Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

Team Spirit? Aye, Make Mine A Double

Team Spirit? Aye, Make Mine A Double

Is it necessary to wear a flat cap to be a Sheffield Wednesday supporter? Do I need to smoke forty Woodbines a day in order to be accepted as a fan of the Owls? Or do I need to buy a pair of shiny black lace up boots in order to watch the team I love?

The answer is obviously 'No', even though my grandfather met these criteria during his lifetime of devotion to the club.

So, do I need to drive to the ground in a new Audi TT, wear designer clothing, or earn over £60,000 a year in order to see the same club I and my grandfather spent a lifetime supporting?

The answer again is 'No'.

However, in the 100 years me and my grandfather have supported Sheffield Wednesday, being a devoted football supporter has changed dramatically. These changes have been extremely radical in terms of who can and who cannot dedicate time and money to a football club they love.

When I was much younger I mixed with friends from both camps in Sheffield and, because gate prices to both Sheffield clubs was so affordable then, alternate Saturdays were spent visiting each other's club. There was no violence, just the usual rivalry banter and I always made the excuse that I went to the 'Lane' just to see the cricket scoreboard. Likewise, my friends from the other camp said they only came to Hillsborough to see our electronic scoreboard.

What is also strikingly true though, is that whatever ground or match my friends and I went to, there was always a common bond between us all. We loved our clubs passionately and, more importantly, we respected and expected that of each other too. Regardless of age, creed, race, sex or even status, you could always guarantee that the person standing next to you was equally devoted to his football team, even if they wore different colours to those of your own team.

The crazy transfer fees demanded from gifted players cascaded the changes in how we watch football. Newspaper media moguls pioneered the exclusion of free TV viewing of the popular football clubs. And, it's a tragic irony that a Russian man would exploit the collapse of the Soviet Union and squander his new found wealth in one English football club.

This is not excusing all the radical changes in how we continue to support our respective football clubs; it's how we understand how such changes have affected our views and expectations for the future - in so much that Sheffield Wednesday supporters now pray that a similar wealthy individual invests money into their club too.

And yet, the recent events (and non-events) at Hillsborough have made me stop and think - about my role in this ever changing scheme of things related to Sheffield Wednesday. Am I going to abandon my 50 years support for the club and its team? Shall I give up that undeniable love I have held so long? The short answer is 'Never' and furthermore, neither shall I shun the belief shown by legends such as the likes of Megson, Springett, Craig, Waddle, Hirst (who still come to Hillsborough) and the players who didn't become legends but still gave their never ending allegiance to the club.

So, the next time you are at Hillsborough, share a thought for the players who are now warming up for the next match. Close your eyes and shut out the surrounding sound until there is apparent silence. Permit your spirit to wander down to the pitch - amongst the players wearing the same blue and white shirts you idolize. You don't care that none of the players are worth £20m - you set your spirit free with a demand that they give 100% effort.

You clench your fists and with a tingling sensation that ripples from your toes to top of your scalp, you then realise how lucky you are to love a club like Sheffield Wednesday.



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

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:Jeff Stones
Date:Monday September 3 2007
Time: 12:00PM

Comments

0
good read
swfcjambo
03/09/2007 12:40:00
0
thats one hell of a read
s66owl
03/09/2007 19:25:00
0
very good.
will it ever happen
03/09/2007 22:49:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (22/2/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for 2016/17.

Stats: Sheffield Wednesday v Brentford

All the stats from Sheffield Wednesday (1) vs (2) Brentford, Hillsborough, 21/2/17 Att: 25,014

Football League - Fixture Day & 2017/18 Key Dates

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2017/18 season, and the all important fixtures will be released on Wednesday June 21 at 9am.

Officials - Sheff Wednesday v Brentford (21/2/17)

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

Archived Vital Wednesday Articles

Vital Wednesday articles from

Site Journalists

Ed Jepson
Editor email
Profile
Tom Sellers
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Brentford MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Westwood0%
Palmer50%
Sasso0%
Loovens0%
Reach0%
Wallace0%
Hutchinson0%
Abdi0%
Bannan0%
Rhodes0%
Forestieri50%
Sub - Winnall0%
Sub - McManaman0%
Sub - Fletcher0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 32 22 3 7 69 37
2 Brighton 32 20 8 4 68 28
3 Huddersfield 32 20 4 8 64 8
4 Reading 33 18 6 9 60 5
5 Leeds Utd 33 18 4 11 58 11
6 Sheff Wed 33 17 7 9 58 10
7 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
8 Fulham 31 13 10 8 49 15
9 Barnsley 33 14 7 12 49 4
10 Preston 33 13 10 10 49 4
11 Derby County 32 13 9 10 48 7
12 Cardiff 33 13 6 14 45 -2
13 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
14 Brentford 32 11 7 14 40 0
15 Q.P.R. 33 11 7 15 40 -10
16 Birmingham 33 10 10 13 40 -14
17 Aston Villa 32 8 12 12 36 -8
18 Forest 33 10 6 17 36 -12
19 Wolves 31 9 8 14 35 -4
20 Burton 33 9 8 16 35 -13
21 Bristol City 31 9 5 17 32 -4
22 Wigan 33 7 9 17 30 -10
23 Blackburn 31 7 8 16 29 -13
24 Rotherham 33 4 5 24 17 -43
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)

Feb 25 2017 12:30PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Burton Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 17 2017 7:45PM : Reading (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dooleys left leg5
2.Radon Barrier1
3.HORSFOWL1
The Vital Football Members League