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By Bradders
#7016
To be honest Mav I would not be interested in seeing Wednesday get into the Premiership unless there was a real chance that they could be there through their own efforts the following season.  I watched Wednesday stagnate in the first person at that level (ala Villa now) and there was nothing enjoyable about it.  Equally, I would not want to witness one of those one-season wonder efforts wherein you get the Premiership pay cheque, but have to endure getting pounded results and performance wise over a season.

I actually like the Championship.  There is some sort of footballing honesty and integrity about it that seems to be generally devoid of the genuine cash-cow centric have / have not flip a coin status of the Premiership.  Don't get me wrong, I could and would deal with us being back in the top flight as long as there was some sort of positive entertainment kick back for Owls fans on that (the early 90s were kind to us at that level and were genuinely a footballing pleasure).  If that proves not to be an option I would be more than happy to stay a Championship club against the likes of: Leeds, Forest, Derby, Wolves, Ipswich, Norwich, Birmingham, Fulham, Brighton, Bolton and Blackburn.  My first Wednesday game on the terraces was in January 1980 and I have watched the Owls compete against the aforementioned teams from then till now at three different levels and to me they are all still potentially 'big' clubs with similar histories and 'potentials' as Wednesday .

We have got new owners as of ratification at some point very soon (I believe this week).  We are currently mid table this season and should realistically stay up this year.  That said the football has been dull, very dull.  Our away performances have been better, whereas at home we generally love a 0-0 or 1-1 draw.  In 15 home games we have scraped 8 goals, only 1 or 2 of which were from open play (I kid you not).  Whilst things are crushingly dull the thing is that I have seen so many teams taken over by consortiums wherein the end outcome has been anything but positive for the club involved.  Fact is we Wednesday fans have no real idea as to which model we are about to be saddled up with, but can only hope.

I have at least three more games left in me this season.  In two weeks time I will be sat in the home end at Derby with Rams friends watching a likely lesson being handed to the Owls. In March me, my brother and my dad are doing the whole hospitality meal / suite function thing for the home game against Fulham (my last one was a 4-0 spanking away at Craven Cottage just before Christmas :-(  ).  Then in April my wife has booked the Premier Inn for the night of our home game against Leeds!  This will be the first time that the whole Pytchley Owls Massive (2 adults / 2 kids) has gone mob handed to a Wednesday game....it will be both my boys first live fixture!!

Onwards and upwards I hope!
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By mav
#7037
I am not sure the Championship is that honest as you put it, the disparity between those coming down and the rest is a huge gulf.

That said this season has turned the above into a lie!

But I am willing to bet a couple of players at Fulham earn more a week that the Rotherham first 11!

One of the things I enjoyed about L1 was that it was about teams again less than stars.
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By Bradders
#7056
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I am not sure the Championship is that honest as you put it, the disparity between those coming down and the rest is a huge gulf.

That said this season has turned the above into a lie!

But I am willing to bet a couple of players at Fulham earn more a week that the Rotherham first 11!

One of the things I enjoyed about L1 was that it was about teams again less than stars.
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In fairness chap I did state that there was 'some sort' of footballing honesty and integrity at that level without specifically quantifying it.  ;)  You are right those that come down will always have the fighting funds to succeed.  However, recent scenarios suggest that this is never clearly a given (think Wigan and Fulham et al): as many of these squads are bloated wage wise thus requiring almost instant selling of certain salaries; such squads are often disaffected after spending most of the previous season being beaten; related to both of the previous points attendances trail off and lo and behold a new trend sets in.

As for L1 the romance of the lower leagues is seriously over-rated for me as the quality of football is largely poor, there are always exceptions to this rule, but exceptions they remain.  Anyway fella, Derby away for tomorrow so plenty of opportunity for me to focus on the disparity within the Championship.  Not expecting good things.  :shock:
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By mav
#7074
I enjoyed our trip to L1, not that I would want to live there IYGWIM.

We are however on a very good run right now, to late I fear 15 points off 6th, but you have to aim for it regardless!
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By mav
#10482
New season underway and as a Leeds fan I have even more optimism than usual!
By overtheborder
#10591
Didn't realise we had a football thread on here! Stockport County fan here, decent start to the season in the conference north, 3 wins in 3, weird to think that we actually played leeds about 5 or 6 years ago in the league! (got beat but that's another story!)
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