Wednesdayite Look To End 'Feud'
Building bridges with the Owls board was the main topic of discussion for Wednesdayite, the Sheffield Wednesday Supporters' Trust, who held their AGM last week.
The group announced significant progress throughout the last year with huge increases in income, pre-tax profit, membership, shareholding in the club as well as a number of initiatives beneficial to the club and the local community.
But Wednesdayite chairman Darryl Keys was keen to focus on moving forward with the club and put an end to the feud which has dominated the sports letters pages in the local press and radio phone-ins for months.
Despite numerous breakdowns between the group and the club, the latest Wednesdayite member survey showed that 85 per cent of its members wanted a constructive relationship with the club.
'These changes send a clear message to the SWFC Board that we are prepared to meet them half way to put an end to the feud and for everyone to pull together for the sake of the club,' said Keys.
'Everyone is tired of division and I know our members certainly are. As one of the club's largest shareholders we do have a right to an opinion which we have tried to deliver in a dignified and professional manner and we would prefer to do this privately across a table in a constructive manner.
'We believe we can help the club and it serves no purpose to ostracise us - we are prepared to admit our past mistakes and apologise and it is time this was reciprocated so we can all look forward - what good does it do for Sheffield Wednesday for us all to keep harping on about the past which none of us can change?'
The AGM, held last Thursday evening, brought praise for the current Owls board for guiding the club to their highest league position in seven years.
There was also significant discussion over potential investment in the club in the summer.
The member survey also saw a majority of members say they would consider a sale of the shareholding on condition that sufficient capital was made available to substantially reduce debt, provide enough money for the team and for a proper formal dialogue process between the organisation and those who run the club.
And it also showed that members would like a ballot to be conducted at the start of next season to consider an EGM if a deal was not concluded with any potential investor in line with recent statements from Owls chairman Dave Allen.
The Owls supremo has stated that he's been in discussions with a number of parties showing interest in investing in the club and hoped that a deal would be concluded by the start of the 2007/08 campaign.
Darryl Keys was re-elected to the Board for a further term along with new Board members Rachel Bullivant, John Gough, Jeff Williams and Barry Whittaker-Gilbey. Amongst those retiring and not seeking re-election was Guy Grundy, whilst Dennis Hobson has retired as a Patron.