Ron Springett In The Net - Sheffield Wednesday

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#1 01/12/2019 at 23:56

There's a bit of catching up to be done.

Rather than reporting in depth on each game, I'll do a month by month update until getting up to now, and then revert to the weekly update.

Starting off with the pre season activity.

Big Ron continued his shaping of the squad with some decent money (for the time) spent.

Exciting forward Dalian Atkinson was signed from Ipswich for £450,000. The 21 year old had come through the ranks at Portman Road, and come to prominence by scoring 21 goals in 68 games for them.

Centre half Peter Shirtliff returned to Hillsborough after spending three successful seasons at Charlton. We'd sold him for £125,000, and paid £500,000 to bring him back.

A double signing from Walsall completed the incoming, with Craig Shakespeare and Mark Taylor arriving from the Midlands club. Shakespeare was the major signing with him costing £300,000. Despite his entire eight year career being with Walsall in the lower leagues he had built up quite a reputation and Wednesday weren't the only top flight club interested in signing the midfielder. Taylor was much more of a gamble with his £50,000 price tag reflecting that.

The major outgoing was Siggi Jonsson. With the Icelandic midfielder refusing a new contract, he went for a tribunal decided £475,000 to Arsenal. As always it seemed like Wednesday had been somewhat screwed over as we had rejected a significantly higher offer from Celtic towards the end of the previous season. Jonsson's modest appearance tally of 64 starts and nine from the bench from his three and a half seasons at Hillsborough was probably a big factor in his desire to leave. He contributed six goals.

Veteran winger Tony Galvin left on a free to Swindon, having made 26+18 appearances and scored twice.

Young striker David Reeves had not been able to stake a claim for a regular spot so it was no surprise when he was allowed to leave. After just 10 starts (plus 12 from the bench) and three goals, it was a little surprising that Bolton paid £80,000 for him. A sell on clause meant that the final figure we received for him rose to £112,000.

Short term signing Wilf Rostron - he made just nine appearances - was allowed to leave early in the season, going to Bramall Lane on loan in September, before going to them permanently in November.

Although he didn't actually leave Wednesday for another year, Ian Knight went to Sc**thorpe on loan at the beginning of the season, and never made another first team appearance for Wednesday. It was of course a case of what might have been but for that horror tackle for Knight. He made just 27 appearances for us, but I think for all those of us who saw him, we were convinced that he had an incredible future ahead of him. 

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#3 05/12/2019 at 22:17

August

It was a dreadful start to the season for Wednesday, with August yielding just a single point and a solitary goal from our first four games.

The season started with a 2-0 home defeat against Norwich in front of 19,142, with the visitors getting a goal in each half.

It was a similar story in the next game with Luton also beating us 2-0. Their first goal was from a Danny Wilson penalty.

The Alan Harper game came next, as our hero played a starring role in a 4-0 defeat at Chelsea. The first two goals came from him conceding a penalty, and then scoring a comedy own goal.

The final game of the month looked like it was going to end in a fourth defeat until a last minute goal from Dalian Atkinson gave us a somewhat lucky 1-1 draw with Everton. Given our disastrous first three games, the attendance of 19,657 wasn't too bad.

v Norwich
Turner, Harper, Worthington, Palmer, Pearson, Madden, Bennet, Barrick, Whitton (Hirst), Atkinson, Shakespeare. Unused sub, Fee

v Luton
Turner, Fee, Worthington, Palmer, Pearson, Madden, Taylor, Harper (Bennet), Atkinson, Hirst, Shakespeare. Unused sub, Whitton

v Chelsea
Turner, Harper, Worthington, Whitton, Pearson, Madden, Taylor, Wood, Atkinson, Hirst, Shakespeare. Unused subs, Bennet, Fee

v Everton
Turner, Wood (Bennet), Worthington, Whitton, Pearson, Madden, Taylor, Harper, Atkinson, Hirst, Shakespeare. Unused sub, Fee.

Unsurprisingly one point from four games saw us occupying the bottom spot, although Man City and Palace also had just the single point. At the top of the table it was an odd looking top three of Coventry, Norwich and Millwall.

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#4 05/12/2019 at 23:13

Was Palmer banned for Chelsea and Everton or dropped/injured?  

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#5 05/12/2019 at 23:26

Or injured?  

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#6 06/12/2019 at 01:04

Was Palmer banned for Chelsea and Everton or dropped/injured?
Meersbrook Owl, 05/12/2019 at 23:13


Was making secret trips over to East and West Germany to organise meetings about a demolition he’d planned. 

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#7 06/12/2019 at 09:23

Didn't he get sent off against United in a pre season friendly ? 

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#8 06/12/2019 at 22:52

Weird that we ended the previous season and began this at home to Norwich  

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#9 07/12/2019 at 12:08

19,142 as an attendance for a season opener at home is poor looking back. We were garbage the previous season but you’d have thought having Big Ron at the helm would have been a bigger pull. 

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#10 07/12/2019 at 12:15

Was standard of the era, football was on its arse.  

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#11 07/12/2019 at 20:48

September

The second month of the season was only marginally better than the first, with a win, a draw and two defeats in the league; and a goalless draw at home v lowly opposition in the League Cup.

As with August we managed just a single goal, and again it came from Dalian Atkinson.


A 5-0 thrashing at Highbury started the month off badly, with four goals coming in the second half. Ex-Owl Marwood got one of them.

The first win of the season came next as 17,509 saw an early Atkinson goal defeat Aston Villa 1-0.

A disappointing 0-0 home draw with basement side Aldershot in the first leg of the second round of the League Cup, and for the glass half full types amongst us it meant we'd gone two games undefeated and without conceding. The attendance was 9,237.

It was back to losing ways the next game though as two second half goals gave Millwall a 2-0 success at The Den.

The month ended with a home 0-0 draw with Coventry in front of 15,054.

v Arsenal
Turner, Shirtliff, Worthington, Whitton, Pearson, Madden, Taylor, Harper (Bennet), Atkinson, Hirst (Newsome), Shakespeare

v Villa
Pressman, Wood, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Madden, Taylor, Whitton, Atkinson, Hirst, Shakespeare. Unused subs, Bennet, Harper.

v Aldershot
Pressman, Newsome, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Madden, Taylor, Whitton (Harper), Atkinson, Hirst, Shakespeare. Unused sub, Varadi.

v Millwall
Pressman, Newsome, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Madden, Taylor (Varadi), Whitton (Harper), Atkinson, Hirst, Shakespeare

v Coventry
Pressman, Newsome (Harper), Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Madden, Taylor, Whitton, Atkinson, Hirst, Shakespeare. Unused sub, Bennet


We were still bottom of course, with Charlton just one point better off than us; and surprisingly Man Utd completing the bottom three.

The top of the table now had a more familiar look to it. Norwich and Millwall were still hanging in there, but the top three were now Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. 

Post edited on 07/12/2019 at 20:49 by cheat

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#12 07/12/2019 at 23:11

Were we playing 3 up front with Whitton, Hirst and Atkinson or playing Whitton in midfield at that time?

Varadi, Whitton, Hirst and Atkinson all on the pitch at the same time against Millwall.

You could never accuse Big Ron of sitting back and not attacking that’s for sure and you can see a lot of chopping and changing happening trying to get the balance right eh.

Christ, what a difference bringing in Roly and Shez for Harper and Shakespeare though. 

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#13 08/12/2019 at 21:17

October

The month started off in an astonishing way, and then reverted to type.

After a very poor 0-0 draw in the first leg Wednesday travelled to Aldershot for a potential cup upset. Incredibly for a side that had scored just twice in the preceding nine games, Wednesday ran amok and won 8-0. Whitton got four, Atkinson a hat-trick, with a first Wednesday goal for Shakespeare completing the rout.

Back in league action we went to Old Trafford, and came away with a 0-0 draw.

Next up was a trip to Tottenham, and a 3-0 reverse.

A fourth away game on the trot gave us a chance to progress in the League Cup, and when Hirst converted a late penalty to give us the lead it looked like we were going to. It was of course typical Wednesday though as Dean Saunders struck twice in injury time to beat us 2-1.

The final game of the month, and our only home outing, was a fairly non-descript 1-0 home defeat to Wimbledon. It's a game I'll never forget though as I produced and sold Cheat for the first time at the game. There were 13,728 potential customers for me.

v Aldershot
Pressman, Newsome, Worthington, Palmer (Hirst), Shirtliff, Madden, Bennett, Harper, Whitton (Varadi), Atkinson, Shakespeare

v Man Utd
Pressman, Newsome, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Madden, Bennett, Pearson, Whitton (Hirst), Atkinson, Shakespeare. Unused sub, Taylor

v Tottenham
Turner, Newsome, Worthington, Palmer, Shirtliff, Madden, Hirst, Pearson, Whitton (Varadi), Atkinson, Shakespeare (Taylor)

v Derby
Turner, Newsome, Worthington, Palmer Shirtliff, Madden, Taylor, Pearson, Whitton (Hirst), Atkinson, Shakespeare. Unused sub, Harper

v Wimbledon
Turner, Newsome, Harper, Palmer, Shirtliff, Madden, Taylor (Whitton), Pearson, Hirst, Atkinson, Barrick (Shakespeare)


We were of course still bottom with our terrible total of six points from 11 games, and were a worrying four points behind Charlton and QPR, our partners in the drop zone) and another from safety.
At the top Liverpool were a point ahead of Everton, with Chelsea in third place. 

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#14 11/12/2019 at 19:20

Might be my memory playing tricks on me, but think Ian Hesford was the Aldershot goalie that night. Only had one save to make late on in what was a truly terrible Wednesday performance that night. 

I ask you will Galway bate Mayo? Not if they have Willie Joe...they haven't a hope of beating Mayo! 

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#15 11/12/2019 at 19:34

Hesford was at Hull Baresi.  

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