Nickname: The Owls
Manager: Vacant (Neil Thompson as caretaker manager)
Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium
Current league position: 23th
Last season’s finish: 16th
Current top scorer: Callum Paterson (7 goals in all competitions)
FFV’s one for the future: Alex Hunt
The Steel City is home to the world’s two oldest football clubs, Sheffield FC and Hallam FC. These foundational clubs arguably shaped English football even before the FA was founded in 1863 and certainly helped to foster the undoubtable love for football within Sheffield.
On Wednesday 4th September 1867, a decision was made to establish a new club in the city of Sheffield. This club would be built on the membership of the Sheffield Wednesday Cricket Club in order to keep the players together over winter. Within the spiritual home of English football, a new club had been born that would go on to have huge success over the following years.
Despite playing at Bramall Lane for a period and being previously nicknamed The Blades, a Stadium move to the suburb of Owlerton in 1899 and the owl design of the club badge resulted in Sheffield Wednesday becoming well known as ‘The Owls’ up until this day.
With their own footballing identity as a club established, Wednesday went on to win four league titles, three FA cups, a League Cup and a Community Shield. Despite these successes before the start of the 2000s, the Owls have become somewhat of a sleeping giant ever since.
With many regular highs and lows since relegation from the Premier League in 1999-2000, Wednesday have since been stuck in the lower leagues of English football. With memories of European nights in the early 1990s long gone, Wednesday fans are still not settling for mediocrity, however.
The desire to return to the Premier League is still strong and continues to be expected every passing season. Reaching the Championship Playoff Final in 2015-16 and the Semi-Final in 2016-17 showed that the possibility of promotion in the future was still alive.
However, issues on and off the pitch have stalled progress since. Starting the 2020-21 season with a 12 point deduction and Garry Monk’s departure in November 2020 won’t have helped. But with the return of Tony Pulis to Championship football in Wednesday’s blue and white stripes, there is hope for stability and structure on the pitch even if there is fragility off it.
Wednesday’s fans are still optimistic and so they should be; New manager, fresh start and new motivation. WAWAW!