Sheffield Wednesday: Hillsborough day out gets poor rating from away fans

Leppings Lane entrance to Sheffield Wednesdays Hillsborough ground
Leppings Lane entrance to Sheffield Wednesdays Hillsborough ground

Few Wednesdayites seem to disagree that Hillsborough is in need for a little TLC as the Owls look to rejoin the big boys in the Premier League.

The pitch and the scoreboard are currently the subject of considerable regeneration work as owner Dejphon Chansiri begins to make his mark.

Picture: PA

Picture: PA

On his arrival earlier this year, Chansiri said detailed assessment of all aspects of the club would be carried out before deciding where improvements were most needed.

But a survey carried independently of the club will have provided the Thai businessman with a strong suggestion of an area of the ground to spruce up.

It is away supporters who have given a rather damning verdict of their matchday experience at Sheffield 6.

The Owls were placed 22nd out of the 24 Championship clubs in the Football Supporters Federation’s annual Away Fans Survey.

And in combined results with Premier League clubs, Wednesday placed 40th of 44.

A total of 3,966 supporters responded to the survey where they were asked to rate their away day experience out of ten on matters such as transport links, turnstiles, stadium layout, food and drink, sightlines, safety and security.

Wednesday scored an average of 5.26 in the survey with only Norwich City (5.09) and Blackpool (5.00) coming out worse of the Championship clubs.

The Owls’ rating was only marginally worse than last season’s 5.27 score.

It was lower than the Championship average of 6.56 and considerably less than the division’s top rated side Wigan Athletic who achieved a 7.83 score.

The average rating across all four division is 6.26.

FSF chief executive Kevin Miles said: “Away supporters are vital to the health of our game and football matches would be far poorer places without their presence. Football shouldn’t take them for granted.

“If a visitor comes to your home, you treat them well, yet we often hear from travelling fans who feel they’re treated as a problem, rather than as a valued guest. Whether it’s high prices or an unfriendly welcome, away supporters are often at the sharp end.”

Combined Premier League and Championship results (marks out of 10):

Wigan Athletic 7.83

Derby County 7.82

Hull City 7.79

Brighton & HA 7.69

Rotherham United 7.55

Cardiff City 7.40

Huddersfield Town 7.32

Southampton 7.23

Reading 7.23

Stoke City 6.94

Sunderland 6.93

Fulham 6.86

Watford 6.86

Leicester City 6.84

Arsenal 6.84

Middlesbrough 6.74

Swansea City 6.72

Newcastle United 6.68

Charlton Athletic 6.65

WBA 6.63

AFC Bournemouth 6.63

Manchester City 6.53

Blackburn Rovers 6.51

Millwall 6.50

Birmingham City 6.48

Nottingham Forest 6.35

Brentford 6.32

Bolton Wanderers 6.31

Spurs 6.11

Ipswich Town 6.08

Everton 5.80

Burnley 5.76

Wolves 5.70

Aston Villa 5.69

West Ham United 5.58

Chelsea 5.52

Manchester United 5.40

Liverpool 5.32

Leeds United 5.28

Sheffield Wednesday 5.26

Norwich City 5.09

Blackpool 5.00

Crystal Palace 4.94

QPR 3.58