Sheffield Wednesday

If you have some interest in football, you will get a déjà vu feeling after reading the foundation of Sheffield Wednesday? The accepted day of origin for the football Club is September 4th, 1867. When members from the local cricket team met upon their half-day off from work, Wednesday, that became the name for the new football venture the cricket team launched. However, things took a wrong turn in 1924, and the cricket team saw disbandment although the football remained under the same name until 1929 when an official name change took place, from Wednesday to Sheffield Wednesday. Whilst on the subject, the nickname “The Owls” comes from the not so exciting fact, the Club locates in an area known as Owlerton. That allegedly got its name from the alder trees growing in the area. You can choose to believe it or not; the result is the same.

UEFA club coefficient ranking

The latest years, Sheffield Wednesday has not competed or reached a prominent position in any of the UEFA organised competition. Although, records kept by the organisation indicates that “The Owls” had two decades that represents the overall contribution from the Club. First in the 60s, with 2 (1961/62, 1963/64) Inter-Cities Fairs Cup competitions. And then again in the 90s, more precise the UEFA Cup (1992/93) and the UEFA Intertoto Cup (1995/96). So, with limited modern UEFA football played, what are the domestic League and Cup fixture table telling us?

How many times have Sheffield Wednesday won the Premier League title?

Today, we say the English Premier League (EPL) when talking about the top-flight in the UK. Yet, before 1992 the EPL had a predecessor, the Football League First Division. By which “The Owls” brought home on numerous occasions. In fact, besides it’s 4 (1902/03, 1903/04, 1928/29, 1929/30) championship titles, the Club also ended up as runner-up 1 (1960/61) year. So, for sure, Sheffield Wednesday have won Premier League but in its original format, First Division. With the top-flight out of the bag, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty in Club titles.

Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Sheffield Wednesday

We know that Sheffield Wednesday had an early football start in the UK. And it only took 1-year before the Club saw some progress. And This after winning the Cromwell Cup (1868) followed by the victory in the Sheffield Challenge Cup (1877). But the reputation for the Club got even louder after taking home the 2nd Division, now known as Sky Bet Championship 5 (1899/1900, 1925/26, 1951/52, 1955/56, 1958/59) times. And it’s 4 (1928/29, 1945/46, 1960/61, 1990/91) Central League, reserve team win. Plus 3 (1896, 1907, 1935) FA Cup’s, 1 (1991) League Cup, and finally 1 (1935) Charity Shield.

Kit and colours

With the founding days started as early as the late 1800s, you would expect a kaleidoscope of colour and kit change for its home colours. Though, when examining Sheffield Wednesday, we get a completely different picture. And there has been no real change in the design nor the colours. In fact, blue, white and black are the only colours you need to remember if asked, what is the colour combination “The Owls” used from day one. The only change, if you like to call it that, is the stripes. To explain, either the orientation was horizontal, hooped or vertical, striped. Yet, the Club did break trend for 7 seasons (1965/66, 1966/67, 1967/68, 1968/69, 1970/71, 1971/72, 2017/18) when playing in an all-blue shirt with white sleeves.

Sheffield Wednesday’s social responsibilities

The location of a football club in the UK has no impact when it comes to social responsibilities, as all the professional F.C’s has some sort of community programs, either in the works or in the planning stages. Where most, or close to all English Football League (EFL) Club’s engage in such thing as after school activities, senior citizen’s sports, and other general beneficial projects for the close community. That is also the fact for Sheffield Wednesday. However, the Club also caters to the less fortunate that like football, with its “Community Engagement Scheme.” Basically, love football and more particular, “The Owls,” but going to difficult times. Tell your story, and the Club will look at your situation and help out with things like subsidised ticket price if they can, to mention some of the organisation’s function.

Stadiums and capacity

Before we end up at the current (2020) 39,732 capacity home grounds for Sheffield Wednesday, let’s take the journey together. Starting with a mention and first pitch, Highfield (1867). Followed by a string of grounds, arenas, and stadiums like Myrtle Road (1869), Sheaf House (1877). Though, when moving into Olive Grove (1887), it marks the year of the first permanent location for the Club. Although, it was not the last home for the “The Owls,” as they moved on to Owlerton Stadium (1899). However, this time around the house hunt was over. And to this day, the area is the same, but the name is not. As the Owlerton Stadium needed a new name in 1912 after a range of venue improvements. And the final name settled on Hillsborough Stadium.

Sheffield Wednesday transfers and rumours

Sheffield Wednesday’s fan base

Let’s look closer to the numbers showing up at home, and away games when Sheffield Wednesday plays. Worth to keep in mind, for this exercise, the mentioned number is directly reflecting on the current 2019/20 season. And for the fans showing up on the home, and away games, the Club roughly ends up on a 4th place in the Sky Bet Championship attendance race. With a home attendance of around 23,700 supporters. Closely matched on the away games with 19,500, meaning, totally 21,600 tickets get sold on average every match day. As of now (2020) the leading Clubs are Leeds United (27,500), Nottingham Forest (22,800), and Derby County (22,700).

Women football in Sheffield Wednesday

Women’s or men’s football, it doesn’t make a difference for Sheffield Wednesday. The nickname is still “The Owls.” Yet, it needs to be some separation, and generally, the men are the “SWFC.” While the women’s team refers to as “SWLFC.” That initially adopted the name Star Ladies after the meeting venue, Star Inn Public House in Rotherham. Though, in 1985 after a series of dismantled, renamed, and ended Leagues the women finally adopted the name Sheffield Wednesday Ladies, or SWLFC.

Stakeholders and other financial interests in Sheffield Wednesday

In line with EFL regulations, the reported owner of “The Owls” is the Thailand born businessman, Dejphon Chansiri. When he bought-out the former owner Milan Mandarić for a reported figure of £37.5 Million in 2015. As a result, Mr Chansiri acquired 100% in the Club, alongside all responsibilities that come with owning a football Club in the UK.

Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia

Did you know that when “The Owls” kicked of the 1983/84 seasons Sheffield Wednesday went undefeated for 15 games straight? A fact to reflect on, when SWFC went professional the player salary was 5 Shillings for a home game, and 7 Shillings 6 p for an away match.