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Sheffield Wednesday are a professional football club based in South Yorkshire, England. One of the oldest clubs in world football, Sheffield Wednesday have a rich history. They currently play in England’s second tier, the Championship.
The history of Sheffield Wednesday begins in 1867. Like many English football clubs, Sheffield Wednesday were formed by members of another another sports club. In this case, The Wednesday Cricket Club members founded a football team, originally known as The Wednesday Football Club.
The cricket club were so called because they had Wednesdays off work. A successful cricket side, the members set up a meeting to garner interest in forming a football club so the players had a sport to play during the winter months.
The foundation of the football team proved to be incredibly popular, and soon it overtook cricket as the most popular sport to play. In 1868, Wednesday Football Club entered the Cromwell Cup, and went on to win the competition.
During this time, the Wednesday Cricket and Football club set a record. Charles Clegg, later to become Sheffield Wednesday chairman, became the first man to play an international match for England in both cricket and football.
Wednesday continued to progress well. In 1887, the club won the Sheffield FA Challenge Cup and three years later they entered the FA Cup.
Problems began though due to financial issues off the pitch. The cricket and football sections of Wednesday had split in 1882 due to financial disagreements, and the Wednesday football players had begun to leave the club. Wednesday were still an amateur side, and with other clubs in their proximity becoming professional, Wednesday players were joining them to get paid. After a 16-0 thrashing at the hands of Halliwell, in which Wednesday had just ten players, the board decided to turn the club professional and pay their players.
Wednesday had first played at Bramall Lane. When the club turned professional, they moved stadium and played at the Olive Grove. The club then became founder members of the Football Alliance in 1889, winning the division in its first season.
That season also saw Wednesday reach their first FA Cup Final, although this time the occasion ended in defeat, beaten 6-1 by Blackburn Rovers. In 1892, the club were elected to join the Football League and Wednesday followed this up by winning their first FA Cup in 1896 after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Final.
The club had to leave the Olive Grove in time for the 1899/1900 season. The club eventually bought some land in Owlerton, outside the city of Sheffield and built a new stadium on this. This stadium would be known as Hillsborough and is the home of Sheffield Wednesday today.
The early 1900’s were an incredibly successful time for Wednesday. The club won successive Football League First Division titles in 1902/1903 and 1903/1904 and won their second FA Cup in 1907. After the Cup win, Wednesday’s league form was inconsistent, with finishes as high as fifth and as low as 18th before the First World War led to a suspension of the Football League.
When the Football League calendar resumed, Wednesday were relegated. The club spent six years in the second tier before winning the Second Division title in the 1925/1926 season, and with it promotion back to the top flight.
Successive First Division titles followed in the 1928/1929 and 1929/1930 seasons, followed by three consecutive third place finishes. Around this time, the club changed its name to Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, how we know it today. In the 1934/1935 season, the club won the third FA Cup in Sheffield Wednesday FC history.
However, Wednesday’s success wasn’t to last. Just two seasons after their third FA Cup win, the club were relegated back to the Second Division. The club stayed in the Second Division before the Second World War forced the postponement of the Football League for the second time.
In the first season back after the war, Wednesday were almost relegated. They survived and their Second Division adventure continued until the 1949/1950 season when a second place finish earned Sheffield Wednesday promotion.
The 1950’s were a strange time for Sheffield Wednesday. The club were demoted in their first season back in the top flight, and then gained immediate promotion back to the First Division. In the 1954/1955 season, the club were relegated again, only to gain immediate promotion back once again.
In the 1957/1958 campaign, the club were relegated once more, but yet again the club were back in the top flight within a year. From this last promotion, the club went on to spend 11 consecutive seasons in the First Division.
The 1965/1966 season saw Sheffield Wednesday reach another FA Cup final. They were beaten again, though, this time by Everton.
Controversy had hit the club the year before. Three Sheffield Wednesday players had been accused of match fixing, Peter Swan, David Layne and Tony Kay. The trio were sent to prison and were giving a permanent ban from football. They were given a reprieve at the start of the 1970’s, and Swan and Layne returned to Sheffield Wednesday.
In the 1969/1970 season, Sheffield Wednesday were relegated once more. This time, their stay in England’s second tier lasted longer than in previous campaigns, and the 1970/1971 season was the first of five seasons in the Second Division.
This time, there was no immediate return to the top flight. Instead, a further relegation was confirmed in the 1974/1975 season with a 22nd place finish, and the club entered the Third Division for the first time in Sheffield Wednesday FC history.
The club were almost relegated again in the following season, but managed to avoid the drop by the narrowest of margins. From there, the club began to steadily improve. In 1977, Jack Charlton was given the Sheffield Wednesday manager’s job and led the club to promotion in 1980.
After four years back in the Second Division, the club were promoted back to the top flight, under the management of Howard Wilkinson.
In 1989, Hillsborough was the scene of one of English football’s biggest tragedies. Hillsborough was the venue for an FA Cup semi final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, during which 96 fans lost their lives following a crush in the stands.
The club were relegated in the 1989/1990 season, but under the management of Ron Atkinson the club were promoted immediately. Sheffield Wednesday also won the League Cup that year, beating Manchester United in the final.
In 1992, the Premier League was created and Sheffield Wednesday became one of the founder members. Two consecutive seventh place finishes, an FA Cup Final appearance and two League Cup final appearances followed.
However, Sheffield Wednesday couldn’t continue to compete for trophies, and in 2000, Wednesday were relegated to the second tier, then called Division One. Serious financial issues hit the club following relegation after spending large amounts of money on players who couldn’t keep the club in the Premier League.
Their poor form continued, and in 2003 Sheffield Wednesday were relegated to Division Two. The following season, the Football League divisions under another name change - Division One became the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two.
The club earned a play-off place in the 2004/2005 season, and after winning the final they were promoted to the Championship. However, financial problems were never far away and with a lack of funds to spend, the club returned to League One in 2010.
As the 2010/2011 season got underway, the future of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club was in doubt. Facing numerous winding up orders, the club were in severe financial straits. In the November of 2010, Milan Mandaric bought the club, securing the club’s immediate future.
In the 2011/2012 season, a second place finish was enough to see Sheffield Wednesday back in the Championship. The team struggled at first, with 18th place and 16th place finishes in their first two seasons back in the second tier. In 2014, Dejphon Chansiri bought the club from Mandaric and announced that the club would be back in the Premier League in time for their 150th anniversary celebrations.
In the 2015/2016 season, Sheffield Wednesday nearly achieved just that, but a defeat to Hull in the Championship play-off final meant another season in England’s second tier.
The Sheffield Wednesday FC badge has always featured an image of an owl. Sheffield Wednesday badge history begins in 1956, when the first original Sheffield Wednesday badge was created.
This first Sheffield Wednesday football badge was a shield shape containing an image of an owl sat on a branch. A white rose, representing Yorkshire, was placed underneath, with the sheaves of Sheffield featured above. In a banner below the shield was the club’s Latin motto ‘Consilio et Animis’ which translates as ‘By Wisdom and Courage’.
In 1973, the Sheffield Wednesday FC crest was changed. The new badge depicted an owl on it’s own in a minimalist style.
This badge remained on Sheffield Wednesday kits until 1995. This new badge took inspiration from the original badge, featuring a shield shape containing an image of an owl perched on a branch. ‘Sheffield Wednesday’ was written underneath the owl, with the Yorkshire rose placed above.
In 1999, the 1973 badge returned, though this time the minimalistic owl was contained by a shield. In 2016, the badge changed back to the original Sheffield Wednesday badge.
Sheffield Wednesday kit colours are famous for their blue and white stripes. When the club were first founded and were known as The Wednesday, blue and white were the kit colours but they were hoops rather than stripes.
The first Wednesday kit featured a blue and white hooped shirt worn with black shorts and black socks. In 1878, the shirts remained but the shorts were changed to white and the socks to blue and white hoops.
From 1886 to 1890, the Sheffield Wednesday jerseys were half blue half white, worn with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks.
It wasn’t until the 1890/1891 season that Sheffield Wednesday introduced their famous blue and white striped shirts. Originally, these shirts were worn with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks, but in 1900 the shorts and socks were changed to black.
When the club changed its name to Sheffield Wednesday, the Sheffield Wednesday colours were blue and white striped shirts worn with black shorts and blue socks. The blue and white stripes have remained ever since, but the colours of the shorts and socks have alternated between blue, black and white over the years.
For the 2016/2017 season, the club wore blue shirts with thin white stripes, blue shorts and blue socks.
The Sheffield Wednesday stadium is Hillsborough. Originally known as the Owlerton Stadium, the club moved to the newly built Hillsborough in 1899 after playing at a variety of different football stadia. Early Sheffield Wednesday grounds included Highfield, Myrtle Road, Hunter’s Bar and Healey. Big matches were played at Sheaf House and what would later become home to Sheffield United, Bramall Lane.
The Sheffield Wednesday stadium capacity currently stands at 39,732, making Hillsborough one of the largest grounds in English football. There were plans for a stadium expansion, but currently these Sheffield Wednesday stadium plans have been shelved.
The Sheffield Wednesday stadium layout consists of four all seater stands - the North Stand, the West Stand, the South Stand and the Spion Kop Stand.
The North Stand has a capacity of 9,255 seats. It is currently sponsored by My Sheffield Jobs. The North Stand is the third biggest at Hillsborough, and the stand was redeveloped in 1960.
The West Stand, otherwise known as the Leppings Lane End, has a capacity of 6,658. It is sponsored currently by TitanBet UK. The original stand was constructed in 1900, with the stand undergoing redevelopment between 1961 and 1965.
The South Stand has a capacity of 11,352, and is currently sponsored by Lifeskills.co.uk. The stand was the subject of reconstruction from 1913 to 1915, and was expanded in 1995.
The Spion Kop has a capacity of 11,210, and is sponsored by Zebra Finance. Originally built in 1914, the stand has undergone reconstruction and extensions in its history.
There are also other seating areas at Hillsborough, including the North West Corner and the Kop Corner.
Sheffield Wednesday have always been one of the best supported clubs in England. Even when the club moved to play at Hillsborough, they had to relocate to outside Sheffield but their fans still made the journey to watch their team play.
While most Sheffield Wednesday fans hail from the city of Sheffield and the surrounding areas, there are also a large number of Sheffield Wednesday supporters clubs throughout the country and across the globe. One of the biggest is Wednesdayite, which maintains close links with the club.
The biggest rivals for Sheffield Wednesday supporters is their neighbours Sheffield United. These two sides contest the Steel City derby. Sheffield United took their ‘Blades’ nickname from Wednesday, and they were formed by the committee at Bramall Lane after Wednesday moved stadiums.
One of the most popular Sheffield Wednesday supporters songs is ‘Hark Now Hear, The Wednesday Sing, United Run Away’, sung today after Wednesday beat their rivals 4-0 in 1979.
The Sheffield Wednesday owner is Dejphon Chansiri. Chansiri bought the club from Milan Mandaric in 2015.
Mandaric had taken the club over in 2010, with the club in deep financial trouble. He bought the club for just £1, and paid off all the debts associated with the club. With the club in such huge trouble, the shareholders had no choice but to sell.
Mandaric had also been owner and chairman of Portsmouth and Leicester City. When he completed the purchase of Sheffield Wednesday, he had to step down from his position at Leicester as the Football League state that no one can be chairman of two clubs at the same time.
Sheffield Wednesday stats begin with their record appearance maker. Andrew Wilson holds the record for most Sheffield Wednesday appearances, playing in 560 games from 1900 to 1920.
Two other Sheffield Wednesday players have made over 500 appearances in Sheffield Wednesday history. These are Jack Brown, who played in 507 matches between 1922 and 1937; and Alan Finney, who made 503 appearances for the club from 1949 to 1965.
Andrew Wilson is also the Sheffield Wednesday all time leading goalscorer. Wilson scored 217 goals in his Sheffield Wednesday career, the only player in Sheffield Wednesday history to score more than 200 goals.
Sheffield Wednesday’s record transfer signing is Adam Reach. Reach was signed from Middlesbrough for a fee of £5 million in 2016. The highest transfer fee Sheffield Wednesday have ever received is £3 million, a fee West Bromwich Albion paid for Chris Brunt in 2007.
The all time highest attendance at Hillsborough was 72,841. This number of spectators witnessed Sheffield Wednesday take on Manchester City in 1934.
Sheffield Wednesday’s biggest league win came in 1930, when the team beat Birmingham 9-0. Their heaviest league defeat came in 1912 when Aston Villa beat Wednesday 12-0.
Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United stats read as 127 matches played with 45 wins for Sheffield United to 42 for Sheffield Wednesday.
The current number of Sheffield Wednesday players in their first team squad is 28. The squad contains a mixture of experienced international players and young up and coming talent.
Notable ex Sheffield Wednesday players include Chris Waddle, Roland Nilsson, Nigel Worthington, Des Walker, Nigel Pearson and David Hirst.
The current Sheffield Wednesday player of the year is Fernando Forestieri. Since 1969, only one player has won this award in consecutive seasons. Eric Potts has that honour, winning the player of the year award in 1975 and 1976.
A number of Sheffield Wednesday players past and present have been established internationals. The most internationally capped player whilst playing club football at Sheffield Wednesday is Nigel Worthington.
The current Sheffield Wednesday manager is Carlos Carvalhal. Carvalhal took over the managerial reins in 2015, replacing Stuart Gray.
Arthur Dickenson is the first and most successful in Sheffield Wednesday manager history. Dickenson won two top tier titles and two FA Cups in his reign that lasted from 1891 to 1920. Dickenson is also the longest serving Sheffield Wednesday manager, taking control of 919 matches, winning 393 of them to give him a win percentage of 42.76.
Harry Catterick is the most successful manager in terms of win percentage. Catterick was the manager of Sheffield Wednesday from 1958 to 1961, and led his side to victory in 77 of his 138 matches in charge. Catterick left the club with a win percentage of 55.80.
The Sheffield Wednesday honours list reads as four top tier titles (1902/1903, 1903/1904, 1928/1929, 1929/1930); three FA Cup wins (1896, 1907, 1935); one League Cup win (1991); and one Charity Shield win (1935).
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