SHEFFIELD
WEDNESDAY F.C.
Founded: 1867


Also Known As:
THE WEDNESDAY (1867-1929)
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (1929-)




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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY F.C. (Football Club)
Known as 'The Wednesday FC' until the 1929-30 Season

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BRIEF HISTORY of SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

The club was a cricket club when it formed in 1820 as The Wednesday Cricket Club headed by Gerald Hamilton of Leigh, Lancashire (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. 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 10 after extra time in the final at Bramall Lane. The move to professionalism took the club from Bramall Lane, which had taken a share of the ticket revenue, to the new Olive Grove. 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 61 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 21 at Crystal Palace. In a strong decade Wednesday won the League twice in the 190203 and 190304 seasons and the FA Cup again in 1907, beating Everton 21, again at Crystal Palace. After this the club went through a relatively fallow period for another two decades. The club was almost relegated in the 192728 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 (192829), which started a run that saw the team finishing lower than third only once until 1936. The period was topped off with the team winning the FA Cup for the third time in the club's history in 1935.

The 1950s saw Wednesday unable to consistently hold on to a position in the top flight and this period became known as the yo-yo years. 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. Wednesday were relegated at the end of the 196970 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. Sheffield Wednesday spent the majority of the 1980s and 1990s in the top tier of English football. On 15 April 1989, the club's stadium was the scene of one of the worst sporting tragedies ever, at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, at which 96 Liverpool fans were fatally crushed in the Leppings Lane end of the stadium. The tragedy resulted in many changes taking places at Hillsborough and all other leading stadiums in England, namely the requirement of all-seater stadiums and the removal of perimeter fencing.

The 199091 season was the only one 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 following season Wednesday finished third in the league. The 199293 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 an historic win over the city rivals Sheffield United, 21. However Wednesday failed to win any silverware, losing to Arsenal in both League and FA Cup finals. Wednesday's fortunes took a turn for the worse when a succession of managers failed to maintain this form. A failure to beat Brighton & Hove Albion in the penultimate game of the 200203 season condemned them to another relegation. The 200708 season began with Wednesday's worst ever start to a season, losing six league games in a row. Chairman Dave Allen resigned in November 2007, and Wednesday avoided relegation with a win on the last day of the season. The Owls improved in 200809 and finished in 12th place, with the best home defensive record in the division. Halfway through Sheffield Wednesday's 200910 season Brian Laws was sacked, and was replaced by Alan Irvine. On the last day of the season, needing a win to stay up, Wednesday drew 22 with Crystal Palace and were relegated to League One.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Sheffield Wednesday F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Owls
Year Founded
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1867 (148 years ago)
English County
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South Yorkshire
Current Ground
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Hillsborough
Ground Location
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Sheffield, England
Club's Owner
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Dejphon Chansiri
Club Chairman
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Dejphon Chansiri
Current Manager
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Carlos Carvalhal
Current League
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The Championship
Last Season
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The Championship, 13th place


HOME COLORS

Blue, White & Black
AWAY COLORS

Black & Aqua Blue
INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


HILLSBOROUGH STADIUM
Sheffield, South Y6orkshire, S6-1SW, England

OPENED: ......... September 2, 1899
SURFACE: ........ Grass (w/undersoil heating system)
COST: .............. not available
CAPACITY: ...... 39,732
RECORD: ......... 72,841 (1934 vs Manchester City)
OWNER: ........... Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Ltd
OPERATOR: ..... Sheffield Wednesday F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 116 x 71 yards (106 x 65 meters)



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