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Sheffield Wednesday FC

Sheffield’s love of football began even before the Football Association was created, and the city is home to the world’s two oldest football clubs Sheffield FC and Hallam FC.

However Sheffield Wednesday started out soon after in 1867, as an extension of the local cricket club, who used to play football in the winter to keep the team together. But after just a few years the football club outgrew the cricket club and in 1882 they started out on their own.

They did keep the name though and were at first just called The Wednesday. It wasn’t until years later in 1929, after the cricket team had disbanded, that the Sheffield prefix was added. But the origins of the name lie in the fact that Wednesday was the day the workers took off to play cricket and it has been with the team until this day.

The competitive life of the team began in 1868, and it was in this year that Wednesday won their first trophy, the Cromwell Cup, a competition sponsored by the manager of the Theatre Royal. Despite this, when they first applied to be part of the Football League in 1889, their application was denied, but the team were eventually allowed to join in 1892.

Sheffield Wednesday’s first real home was located in the northwest of the city, at Owlerton Stadium [map], named after the suburb it was in. And it is this that gives the Sheffield Wednesday their nickname “The Owls”. But in 1914, the area became Hillsborough and this is now the name of the team’s home ground.

Over the years the stadium at Hillsborough, which can hold more than 34,000 football fans, has been the stage for some of Sheffield Wednesday’s best games and biggest disappointments. In the 50s they yo-yoed between the first and second divisions. In the 60s they managed to remain in the top flight despite a bribery scandal. However the 70s saw them plummet to Division Three and it wasn’t until 1984 that they found themselves back in the top division.

In the 90/91 season they beat Manchester United to win the Rumbelows League Cup, but from then on, bad luck and financial difficulties have meant that Sheffield Wednesday now play in the Coca-Cola Championship.

Famous names that have worn the blue and white stripes of Sheffield Wednesday include Paolo Di Canio, Benito Carbone, David Hirst, Chris Waddle and Des Walker.

To get tickets to watch Sheffield Wednesday in action at Hillsborough call 0114 221 2400.

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