WISE OWL: Happy anniversary Sheffield Wednesday

Happy anniversary Wednesdayites.

This date is forever etched in the hearts and minds of Sheffield Wednesday fans - 21st April 1991 - the day we won the League Cup over Manchester United.

Who will ever forget that blistering strike from John Sheridan that settled the game and gave Wednesday its first piece of silverware for many years.

Some may say how the mighty have fallen, but I can’t helping dreaming that the glory days may return to Hillsborough, someday.

Back onto this season we’re not mathematically safe just yet, Owls boss Gary Megson has declared that we will be playing League One football next season.

After a hard fought few weeks, but after three home wins in a row Wednesday are now sitting comfortably in mid table.

It was nice to see entertaining, fun football in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Hartlepool, with the players and crowd alike enjoying a win in the sunshine at S6.

We’re not talking the style of football that the greats such as Waddle, Sheridan, Hirst and Bright used to play, but after the last few season, it will do for many Wednesdayites I’m sure.

It hopefully made fans remember what it used to be like to follow the Owls, at a time when we were a great force in English football.

But despite the comfortable win, Megson still believes we are a million miles away from playing the kind of football he wants to see.

Let’s hope that over the summer he is given the chance to build his team and then, unlike many managers at the Hillsborough helm that have gone before, he is given the chance to work with his team and not get booted out at the first glimpse of a bad run.

We’re not going to win all our games and play brilliant football week in, week out but if we’re heading in the right direction then I can live with a few bad results every now and then.

The players have all had a taste of League One football, which was probably a shock to the system for many of them, so next season they know exactly what to expect and hopefully come May we will be lifting that League One title.

Hopefully with a good pre-season and the likes of Neil Mellor signing at the club permanently (hopefully) there will be smiles on the faces of fans at Hillsborough on the opening game of next season.

Congratulations must go to Richard Hinds who has achieved a first-class honours degree in law.

The 30-year-old, whose contract expires in the summer, has been studying in his spare time on an Open University Course in preparation for life after football.

Well Richard, it’s nice to know that footballers don’t spend all their spare time on the golf course!

Happy Easter Wednesdayites,

WISE OWL