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Nigel Worthington and Chelsea legend Eddie Newton.

Also contains a piece entitled ‘Unity must be the key to success for the Premier League’ from none other than Rick Parry.

A couple of Wednesday connections in the Cov line up.

 

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A quirk of the fixture list saw the return game v bottom club Nottingham Forest played only a month after the clash at Hillsborough. Wednesday fielded an unlikely front pair at the City Ground with new signing Mark Bright partnered by centre half Paul Warhurst. The partnership almost paid dividends in the second minute when Bright crossed for Warhurst, only for his far post shot to be blocked by the keeper. The makeshift striker wasn’t going to be denied for long though, with him finishing from a Waddle through ball to give Wednesday the lead close to half time. He came close to doubling the lead after the break forcing a good save when sent clear. With Mark Bright free in the middle a more experienced forward might have squared for a tap in for his partner. It wasn’t long before it was 2-0 though with Graham Hyde getting his first league goal with a nice run and neat finish after a Bright flick put him in on goal. Ex Wednesday favourite Gary Bannister pulled one back with three minutes remaining, but Wednesday weren’t to be denied and the game finished 2-1 to give us our second win of the season.

Woods, Harkes, Anderson, Palmer, Shirtliff, Warhurst (Watson), Hyde, Waddle (Wilson), Bright, Bart-Williams, Worthington. Unused sub, Pressman.

The arrival of Mark Bright from Crystal Palace saw popular forward Paul Williams move in the other direction with the ex-Charlton forward valued at £500,000 in the deal. In his two and a bit seasons at Hillsborough Williams had formed a good understanding with the prolific Hirst, and although somewhat playing second fiddle to his more illustrious partner he still contributed 28 goals in his 94 starts and 20 substitute appearances, and was an integral part of the promotion winning and League Cup winning season, and the previous season’s third place finish in the top flight.

The inbound Bright’s fee was £875,000, following his successful six years at Selhurst Park. The striker had started in non-league at Leek Town, before getting his chance in the league with Port Vale in 1981 at the age of 19. After three years there he moved to top flight Leicester for a tribunal fixed £66,000. Two years later he was on his way to Palace with the south London side paying £75,000 for his services. It was there that his career took off with him forming a famous pairing with Ian Wright during which he actually outscored his partner getting 114 in his 286 appearances. 

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8 hours ago, cheat said:

A quirk of the fixture list saw the return game v bottom club Nottingham Forest played only a month after the clash at Hillsborough. Wednesday fielded an unlikely front pair at the City Ground with new signing Mark Bright partnered by centre half Paul Warhurst. The partnership almost paid dividends in the second minute when Bright crossed for Warhurst, only for his far post shot to be blocked by the keeper. The makeshift striker wasn’t going to be denied for long though, with him finishing from a Waddle through ball to give Wednesday the lead close to half time. He came close to doubling the lead after the break forcing a good save when sent clear. With Mark Bright free in the middle a more experienced forward might have squared for a tap in for his partner. It wasn’t long before it was 2-0 though with Graham Hyde getting his first league goal with a nice run and neat finish after a Bright flick put him in on goal. Ex Wednesday favourite Gary Bannister pulled one back with three minutes remaining, but Wednesday weren’t to be denied and the game finished 2-1 to give us our second win of the season.

Woods, Harkes, Anderson, Palmer, Shirtliff, Warhurst (Watson), Hyde, Waddle (Wilson), Bright, Bart-Williams, Worthington. Unused sub, Pressman.

The arrival of Mark Bright from Crystal Palace saw popular forward Paul Williams move in the other direction with the ex-Charlton forward valued at £500,000 in the deal. In his two and a bit seasons at Hillsborough Williams had formed a good understanding with the prolific Hirst, and although somewhat playing second fiddle to his more illustrious partner he still contributed 28 goals in his 94 starts and 20 substitute appearances, and was an integral part of the promotion winning and League Cup winning season, and the previous season’s third place finish in the top flight.

The inbound Bright’s fee was £875,000, following his successful six years at Selhurst Park. The striker had started in non-league at Leek Town, before getting his chance in the league with Port Vale in 1981 at the age of 19. After three years there he moved to top flight Leicester for a tribunal fixed £66,000. Two years later he was on his way to Palace with the south London side paying £75,000 for his services. It was there that his career took off with him forming a famous pairing with Ian Wright during which he actually outscored his partner getting 114 in his 286 appearances. 

I remember being at that Forest game very vividly.. We were wondering wtf was happening with Warhurst up front, other than obviously him having stupid pace, we never thought he'd be a striker. But god, we were wrong! He was as you'd expect raw as hell, but frightened defenders to death, they didn't know what to do, what to expect, or how to deal with him! 

And, still makes me laugh now, there was about 12 of us on the row wearing the yellow away shirt. There was a guy on the row being a bit of a dick, the steward shouts.. 'Oy you in the yellow'... You in the yellow? Which one? We knew which one, but the steward certainly didn't help himself and we took the piss out of him for the rest of the afternoon. 

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2 minutes ago, mkowlthesexynewversion said:

That Warhurst injury though. Proper sickening and real risk he could have died on the pitch in front of us. 

How much better was the Kop as a terrace though

After his cup final drama he can fuck off

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As previewed Wednesday played their first European tie for nearly 30 years in midweek.

Minnows Spora Luxembourg were the visitors to Hillsborough, and it wasn’t long before they found themselves behind, with Waddle curling home a shot to make it 1-0. Unexpectedly the visitors equalised only a few minutes later following a mistake from Shirtliff. It was pretty much all Wednesday though and it was no surprise that we led 4-1 at the break, with an Anderson double and a thumping shot from Warhurst. The domination continued after the break with Bart-Williams and Worthington adding to the total. Warhurst made it seven bravely heading home as both the keeper’s fist made contact with his head, causing the makeshift striker to swallow his tongue. Now I do know that you can’t actually swallow your tongue, so he did whatever that thing is when people say you’ve swallowed your tongue. After that drama there was still time for another goal with Bart-Williams adding his second to see the game up 8-1.

Woods, Harkes, Anderson, Palmer, Shirtliff, Warhurst (Jemson), Hyde (Wilson), Francis, Bart-Williams, Worthington. Unused subs, Pressman, Watson, Williams.

At the weekend a severely injury hit Wednesday travelled to Carrow Road to face surprise leaders Norwich City. The game ended 1-0 to the hosts with future Owl Mark Robins crossing for Rob Newman to head home just before the break.

Woods, Harkes, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Anderson, Wilson, Waddle, Bright, Bart-Williams, Francis (Jemson) (Pearson). Unused sub, Pressman.

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Two home games this corresponding week, and two wins. In midweek 10,112 saw Wednesday beat Hartlepool 3-0 in the first leg of the 2nd round of the League Cup. After a goalless first half Wednesday opened the scoring with a nicely worked goal, Waddle playing Harkes in, and Watson finishing his cut back. Bright made it two with a close range header for his first Wednesday goal, with Wilson completing the scoring with a shot from outside the penalty box.

Pressman, Harkes, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Anderson, Wilson, Waddle, Bright, Bart-Williams, Watson. Unused subs, Jemson, Williams.

On the Sunday the visitors to Hillsborough were Tottenham with 24,895 seeing a comfortable 2-0 home win. Both goals came before the break, Watson setting up Bright, who finished after initially mis-kicking, for the first, and Anderson heading home after Bart-Williams flicked on a Waddle corner for the second. It could and should have been a more comprehensive win with Watson in particular unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet, and Bright missing a sitter, having one ruled out for offside, and seeing a diving header well saved.

Woods, Harkes, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Anderson, Nilsson (Wilson), Waddle, Bright, Bart-Williams, Watson. Unused subs, Jemson, Pressman.

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On 25/09/2022 at 20:25, cheat said:

Two home games this corresponding week, and two wins. In midweek 10,112 saw Wednesday beat Hartlepool 3-0 in the first leg of the 2nd round of the League Cup. After a goalless first half Wednesday opened the scoring with a nicely worked goal, Waddle playing Harkes in, and Watson finishing his cut back. Bright made it two with a close range header for his first Wednesday goal, with Wilson completing the scoring with a shot from outside the penalty box.

Pressman, Harkes, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Anderson, Wilson, Waddle, Bright, Bart-Williams, Watson. Unused subs, Jemson, Williams.

On the Sunday the visitors to Hillsborough were Tottenham with 24,895 seeing a comfortable 2-0 home win. Both goals came before the break, Watson setting up Bright, who finished after initially mis-kicking, for the first, and Anderson heading home after Bart-Williams flicked on a Waddle corner for the second. It could and should have been a more comprehensive win with Watson in particular unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet, and Bright missing a sitter, having one ruled out for offside, and seeing a diving header well saved.

Woods, Harkes, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Anderson, Nilsson (Wilson), Waddle, Bright, Bart-Williams, Watson. Unused subs, Jemson, Pressman.

Marty Nodge in goal for Hartlepool? 

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1 hour ago, Chelters said:

Here’s the programme from the Hartlepool game. As you’d expect Martin Hodge gets a few mentions

 

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Just on the shirts for the Sparta game, was there a UEFA ruling we could only have one line of advertising on the shirt? The Sanderson logo is blocked out by a white patch. 

Also, David Ford plumbing. Is that THE David Ford?

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1 hour ago, Tylluan said:

Just on the shirts for the Sparta game, was there a UEFA ruling we could only have one line of advertising on the shirt? The Sanderson logo is blocked out by a white patch. 

Also, David Ford plumbing. Is that THE David Ford?

Yes, the David Ford. Until 91 it used to say at the end of the advert 'the last Wednesday player to score at Wembley ' or similar. 

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On a related note, I've no memory of Ruddock playing for Spurs (even though Wikipedia tells me he played for them twice). Liverpool, Southampton, West Ham yep... spurs nope.

I'm too old 

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3 hours ago, Otto_Man said:

On a related note, I've no memory of Ruddock playing for Spurs (even though Wikipedia tells me he played for them twice). Liverpool, Southampton, West Ham yep... spurs nope.

I'm too old 

I definitely remember Ruddock playing for Spurs. I seem to recall he was very good for them too 

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Catch up part 1 - week ending 4th October 1992

On the Thursday night Wednesday travelled to Luxembourg for the second leg of the 1st round of the UEFA Cup. With the tie already won after Wednesday’s 8-1 win in the first leg it was somewhat of a makeshift line up including debuts for youngsters Julian Watts and Michael Williams. It was a good enough line up to win 2-1 and go through the tie 10-2 on aggregate. All the goals came in the first half with Wednesday taking the lead when the Spora keeper make a hash of a corner allowing Watson to fire home. As they had done at Hillsborough though the minnows equalised following a mistake from debutant Watts. It wasn’t long before Wednesday were back in front though with Warhurst heading home front close range after Jemson headed goalwards.
 

Pressman, Harkes, Nilsson (Waddle), Watts, Pearson, Hyde, Wilson, Williams, Warhurst (Palmer), Jemson, Watson. Unused subs, Shirtliff, Woods, Worthington.

For some unjust reason the weekend’s game away at Liverpool wasn’t put back to the Sunday. I can imagine that had the roles been reversed no way would the game have been played on the Saturday. The game ended in a 1-0 win for the hosts, but was only settled by a lucky shot from future pig Hutchison that looped over Woods head. It was especially tough luck on the keeper as he had pulled off a number of good saves to keep the scores level.

Woods, Harkes, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Anderson, Nilsson, Waddle, Bright, Bart-Williams (Watson), Warhurst (Hyde). Unused sub, Pressman.

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2 hours ago, mkowlthesexynewversion said:

Memory fades but I think that was probably my last ever trip to Anfield. I just didn't like going and this was before the Hillsborough campaign stuff. 

The visit there in December 96 shortly after a drama show about Hillsborough aired was fucking vile. 

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52 minutes ago, Reesh said:

The visit there in December 96 shortly after a drama show about Hillsborough aired was fucking vile. 

That was my last ever trip. I vowed that if I was to travel to Anfield again, it would be for the wrong reasons, so I just won’t go again.

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I went on a coach to Luxembourg. We set off at midnight on the Wednesday night.

because of the English hooligan reputation they wouldn’t let us into the country until a couple of hours before kick off so we ended up spending most of the day in a Belgium motorway service area - but it was licensed 

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Catch up part 2 - week ending 11th October 1992

There was no weekend game this week, but In midweek Wednesday progressed in the League Cup. It was a trip to Hartlepool for the second leg of the second round. After a 3-0 win in the first leg, it was something of a foregone conclusion which was pretty much confirmed in the very first minute when Bright headed home from close range. The lead was doubled around the hour mark when Warhurst tapped in from close range after the keeper parried a Bart-Williams shot. Wednesday were coasting, but a lack of concentration allowed Hartlepool to strike twice for the game to end 2-2. The first was from the penalty spot after Palmer fouled in the box. It wasn’t the midfielders greatest night as this was the “how many houses have you got” game. The equaliser came in the last minute with some hesitancy from Pressman playing a part.

Pressman, Anderson, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Pearson, Wilson, Waddle (Bart-Williams), Bright, Warhurst, Hyde. Unused sub, Woods

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15 hours ago, cheat said:

Catch up part 2 - week ending 11th October 1992

There was no weekend game this week, but In midweek Wednesday progressed in the League Cup. It was a trip to Hartlepool for the second leg of the second round. After a 3-0 win in the first leg, it was something of a foregone conclusion which was pretty much confirmed in the very first minute when Bright headed home from close range. The lead was doubled around the hour mark when Warhurst tapped in from close range after the keeper parried a Bart-Williams shot. Wednesday were coasting, but a lack of concentration allowed Hartlepool to strike twice for the game to end 2-2. The first was from the penalty spot after Palmer fouled in the box. It wasn’t the midfielders greatest night as this was the “how many houses have you got” game. The equaliser came in the last minute with some hesitancy from Pressman playing a part.

Pressman, Anderson, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Pearson, Wilson, Waddle (Bart-Williams), Bright, Warhurst, Hyde. Unused sub, Woods

I’ve never been as cold at a game of football as I was that night. Fucking horrendous, I even considered buying a pie just to try to warm my hands!

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43 minutes ago, HoylandOwl said:

I’ve never been as cold at a game of football as I was that night. Fucking horrendous, I even considered buying a pie just to try to warm my hands!

I remember a Monday night I think in ldv (?), Carlisle away, wind blowing across the stand, was bloody freezing. Won 3-0 I think though most of what I've written could be bollocks

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