Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

The Owls Down Under!

The Owls Down Under!

Vital Sheffield Wednesday member Josh talks to one of the Australian Owls' contingent, and owner of ANZOwls.com, Dale Hurman, about his Wednesday experiences and life following the Owls down under!

-------------------------------------------

1) Tell us the story of the ANZOwls, how you started it and why?

The site's been running for almost ten years now - initially it was set up to help me keep in touch with what was happening at S6. There weren't many fan sites about at the time so it got a good following and stemmed from there. The site used to be called the Aussie Owls website, before we gave it a facelift and changed the name to ANZOwls. It's been growing ever since.

There's no official supporters club yet but as the number of fans from Down Under grows it could happen in the future. The problem being that Australia is such a bloody massive country, and New Zealand is a four hour flight away. Being able to see the Owls on telly out that way is a once in a blue moon thing so everyone relies on internet content to keep them up to speed.

2) What is your earliest Owls memory?

As a baby I had a bib that said 'I dribble for Sheffield Wednesday'. I guess that's how far my infatuation with the Owls goes back. But my first trip to Hillsborough was in '89 when Wednesday beat Villa 2-0. Can't remember who scored, can't remember much about the game. But I loved it all the same.

3) For you, what were the best and worst times to be an Owls fan?

The best has to be the early 90s period. A real golden age that we can still reflect back on with good memories. The promotion campaign and League Cup win under Big Ron, and the following few years under Trevor Francis getting to Wembley those few times and being in Europe. We had some fantastic players at the club in those days and played some brilliant football. I emigrated to New Zealand in 1994 so I count myself lucky I was around to see the best of it during that time before things went sour in later years.

I suppose the worst times have to be more recently with our fall from grace. But being at the '93 Cup Final replay was quite gutting.

4) Who is your favourite player of all time?

As a youngster going to Hillsborough regularly in the early 90s there were plenty of heroes on show. I still count myself lucky that I was around to be able to watch a player of Chris Waddle's ability on show. The man was a magician. But, for me, David Hirst is right up there with the best too. He was everything that Wednesday were about in those years.

5) What is your most memorable Owls experience?

The only time I made it to Wembley in '93 was for the Cup Final replay - my first trip there. It went down as the most exciting and disappointing Owls experience to memory.

6) What do you think of the Owls season so far?

Like most people I was pretty surprised to see Sturrock given the shove and even more surprised that Brian Laws was his replacement. It didn't seem to make much sense to me but I have nothing against Laws, and hope he can finish the season on a strong note for us. I have however lost all faith in Dave Allen's ability as a Chairman. I think I've been quite patient in my judgement of him over the years but it's clear we need some fresh faces on the board. The club simply can't progress any further with him at the helm. We'll see what the summer brings.

7) What are your hopes for the future?

Well of course the aim is to get back into the Premier League, and I'd hope we could at least be challenging for it next season. We survived the first season back, showed some consolidation this season and now next season we should be pitching ourselves that step higher. Hopefully Allen will be gone and somebody with a bit of ambition in his place.

-------------------------------------------

Thanks Dale, and keep up the good work on ANZOwls!

You can visit Dale's site by
CLICKING HERE


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

Writer:Nick
Date:Friday February 16 2007
Time: 11:23AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

Video & Comments - Lee After His Goals & 150th Owls Match

Lee on his goals against Forest and on his time at S6

Lee Caps His 150th Owls Game With Two Goals Against Forest

Wednesday came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest 2 - 1. That result means the Owls have completed turnarounds three times in a row at Hillsborough. Once again it was midfielder Kieran Lee scoring

Video & Comments As Owls Boss Carlos Reviews Win Over Forest

Turnaround wins for Wednesday at Hillsborough have more than just the fans hearts skipping a beat!

Stats: Wednesday v Nottingham Forest

All the stats from Wednesday (2) vs (1) Nottingham Forest, Hillsborough, 3pm Saturday September 24th, 2016 Att: 27,350

Archived Vital Wednesday Articles

Vital Wednesday articles from

Site Journalists

Ed Jepson
Editor email
Profile
Greg Pursehouse
no email
Profile
Tom Sellers
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Outcome of Wednesday at Blackburn?
Suggested By: Vital Wednesday
Wednesday Win72%
Draw28%
Rovers Win0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Norwich 9 6 2 1 20 6
2 Huddersfield 9 6 1 2 19 4
3 Brighton 9 5 2 2 17 6
4 Reading 9 5 2 2 17 0
5 Newcastle 9 5 1 3 16 10
6 Birmingham 9 4 4 1 16 4
7 Barnsley 9 5 0 4 15 6
8 Wolves 9 4 3 2 15 3
9 Brentford 9 4 2 3 14 6
10 Bristol City 9 4 2 3 14 5
11 Sheff Wed 9 4 2 3 14 -1
12 Leeds Utd 9 4 1 4 13 -1
13 Fulham 9 3 4 2 13 -2
14 Ipswich 9 3 3 3 12 0
15 Forest 9 3 2 4 11 -2
16 Q.P.R. 9 3 2 4 11 -4
17 Aston Villa 9 1 6 2 9 0
18 Burton 9 2 3 4 9 -2
19 Preston 9 3 0 6 9 -4
20 Blackburn 9 2 2 5 8 -6
21 Cardiff 9 2 2 5 8 -7
22 Derby County 9 1 3 5 6 -6
23 Rotherham 9 1 3 5 6 -12
24 Wigan 9 1 2 6 5 -3
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

Sep 27 2016 7:45PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 16 2016 12:00PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 19 2016 7:45PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dooleys left leg6
2.OurMaurice4
3.keyworthowl2
4.Showboat1