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Wednesday A-Z: 3/26 - Carbone!

Vital Wednesday's third installment of the 'Wednesday A-Z' brings you recent legend, Benito Carbone...

A man who, by some, wouldn't really be considered a 'legend' in the blue and white shirt, but who was certainly one of Wednesday's greatest ever Premier League players.

Being 26, 'Benny' was around at the peak of my teenage interest in the Owls, someone who I got on the back of my shirt and someone who I pretended to be while out on the field playing footy with mates.

I'm sure some of you were the same.

While others were Ryan Giggs, Harry Kewell (unfortunately a fair few Leeds fans from where I was brought up) and Alan Shearer, I stood proud with my 'Carbone 8' shirt, trying the flicks and turns, with not much luck I might add.

It's hard to argue against Carbone being in Wednesday's greatest ever Premier League XI.

In his prime he could have got in the actual Premier League XI.

Arriving from Inter Milan in 1996, yes Inter Milan, big things were expected of the little Italian.

Going from the San Siro to Hillsborough was going to be a bit of a culture shock for Benny, but he was no doubt helped out by the arrival of a certain Mr Di Canio not long after.

A striking partnership that no doubt brings tears to grown men's eyes in our current state of affairs at S6, and one that we may not see again - hopefully I'm wrong on that one.

Carbone spent three years in the famous blue and white stripes - it seemed longer at the time.

Notching up 25 goals in 96 appearances for the Owls, Carbone quickly became a fans' favourite and won the player of the year award in the 1998-99 season after becoming the club's top scorer.

He was always a joy to watch, but I remember he almost came into his own, and took that next step when Di Canio left for West Ham.

I'm sure he didn't like seeing his strike partner go, but it meant he was centre stage - the man that Wednesday depended on, our star man.

He scored some crackers - goals that you'll never forget.

That chip against Nottingham Forest live on Sky, that thunderbolt of an effort against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park - forget the 7-2 drubbing that was dished out, that goal almost made up for it.

Carbone may have been a high earner at a time when Wednesday seemed to be throwing money away on wages - the start of the downfall if you like.

But unlike others he gave Wednesdayites a load of memories that we can cherish, and some star performances that helped us hold our own in England's top flight.

I can remember how sad I was to see him leave to Aston Villa in 1999, but I still enjoyed seeing him smash some goals in for them.

A certain hat-trick against Leeds was pretty special too.

Hopefully we can see someone of Carbone's class and quality at Hillsborough again in the not-too-distant future, here's hoping...
The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 22 2010

Time: 11:00PM

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I actually host a Carbone fan page on Facebook because he's one of my all time favourite players. Aside from Waddle I think he's probably the most talented we've had in recent years. Enjoyed the article, cheers.
Carbone's Padawan
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23/06/2010 10:34:00

Villa fan... lovely write up that. Quality player.
The Fear
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23/06/2010 11:16:00

a very talented player for sure, but not a striker, winger or midfielder. at times I thought we would have better off without him as he unsteadied di canio who was the real talent. who else was at hillsborough when carbone created the stand off with david hirst over a throw in, which resulted in the crowd booing hirst for carbones petulance! also carbone refused to pass the ball to andy booth opting only to find di canio thus destroying booth's confidence to the extent that when a chance finally came his way he missed resulting the ultimately in the end of his wednesday career. despite his skill no legend for me
Hirsty's Shinpads
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23/06/2010 13:03:00

The signings of Carbone and Di Caneo along with Blondeau and I think Wim Jonk (worst ever) were what ruined our club. We sold Waddle, Hirst, Walker, Sheridan etc. and tried ot build a new team of so called continental stars and it was a disaster. The wages we paid them and the way we underperfomed as a team are what laid the foudations for the position that we are in today. Yes, there was some fleeting entertainment, but they all left the minute they got an improved offer, or worse, stayed and took their inflated salaries while not kicking a ball. Is it their fault? Of course not, if I was offered 15 grand a week to sit on my backside (Wim Jonk) I would take it. Richards and Pleat were the achitects of our downfall and their choice of player was flawed!!!
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23/06/2010 13:58:00

dobby1, couldn't agree more!!
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23/06/2010 14:34:00

Yes - everything said is true I agree. This era was our downfall, caused mainly by poor management, poor decision making etc etc. I think the point of the article is the standard of the player in question - and Carbone's talent was there for all to see. End of.
Carbone's Padawan
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23/06/2010 15:30:00

the article says, 'recent legend, carbone' and 'one of wednesday's greatest ever premier league players'. carbone was neither
Hirsty's Shinpads
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23/06/2010 20:07:00

yes we lost money on carbone, but not as much as we did on the 3 scottish lads, jonk and di canio. Carbone was unusual in that he was a flair player that always gave 100%. He even played against stocksbribge PS in pre season one year. in the context of this article dobby your comments are irrelevant, obvious and boring. Carbone and hirst are the best two players (with waddle close behind) to don the blue 'n' white stripes since fred spikesby. A flair player with fight who could use both feet AND head a ball. Believe me he had nothing to do with our downfall. We even got a fee for him when he left. WHAT A GREAT PLAYER.
Radon Barrier
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23/06/2010 21:54:00

Hhat a load of tosh Radon. For me you have spend more than a couple of seasons in a failing team to be a legend!!! If I am not mistaken, this is not a lsit of our best players, but of WEDNESDAY LEGENDS. I would have thought that this should be people who made a real contribution over a period. If the facts are boring and irrlevent so be it but Carbone was here when the demise of our club started and you cannot argue with that!!!!!!!
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24/06/2010 15:46:00

Carbone was a Wednesday legend. He was on inflated wages and it was the idiots who couldn't manage finances who were our downfall. You could argue we should never have had Carbone but you cannot argue his standard of play. He was by far one of our best ever players and in my eyes easily qualifies as Wednesday Legend.
Carbone's Padawan
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26/06/2010 10:53:00


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