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

Four Players About To Leave Hillsborough?

Four of the Owls foreign contingent set to leave S6?

How Predictions Alter as Euro 2016 Progresses - Round 3

As we move into the knockout stages with England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland all through, Alex continues his predictions

Wednesday Keen To Add Ex-Forest Loanee?

Carlos keen on another Portuguese international?

Wednesday Away at Cambridge in EFL Cup

Wednesday at Cambridge plus full EFL first round draw info

Archived Vital Wednesday Articles

Vital Wednesday articles from

Site Journalists

Ed Jepson
Editor email
Profile
Greg Pursehouse
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

What Colour will the new away kit be?
Suggested By: Vital Wednesday
Yellow46%
Green3%
Pink8%
White12%
Black7%
Orange8%
Silver7%
Purple6%
Blue3%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.OurMaurice22
2.dooleys left leg12
3.swfcjambo1
4.John Bingham1
5.beverley owl1