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Sheffield Wednesday
Badge of Sheffield Wednesday
Full name Sheffield Wednesday Football Club
Nickname(s) The Owls, Wednesday
Founded 4 September 1867
Ground Hillsborough Stadium
(Capacity: 39,812[1])
Chairman Lee Strafford
Manager Alan Irvine
League The Championship
2008–09 The Championship, 12th
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club (pronounced /ˈʃɛfiːld ˈwɛnzdeɪ, -di/) is a professional Association football club based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, who currently compete in the Football League Championship, in England. Sheffield Wednesday is one of the oldest professional clubs in the world and the fifth oldest in the English league. The Wednesday, as they were named until 1929, were founding members of The Football Alliance in 1889, and its first champions that inaugural season. The Wednesday joined The Football League three years later when the leagues merged. Sheffield Wednesday were also one of the founding members of The Premier League in 1992. Their main rivals are Sheffield United, the two clubs having contested the Steel City derby on a regular basis for some 100 years. Barnsley, Leeds United, Bradford City, Huddersfield Town, Rotherham United, Chesterfield and Doncaster Rovers are also local rivals.

The Owls have spent the majority of their history in the top flight of English football since joining the Football League in 1892. They have won four League titles, three FA Cups and one League Cup, but their League Cup triumph in 1991 is their only major trophy since 1935. They did reach both domestic cup finals in 1993, but lost 2-1 to Arsenal at Wembley on both occasions.

They play their home matches at Hillsborough Stadium in the north-western suburb of Hillsborough. It is a 39,814 all-seater stadium built in 1899 when the lease expired at their previous ground of Olive Grove.[2]



A cricket match at Darnall in the 1820s, a ground laid out for The Wednesday Cricket Club.
The Wednesday squad shot from 1878, in their original hooped shirts.
Leaflet advertising a Blackburn Rovers match on 12 September 1887 against 'The Wednesday' at Olive Grove.

Early years

The club was a cricket club when it formed in 1820 as The Wednesday Cricket Club (named after the day of the week when they played their matches). A meeting on the evening of Wednesday 4 September 1867 at the Adelphi Hotel established a footballing side to keep the team together and fit during the winter months. They played their first match against The Mechanics on 19 October the same year.[3]

It soon became apparent that football would come to eclipse the cricketing side of the club. On 1 February 1868, Wednesday played their first competitive football match as they entered the Cromwell Cup, a four-team competition for newly formed clubs. They went on to win the cup, beating the Garrick Club 1-0 after extra time in the final at Bramall Lane.[4]

Charles Clegg joined Wednesday in the 1870s, starting a relationship that would last the rest of his life and eventually lead to his becoming the club's chairman. He also became president and chairman of the Football Association and known as the "Napoleon of Football".[5] In 1876 they acquired Scot James Lang. Although he was not employed by the club, he was given a job by a member of the Sheffield Wednesday board that had no formal duties. He is now acknowledged as the first professional football player in England.[6]

The 1880s saw two major events that radically changed the face of the club. In 1882 the cricket and football clubs parted company;[7] the cricket club went later out of existence in 1925. The football club turned professional in 1887 after pressure from players threatening to defect to other clubs. Sheffield Wednesday won their first game as a professional club against The Mechanics 3–0.

Professional football

The move to professionalism took the club from Bramall Lane, which had taken a share of the ticket revenue, to the new Olive Grove.[8] In 1889 the club became founder members of the Football Alliance, of which they were the first champions in a season where they also reached the 1890 FA Cup Final, losing 6–1 to Blackburn Rovers at Kennington Oval, London. Despite finishing the following season bottom of the Alliance, they were eventually elected to the expanded Football League in 1892. They won the FA Cup for the first time in 1896, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 at Crystal Palace.

Due to an expansion of the local railway lines, the club was told that they would have to find a new ground for the 1899–1900 season.[7] After a difficult search the club finally bought some land in the village of Owlerton, which at the time was several miles outside the Sheffield city boundaries. Construction of a new stadium (now known as Hillsborough Stadium) was completed within months and the club was secured for the next century. In a strong decade Wednesday won the League twice in the 1902–03 and 1903–04 seasons and the FA Cup again in 1907, beating Everton, again at Crystal Palace 2–1. After this the club went through a relatively fallow period for another two decades.

The club was almost relegated in the 1927–28 season, but with 17 points in the last 10 matches they pulled off a great escape, rising from bottom to 14th. Wednesday went on to win the League title the following season (1928–29), which started a run that saw the team finishing lower than third only once until 1936.[8] The period was topped off with the team winning the FA Cup for the third time in the club's history in 1935.

Post-war turmoil

The 1950s saw Wednesday unable to consistently hold on to a position in the top flight. After being promoted back up in 1950, they were relegated three times, although each time they bounced back up by winning the Second Division the following season. The decade ended on a high note with the team finally finishing in the top half of the First Division for the first time since the Second World War.

This led to a decade of successfully remaining in the First Division, which included a run to the FA Cup Final in 1966 – notable in that Wednesday played all their ties away from home. Off the field the club was embroiled in the British betting scandal of 1964 in which three of their players, Peter Swan, David Layne and Tony Kay, were accused of match fixing and betting against their own team in an away game at Ipswich Town. The three were subsequently convicted and, on release from prison, banned from football for life.[9] The three were reprieved in the early 1970s with Swan and Layne returning to Hillsborough and though their careers were virtually over Swan at least played some league games for The Owls.

Wednesday were relegated at the end of the 1969–70 season, starting the darkest period in the club's history. After going into free-fall they dropped to the Third Division for the first time in their history and were marooned there for five seasons. The club was almost relegated to the Fourth Division in 1976, but a revival under the management of Jack Charlton, and the aid of coach Tony Toms, and after Charlton resigned in 1983, Howard Wilkinson, saw them return to the First Division in 1984.

Modern highs and lows

Sheffield Wednesday spent the majority of the 1980s and 1990s in the top tier of English football. 1990–91 was the only season out of sixteen in a row that Wednesday spent in a lower division, but the season is best remembered by fans for Wednesday's swift return to the top flight under the management of Ron Atkinson and their League Cup victory over Manchester United to win their first major trophy for over 50 years. This League Cup triumph was the last domestic cup to be won by a club competing outside the top level of English football. The 1992–93 season established Sheffield Wednesday as a top club as they visited Wembley four times during the season – a League Cup final and an FA Cup semi-final, final and replay. In the FA Cup semi-finals they recorded a historic win over the city rivals Sheffield United, 2–1. However Wednesday failed to win any silverware, losing to Arsenal in both League and FA Cup finals, the latter after Andy Linighan's late extra-time winner in the replay to give The Gunners the victory.

Wednesday lift the 2005 League One Playoff Trophy

Wednesday's fortunes took a turn for the worse when a succession of managers failed to maintain this form, first David Pleat and later Danny Wilson spent small fortunes building squads that were ultimately ineffective, and the club's debts got out of control as a result.[10] Danny Wilson was sacked in March 2000 and his assistant Peter Shreeves took temporary charge but was unable to stave off relegation. The club's flirtation with relegation continued in Division One and after yet more managerial changes Chris Turner was hired as boss and made a strong effort to rejuvenate the side. However, a failure to beat Brighton & Hove Albion in the penultimate game of the 2002–03 season condemned them to another relegation.

After narrowly avoiding yet another relegation in 2003–04 and a poor start to the 2004–05 Coca-Cola League One campaign, Turner was replaced by former Southampton manager Paul Sturrock. Sturrock revitalised Sheffield Wednesday's fortunes and they finished fifth in League One at the end of the 2004–05 season, qualifying for the promotion playoffs. Over 40,000 Owls fans travelled to Cardiff to watch Wednesday beat Hartlepool United 4–2 after extra time in the playoff final, and return to the Championship.[11] Sturrock guided Sheffield Wednesday to Championship survival in 2005–06 but was sacked after a poor start to the 2006–07 season and replaced by Brian Laws.[12]

In the football season 2007–08 Wednesday endured their worst start to a season in its history losing six league games in a row, after a hyped pre-season where Wednesday were considered to be promotion contenders it was the exact opposite. Wednesday's season picked up and victories came under manager Brian Laws. Wednesday soon lost their chairman when Dave Allen resigned on 23 November 2007.[13] On 4 May 2008 Wednesday secured their position in the Championship for 2008–09 with a 4–1 home win against Norwich City on the last day of the season.[14]

The new 2008–09 season started brightly for Wednesday, who sat at 11th in the Championship table at the time of the January transfer window. Wednesday finished the 2008–09 season in a very credible 12th place with the best home defensive record in the division.

Sheffield Wednesday’s 2009-10 season got off to a solid start and they stayed in the top half of the table for the first 10 games. However, the inconsistency, which has always been a factor in recent seasons, came back and they dropped points including a memorable 3-2 loss to Steel City rivals Sheffield Utd. Richard Wood, a homegrown SWFC player since he was 11 years old, moved to Coventry City on loan after an ongoing wage dispute in which manager Brian Laws would not give in, and a fee of £500,000 was agreed which will proceed in January. Akpo Sodje moved to League 1 side Charlton Athletic on loan with a probable permanent signing in the January transfer window. Finding investment continues to be a number one priority for the club with hope of an investment coming in the new year. Alan Irvine, former Preston North End manager, was appointed Owls' manager on January 7th.

Name origins and nicknames

Sheffield Wednesday are the only English League club with a day of the week in their name.

The club was initially a cricket club named The Wednesday Cricket Club after the day of the week on which they played their matches. The footballing side of the club was established to keep the team together and fit during the winter months.

The reason the games were played on a Wednesday were due to the team being formed by local craftsman who had a half day finishing on a Wednesday.

The club was formerly known as "The Wednesday Football Club" until 1929, when the club was officially renamed "Sheffield Wednesday Football Club" under the stewardship of manager Robert Brown. The club is sometimes still referred to as simply 'The Wednesday'.[15] However the name Sheffield Wednesday dates back as far as 1883: the former ground at Olive Grove had the name Sheffield Wednesday painted on the stand roof.

Wednesday's original nickname was "The Blades", a common name for Sheffield clubs during the 19th century due to the city's links to the cutlery industry and now the nickname of their long-term local rivals Sheffield United. At the start of the 20th century, when a player presented them with an owl mascot to honour their stadium at Owlerton, adjacent to Hillsborough, the club became known as "The Owls".


The Wednesday's home shirt of 1871. It is assumed that these were the original colours used by the team.

Since its founding the club has played their home games in blue and white shirts, traditionally in vertical stripes. However this has not always been the case and there have been variations upon the theme. A monochrome photograph from 1874–75 shows the Wednesday team in plain dark shirts,[16] while the 1871 "Rules of the Sheffield Football Association" listed the Wednesday club colours as blue and white hoops.[8] A quartered blue and white design was used in 1887 and a blue shirt with white sleeves between 1965 and 1973.[17] This design would have received greater notoriety had Wednesday not worn their away kit for all of their games in the 1966 FA Cup run, when all of their ties were drawn away. Given the option in the final of wearing their first strip, they chose the away strip for luck; but Everton managed to claw back a 2–0 deficit after 54 minutes and eventually won the game 3–2.

There is a superstition among many older Wednesday fans that the team tends to have a poor season when they abandon the traditional evenly spaced blue and white stripe designs in favour of some broad stripe or narrow stripe design. However, in an age of marketing-driven decisions, the team only reverts to the familiar style every so often.

Wednesday have often favoured black shorts or, more recently, blue. There have been times where Wednesday have opted to play in white shorts, sometimes to minimise colour clashes with the opposing team. The socks were invariably blue and white hoops but these too have gone through changes including blue with a white roll over top, all blue and all white.

The away strip has changed regularly over the years although an all yellow strip has been used for many of the recent seasons in the club's history. Traditionally white was the second choice for many teams, including Wednesday. Other colours used for away kits in previous years include black, silver, green and orange. Wednesday have always avoided red as an alternative colour but for years had the players' numbers in red on the first-choice shirt backs, which was not easy to discern against blue and white stripes.

The shirt sponsors Lotto finish their contract at the end of the 2008-09 season and the new shirts are supplied by Puma with whom the club had a successful partnership in the Premier League. Home colours are the traditional shirt of blue and white stripes, coupled with black shorts and the away strip is yellow shirts with blue shorts.


Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium has hosted FIFA World Cup football (1966), The 1996 European Championships (Euro 96) and 27 FA Cup Semi Finals. The Kop at Hillsborough was re-opened in 1986 by Queen Elizabeth II and was once the largest covered stand of any football stadium in Europe.[18]

Hillsborough is the second biggest stadium in the Championship (After St James' Park - Newcastle United) and 12th biggest in the whole of England.

Originally, Wednesday played matches at Highfield, where Highfield Library is now located but moved several times before adopting a permanent ground. Other locations included Myrtle Road, Heeley and Hunter's Bar. Major matches were played at Sheaf House or Bramall Lane, before Sheffield United made it their home ground.[7]

Sheffield Wednesday's first permanent home ground was at Olive Grove, a site near Queen's Road originally leased from the Duke of Norfolk. The first game at Olive Grove was a 4–4 draw with Blackburn Rovers on 12 September 1887. Extensions to the adjacent railway forced the club to move in 1899, when work began on Hillsborough Stadium at Owlerton, to the northwest of the city centre. The first game at Hillsborough was played on 2 September 1899 and ended in a 5–1 win for Wednesday over Chesterfield. The stadium was originally named Owlerton Stadium but in 1914 Owlerton became part of the parliamentary constituency of Hillsborough and the ground took on its current name.[1]

The Hillsborough disaster occurred on 15 April 1989 at an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death after the terraces at the Leppings Lane end of the ground became overcrowded. The following report concluded that the root cause of the disaster was the failure of local police to adequately manage the crowds.[19][20] A memorial to the victims of the disaster stands outside Hillsborough's South Stand, near the main entrance on Parkside Road.

There are plans to increase ground capacity in further years to come. For more information, SEE BELOW.

2010-2016 Stadium Extension/Refurbishment

On 18 August 2009, Sheffield Wednesday announced that they would improve Hillsborough Stadium by increasing the capacity to 44,825 by 2012 and 50,000 by 2016. The improvements are:

  • Increased capacity to 44,825 seats with no viewing restrictions[21]
  • Removal of pillars and building of a new 'iconic' roof structure for the Kop[21]
  • Removal of pillars and building of new 'iconic' roof structure for the West Stand
  • A new specific learning zone in the West Stand overlooking the pitch
  • Extension of the North Stand to create the biggest classroom in the country and enterprise zones for use by local business and community organisations
  • New corporate facilities - 17 new executive boxes in the North Stand
  • Improved stadium access and increased car parking spaces
  • Making Hillsborough into a 'green stadium' through rainwater harvesting and solar cell technology to power learning zones


Wednesdayites at Hillsborough

Wednesday have enjoyed good support despite their recent decline in fortunes. They had the highest average attendance during both seasons in Division Two/League One[22][23] and continued the trend when returning to the Championship with the highest attendances in that division.[24] At the 2005 playoff final Wednesday took over 42,000 fans to the Millennium Stadium.[25], which remains the highest number of supporters any football team has taken to the Millenium Stadium.

The Owls have many famous fans from the world of sport& music including former England Cricket Captain Michael Vaughan [26]; Champion boxer Johnny Nelson [27]; the Arctic Monkeys [28]; Jarvis Cocker from Pulp [29]; Martin Ware of Heaven 17 & The Human League [30]; Paul Carrack from Mike & the Mechanics & Roxy Music (who recorded "singing the blues" for The Owls); Thompson Twins, Rick Savage from Def Leppard [31]; M.P`s Roy Hattersley & David Blunkett; Coronation Street actor Tommy Craig.

One of their most famous fans is Paul Gregory. Known to many as "Tango" or "Tango Man" due to his similarity to a character appearing in advertisements for the eponymous soft drink in the 1990s, he takes his shirt off for every away match.[32] He achieved national fame during the 1990s appearing on The Big Breakfast and The Sunday Show. Another famous Wednesday institution was the Wednesday Band, a brass band that played during matches. Although unpopular amongst many rival fans (and some home fans),[33] they have released several records and have been invited to regularly attend England matches.[34] They were often banned from away grounds and suffered the same fate at home until March 22 2009, when the band returned to Hillsborough. The future of the band is unknown, their return was a success and now decisions have to made at boardroom level to see if their position back on the Kop is long-term.

Supporters' groups include Wednesdayite, an independent football supporters' organisation which owns over 10% of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and The London Owls, an active supporters' club for Wednesday fans living in London and South East England.

Sheffield Wednesday have had a large variety of fanzines over the years; examples include Just Another Wednesday, Out of the Blue, Spitting Feathers, Boddle, A View From The East Bank, Cheat! and War of the Monster Trucks, which acquired its name from the programme that Yorkshire Television elected to show instead of the celebrations after the 1991 League Cup victory over Manchester United.[35]

Below are recent average attendances at Hillsborough:


Sheffield Wednesday's main rivals are city neighbours Sheffield United. Matches between these two clubs are nicknamed Steel City derbies, so called because of the steel industry the city of Sheffield is famous for. These matches are usually the highlight of the season for both sets of supporters. Sheffield Wednesday's other rivals include Barnsley and Leeds United.

Famous Steel City derbies include:

The Boxing Day Massacre; a Football League Third Division match which took place at Hillsborough on 26 December 1979. To date, it is the only season (1979/1980) the two clubs have played each other outside of the top two divisions. A record Third Division crowd of 49,309 supporters watched Wednesday beat United 4–0, therefore becoming part of Sheffield Wednesday folklore, even inspiring a song;

Hark now hear, The Wednesday sing;
United ran away;
Now we will fight, for ever more;
Because of Boxing Day!

The two teams also met at Wembley for an FA Cup semi-final match on 3 April 1993. The match was scheduled to take place at Elland Road but due to pressure from fans and the sheer number of supporters wishing to see the game the Football Association decided to switch the game to Wembley and 75,365 fans made the trip down to London to watch the match. Wednesday took the lead through a spectacular Chris Waddle free kick before United forced extra time courtesy of a goal from veteran striker Alan Cork. Mark Bright eventually scored the goal that secured victory for Wednesday.[36]

Sheffield United have a better head to head record in Steel City Derby games, having won 44 times compared to Wednesday's 41 victories. Of the most recent ten encounters, Wednesday have won four games against their rivals whilst United have won three times. On the 7th of February 2009, Sheffield Wednesday beat United 2-1 at Bramall Lane. This, on the back of a 1-0 victory for the Owls at Hillsborough earlier in the season, gave Wednesday their first double over United since the 1913/14 season, a 92 year wait.

Crest and mascots

The original crest
Mid-1990s crest
The minimalist crest

Since their move to Owlerton, the owl has become a theme that has run throughout the club. The original club crest was introduced in 1956[37] and consisted of a shield showing a traditionally drawn owl perched on a branch. The White Rose of York[38] was depicted below the branch alluding to the home county of Yorkshire and the sheaves of Sheffield (Sheaf field) were shown at either side of the owl's head. The club's Latin motto, Consilio et Animis, was displayed beneath the shield.[37] This translates into English as "By Wisdom and Courage".[39]

The crest was changed in 1970 to a minimalist version that shows a stylised owl with a large round head and eyes perched on the letters S.W.F.C. Various different colours were used on this badge, regularly changing with the kit design. The predominant colours however were black and yellow. This version remained in use throughout the 1970s and 1980s before being replaced in 1995.[40]

The new crest reverted to a similar design to the original crest. It again featured a traditionally drawn owl perched on a branch although the design of both had changed. The sheaves were replaced by a stylised SWFC logo that had been in use on club merchandise for several years prior to the introduction of the new crest. The Yorkshire Rose was moved to above the owl's head to make way for the words Sheffield Wednesday. The word Hillsborough was also curved around the top of the design. The club motto was absent on the new design. The crest was encased in a new shape of shield. This crest remained in use for only a few years, during which several versions were used with different colouration including a white crest with blue stripes down either side and the colouring of the detail inverted. Most recently the shield shape has remained but the detailed owl logo has been replaced, yet again, by the minimalist version, echoing the badge's course of history in the 1970s. The most recent change was the addition of a copyright symbol in 2002.[37]

Over the years Sheffield Wednesday have had several Owl themed matchday mascots. Originally it was Ozzie The Owl and later two further Owls, Baz & Ollie were added. All three were replaced in 2006 by Barney Owl, a similar looking owl but with more defined eyes to make it look cuter. Ozzie Owl was reintroduced as Wednesday's main mascot during the home game with Charlton Athletic on the 17th of January 2009.


Joined Football League in 1892-Present


First Division

Second Division


FA Cup

League Cup


FA Charity Shield

  • Winners (1) 1935
  • Finalists (1) 1930

FWA Footballer of the Year



League history

Since Being elected to the football League in 1892 Wednesday have spent the majority of their history in the top Level of English football (66 seasons)
34 Seasons have been spent in the second Level and only 7 seasons have been spent in the third Level. Wednesday have never played below level three since becoming a football League club.

  • Seasons spent at Level 1 of the football league system: 66
  • Seasons spent at Level 2 of the football league system: 34
  • Seasons spent at Level 3 of the football league system: 7
  • Seasons spent at Level 4 of the football league system: 0

League Standings for last 10 Seasons

Sheffield Wednesday: League Standings for last 10 Seasons
Season League level Pos P W D L F A GD Pts
1998–99 Premier League 1 12th 38 13 7 18 41 42 -1 46
1999–00 Premier League 1 19th 38 8 7 23 38 70 -32 31
2000–01 Division 1 2 17th 46 15 8 23 52 71 -19 53
2001–02 Division 1 2 20th 46 12 14 20 49 71 -22 50
2002–03 Division 1 2 22nd 46 10 16 20 56 73 -17 46
2003–04 Division 2 3 16th 46 13 14 19 48 64 -14 53
2004–05 League 1 3 5th 46 19 15 12 77 59 +18 72
2005–06 Championship 2 19th 46 13 13 20 39 52 -13 52
2006–07 Championship 2 9th 46 20 11 15 70 66 +4 71
2007–08 Championship 2 16th 46 14 13 19 54 55 −1 55
2008–09 Championship 2 12th 46 16 13 17 51 58 −7 61

Pos = Position; P = Played; W = Won; D = Drawn; L = Lost; F = Goals For; A = Goals Against; GD = Goal Difference; Pts = Points

Managers and players

Former players

A list of former players can be found at List of Sheffield Wednesday F.C. players.

Notable managers

As of 15 February 2008.[41]
Only managers with over 200 games in charge are included. For the complete list see List of Sheffield Wednesday F.C. managers.

Name Nat From To Record
P W L D Win%
Arthur Dickinson England 1 August 1891 31 May 1920 919 393 338 188 42.27%
Robert Brown England 1 June 1920 1 December 1933 600 266 199 135 44.33%
Eric Taylor England 1 April 1942 31 July 1958 539 196 215 128 36.36%
Jack Charlton England 8 October 1977 27 May 1983 269 105 77 87 39.03%
Howard Wilkinson England 24 June 1983 10 October 1988 255 114 73 68 44.70%
Trevor Francis England 7 June 1991 20 May 1995 214 88 58 68 41.12%

Dickinson, who was in charge for 29 years, is Wednesday's longest-serving manager, and helped establish the club among the finest in the country during the first two decades of the 20th century.

Brown succeeded Dickinson and remained in charge for 13 years; in 1930 he secured their most recent top division league title to date.

Taylor took over during the Second World War and remained in charge until 1958, but failed to win a major trophy, even though Wednesday were in the top flight for most of his reign.

Charlton took Wednesday out of the Third Division in 1980 and in his final season (1982–83) he took them to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Wilkinson succeeded Charlton in the summer of 1983 and was in charge for more than five years before he moved to Leeds United. His first season saw Wednesday gain promotion to the First Division after a 14-year exile. He guided them to a fifth place finish in 1986, but Wednesday were unable to compete in the 1986–87 UEFA Cup due to the ban on English teams in European competitions due to the Heysel Disaster of 1985.

Francis took over as player-manager in June 1991 after Ron Atkinson (who had just guided them to Football League Cup glory and promotion to the First Division) departed to Aston Villa. He guided them to third place in the league in 1992, and earned them a UEFA Cup place. They finished seventh in the inaugural Premier League and were runners-up of the FA Cup and League Cup that year. He was sacked in 1995 after Wednesday finished 13th – their lowest standing in four years since winning promotion.


As of 1 February 2010.

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Lee Grant
2 England DF Tommy Spurr
3 England DF Lewis Buxton
4 England DF Darren Purse (captain)
5 England DF Richard Hinds
6 England MF Tommy Miller
7 England FW Marcus Tudgay
8 England MF Sean McAllister
9 England FW Francis Jeffers
11 Netherlands MF Etienne Esajas
14 Republic of Ireland MF Darren Potter
15 England DF Mark Beevers
17 Republic of Ireland MF James O'Connor
18 England FW Leon Clarke
No. Position Player
19 England FW Luke Varney (on loan from Derby County)
20 United States DF Frank Simek
21 England DF Nick Wood
22 England GK Richard O'Donnell
23 Jamaica MF Jermaine Johnson
24 England MF Luke Boden
25 England GK Arron Jameson
26 England DF Max Wragg
27 England MF Callum Harrison
28 England FW Nathan Modest
29 England MF Liam Palmer
30 England MF Tom Soares (on loan from Stoke City)
32 Republic of Ireland DF Eddie Nolan (on loan from Preston North End)
33 England MF Michael Gray


Historical league position (the four bars represent the four tiers of the Football League)

Wednesday's biggest recorded win was a 13-0 victory over Halliwell in the first round of the FA Cup on 18 January 1891. The biggest league win was against Birmingham City in Division 1 on 13 December 1930; Wednesday won 9-1. Both of these wins occurred at home.

The heaviest defeat was away from home against Aston Villa in a Division 1 match on 5 October 1912 which Wednesday lost 10-0.

The most goals scored by the club in a season was the 106 scored in the 1958–59 season. The club also accumulated their highest league points total in the same season when they racked up 88 points.

The highest home attendance was in the FA Cup fifth round on 17 February 1934. A total of 72,841 turned up to see a 2-2 draw with Manchester City. Unfortunately for Wednesday, they went on to lose the replay 2-0. (Manchester City won the FA Cup that season)

The most capped Englishman to play for the club was goalkeeper Ron Springett who won 33 caps while at Sheffield Wednesday. Springett also held the overall record for most capped Sheffield Wednesday player until Nigel Worthington broke the record, eventually gaining a total of 50 caps for Northern Ireland whilst at the club.

The fastest sending off in British League football is held by Sheffield Wednesday keeper Kevin Pressman - who was sent off after just 13 seconds for handling a shot from Wolverhampton's Temuri Ketsbaia outside the area during the opening weekend of 2000.[42]

The fastest shot ever recorded in the Premier League was hit by David Hirst against Arsenal at Highbury in September 1996 - Hirst hit the bar with a shot clocked at 114 mph.


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Further reading

  • Gordon, Daniel (2002). Blue-and-white-wizards: The Sheffield Wednesday Dream Team. Edinburgh: Mainstream. ISBN 1-84018-680-1. 
  • Dooley, Derek; Keith Farnsworth (2000). Dooley!: The Autobiography of a Soccer Legend. Sheffield: Hallamshire. ISBN 1-874718-59-8. 
  • Allen, Paul; Douglas Naylor (2005). Flying with the Owls Crime Squad. London: John Blake. ISBN 1-84454-093-6. 
  • Hayes, Dean (1997). Hillsborough Encyclopaedia, The: A-Z of Sheffield Wednesday. Edinburgh: Mainstream Pub.. ISBN 1-85158-960-0. 
  • Brodie, Eric; Allan Troilett. Jackie Robinson Story, The. ISBN 0-9547264-2-1. 
  • Dickinson, Jason (1999). One Hundred Years at Hillsborough, 2nd September 1899–1999. Sheffield: Hallamshire Press in association with Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. ISBN 1-874718-29-6. 
  • Johnson, Nick. Sheffield Wednesday 1867–1967. ISBN 0-7524-2720-2. 
  • Farnsworth, Keith (1987). Sheffield Wednesday Football Club: A Complete Record, 1867–1987. Derby: Breedon. ISBN 0-907969-25-9. 
  • Waring, Peter (2004). Sheffield Wednesday Head to Head. Derby: Breedon. ISBN 1-85983-417-5. 
  • Liversidge, Michael; Gary Mackender. Sheffield Wednesday, Illustrating the Greats. ISBN 0-9547264-5-6. 
  • Farnsworth, Keith (1998). Wednesday: Every Day of the Week - An Oral History of the Owls. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-131-1. 

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