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  1. Saturday 26 February 2024 FA Carling Premiership Norwich City (away) After the postponement of the League Cup Semi Final in midweek, Wednesday turned their attention back to league matters with a tricky looking game at Norwich. The hosts were enjoying another good season, in more or less the same place as their visitors in the top half of the table and enjoying an impressive run in Europe. Earlier in the season, the Canaries had come from three goals down to deny the Owls their first win of the season in an exciting 3-3 draw. But this was a different Wednesday side, enjoying a prolonged spell of decent form and much more confident as a result. Wednesday were forced into one change as Chris Bart-Williams came back in for Chris Waddle, who had perhaps returned too early in the first leg of the semi at Old Trafford. David Hirst continued his comeback up front alongside Mark Bright. As far as Norwich were concerned, the danger man was the in-form Chris Sutton, who partnered a certain Efan Ekoku in attack. It was the hosts who were to dominate the first half, in possession terms at least, but without troubling the scoresheet. Sutton and Jeremy Goss had chances, but in general Wednesday managed to keep Norwich at bay, with Andy Pearce in particular dealing well with Sutton. The Owls were better in the second half and almost took the lead within a few minutes of the restart. Andy Sinton made inroads into the Norwich half and, when the ball broke to Hirst, his first time shot crashed off the crossbar. The reward tor the improvement in the second period arrived 15 minutes from time, with Carlton Palmer being the main architect as his run down the left ended with Hirst’s shot being blocked, but substitute Gordon Watson was on hand to slot home his ninth goal of the season. The home side were duly spurred into life and went for an equaliser, but Kevin Pressman kept them at bay with two great saves from Ekoku efforts. With the game deep into injury time Norwich won a corner. Goalkeeper Bryan Gunn lumbered into the area and his presence seemed to cause chaos in the Owls’ defence, and after a bit of goalmouth pinball it was Sutton who fired home to rescue the point. It was probably hard to argue that the Canaries didn’t deserve something from the game, but that was no consolation for Wednesday, who were left frustrated after conceding in the last 10 minutes for the 14th time that season. Was it the psychological hangover from the FA Cup Final Replay the previous season? Who knows, but even this quality of Wednesday side seemed to have a bit of a vulnerability about them that was perhaps the first hairline crack into the decline that was to come. Final score : Norwich 1-1 Wednesday Norwich : Gunn, Culverhouse, Bowen (Butterworth 86), Newman, Polston, Adams, Ullathorne, Goss, Crook, Sutton, Ekoku. Unused subs : Smith, Howie Wednesday : Pressman, Nilsson, Coleman, Pearce, Walker, Bart-Williams (Poric 75), Sinton, Hyde, Palmer, Hirst, Bright (Watson 59). Unused sub : Key Attendance : 15,193
  2. It definitely helps when we get refs who don’t give soft free kicks when we are trying to win the ball back quickly on the turnover.
  3. Palmer had a great game today. Poveda is a proper player and we have a goalscorer in Ugbo. And we finally had a decent ref.
  4. That was the game where one of their defenders punched the ball off the line, we scored from the follow up…..and Andre Marriner gave them a free kick. Possibly the singular worst bit of refereeing ever seen at Hillsborough.
  5. 30 years ago today the Owls were due to play the second leg of the Coca Cola Cup Semi Final at home to Manchester United. However, Arctic conditions had set in and, despite the best efforts to clear snow from the Hillsborough pitch, the game was called off. Not only were the fans left disappointed, but ITV were left with a big hole to fill in their Wednesday night schedule. The game was rearranged for a week later.
  6. 30 years ago there was…..no game. But I just want to keep this thread somewhere near the top!
  7. He’ll never get a promotion reffing like that
  8. Sunday 13 February 1994 Coca Cola Cup Semi-Final First Leg Manchester United (away) Having exited the FA Cup in disappointing fashion, the Owls now turned their attention to the League Cup in what was their third semi-final in the competition in four seasons. These were the days when the League Cup still carried a sense of real importance, and a semi-final was a big event indeed. In these early days after the Sky takeover of football, ITV were left with the relative crumbs under the table in the form of the Football League (you may recall Baddiel and Skinner mocking Saint and Greavsie for ‘talking about the Endsleigh League as if it’s important’). What this did mean, however, was that they also had the League Cup and were therefore keen to make the most of the big games, resulting in this game being shown live on ITV on a Sunday afternoon. Wednesday’s opponents Manchester United were, of course, the reigning Premier League champions, although their League Cup record was not actually that great. Their squad was littered with star names such as Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Mark Hughes, Eric Cantona etc etc. All of the aforementioned were not only great players, they were also in their own ways horrible gits, making the Red Devils not just a team to be feared, but a team to be very much disliked as well. The main team news involved two of the Owls’ stars returning to the starting lineup for the first time in ages, with Chris Waddle and David Hirst replacing Chris Bart-Williams and Gordon Watson respectively. So to the match and....well, there isn’t an awful lot to say. My match reports usually ramble on a bit but this one will be necessarily short as it was a very dull game. United took the lead in the 19th minute when Roland Nilsson’s slip was pounced on by Ryan Giggs. The young winger rounded Kevin Pressman and squeezed it in from a tight angle. Giggs was being hyped up to the rafters by the media at this time and I don’t know about you, but I always thought he was a bit overrated at this point, certainly compared to our own wing wizard. But he turned out to be reasonably decent to be fair...... After this the teams – both of which were in form and capable of showing some real attacking talent – basically cancelled each other out. Hirst had a couple of chances, one being deflected into Peter Schmeichel’s hands, the other being blazed over. The hosts had the odd half chance but nothing to write home about. And, er, that’s about it. The watching public would have been having a nice Sunday afternoon doze through this one, but it was at least nicely set up for the second leg and Wednesday would be thinking they had a real chance of getting to the final again. But, with United midfielder Ince ominously suggesting afterwards ‘we play better away from home’, it would certainly be a tough ask. Final score : Man Utd 1-0 Wednesday Man Utd : Schmeichel, Parker, Irwin, Bruce, Pallister, Kanchelskis, Giggs, Ince Keane, Cantona, Hughes. Unused subs : McClair, Dublin, Sealey Wednesday : Pressman, Nilsson, Coleman, Pearce, Walker, Waddle (Bart-Williams 72), Sinton, Hyde, Palmer, Hirst, Bright. Unused subs : Watson, Woods Attendance : 43,294
  9. Personally I just want to enjoy having a team to support, and that of course involves ups and downs. I don’t have any right to expect that team to be brilliant, just like life in general some are more lucky than others. As football supporters go I haven’t landed particularly fortunately but it could be a lot worse. I would rather have a somewhat crappy team to support than none at all, and that’s why I don’t think protesting against DC is a great idea, it feels like jumping up and down on a wobbly trapdoor.
  10. Don’t be silly, our keyboard warrior fans know more about the transfer market than a mere couple of ex-professional footballers who have been involved in several transfers themselves.
  11. Wednesday 9 February 1994 FA Cup Fourth Round Replay Chelsea (home) After a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the original tie, Wednesday would have been fancying their chances in the replay at Hillsborough 11 days later. The visitors were not exactly pulling up any trees in the Premiership, being as near to the bottom as in-form Wednesday were to the top. There was certainly a distinct feeling that the hard work had already been done and – coupled with the fact that they had reached both cup-finals the previous season and were still progressing well in the League Cup - a place in the Fifth Round seemed somewhat of a formality. The Owls were without the injured Ryan Jones, but were able to welcome back Andy Sinton to compensate. There was some even better news on the bench where Chris Waddle returned after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Other than that, it was an unchanged side from the team that had won at White Hart Lane at the weekend. The start of the game did not exactly go to plan however. After just 7 minutes Gavin Peacock cleverly controlled a high ball and then bicycle kicked an assist to John Spencer to sweep the ball home. Thankfully, this spurred Wednesday into some sort of action after a sluggish start. Firstly Andy Pearce was somewhat surprisingly chosen to take a free kick on the edge of the area, but was closer than anyone would have expected with a fierce drive that flew just over. Further chances were created for Gordon Watson and Mark Bright with no reward but it was the latter who was to get the Owls level before half time. A corner from Sinton caused chaos in the visitors’ defence and, after Chris Bart-Williams had beaten Chelsea keeper Dimitri Kharine to the ball, Bright was on hand to shoot low left-footed through the crowd of bodes and into the net. Wednesdayites would now have felt confident that their side could go on and win the tie with ease, but the second half proved to be a lot of huff and puff with not much to show for it. There were a couple of penalty shouts but the game got to 90 minutes with the scores still level. Extra time proved to be a massive disappointment as Chelsea’s energetic side picked Wednesday off with surprising ease. The Owls’ tormentor on the night was Peacock, who was on hand to calmly slot home from a Mark Stein knock-down. And, with 5 minutes to go, Peacock was again the provider as Wednesday were caught on the break, his run and pass being finished by Craig Burley, who celebrated in front of the away fans with David Hopkin, the two of them looking like they had been smashed in the mouth by the same scaffolding pole. Thus ended a surprisingly disappointing night as Wednesday lost a Cup game away from Wembley for the first time in two years. It wasn’t exactly time to concentrate on the League though as next up were the two legs of the League Cup semi final against a certain Manchester United. Final score : Wednesday 1-3 Chelsea Wednesday : Pressman, Nilsson, Coleman, Pearce, Walker, Bart-Williams, Sinton, Hyde, Palmer, Watson (Waddle 74), Bright. Unused subs : Poric, Woods Chelsea : Kharine, Clarke, Myers (Hopkin 97), Johnsen, Sinclair, Burley, Barnard, Newton, Peacock, Spencer (Kjeldbjerg 113), Stein. Unused sub : Hitchcock Attendance : 26,114
  12. As with all good times, it seemed like it would last forever. But the first signs of decline were arguably already creeping in with players like Hirsr, Waddle, Worthington, Pearson and Sheridan all struggling with injuries.
  13. Re: the ref, 7 fouls against us in the first half, 1 against them. Despite even possession. Statistically would suggest a somewhat biased approach.
  14. Feels like we need this after yesterday so posting a day early…… Saturday 5 February 1994 FA Carling Premiership Tottenham Hotspur (away) For the fifth time in just over a month, Wednesday travelled down to the capital, this time to take on a struggling Tottenham side that was on a poor run and had sunk to 16th in the table. The return fixture had been played only a month earlier, with the Owls edging it 1-0 in tricky conditions but Spurs showing a willingness to play attacking football. Could we complete the double? It was a gruelling schedule for Wednesday, this being their ninth game of 1994 already, and with injuries still restricting Trevor Francis’s options, there was not much scope for shuffling the pack – not that that was really the done thing back in the 90s anyway. There was some positive news on the injury front though as top scorer Mark Bright returned to the side from his celebratory groin injury. Nigel Jemson was the player to drop out as Gordon Watson kept his place up front and, with David Hirst on the bench for the second game running, Jemmo missed out entirely. There was also a new name on the bench in youngster Lee Briscoe. The hosts had brought in a couple of players to try and improve their declining form : Israeli striker Ronny Rosenthal arrived from Liverpool and experienced defender Kevin Scott made the move south after over 200 games for Newcastle. Unfortunately for Scott, he was to come up against one of the division’s in-form strikers…. Wednesday took the lead after just 17 minutes. Chris Bart-Williams swung in a free kick from the left, and the ball was flicked on to Simon Coleman who crashed in a close range volley for his first (and, as it turned out, only) goal for the club. After a relatively quiet first period, the game burst into life in the second half. 9 minutes after the restart the Owls doubled their lead from a controversial moment. Graham Hyde was given plenty of time to float a ball into the box towards Bright and, as he challenged for the ball, Ian Walker came to catch it and collided with Dean Austin. The future England keeper spilled the ball as a result and Bright prodded into the empty net. The home players and fans were not happy but, in truth, it seemed that Walker’s ambitious attempt to get the ball had caused the problem as Austin lied injured in the area and the away fans celebrated. Eight minutes later and another goal arrived. Tottenham gave the ball away with a slack pass which allowed Carlton Palmer to burst into the box but his shot was blocked. Vinny Samways then carelessly gave it away in his own area to Bart-Williams, he burst through and squared low for Bright to tap in from close range (his 17th of the season already). It was a farcical goal from a Spurs perspective and led to Samways being booed by his own fans. He fully deserved it as well after crocking Ryan Jones with an awful tackle that led to Briscoe coming on for his debut. Jones, who had been in great form, sadly never really recovered and joined the list of ‘what might have been’ Wednesday players whilst Samways joined the likes of Gary Bennett and Steve Bould in the list of villains. Anyway, back to the game, and at 3-0 down Spurs suddenly decided to wake up. Whether this was a reaction to their owns fans getting on their back, or a bit of freedom when the game seemed lost was up for debate but they got a goal back within five minutes. Kevin Pressman had already made a smart save from the debutant Rosenthal but was powerless to stop his firm header into the top corner from Darren Anderton’s corner. Anderton started causing Wednesday no end of problems as more chances arrived for the home side. Pressman made another great save from Rosenthal, this time a close range header, then made possibly the save of the season as he turned Steve Sedgley’s powerful close range effort over the bar. There was also time for another cracking save from Nick Barmby’s header before Des Walker cleared off the line from Anderton. It was a hectic period for the Owls to survive but they rode it out and held on for a decent win, even it wasn’t a vintage performance. It was a win that lifted the Owls to 6th in the table, pretty impressive considering they were struggling in the bottom three just three months earlier. It was now time to focus attention on the Cup competitions next, with an FA Cup replay against Chelsea to be followed by the two-legged League Cup semi-final against Manchester United. Final score : Tottenham 1-3 Wednesday Tottenham : Walker, Austin, Edinburgh, Nethercott, Scott, Anderton, Caskey (Gray 60), Sedgley, Samways, Barmby, Rosenthal. Unused subs : Campbell, Day Wednesday : Pressman, Nilsson, Coleman, Pearce, Walker, Bart-Williams, Jones (Briscoe 46), Hyde, Palmer, Watson (Hirst 58), Bright. Unused sub : Woods Attendance : 23,078
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