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Story of the Owls

8 October 2014


An intriguing new book for Wednesdayites of all ages is on the shelves now.


‘Wings of Steel: My Great Uncle, George Clarke Robertson – A Left Winger in the Steel Towns’ is the story of the man credited with Wednesday taking the nickname of the Owls.

The Scotland international made 163 appearances for SWFC, scoring 30 goals, and presented the club with a wooden owl in 1912 given their home in Owlerton.

The Owl was placed under the North Stand and the team promptly embarked on a run of four successive victories.

This was deemed to be a direct result of the new lucky mascot and consequently, ‘the Owls’ were born to become a part of Sheffield Wednesday’s very fabric.

The tale is told in full in the book as author Iain Paterson charts the story of Robertson, who was feted as the best outside left in Britain.

‘Wings of Steel: My Great Uncle, George Clarke Robertson - A Left Winger in the Steel Towns’ is out now, priced £14.99.





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