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Owls Counting On Fan Power

Owls boss Brian Laws has revealed deals to extend the loans of Michael Johnson and Graham Kavanagh could be in jeopardy unless the stayway fans return to Hillsborough.

Wednesday have suffered a drop in attendances this season, partly due to the poor start to the campaign on the field, and also because of problems off it including outbursts from chairman Dave Allen and the threat to sue a number of fans for comments made on internet message boards.

Clashes on Sky haven't helped, with the 1-0 home defeat to Bristol City bringing in the lowest crowd in some time at S6 for a league match with just 17,559 coming through the Hillsborough turnstiles.

And the Owls supremo insists that should the gates continue to dwindle in the coming matches, Owls fans could well have seen the last of the influential loan duo.

'Gates are down so the club are losing money and it could affect the decision on the loans of Johnson and Kavanagh; I certainly have to acknowledge that fact,' Laws told the Sheffield Star.

'In a sense, I can understand the crowd figures; performances and results have not gone hand in hand.

'It we can get it right on the pitch, it would certainly help. We need the help of Kavanagh and Johnson to do that. I'd hate to lose them. They have certainly contributed.'

But it's unlikely that Owls fans will come flocking back to watch their struggling team, with the next two home matches in Scunthorpe United and Blackpool hardly being the glamour games of the division, although Laws' former club may well bring a decent following to South Yorkshire.

Gates at S6 are already down about 3,700 on last season's average gate, after just five games of the new Championship campaign.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 12 2007

Time: 10:59AM

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yet again the fans get the blame!..no suprise there then mr allen!
WORKSOP..OWL
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12/10/2007 11:19:00

almost sounds like blackmail...
jim_owl
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12/10/2007 11:31:00

A few rumours doing the rounds that Robson is looking to bring Kavanagh to the Lane if you can't hold onto him. How has he done for you?
coops1889
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12/10/2007 11:42:00

Well done Wednesday for blaming your loyal fans, sure they will be rushing back!!
will it ever happen
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12/10/2007 11:53:00

Brilliant board scaremongering! This is disgusting. "Performances and results have not gone hand in hand."?! What a load of *********! So our performances against Burnley and Leicester didn't deserve the results?! The two worst Owls displays in a long time. Both at home. Hillsborough should be a fortress! We have the best ground outside the prem by a mile. Up the teams perfomances BL, stop conceding soft goals, start scoring goals, which we are more than capable of, then you might see an increase in gates! FFS!
S6Apple
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12/10/2007 12:00:00

Pathetic! Blame the one thing we have going for us....the fans! Get real!
tomdangerfield
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12/10/2007 12:08:00

Wednesday need to hire a new team of PR managers, the routinely bizarre statements and actions coming out of S6 are doing as much damage to the club's reputation as the on-pitch performances. If fans see the club sueing people for comments on Internet messageboards and having an Owl as part of their snooker club sign, they are going to act accordingly - by not coughing up 25+ to watch absolute dross.
onedeaddj
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12/10/2007 12:24:00

Part of me wants to keep supporting the club and not necessarily the people who run it, but the other part of me just laughs at how much of a sucker I am to keep paying so much money for such little return. Personally, I will be staying at home for the S ****horpe and Blackpool games.
onedeaddj
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12/10/2007 12:26:00

IM finding it harder and harder to even like wednesday at the second let alone pay to see the f***ers!! so all in all the club thinks that we are not only "cretins" but also the cause of all their financial woe..... well **** u, ill take my 25 quid a match plus 1.50 admin fee plus 2.80 credit card fee plus 15 w**k plastic bottle carlsberg fee and shove it up my own arse. its good to feel liked
mansfieldowl
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12/10/2007 12:55:00

were going for promotion were the chairmans words before the the season started i have been a regular this season and have to say it has been difficult to bear .by selling players like boughera and brunt and only using a small persentage of the money raised to rebuild shows lack of ambition people stay away because they dont see it as value for money and if people dont get entertained they will continue to vote with there feet.the end off last season proved it play well win matches and they will come back but to criticise the fans the way the club has will not do anybody any favors at all.
beverley owl
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12/10/2007 14:20:00

WEDNESDAY TIL I DIE!!!!!!
FUTURES BLUE N WHITE
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12/10/2007 15:23:00

can I get a refund, if I'm not totally satisfied with my purchase!!??
Holl
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12/10/2007 19:44:00

I wont my season tiket muni bak its fallin apart we need 2 get shut of allen now for gods sake man get ure head from up ur bakside people wont pay gud muni 2 watch crap . i av said it b4 and i will say it again mr allen u are neil warnock in disguise .
mick66owl
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12/10/2007 20:23:00

I must say when I read the star and the comments of the manager of all people, I was a little shocked, actually a little annoyed as well. The performance against Leicester was probably the worst I have seen in a very long time. The most hurtful thing for me was the lack of effort. Although I dont like losing, sometimes you have to be realistic and say that we havnt the resources of many teams and cant compete skill wise,but Leicester were poor, and if we had shown just a little guts we would have got something. To blame the stay away fans, and actually hint at blackmail is shameful and beyond excuse, Mr Allen isnt stupid, he has more money than I will ever dream of having, so he isnt dim. So why act like he is?
thewalkleyone
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15/10/2007 11:02:00

 

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