WISE OWL: A rollercoaster season for us Wednesdayites


There has never been a more apt word to describe a Sheffield Wednesday season.

We’ve had more ups and downs than the Nemesis at Alton Towers.

Any Wednesday fan will tell you that the last 15 years there has been little to shout about from the blue side of the city.

Relegation, manager sacking followed by more relegation has been pretty much how its gone.

We did have the joyous and memorable 2005 play-off final win, when we took 42,000 fans to Cardiff to witness the promotion back to the Championship.

But Wednesday being Wednesday, the joy soon turned sour.

Cue last season’s final game relegation defeat to Crystal Palace when our misery and relegation to League One was broadcast to the nation, live on BBC,

This season started so full of promise.

Alan Irvine had assembled a team, with little funds, that no-one couldn’t have failed to be impressed by.

With the likes of Clinton Morrison, Gary Teale, Nicky Weaver and Chris Sedgewick on the teamsheet, promotion was in all our sights.

The season started off so well. In September we were sitting pretty at the top of the table and like many Wednesday fans I thought that come May we would be back in the second tier of English football.

But then came the biggest dip any team could possibly face - the threat of administration.

The tax man came knocking and we faced several winding up orders at the High Court.

I always like to look on the bright side, but every Sheffield Wednesday fan must have thought, if only for a second, ‘we could actually go under here.’

Despite several promises of investment and weeks of agony for every Owl, it went right up to the wire until Milan Mandaric’s takeover.

The Serbian-born businessman wiped away our £30million debts. Finally we could start building Wednesday back up to the great club it once was.

Manadric wasted no time in providing Irvine with all the money he needed to build a promotion winning team.

No sooner had everyone at the club got used to the changes in fortune off the field than Irvine was sacked after a six game winless run.

Just days later well-known Wednesdayite Gary Megson was appointed as our new manager and we all hoped that our fortunes would quickly turn.

But Megson’s reign at Hillsborough has been less than impressive.

Some matches the team seem to have lost all fight and our defence leaks goals like its going out of fashion.

What started off as such a promising season now looks like it could end with a yet another relegation battle.

I can just about cope with League One football, but League Two football is unthinkable for a club of our stature and fan base. Can you imagine trips to Cheltenham and Morecambe?

Still fans cling to the hope that we will remain in League One and have the pleasure of Sheffield derbys next year. However bad things get in S6, we can take comfort in knowing that it’s not much better at Bramall Lane and they are closer to relegation right now than we are.

We need to improve our home form and put up the same fight that we seem to do when we play away from Hillsborough.

We must make Hillsborough the fortress that it should be, somewhere that teams fear to play at.

Megson has added to the team in the last few weeks and Saturday’s result against Dagenham & Redbridge, where we were robbed of all three points, should be the turning point.

Let’s end this rollercoaster season on a high!