If there was ever a time when Sheffield Wednesday needed a good start it was today. As I’ve previously posted there are a number of off the field issues causing embarrassment and frustration amongst the fans at the moment. A win, or at least a positive performance today, could have gone some way to relieving some of that ill feeling.
The game ended up following that old predictable format with Wednesday. The only word that comes to mind is apathy. There just seems to be a resigned, defeated and apathetic atmosphere around the club. There’s no fight, passion or cutting edge. I don’t get to many away games due to work. I trawl through the message boards and forums. I read posts from people whose judgement I trust. In the context of the match stats from today it does not look good.
One of the local journalists reported today that Wednesday are under some sort of embargo which he expects to be announced soon. It’s hard to see where the positives are going to come from at the moment. The transfer window closes on August 9th and with Keiren Westwood being left out of the squad it looks all but certain he will be moving on.
There is a real possibility that the atmosphere around the club will turn toxic very quickly if our fortunes do not improve. There are unconfirmed reports on the message boards of fighting amongst Wednesday fans at Wigan today. Like I say, these are unconfirmed by official sources but have been reported by multiple posters on the boards. I hope it’s not true, but my suspicion is there probably was some trouble. It’s a sad state of affairs when adults drink to excess and then start fighting at a football match. I would be shocked if alcohol was not involved in some way.
I’ve just spotted a link to the goals from today. At least our goals were well taken. Nuhiu showed a lot of persistence to score his goal and Forestieri’s was a good finish as well. Just a shame that all three of our goals were awfully defended. At least Jordan Rhodes didn’t score for Norwich. I think it would have broken the internet in Sheffield.
Next week we play Hull at home. This is the first season in a while where I have not renewed my season ticket. In the last couple of years I have missed around a quarter of our games due to work and holidays, but I always took the hit because I believed. The thing is, when I could not go I literally could not give my ticket away for free for those games. This season, I figured I would attend games on a pay-on-the-gate fan. I’ve just checked the prices for next week; minimum £39 as a non-member. That is simply not going to happen.
Let’s put it in context to how I have spent my Saturday evening; Peddler Market (free entry) with my girlfriend. Sampled several items of street food (£30 between the two of us). Then we went to watch Ant-Man and The Wasp at The Light. I have a membership there (£16 per month) and my girlfriend had a discount code so she paid £6. Snacks and drinks were £4. A full evening for two people came to about the same as a match day ticket for Sheffield Wednesday.
In other footballing news, Sportul Snagov (my second team) got their season underway in the Romanian Liga 2 as they travelled to Petrolul Ploiești. Earning a respectable draw they play CS Mioveni next week in their first home game of the campaign. I’m looking forward to watching Snagov play in person next time I am there. It will be refreshing to watch a game of football without the baggage that comes with supporting Sheffield Wednesday at the moment.
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