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Get With The Programme - Chesterfield

Get With The Programme - Chesterfield

Welcome to the first of what I hope becomes a regular feature on Owlsonline. For each of our home opponents I will delve into my programme collection (which goes back to 1986) to find one for a match against that team. Sounds easy? Well, let’s see how we go……

For our first home game of this season against local ‘rivals’ Chesterfield I thought I would go back to the last time we played them in a cup : 6 October 2010 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy 2nd round,

The match was obviously the glamour tie of the round, had been chosen by Sky for televisation (my word, I’m sticking with it} and the millions tuning in were not to be disappointed, Anyway, let’s have a look at the programme……

The cover star was Mark Beevers, resplendent in a proper Wednesday kit. Just look at the beautiful stripes, the black shorts, simple collar, it was only 7 years ago but already enough to make you feel nostalgic. Beevers was well established in the Wednesday team by now but was struggling to live up to the early expectations , clearly not helped by having three lips which can’t have helped the confidence.

The general tone of the programme was pretty positive. Alan Irvine was waxing lyrical about the Owls’ last match, a 2-0 win at Notts County, where he concluded ‘we didn’t have a bad player on the pitch’. A quick look at the squad list would suggest otherwise but Alan seemed happy.

The captain, Darren Purse, was in similarly upbeat mood, and reminded fans that a trip to Wembley could be on the cards if we did well in the competition.

The main interview and centre spread featured Jon Otsemobor, the right back who had signed from Southampton the previous summer.

Jon was keen to stress how impressed he was with Wednesday’s fans, not just since he signed, but having previously played at Hillsborough with one of his previous clubs, Norwich City.

He also pointed out there was a lot of competition in the squad, and that Giles Coke was ‘different class’ and ‘one of the best at the club’. He was of course talking about the players’ regular FIFA 11 competitions.

Jon also reminded us that he had played for Liverpool in his early days, alongside the likes of legends Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Darren Potter.

‘Home & Away’ was the name for the regular feature in a simple Q&A format. A young Liam Palmer was answering the questions on this occasion. At the time Liam was driving a Citroen C2, he had around 900 Facebook friends and enjoyed Saturday nights staying in and watching the X Factor. Quite what we would do without these fascinating insights into a footballer’s world, Lord only knows.

Liam was also asked which of the squad’s current players he most admired, to which he gave no less than six names : Clinton Morrison, Darren Purse, Darren Potter, James O’Connor, Tommy Miller and Giles Coke. With so many amazing midfielders to learn from, it’s perhaps not surprising that Liam has made his name at Hillsborough as a right back.

In opposition

Chesterfield seemed to have a decent squad for their level (they were to get promoted at the end of the season). In particular they were able to call on both Jack Lester and Craig Davies up front, the latter quite a hot prospect at the time.

Also in the squad were ex Owls Drew Talbot and Mark Crossley, as well as a rookie right back they had just taken on loan from Huddersfield…… Jack Hunt.

The match

Chesterfield gave a pretty good account of themselves, and went ahead through Dean Morgan. Wednesday quickly drew level through Neil Mellor. The Spireites thought they had won it late on when Craig Davies raced through and finished confidently past Nicky Weaver. The Owls still had time to draw level though, with Marcus Tudgay converting from the rebound after his penalty was saved.

The Football League had wisely decreed that, with supporters only able to take so much JPT excitement in one night, drawn games should go straight to penalties. Thus ensued what was the longest shootout ever to be seen at Hillsborough. All eleven players on each team ended up having to take a penalty, with the keepers of course coming last. Weaver smashed in his penalty, putting pressure on his opposite number Tommy Lee. Lee addressed the ball like one of those slightly overweight, middle aged fans trying to boot the ball in from the half-way line in the half-time competition, and duly blazed the ball into the Kop. Cue delirium amongst the crowd, safe in the knowledge that the Owls’ presence in the Northern Area Quarter Finals was in the bag.

If only all penalty shootouts were the same……..

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