Sheffield Wednesday: Owls old boy in line for Sky Blues award as fans hijack voting

Reda Johnson
Reda Johnson

Defender Reda Johnson is in contention to claim Coventry City’s official fan Player of the Year prize - thanks to Wednesday’s fan-base.

Over the last 24 hours, Owls fans have attempted to hijack the Sky Blues’ vote to ensure Johnson, who spent three and a half years at Hillsborough, claims the award. Johnson has featured just 12 times for Coventry this season and is currently sidelined by a hamstring injury.

The League One club’s supporters have been asked to vote for their top performer during the 2015/16 season, although the club’s media team have left the poll open to the general public.

Late Tuesday night, Wednesday supporters took to social media, calling on fellow fans to help hijack the poll with the hashtag #VoteReda trending on Twitter.

It comes just days after Johnson donned an Owls shirt and cheered on the team in their draw away to Derby County.

Johnson’s decision to get behind Wednesday’s play-off tilt infuriated some Coventry fans. Sky Blues chief Tony Mowbray branded Johnson’s actions “naive” and promised to speak to the Benin international over his “ill-judged” away day outing.

Mowbray said: “I have seen some pictures of him in a Sheffield Wednesday shirt with his arms up in the air in their crowd.

“I’m not sure why he did that and I think he needs to be more mindful.”

In an attempt to build bridges with Coventry’s fans, Johnson has since offered to meet up with them and explain his support of Sheffield Wednesday over a free coffee. The 28-year-old hopes to speak to any disgruntled supporters at Starbucks in Coventry at 5.30pm today.