,they wanted it more than us and thats the worry.Have our players got the fight for this division because thats what we have to do in all the remaining games.
leons gloves
I dont want to come the therapist with anybody and say that I understand you were upset and all that . . . but I dont really understand why I'd leave early? Anything can happen. If I am there to see it then I can talk about if afterwards. If not I missed it. Is the experience of watching Wednesday play badly so psychologically damaging? Ah yes, sometimes I think perhaps it is. Oh dear. Praps I will give it a break for a while. Maybe til Saturday.
OddOwl
 

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