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29 March 2012

All you need to know about the Owls!

Founded
4 September 1867 by members of the Wednesday Cricket Club.
5th oldest professional football club in England.

Professionalism
Adopted in April 1887 after 20 years as an amateur club. The first wages were 5 shillings (25p) for home games and 7 shillings 6 pennies (37½p) for away games.

Why Wednesday?
In 1820 the founders of the Wednesday Cricket Club were local craftsmen whose weekly half day off was Wednesday. Wednesday Cricket Club was subsequently disbanded in September 1924. The Club was simply known as "Wednesday" or "The Wednesday" until in June 1929 when the name was officially changed to Sheffield Wednesday.

Nickname
The Owls - The club are located in an area of Sheffield used to be known as Owlerton.

Motto
'Consilio et Animis' (By Wisdom and Courage).

Colours
Blue and white. Traditionally stripes, although the Owls have played in squares and hoops and had a spell in the late 60's/early 70's with blue shirts with white sleeves.

Grounds
1867 Highfield
1869 Myrtle Road
1877 Sheaf House
1887 Olive Grove - first permanent ground (first match v Blackburn Rovers in September 1887)
1899 Owlerton (re-named Hillsborough in 1912)

Big games at Hillsborough
First FA Cup semi final - 1912.
First international (England v Scotland) - 1920.
Others include 1966 World Cup, Euro 96 and a 'home' match for Northern Ireland v Bulgaria in 1973.


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