Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

The Greatest Ever Owls Strikers

The Greatest Ever Owls Strikers

Last week's forum poll is done and dusted and the Vital SWFC members have voted for David Hirst and Derek Dooley as the Greatest Ever Owls Strikers.

David joined the Owls from Barnsley in 1986, signed by Howard Wilkinson. He made an instant impression with the Owls faithful, scoring against Everton with his first touch in front of the Kop just a minute after coming on as a substitute. However, the 1988-89 season was the start of the striker's magnificent run of form, given regular starts by Ron Atkinson. 32 goals in 55 games in the League Cup and promotion winning season, including a 4 goal haul against Hull City, boosted Hirst to legend status. His fine form continued in the top flight, but injury and fitness problems were materialising. He was still joint top scorer in 1995/6 (bagging 14) but in 1997, Owls manager David Pleat sold him to Southampton. His final tally for the Owls: 358 appearances, 149 goals. He was capped three times for England, and scored once.

Derek signed for Wednesday in 1947. He didn't score on his first two outings.. but all that was to change in dramatic fashion. An astonishing 24 goals in the next 12 games, 47 goals in total in 1951/52. After gaining promotion, he regained his early form at the higher level, 30 appearances bringing a further 16 goals. Then - tragedy. On the 14th of February 1953, in a match against Preston at Deepdale, Derek collided with the goalkeeper and shattered his leg. Complications set in, and he was to lose that limb. The end of a very promising career.. his 'goal a game' stats a permanent reminder of his halcyon days.

Powerful, formidable opponents, legends: which is why they are our choices for the Greatest Ever Owls Team.

However, it was in the end a close run thing for the second striker spot, Derek just pipping mercurial Italian playmaker Paolo Di Canio for the final position.

This week's forum poll is for the Greatest Ever Owls Manager. We'll announce the results next Saturday!

That manager will be 'in charge' of our Greatest Ever Owls Team: Pressman, Nilsson, Walker, Swan, Megson (D.), Waddle, Sheridan, Palmer, Harkes, Hirst, Dooley.

Register for the Vital SWFC forum and vote for your Greatest Ever Owls Manager by clicking here

Writer:Auckland Owl
Date:Saturday July 28 2007
Time: 8:00AM

Comments

0
can we have that team for this season please!
will it ever happen
28/07/2007 08:50:00
0
Poor old Paolo not getting in, you can't argue with the front two though!
nickswfc
28/07/2007 10:11:00
0
I cannot believe that Colin West did not even appear on the poll, he was a legend.
Nightowl
28/07/2007 14:54:00
0
ok what about mark bright?
swfcpeter
29/07/2007 16:09:00
0
What about him? He was in the poll, did you vote for him? :)
Auckland Owl
29/07/2007 21:16:00
0
A quality double act there...the deadly Ds!
sandgroanun
31/07/2007 22:50:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

Officials - Sheffield Wednesday v Wolves (15/12/17)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers this Friday.

Cardiff Clash Selected For TV

Sheffield Wednesday's clash against Cardiff City in the New Year has been selected for the live television treatment.

Carvalhal Banned For A Game

Sheffield Wednesday gaffer Carlos Carvalhal has been banned for one match following the game against Hull City earlier this month.

Reactions - Norwich v Sheffield Wednesday (9/12/17)

Following today's clash between Norwich City and Sheffield Wednesday, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Sheffield Wednesday Archived Articles

Vital Wednesday articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Wednesday
Write For Vital Wednesday
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Norwich MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Westwood19%
Palmer0%
Loovens0%
van Aken9%
Fox0%
Wallace0%
Jones9%
Bannan0%
Reach9%
Rhodes45%
Hooper0%
Sub - Lee0%
Sub - Nuhiu9%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

The Vital Football Members League