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  The Loan
Posted by: Salopbaggie - 3 hours ago - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (2)

I could not find any thread on this but if there is one let me know and I'll transfer this over.

So the shareholders finally, managed to get the famous loan on the agenda with the request for an investigation into it. Of course Lai with his 88% instructed Ken to vote against any investigation, so that is not happening, surprise, surprise.

It was something else that seems to have been said by the club, which I am wondering if anyone has anymore on, as it seems very dodgy if it is the way I read it and that is the club are planning to pay the shareholders a dividend and the amount that will be due to Lai, will pay off at least the interest on the loan.

If this is correct it just makes the whole situation stink like a 6 month old fish that has been left down the back of a radiator. The club lends someone the money to buy the controlling interest in the club, then when the loan is not repaid the club pays them a dividend to pay back some of what they what they owe, sounds like the club is buying itself twice to me, i hope everything is above board, but if I were Lai I would be asking for the investigation just to clear my name of any suspicion of impropriety. Perhaps if the owner will not agree to an investigation, one of the shareholders should consider referring the matter to another body who can investigate, without requiring anyone's permission.

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  Motherwell v Hibs, Sun 1 August
Posted by: 0762 - 10 hours ago - Forum: Hibernian - No Replies

So the Prem League season finally begins with an away match v the "steel men". Here's hoping Hibs early competitive Euro matches "stand them in good stead" to register a good victory in this match. C'mon Hibs!


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  Town away at The Wednesday on Sunday in the Carabooboo
Posted by: Lord Snooty - 28-07-2021, 22:09 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (10)

Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Town
The Carabao Cup
Sunday August 1st - 13:00 ko
at the Hillsborough Stadium

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Huddersfield Town travel to Sheffield to play The Wednesday at Hillsborough on Sunday afternoon in the first round of this season's League Cup, aka the EFL Cup, but for sponsorship reasons known as the Carabao Cup and for silly names reasons known as the Carabooboo Cup.

We now have the chance to embarrass ourselves once more against lower league opposition, following The Wednesday's relegation to League One. We have been knocked out of this competition for the last two seasons by teams from the third division, Rochdale last time and Lincoln City the year before.

What kind of team will we put out for this match? Surely the starting XI will be the same one that Head Coach Carlos Corberán hopes to put out at Derby in the first league game next week. But we have had Covid outbreaks interrupting the pre season planning, so we can't be sure. But surely he won't field a team of youngsters like in the FA Cup game with Plymouth. Surely not!

Fraizer Campbell and Ramarni Edmonds-Green haven't played any pre season games due to catching a dose of Covid. They are now back with the squad, so maybe they will get some minutes in this game. Juninho Bacuna also returned from international duty early due to a Covid outbreak amongst his team mates and hasn't been seen in any of our friendlies. Isaac Mbenza seems to have disappeared off the face of the Earth though. Any sightings, anybody?

Our first two games of the season are against clubs in a crisis. We must take advantage. Anything but convincing wins in both matches will not go down well. Let's get a good start for a change.

Tickets: Yes, we have tickets. For the first time since that bad day at the Bellend, we have tickets to go and see Town in a proper first team game.

Tickets in the Upper West Stand will go on general sale to Town fans from 10am on Monday 26 July 2021 and will remain on sale at the Ticket Office until 4pm on Friday 30 July 2021.

Adults - £15
Over-65s - £10
Under-21s - £10
Under-17s - £5

Our New Players: Let's have a look at these new faces. We'll start with an old one. A returning hero......

Jordan Rhodes: left us in 2012, shortly after helping us get promoted to the Championship. When he left, he stood in 8th position in our all time goal scorers chart with 87 goals. Four of those goals came in one memorable match at Hillsborough, a ground where, despite having spent four years as an Owl, he still has more goals for us than them. Let's hope he can add  to that total in this cup match. He scored on his first debut for Town, coming off the bench to score against Southend Utd in the first match of the 09/10 season.
After his time with us, he had some good days as a Blackburn Rovers player, but couldn't get them up to the Prima Donna League. He did manage it with his next club, Middlesbrough.

He never scored a Premiership goal though and after only 6 games at the top level, he was sent out on loan to the Wendys. That deal became permanent, but he never found his old form that made him a hero at Town and Rovers and so he was sent out on loan to Norwich for a season, where he ended up with a Championship winners medal.

Back at Wednesday he continued to struggle and at the end of his contract in the summer, he re-signed for the Terriers.

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Matty Pearson: was born in Keighley 27 years ago and started his career with Blackburn Rovers, but never made their first team. Instead, he was sent to Conference side Lincoln City, then released to join Rochdale in League Two. That didn't work out and so he bounced between League Two and the Conference with FC Halifax Town and Accrington Stanley before Championship club Barnsley forked out half a million quid for him in 2017. That was an injury hit season though and with the Reds getting relegated, he was released and joined Luton Town.

He had three successful seasons as a Hatter, getting promoted to the Championship in his first season there. But when his contract was about to expire, he was announced as a Terrier inbound in May.

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Josh Ruffels: is another 27 year old. Born in Oxford, he has made most of his football appearances for Oxford United, but started out at Coventry City. He only played once though for them before being released in 2013, when he went back home. He had 8 years there, winning promotion in 2016. He helped them to two EFL Trophy finals, losing them both and then in 2020, they were beaten in the League One Play Off Final, getting beaten by Wycombe Wanderers.

He helped Oxford to the Play Offs last season, but they were beaten in the semis by Blackpool. He scored 21 goals for the U's, starting out as a midfielder, but ending up as a left back.

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Ollie Turton: played for Blackpool in that Play Off win over Oxford and then had a disastrous start to the Final. In the first minute of the match against Lincoln City, he turned the ball into his own net. Luckily for him Kenny Dougall netted twice in the right end and Ollie won promotion to the Championship, but didn't bother hanging around there, signing for the Terriers instead.

He's 28 years old, born in Manchester, came through the Crewe Academy, making his debut as an 18 year old. He stayed there for seven seasons before joining Blackpool in 2017.

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Lee Nicholls: is another 28 year old. A goalkeeper who started out at Wigan Athletic, who were then in the Premier League. He didn't make his debut though until they were back in the Championship. He did however have a few loans out, one of them to Sheffield Wednesday, but made his Football League debut with Accrington Stanley in 2011/12 in League Two.

In 2016 he signed on at the MK Dons, becoming their first choice keeper for three seasons, before losing his position to Andy Fisher last year. So it was a bit of a surprise when we took on the Dons' second choice goalie, but we have and he is likely to be in goal for this one, having started most of the pre season games.

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Levi Colwill: is an 18 year old centre back on loan from Chelsea. He's an England u17 player and he will also likely make his Town debut in this match.

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Danel Sinani: signed on loan for the season on Wednesday. Assuming he's match fit and has taken part in Norwich's pre season, he might be in for his debut against lower league opposition in this cup competition.

He's a winger, was born 24 years ago in Belgrade, but moved to Luxembourg as a kid and so qualifies for them in international football. He started his career with Racing FC Union Luxembourg and then moved to F91 Dudelange in 2017. They won the Luxembourg league title twice while he was there and qualified for the Champions League. He scored against Olympiacos to become the first player from a Luxembourg club to score in a European Group game. In 2019 he won the Luxembourg Player of the Year and later on scored twice in a Europa League game against Sevilla.

He's got a phenomenal scoring record in Europe, bagging 9 goals in the 19/20 Europa League, which earned him a move to Championship club Norwich City. He never played for the Canaries though as they decided to send him out on loan to Waasland-Beveren in Belgium.

Despite being born in Serbia, he was wanted by Kosovo as an international (his parents came from there), but stayed loyal to Luxembourg which he calls home. He has six goals so far for them.

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A brief history of Sheffield Wednesday: formed in 1867 by members of the Wednesday Cricket Club, they became professional in 1889 and reached the FA Cup Final in 1890, losing 1-6 to Blackburn Rovers. They joined the Football League in 1892 and then won the FA Cup for the first time in 1896, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Crystal Palace, with both goals scored by Fred Spiksley.

Having played their early seasons at Brammall Lane, they were kicked out of there in 1899 and moved to Hillsborough. That move was soon followed by their first League titles, winning it back to back in 1903 and 04. And then another FA Cup in 1907, beating Everton 2-1 with goals from Jimmy Stewart and George Simpson. Also playing at this time was Scottish international centre forward, Andrew Wilson, who went on to hold both the record appearances record for the Owls with 560, but also became their record goalscorer with a grand total of 217

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They were relegated after the War, but came back up in 1926 and won back to back League titles again in 1929 and 1930. In between these two League title wins, they changed their name from The Wednesday to Sheffield Wednesday. Then came another FA Cup triumph in 1935, beating West Brom 4-2 at Wembley, goals this time from Jack Palethorpe, Mark Hooper and Ellis Rimmer (2).

After the 2nd World War, they were relegated again, and again and again, but each time coming back up as 2nd division champions (in 1952, 56 and 59). In the 60s they finished runners up to Spurs in 1961 and reached the 1966 FA Cup Final, losing this time to Everton 2-3, with a 5th round win at Leeds Road along the way.

They were relegated at the end of the decade and then went down to the 3rd division for the first time in their history. In October 1977 they appointed ex Middlesbrough boss Jack Charlton as manager and he slowly turned the club around. He managed to persuade ex Nottingham Forest star Terry Curran to drop two divisions and sign for them from Southampton. He top scored for the Owls in 1979/80 as they finished 3rd in the 3rd division to go up automatically in those far gone, pre Play Off days.

They almost went up again, but after Charlton left, they eventually made it back to the top flight under the management of Howard Wilkinson in 1984. Back down again at the start of the 90s, but as a 2nd Division club, under the management of Ron Atkinson, they went and won their first major trophy since 1935 when they beat Manchester Utd 1-0 in the 1991 League Cup Final at Wembley with a goal from John Sheridan. And as an added bonus to the season, they won promotion back up to the 1st Division.

In 1993 they reached both the League Cup and FA Cup Finals, losing them both to Arsenal. And it was Arsenal again who relegated them on the last day of the 1999/2000 season from the Premier League, which 21 years later, they still haven't returned to.

They dropped again to League 1 in 2003, but came back up again, winning their first Play Off Final. Having disposed of Brentford in the semis, they took on Hartlepool United at the Millennium Stadium and won 4-2 (aet) with goals from Jon-Paul McGovern, a Steven MacLean penalty, Glenn Whelan and then Drew Talbot sealing it in the 120th minute. Since then they have been in the Championship, coming close to promotion again in 2016 when they reached the Play Off Final, losing to Hull City 0-1 at Wembley. And the following season they made the Play Offs once more, only to be beaten on penalties at the semi final stage by Huddersfield Town.

Last season, with a six point deduction for breaching the League's Profitability and Sustainability Rules, they were relegated, finishing bottom of the league, ending a nine year stint in the Championship.

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Head to Head


Town lead the head to head with 26 wins to Wendy's 21, with 16 draws.

We only have had one League Cup meeting before this. That was the second round of 1984/85 and First Division Wednesday beat second division Town 4-2 on aggregate. They won 3-0 at Hillsborough, but we won the 2nd leg 2-1 at Leeds Road with goals from Paul Jones and Mark Lillis, back in the days when clubs took this competition seriously.

Last season, we beat them at home and drew away. The home game saw Josh Koroma score early on and then Isaac Mbenza made it two from a direct free kick on the half hour. It remained 2-0, despite us getting our first penalty of the season, with Juninho Bacuna being the first player to miss one in a season when we missed three and didn't score any. Josh Windass put the Owls ahead in the Hillsborough match in March, but we got lucky in the second half when Callum Paterson put the ball into his own net.

Our first meetings came in the 1926/27 season after Wednesday had been promoted back up to the 1st Division. At Hillsborough we drew 1-1, but won 4-3 at Leeds Road with Bob Kelly getting a hat trick. We followed that up the following season with a Christmas double, winning at home 1-0 on Boxing Day with an Alex Jackson goal. But then really ruining their festivities the day after by winning 5-0 at their place, this time with a George Brown hat trick.

Jackson scored twice against them in the FA Cup semi final victory in 1929/30. The game was played at Old Trafford and we won 2-1, before going on to get beaten by Arsenal at Wembley.

Another big win in 1931/32 and another Town legend bagging a hat trick. This time it was a 6-1 win at Leeds Road and that legend was Dave Mangnall. That was during his club record of scoring in 13 consecutive matches (22 goals). Oh for a goalscorer like that now!

There have been loads of similar high scoring matches between the two of us, but my first trip to Hillsborough was in 1983 when a crowd of 27,824 attended a dull goalless draw in the 2nd Division. I mention the crowd because in that Leppings Lane away end it felt like they were all in there. To compare it to the disaster that followed a few years later wouldn't be appropriate but we did get crushed and it was scary. If only.....

Anyway, back to Town legends scoring hat tricks. In 2011, a cracking game at Hillsborough, after taking an early two goal lead through Jordan Rhodes, typical Town blew it. From 2-0 up to 2-4 down by the 74th minute. Loads of Town fans walked out, some of them breaking seats as they went (dickheads!). But then Rhodes completed his hat trick as they were wandering down Leppings Lane and were back on the A629 by the time he scored his 4th to equalise in injury time to send us all barmy who had bothered to stay.

There was the famous Martin Paterson/Adam Clayton 1-2 a couple of years later, but all these victories paled into insignificance with a 1-1 draw one night in May 2017. Do we need a reminder of it? Oh go on then.

So what's going on down in Owlerton? Managed nowadays by Darren Moore, the ex Donny and Baggies manager. As a player, he started out at Torquay United in the 90s, before transferring to Doncaster Rovers in 1995. Rovers were run by a crook back then, who had them in all sorts of financial trouble and so to keep them from going under, the highly rated Moore was sold off at a snip to Bradford City. Whilst there, he helped the Billy Bantams win promotion to the Premier League (I know we're entering the realms of fantasy here, but it's in Wikipedia so it must be true).

Paul Jewell never rated him though however and so he was sold on to Portsmouth, staying there for a couple of years before moving on to West Brom, the ultimate yoyo club. With the Baggies, he got promoted, relegated and promoted again. Boing, boing!

He got promoted again with his next club, Derby County. Unfortunately for Darren, yond pillock Jewell took over and looked to sell him back to Bradford. However, he rejected that move in favour of a move to South Yorkshire with Barnsley. He'd a couple of seasons there in the Championship, followed by a couple at Burton in League Two before calling time on a 20 year playing career.

That was in 2012 and he went back as youth coach. Towards the back end of the 2017/18 season, with the Baggies heading for the relegation trapdoor following defeat at home to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League, Alan Pardew got the sack and Moore was given the chance to perform a great escape. He almost did, pulling off some remarkable results and winning Manager of the Month, but they still went down.

He had been caretaker, but was given the job full time. They were doing alright, but strangely they decided to sack him with the team in 4th position in March. And so his next move was back as manager of another of his old clubs, Donny Rovers. They were not far off a Play Off spot when the country got a touch of the Covids. When the final table was calculated on a points per game basis, they just missed out.

So he went and took on the job at Hillsbororugh towards the back end of last season, almost helping them avoid relegation. But just as he did when the Baggies asked him to perform miracles, he came up short once again. And now he's back managing in League One.

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Who's in their squad then? Well shall we start with who's not in their squad? They released ten players from their first team squad at the end of the season, including Tom Lees and Kieren Westwood who had both been there for yonks. Also departing were Joost van Aken, Kadeem Harris, Matt Penney, Moses Odubajo, Joey Pelupessy, Adam Reach and Town legends Jordan Rhodes and Elias Kachunga. Liam Shaw has also left, signing for Celtic, after turning down the offer of a new contract. So who's left.......?

In goal, it will probably be Joe Wildsmith or it could be Cameron Dawson.

Club captain Barry Bannan was still there at the time of writing, although he had been the subject of much speculation, including a move to us, but I don't think that would be likely to happen. He's 31 now and this would be his seventh season as an Owl, after Premier League stints with Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, as well as 27 Scotland caps and a loan spell with the Scum of Beeston.

Full back Liam Palmer will be starting his 12th season at Hillsborough, in which time he's clocked up well over 300 appearances. He also has a few Scottish caps. Eight of them to date.

Two ex Town full backs are there. Jaden Brown signed after we released him and Jack Hunt signed after being let go by Bristol Titties.

German defender Julian Börner is still there. He had to be subbed off at our ground last season, suffering a facial injury. Chey Dunkley signed from Wigan last year. Dominic Iorfa came from Wolves in 2018.

In midfield they have Sam Hutchinson, despite him being released in 2020. He came back after being let go by Cypriot club Pafos. Aussie international Massimo Luongo came from QPR a couple of years ago, but has been injury prone.

Up top they still have Callum Paterson, who scored for us at Hillsborough last season and Josh Windass who scored against us. He was their top scorer last season and after he left our Academy, somehow ended up in Scotland playing for Rangers.

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That Windyass boy

Club connections:

Andy Booth: scored 150 goals for Town, putting him third in our all time goalscoring table behind George Brown and Jimmy Glazzard. In 1996 he was transferred to Sheffield Wednesday, then in the Premier League, for a club record fee, which we spent on bringing Marcus Stewart, Andy Payton and Andy Morrison to the club. Stewart scored a hat trick in a League Cup match in his first home match at Town, but the Town fans were strangely singing about Andy Booth. Why? News had come through that he had scored the winner against Leeds at Bellend Road on his Wednesday debut.  Laugh
Boothy scored 28 goals for the Owls, but it's at the other end he made his most famous performance for them after one keeper had gone off injured and the sub got sent off, he went in goal and made a load of saves to earn them a 1-1 draw with Liverpool. He had a loan spell at Spurs and then came home to Huddersfield

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Another Town legend who went on to swap to the other blue n white stripes is Elias Kachunga. He of course, was our top scorer in the promotion season to the Premier League in 16/17. Unfortunately, he spent most of our Prima Donna life on the treatment table and was never quite the same afterwards, which is why he ended up at Hillsborough. He wasn't even good enough for them and was released at the end of last season. What a crying shame. Sad

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There are club connections in both of today's squads. Jordan Rhodes could be making his second Town debut in this match after being released by the Owls. Jac Khunt could be doing the same, making his second debut for Wendy after returning to Hillsborough from Bristol City. Jaden Brown similarly could also make his debut for them after we got shut of him following a disappointing time at the Town.

Rolando Aarons had a loan with Wendy in 18/19, scoring once in 9 games. Lee Nicholls went there on loan from Wigan in 2011, but never got a game. The Owls of course have Josh Windass, who has a bad habit of scoring against us. He came through our Academy, but never made it to our first team.

One more current Town employee, the ever popular Leigh Bromby started his career with the Owls and played a hundred games for them.

Ambrose Langley was Town manager from 1919 to 1921, being in charge of the team that got to the 1920 FA Cup Final as well as getting us promoted for the first time to the First Division. As a player, he won an FA Cup winners medal with The Wednesday in 1896. He also won the League title with them in 1903 and 1904.

George Stephenson managed Town between 1947 and 1952. He played for Sheffield Wednesday for a couple of seasons in the 30s.

Steve Bruce managed both clubs, without any success. He was at Wednesday in 2019 when out of the blue he was poached by Newcastle United.

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'ow to get theere an' wheere to sup: The post code for sat nav is S6 1SW. That's the stadium, but S6 1QE is where the "Wednesdayite car park" is and apparently it's open to fans of both sides. I haven't been there for a few years and the place where we used to park up has now been built on, so we will be looking for somewhere new, if we decide to go. There is some street parking if you get there early enough, but most of the streets around the ground are permit parking only.

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The train station is three miles away, but there are connecting trams to the ground, running every ten minutes.

Now, it's a one o'clock kick off on a Sunday afternoon, which doesn't give you much time between church and getting to the match, but here's a guide to where you might get some beer.........

Quote:From the Football Ground Guide website:

A pub that admits away supporters is the Railway Hotel on Penniston Road, which is the main A61 that runs by the stadium. Walk up the A61 in the opposite direction to Sheffield City Centre (Meadowhall & M1), passing a Burger King and Garage on your left, and you will reach the pub on the right, just before a railway bridge.    Also, I did pass a couple of pubs (the Norfolk Arms & The Red Lion) on the way into Sheffield on the A61 from the M1, where away fans were drinking. Bill Harris a visiting Millwall fan adds; 'I found an excellent Pub called The New Barrack Tavern on the A61 just before McDonalds on the way to the ground, from the city centre. Forget the exterior, inside the pub has some excellent decor and no juke boxes or fruit machines. Although on my own I was made to feel very welcome and spent a good couple of hours talking football to the locals'. Craig Murray a visiting Bournemouth fan also enjoyed the New Barrack Tavern; 'It's a 'proper' pub, serving a great selection of real ales and imported lagers at reasonable prices. They also had really tasty, locally-made pork pies behind the bar. I wasn't wearing colours but the locals were very friendly and happy to chat footy once I opened my mouth and they realised I was an away fan. The pub's roughly 15-20 minutes walk from the ground.' This pub is owned by the Castle Rock Brewery and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It normally has seven beers on handpull, plus one cider polypin. It is also serves food. Please note that this is a home pub that welcomes small numbers of visiting supporters who appreciate their real ale, not a pub specifically for away fans.

For those with a little bit more time on their hands or planning to travel to the ground by Supertram, then the Hillsborough Hotel near the Langsett/Primrose View tram stop (two stops from Hillsborough going towards Meadowhall/Halfway) is worth a visit. This CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed pub, has a range of real ales available, hot food and is home to the Crown Brewery, whose beers it also has on offer. In fact, on my last visit, a lovely smell of hops wafted throughout the bar. Also from the outside area at the back, you can see people descending down the artificial ski slope in the distance. John Piper adds; 'From the Langsett/Primrose view stop. Cross over the road and walk back about 50 metres, in the direction of the city centre and the Hotel is on the corner. Afterwards just hop back on the tram (Yellow route – destination Middlewood) and get off at the Leppings Lane stop. An all-day ticket for the Supertram and is currently £3.70 and can be bought on board'. In Hillsborough itself (and conveniently situated by the tram stop, so much so that you can literally get straight off the tram and walk through the doors of the pub) is a Wetherspoons called the Rawson Spring. This pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and is about a 12-15 minute walk to the ground, or you can go back on the tram and up to the Leppings Lane stop. If you do go into this pub, then try to guess what the building was used for, before becoming a pub.

Nick Palfreyman informs me; 'With regard to where to drink, pubs close to the ground are normally pretty crammed full on matchdays and not easy to park by. The tram route, which can be boarded at Sheffield Station, out to Hillsborough (tram stop for the ground is' Leppings Lane') passes a good few excellent pubs. It is the Yellow Route with 'Middlewood' on the destination board. In the city centre near the West Street Tram stop is the Red Deer pub, which serves several real ales. By the University stop is the Harley, by the Shalesmoor stop is the Wellington, again real ales. and five minutes walk from that stop, by Kelham Island Museum (Alma Street) are the Fat Cat and Kelham Island Tavern, both jammed with real ale, and CAMRA Award winning pubs. If in a car you can park near these pubs and then use the tram to reach Hillsborough  An all-day tram ticket allows you to hop on and off as you choose. See the Supertram website for more information. If arriving in Sheffield by train then as Joe Oates a visiting West Ham United fan suggests; 'The Howard pub, on Howard street opposite Sheffield Railway Station. I found it to be a very warm and welcoming place for away fans to visit. A reasonable selection of the usual draught beers/lagers and three ales on the pump. Prices were very reasonable and a good selection of pub grub. It is then a ten minute walk to Castle Square Tram station for the Yellow route'.

Otherwise alcohol is available to visiting supporters in the away section of the ground, in the form of bottles of Bulmers, Heineken and Fosters (all £4). The Beer and food kiosks are separate, meaning that you may need to queue twice which isn't great.

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Last season's leading scorers:

Josh Koroma (8)
Frazier Campbell (7)
Isaac Mbenza (5)
Juninho Bacuna (5)

Josh Windass (10)
Callum Paterson (9)
Jordan Rhodes (7)
Adam Reach (6)

August the 1st down the ages: How did we get on in previous matches played on this date?

This will be the first game we have played on this date. Obviously there will have been friendlies, but no official matches.

Town's League Cup record: is really poor, considering what a big club we are.  Whistle

Our best season was back in the 1967/68 season, the season I first started watching. We reached the semi finals then, losing to Arsenal over two legs, but I didn't see any of these games, probably because I was only 7 and my dad obviously thought I was too young for night matches.  Sad

Anyway, to get to that stage we beat Wolves at home 1-0, Norwich away 1-0, West Ham at home 2-0, and Fulham 2-1 at home in a replay after a 1-1 draw down at theirs. In the semi final we went down to Highbury for the first leg and narrowly lost 3-2, with goals from Trevor Cherry and Colin Dobson. Back at Leeds Road for the second leg we drew level on aggregate when Tony Leighton scored early on, but Arsenal scored three times to make it 6-3.

We had a famous win at Bellend Road in 1982/83, which was a 3rd round match. Third division Town had won two legged encounters over Doncaster Rovers and Oxford Utd and then beat the "Champions of Europe", Leeds United 1-0 with a second half goal from David Cowling, which in those days of Town being in their massive shadow, was a thing to celebrate. We lost 1-0 at Arsenal in the next round.

We have only got as far as the 4th round on three occasions. In the 67/68 and 82/83 seasons already mentioned, and in 1999/2000.

That last one was the year we won down at Chelsea in the 3rd round, a famous win and a famous goal coming from Kenny Irons. Earlier we had beaten Scunthorpe Utd and Notts County, both over two legs. And then we went out in the 4th round, beaten at home by Wimbledon, who were in the Premier League back then, 2-1 after extra time.

Since then our record has been appalling. This century we have only reached the 3rd round three times. In 2003/04, our post administration season under the guidance of Peter Jackson, we beat Derby at home and Sunderland away before losing at Reading. In 2013/14, home victories over Bradford City and Charlton Athletic gave us hope of a cup run, only to be dashed by a 1-0 defeat at Hull City. And most recently in 2017/18 when we had a first round bye before beating Rotherham at home and losing at Crystal Palace.

We have been embarrassed by lower league opposition, the likes of Oldham, Rochdale, Mansfield, Notts County, Shrewsbury, Lincoln City, and then Rochdale again last season, have all given us a rotten kick up the arse.

So the only managers to get us to the 4th round of the League Cup are all club legends. Ian Greaves, Mick Buxton and errm *cough cough* Steve Bruce.  Whistle Is Carlos Corberán the man to do it this season?

Apologies if you've read most of this before. It's an update of what I've posted for the last few League Cup threads. We still haven't got anywhere.

Sheffield Wednesday Anagrams: Some are Town connected, some are not.

  1. Snoot Rankin 
  2. Junk Chat 
  3. Handy Boot 
  4. Seth Low 
  5. Angels Nipple 
  6. Oswald Winner 
  7. Oswald Ninny 
  8. Blair Swan 
  9. Fly Skips Deer 
  10. Carl Patrolmen 

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  Players for Pounds 2021 - 2022
Posted by: theo_luddite - 28-07-2021, 12:05 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - No Replies

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We're off again on our mission to raise funds for starving kids and the Red and Yellow Choppers that are saving lives all over Yorkshire - plus a few in Lancashire.

£142 was our total last season, a £12 improvement on the season before. Onwards and upwards with a spring in our step and the the chance to watch football in the stadiums (stadia???) again

So we've got five regulars on here and we'd really love to welcome some more on board. I realise times are hard, more than a few have been a victim of the Covids if not in terms of health then jobwise one on these boards. Still, there's far worse off than me and thee and we can do a lot worse than put a decent breakfast in a kids belly before they start their school day.  Thumb up

So how does it work?

Send a reply to the thread and name a player or players, a team or teams, matches between certain teams or any combination you like and what you are willing to pay for each time they score, win, draw, lose, get a card, score/save a penalty, get an international cap, have games postponed due to the Covids (lets hope this isn't a factor this season) or shifted by those plonkers at Sky. Anything, Town related or not. Have a look at how we've mixed up the bag and pick your own choice. Hell, I've thrown Baseball results into the mix before now. It doesn't have to be full pounds either but birdseed is a bit more than 'tuppence a bag' these days so don't be penny pinching.

The totals are updated after every match (if I don't fall asleep for a couple of games or there's just nowt to report). At the end of the season we pay the money we've pledged per point into Just Giving pages for the above charidees. If the totals are high enough, I'll set them up by Christmas so the strain on your wallet/contactless card is spread a tad more thinly. Set your own limit. Just like playing the lottery. You know you won't win owt but at least you know where your brass is going. If you'd prefer to donate to another charidee - throw it out there.

So what's not to like? Going to matches? New playaz? Old playaz that still want to be here? New shirts, with a new sponsors name on 'em, wow. Such novelty.

Let the fun and games begin.

Anybody had a cold this past 18 months? Me neither. Keep washing your hands folks - don't forget to have shower too.

Now, when was the last time Town made it to Round 2 of the EFL Cup?  Whistle

Weren't we here this time last season?

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  Closed season fun 1
Posted by: Blue Baggie - 27-07-2021, 10:00 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (7)

Who would you rank as the UKs 5 greatest BOXERS.

1. Joe Calghaze - Statistically the best
2. Lennox Lewis - our best HW beat everyone
3. Henry Cooper - people's champion ATT
4. Nigel Benn - won championships around the world.
5. Frank Bruno - most liked ATT

I'm sure these answers are questionable and age will change posters opinions.

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  BBC Complaint
Posted by: Devongone - 26-07-2021, 18:40 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (8)

Today I complained to the BBC about their online coverage of the National League, mentioning that 15 of the last 24 picture reports have concerned Wrexham and that actually underestimates the bias in the coverage as some of the remaining nine are two-line snippets of National League news.

I can understand the editor may be a Wrexham fan, but he or she is not editing the Wrexham website. If signing Mullin and bringing in Hollywood brings them actual success I can only imagine the room that will be given over to the other 22 clubs will be even further reduced.

Wrexham should be an EFL club, but so should several of the rest of us and we are equally deserving of attention.

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  DANCING TO WIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Devongone - 26-07-2021, 17:42 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (2)

Dancing To Win won the 3.30 at Lingfield today by about half the course, waving to the crowd and doing origami between her hooves. Yes she's a filly.

She was 6/4 favourite.

But with a name like that how could she lose Dancing?

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  League Cup draw - it's Killie!!
Posted by: 0762 - 25-07-2021, 20:38 - Forum: Hibernian - No Replies

Killie at home aint a bad draw at all and will suit Hibs esp with other Euro footie commitments taking place.

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  Our Brazilian
Posted by: Arcane Astral Aeons - 25-07-2021, 19:12 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (4)

if the rumours are to be believed...and that they are only rumours
he is being frozen out by the new manager because he is sulking cause he wants a move
then get rid  don`t want a player that aint got the club at heart.

as i have posted on other sites
one season as a premier league player,in a team,that was at best shocking
he suddenly thinks he is a class above the championship
sorry me old china  ya aint

cannot afford carry unhappy players this season the championship,as we know,is a tough league
i know he had a good second half to last season,but only showed up when it was basically too late

i want a team next season that are prepared to fight for the team,in every department
don`t want a sulking player that (if we don`t sell) will be giving half hearted performances

rant over

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  New Season Ahead
Posted by: Arcane Astral Aeons - 24-07-2021, 20:45 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (2)

am so looking forward to it,cause we will allowed to attend games
lets have no negativity on this season
new manger...new outlook
new strip...and a new philosophy 

wont all come together straight away
but lets get behind the boys

still time for a few faces to come in
and a few to depart

one club  total support
100% Albion

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