As the Owls’ 150th anniversary approaches, Wednesday can today unveil two brand new official publications authored by club historian Jason Dickinson.
‘Sheffield Wednesday FC – the Official History, 150 Years’ and ‘WAWAW – Fans’ Memories Through the Generations’ are both launched this week and on sale as a package at Owls in the Park 2017 on Sunday, 3 September.
The anniversary history book covers every facet of the club’s long and fascinating existence.
Broken into 13 distinctive chapters, with a striking hardback cover, the book is a homage to the ‘Romance of the Wednesday’ published in 1926, with over 4,600 league games, 400 FA Cup-ties and countless other competitive games sub-divided into their own chapters.
Other subjects covered include all the managers, from Dickinson to Carvalhal, all the club presidents and chairmen, from Chatterton to Chansiri, and the various grounds that Wednesday have called home since 1867.
There are also in-depth profiles of the club’s greatest players plus a chapter for meetings with city rivals United, not forgetting a look at the founding fathers of the cricket and football club and focus on Wednesday’s first 25 years before they became a Football League club in 1892.
Interspersed with quotes from club personalities and various statistical summaries the book will make a fitting record of Wednesday’s first 150 years and makes fascinating reading for young and old alike.
Published alongside the official history book is a truly unique publication containing interviews with Wednesday supporters of all age groups recalling their years of watching the club.
The author has interviewed a wide variety of fans over the last 18 months and their stories paint a wonderfully evocative picture of exactly what it is like to follow the Owls, dealing with the ups and downs of watching a huge professional football club.
Recollections go back to the early 1940s with countless funny, inspiring and occasionally poignant stories bringing to life being an Owl and following the team, not only in the UK but on foreign shores.
All the biggest games played by Wednesday in the last 70 years are covered, with supporters offering their opinions on their greatest matches, players and managers, in addition to all those individuals and games that had the opposite effect.
There are also recollections of growing up in Sheffield and the thoughts of well-known Wednesday fans such as Pete McKee and Martyn Ware.
‘Sheffield Wednesday FC – the Official History, 150 Years’ and ‘WAWAW – Fans’ Memories Through the Generations’ will be on sale at Owls in the Park on Sunday.
The books are bundled together and priced at £35 for the pair – a must-have purchase for Wednesdayites of all ages as we celebrate 150 years of the Owls.