Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

Owls sign Wolves defender Johnson

Owls sign Wolves defender Johnson

Wednesday have completed the signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Roger Johnson on a three-month loan deal.

The 30-year-old suffered relegation from the Championship with Wolves last season but has Premier League experience with Birmingham City and Owls boss Dave Jones knows the player well after buying him for Cardiff City.

Johnson's arrival is timely with Owls skipper Anthony Gardner recently sidelined for a number of months and Jones believes Wednesday have captured a top talent.

"We are pleased that Roger is here because he is a fantastic talent,' he said.

"I know the lad well, he did fantastic for me at Cardiff, he is a very good player and we have been given the opportunity to bring him here and we are grateful for that.

"He knows what my principles are and what I expect from my players and he`ll know he`ll have to fight for his place.

"We have got a very, very good player, he has the stage here to perform and it`s up to him to go out and there take this opportunity."

The former Wycombe Wanderers product has suffered three straight relegations, with Birmingham from the top flight and then back-to-back relegations with Wolves and has not been part of Kenny Jackett's plans this season.

Johnson has penned a loan deal at Hillsborough until January 2014 and is expected to go straight into the squad for Saturday's trip to his former club Birmingham.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.

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

Date:Monday September 16 2013
Time: 12:38PM

Best of Vital Network


Hope we haven't taken on another load of trouble.
Fantham's Hairnet
16/09/2013 15:53:00
Trying hard not to make any Bothroyd comparisons here, but it ain't easy! I suppose one difference being Johnson may well have a point or two to prove whereas that other loser clearly thought he was doing us, and football in general, a favour. Still, keeping fingers crossed (definitely no good for arthritis) this move is probably major in financial terms, so I'm hoping it works out. Not sure about DJ's comment though, that he'll need to fight for a place in the side. Got a feeling he'll be a permanent fixture between now and January whether he delivers the goods or not. Probably at Llera's expense, which is more the pity.
16/09/2013 15:55:00
I recall Devon_Owl suggesting his best XI (when all are fit) a couple of weeks back. I didn't post my own version because a) I wouldn't argue too much with his, and b) I thought we might've brought in a couple of additions before the Yeovil game, thus rendering my selections obsolete. Well we didn't, but aside from all that I'd have put Madine in there (thinking there was a chance of him getting off - duh!). Anyroad, now that it's too late to make a scrap of difference this the OurMaurice XI specifically picked to send Yeovil packing: Bywater; Buxton, Batth, Jones... Sorry, start again: Kirkland; Palmer, Zayatte, Llera, Reda; Antonio, McCabe, Semedo, Helan; Maguire, Nuhiu. Only more of a 4-2-4 or 4-3-3 with Helan dropping to midfield, and have Lavery, Maghoma & JJ standing by to mix it up a bit. You might notice the total absence of both Coke & Prutton. That's no accident, by the way. ps I see both Roger Johnson & Olifinjana turned out in a friendly yesterday, I'm afraid neither would get in 'my' team at the minute. Darron Gibson would, but what are the chances of that ever happening?
17/09/2013 11:35:00
What is the Fat Controller up to? He appears to be going through a list of ex-Cardiff players, non of which IMO cut the mustard. As a aside, I heard the Rotherham manager apologised to the fans for getting it wrong in the first half last Saturday but was big enough to change it round for the second 45.
dooleys left leg
17/09/2013 11:54:00
Just copied this off the Star - made me smile and Lord knows i need something to smile about - RJ is capable of being our best centre back. This is a big chance for him, he has a lot to prove - as long as he sticks to the task, doesn't accept the list of best boozers and clubs from Madine. Could we make a team from the writers on this website, We have Johnny Fantham on the wing, Vic Mobley at CH and Dooley up front, plus of course an honorary place for Our Maurice
Brighton Owl
17/09/2013 13:37:00
Liked your post Brighton, made me laugh and as you say do we need it.
Fantham's Hairnet
17/09/2013 19:31:00
Quote:- Jones brought in Wolves defender Roger Johnson on loan this week, in a bid to strengthen a defence which has yet to keep a clean sheet. (Says he needs a few weeks to settle in so what immediate use is he; poor lamb). He has also signed Manchester City youngster George Swann on a month's youth loan, although the defender will feature primarily for the Development Squad. (Development squad again and for a month: like he'll help in our current situation). So what immediate use are either. And the excuses, same old, same old, he isn't creative enough to come up with one we haven't heard n times before. I'm annoyed, can you tell.
Fantham's Hairnet
17/09/2013 20:04:00
Like the line-up OurMaurice, not a fan of Spence? I think it's great Palmer has been an ever-present and I don't see why he can't be given the time to ply his trade. The same has to be said for Mccabe and Maguire. The thing that is frustrating is the spin on anyone can have a place. Coke and Prutton got in the side after loan spells out and yeah results got better but it would be nice to see some faith from DJ in some of his signings. We aren't keeping the ball so CM needs looking at. I can't see us going any further with Coke and Prutton. Mccabe they say has potential. Maguire in his 6 or 7 games has always looked lively. I like Nuhui but I worry will DJ just give up on his and bring in Michael Chopra?
18/09/2013 22:15:00
A few weeks back DJ was saying Palmer was doing so well at right back that Buxton might struggle to regain his place, but then against L**ds he was pushed up to play wide right. He did okay there but I'd have thought centre midfield was his preferred position especially after playing there all last season for Tranmere. So anyway, Buxton gets crocked again and DJ brings in an 11th hour loan? Why's that then? So Palmer can continue to fill in while he persists in playing Antonio out of position? What about JJ? And what about Maguire? This smacks of last season, it's the Madine, CO'G, Rodri & Pecnik conundrum all over again. I think it's safe to assume DJ operates an 'in-crowd/outcast' policy when it comes to team selection. Bothroyd aside, he stuck with Dan Jones last season during that bad spell while other squad members were lucky to either get picked twice or come off the bench, and now it's Coke & Prutton's turn. I've nothing against Spence but I'd expect he'll be off in a week or so. Why couldn't we have used those funds to bring in a midfielder, especially as we seem to have 2 or 3 'standng by'. Doing 'nothing' is costing us valuable points IMO.
19/09/2013 11:20:00
the thing is though we don't see how these players train all week, we don't know what their personalities are like, how much effort they put in etc. maybe the guys who's selections you don't understand perform better in training, act more professionally, do what they're told and end up being let down by the others who go off script
Hirsty's Shinpads
19/09/2013 12:30:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

He's magic you know … But it's time for Semedo to go

He's magic you know … But it's time for Semedo to go Quite literally, Jose Semedo is a club legend at Sheffield Wednesday!

Vital Match Preview - Wednesday Vs Cardiff City (April 30th)

It's VITAL you read this preview before the BIG match this weekend

Vital Match Comments - Carlos Rallies #swfc Fans!

Carvalhal has urged Wednesdayites to help his players over the line

Match Day Officials - Wednesday Vs Cardiff City

Who's the man in the middle of Wednesday Vs Cardiff?

Archived Vital Wednesday Articles

Vital Wednesday articles from

Site Journalists

Ed Jepson
Editor email
Josh Alex Caddick
no email
Greg Pursehouse
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Wednesday seal their Playoff Spot against Cardiff?
Suggested By: @JoshAlexCaddick
Yes, have NO fear...88%
No, we always do things the hard way!12%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burnley 44 24 15 5 87 33
2 Middlesbrough 44 26 9 9 87 32
3 Brighton 44 24 15 5 87 30
4 Hull City 44 23 11 10 80 31
5 Derby County 44 21 14 9 77 24
6 Sheff Wed 44 18 17 9 71 19
7 Cardiff 44 17 16 11 67 8
8 Ipswich 44 16 15 13 63 0
9 Birmingham 44 16 13 15 61 4
10 Brentford 44 17 8 19 59 -2
11 Preston 44 14 16 14 58 -1
12 Leeds Utd 44 14 16 14 58 -7
13 Q.P.R. 44 13 18 13 57 0
14 Wolves 44 13 15 16 54 -6
15 Reading 44 13 13 18 52 -4
16 Huddersfield 44 13 12 19 51 -3
17 Forest 44 12 15 17 51 -5
18 Blackburn 44 11 16 17 49 -3
19 Rotherham 44 13 10 21 49 -13
20 Bristol City 44 12 13 19 49 -20
21 Fulham 44 11 15 18 48 -11
R MK Dons 44 9 12 23 39 -28
R Charlton 44 8 13 23 37 -38
R Bolton 44 4 15 25 27 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2016 12:30PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.dooleys left leg8
3.Fantham's Hairnet1