Date:Thursday September 7 2006
As news on potential investment continues around Hillsborough, Owls fan Carl Parkin has his opinion on recent events in the Wednesday boardroom on Vital Sheffield Wednesday.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY FC has probably been the quietest club in the UK over the last week, probably the only club not remotely interested in making any signings, even though we have had a poor start to the season, because of the long injury list and small squad.
Many fans feel fleeced by the Chairman who put a public letter out saying that the season tickets were all going up to fund transfers, and since the Paul Sturrock interview on Radio Sheffield, it appears the money has been swallowed up by other things, and the fact is that we actually got rid of twice as many players as we brought in, so there is a debate as to whether we are in any better shape than this time last year?
Rumours are in the air about the Hobson's, and Channel Island businessmen looking at either taking over or investing, so the fans now have to decide what they want. I cannot believe the huge rumpus caused when Ken Bates was looking at taking over.
Look at Leeds now, they have been buying £1million players regularly, and just imagine what Paul Sturrock would do with that Leeds squad. The main problem at Sheffield Wednesday is that there are too many old fashioned socialists who support them, and people like Ken Bates who have money are shunned, as the supporters would rather have a working class person with no money running the club.
We need to open our eyes, it might have been OK 30 years ago to have a community club run by the fans, but unfortunately outside of the working class bubble of South Yorkshire clubs we should be competing with are buying new players. How many clubs are there in the Premiership who have community boards?
Forget your opinions on Ken Bates, he made it clear he had over £10million that he wanted to invest, Just imagine Paul Sturrock with £10million.
The main gripe from most fans was that Ken Bates would put ticket prices up to pay for the investment. So What?. Would you rather accept what we have had over last 2 seasons, or paying a bit more to watch a top of the table team?
So what has Dave Allen done? He put season Tickets up by 20%, and we now have a smaller squad, and we are still struggling to get 11 fit players every week, so was Ken Bates that bad an option?
Are we going to get the same reaction if the Hobsons put a package together ?
Forget the socialist brothers together attitude, try a forward thinking 21st century approach, money talks, and nothing else.
Many thanks for your thoughts, Carl. And don't forget - YOU can have YOUR say on happening at SWFC by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date:Thursday September 7 2006
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