Sheffield Wednesday F.C.

Sheffield Wednesday ( officially: Sheffield Wednesday Football Club ) was founded in 1867, is next to Sheffield United is one of two major football teams in the English city of Sheffield. The team is also called " The Owls " ( the owls) and plays in blue and white striped shirts.

The unusual and unique in English football suffix " Wednesday" ( German: " Wednesday" ) derives from the founding club The Wednesday Cricket Club here, which initially only took Wednesday evening. Well-known former players of the club include Chris Waddle, Trevor Francis, Des Walker, Steve Nicol and Chris Woods.


Sheffield Wednesday became so established as The Wednesday Cricket Club Cricket club as. To get the upgrading of the members maintained even in the winter months, you taught a little later, a football section. After the club had already spent the first years of its history, mainly in the English Premier League, 1903 succeeded in winning the first championship in the First Division in 1902 /03. In the following 1903/04 season the team confirmed their good performance last year and again secured the title. By 1896, Sheffield Wednesday had won for the first time has been held since 1871 FA Cup. The enemy was here defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1. 1907 followed the second triumph in this competition after being defeated in the final of Everton FC 2-1.

In the season 1919/20, Wednesday rose for the first time in 21 years back in the First Division and reached only in 1926 the return to the British House of Lords. The renewed participation in the first division was 1928/29, celebrated by winning the third British Championship. As already 26 years before could the team from Sheffield again the title in the Football League First Division 1929/30, defend and enter the championship win. Major players of the team of coach Robert Brown at that time were, among others Ernie Blenkinsop, Jack Brown, Jack Allen and Harry Burgess. Triumphantly returned to the club in 1935 when third win of the FA Cup. In 1923 staged in Wembley Final West Bromwich Albion drew 2:4 with the short straw. Following the title in the FA Charity Shield was followed against the English champions Arsenal.

Only two years later Sheffield Wednesday rose again from the second division and commuted the following 22 years between the two English top classes. It was not until the season 1959/60 the club was eleven years in the First Division re-establish itself. After a fifth place in the first year, the team's 1960/61, under manager Harry Catterick even the runner-up reached in the Football League First Division behind the Tottenham Hotspur. The team then took part in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1961/62 and reached after wins over Olympique Lyon and AS Roma quarter-final against FC Barcelona. At that Sheffield failed 3-2 and 0-2. A second appearance was in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1963/64, there came from the already in the second round against 1 FC Cologne. In the years that followed Wednesday claimed in the upper third of the table, before 1965/66 with 17th place relegation was only just reached. Successful acted the team coached by Alan Brown in the FA Cup and reached the final of the competition. A crowd of about 100,000 won at Wembley on May 14, 1966, however, the FC Everton 3-2. After another few years in the first division but the descent into the First Division 1969/70 could not be like 1966 again avoided. Major players in these years were, inter alia, Redfein Froggatt, Ron Springett, and Don Megson.

The return to the first division was not until 14 years later, after the club was temporarily crashed even in the third league. After the eighth place in the first year 1984/85, the team reached a year later, the fifth in the season 1985 / 86th Due to the recurring problems in English football hooligan who were also amplified come to the fore by UEFA of the Heysel disaster in 1985, all English football teams were initially excluded indefinitely from international club competitions. The later limited to five years lock so had a negative impact on Sheffield Wednesday, which would otherwise have participated in the UEFA Cup 1986/87. In the following years, the path led steadily downward in the table before the club after the First Division in 1989/90 once again had to join the in the Second Division. Point equal to the Table 17th Luton Town chose only the worse goal difference by two goals to the detriment of Wednesday.

However, the team quickly recovered from this setback and went straight into the 1990/91 season back in the Premier League on. Ranking third behind Oldham Athletic and West Ham United Sheffield managed to return and also this year won the title in the League Cup in 1990/91. Opponent in the final at Wembley was coached by Alex Ferguson Manchester United, that was defeated by a goal from the Irish national team John Sheridan 1-0. Coach Ron Atkinson, who then took over the coaching job at Aston Villa, set in the game, among other things on Roland Nilsson, John Harkes, Nigel Pearson Nigel Worthington and. Also from the acting first as a player-manager Trevor Francis, the team was able to maintain their good form in the last season and reached the First Division in 1991/92 to third place behind champions Leeds United and the Second Manchester United. Thanks to this success, the Owls in the UEFA Cup were eligible to play in 1992/93 and moved to two wins (8:1 and 2:1 ) in the second round a. There, the German representative 1.FC Kaiserslautern proved to be too strong. After a 1:3 defeat at the Fritz -Walter Stadium, meant it 2-2 in the Hillsborough early exit.

The start of the newly formed Premier League 1992/93 managed satisfactorily with the seventh place in the table. Very successfully played the Owls in the FA Cup 1992/93 and reached the finals in this competition against the trained by George Graham Arsenal. 79 347 spectators in Wembley Ian Wright Arsenal had shot lead before David Hirst equalized for Sheffield. Since there are the game score remained even after extension, a replay was needed to determine the winner. This was five days later on May 20, again in 1993 in Wembley place and ended after goals from Ian Wright and Andy Linighan, and a goal by Chris Waddle 2-1 for Arsenal. Already on April 18, 1993 both teams had played the final of the League Cup in 1992/93. John Harkes early lead was compensated by Paul Merson before Steve Morrow in the 68th minute scored the winning goal for Arsenal. Thus, the successful season ended without a title for the team from Sheffield. As an honor for the club, however, the election of Chris Waddle on England's Footballer of the Year will be considered in 1993. After another seventh place in the Premier League in 1993/94 and number 13 a year later, the league could be secured only just 15th place in the 1995/96 season. Much better designed the team under coach David Pleat the Game 1996 / 97th With No. 7 to retake was just missed the European Cup after 1992. However, the road led over the next two years in the lower half of the table, culminating in relegation in the Premier League 1999 /2000. As Table Penultimate the team was only able to leave the team FC Watford behind and thus increased after nine years of excellence again.

After three years in the now second-class First Division, followed in 2003 as a Third to last the relegation to the third tier. In the season 2004/ 05, however, succeeded in the now Football League One called third league of resurgence. In the play-off final, Sheffield sat under manager Paul Sturrock in fifth 4-2 against the Sixth Hartlepool United by. In the following years, the team coached by Brian Laws in the Football League Championship established before was the renewed decline in the third league in the season 2009/10. After the sacking of Brian Laws mid-December 2009, the team was also under the successor of Alan Irvine the league does not hold and thus occurs since the 2010/11 season again in the third division.

Milan Mandaric took over the following season stuck in the embarrassed financial difficulties club, he bought it for 1 pound and paid his debts. Sporty targeted the re-emergence was missed, in February Alan Irvine was sacked and replaced by Gary Megson. Wednesday finished the season in 15th place.

Successful was started in the 2011/2012 season. However, even though he had just won against the city ( and Rise ) rivals Sheffield United 's derby 1-0 and Wednesday was on the third place, Gary Megson the end of February was removed from office. In the battle for the top two positions that guaranteed a direct ascent, he had recently lost too much ground.

On March 1 2012 Dave Jones was introduced as the new coach. He should try to realize the ascent without the detour of the play-offs. Under Dave Jones, the team made in the last twelve games 10 wins and 2 draws, took over shortly before the end of the season from city rivals Sheffield United 2nd place, and went straight on in the second highest league Football League Championship.


Sheffield Wednesday play in the Hillsborough stadium with a capacity of about 39 859 seats. The stadium is known by the large stadium disaster of 15 April 1989, 96 people were crushed to barricades to the playing field, as thousands of football fans thronged the whistle. Since then, according to the Taylor Report the fences were removed in all English football stadiums and in the Premier League ( first English league) only approved seats. The largest spectator interest was the club record against Manchester City on 17 February 1934, 72 841 visitors in the FA Cup game.


  • English Champion 1903, 1904, 1929 and 1930
  • Runner-up: 1961
  • Master of the Football League Second Division: 1900, 1926, 1952, 1956 and 1959
  • FA Cup winner: 1896 ( 2:1 against Wolverhampton Wanderers ), 1907 ( 2-1 against Everton ) and 1935 (4-2 against West Bromwich Albion )
  • FA Cup finalist: 1966 ( 2:3 against FC Everton) and 1993 ( 1-1 aet and 1-2 against Arsenal )
  • League Cup Winners: 1991 (1-0 against Manchester United)
  • League Cup Runners-up: 1993 ( 1:2 against Arsenal )
  • Cromwell Cup: 1867
  • Charity Shield (FA Community Shield ) Winner: 1904 and 1935

International Participation

  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1961/62
  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1963/64
  • UEFA Cup 1992/93

Current squad 2013/14

(Updated: August 29, 2013)

Well-known former players

  • England Tommy Crawshaw (1894-1908)
  • England Ernie Blenkinsop (1923-1934)
  • England Jack Brown (1923-1937)
  • England Jack Allen (1926-1930)
  • England Harry Burgess (1929-1935)
  • England Redfein Froggatt (1945-1960)
  • England Ron Springett (1958-1967)
  • Don Megson England (1959-1970)
  • Scotland Tommy Craig (1968-1974)
  • England Bob Bolder (1977-1983)
  • England Mel Sterland (1978-1988)
  • England Peter Shirtliff (1979-1986, 1989-1993)
  • England Gary Bannister (1981-1984)
  • Gary Megson England (1981-1984, 1985-1989)
  • England Lee Chapman (1984-1988)
  • England Brian Marwood (1984-1988)
  • Northern Ireland Nigel Worthington (1984-1994)
  • England David Hirst (1986-1997)
  • England Nigel Pearson (1987-1994)
  • England Kevin Pressman (1987-2004)
  • Sweden Roland Nilsson (1989-1994)
  • England Carlton Palmer (1989-1994, 2001)
  • Ireland John Sheridan (1989-1996)
  • Northern Ireland Danny Wilson (1990-1993)
  • United States John Harkes (1990-1993)
  • England Trevor Francis (1990-1994)
  • England Viv Anderson (1991-1993)
  • England Chris Woods (1991-1996)
  • England Chris Waddle (1992-1996)
  • England Andy Sinton (1993-1996)
  • England Des Walker (1993-2001)
  • Romania Dan Petrescu (1994-1995)
  • Sweden Klas Ingesson (1994-1996)
  • England Peter Atherton (1994-2000)
  • Belgium Marc Degryse (1995-1996)
  • Scotland Steve Nicol (1995-1998)
  • Italy Paolo Di Canio (1997-1999)
  • Sweden Niclas Alexandersson (1997-2000)
  • Netherlands Wim Jonk (1998-2001)
  • Shefki Kuqi Finland (2002-2003)
  • Ireland Glenn Whelan (2004-2008)
  • Marcus Tudgay England (2006-2011)

Manager ( Trainer)

League membership


  • Official website (English)