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Our Opponents: Sheffield Wednesday

After a surprisingly riveting international break, Bolton Wanderers host Sheffield Wednesday at the Reebok Stadium. Both sides have endured difficult starts and already find themselves needing a victory even at this early stage in the season. Dave Jones’ men are a club of significant stature and are regarded as one of the ‘sleeping giants’ that have been marooned from the upper echelons of English league football. Let us have a closer look at our Yorkshire opponents.

Scott Heavey

History:


A club rich with history, Sheffield Wednesday are the third oldest club in the English football league, formed originally as ‘The Wednesday‘ in 1867 after a cricket club of the same name forged a football side with the sport growing in the North of England. Originally, much like the early Bolton Wanderers years', Wednesday used multiple grounds for matches including Bramall Lane, the long-term home of Major Honours: Steel City Rivals, Sheffield United.

The Yorkshire Club enjoyed success in it's early years, winning no fewer than 8 major trophies between 1896 and 1935. The clubs post-war history however is very much up and down, with many similarities to the mixed successes of our own Bolton Wanderers.

The modern day Wednesday are a side looking to build and push forward. The Sheffield club have not played in the top flight since 2000 but currently sit pleasingly a division higher than rivals United. Their biggest and most particularly eye catching modern success is the 1990-1991 season under the stewardship of 'Big' Ron Atkinson. The Owls not only claimed promotion to return to the First Division, they also won the League Cup defeating Manchester United, Wednesday remain the last club to win a major trophy outside the top flight.

Wednesday's home ground Hillsborough was the scene of one of the worst Stadium disasters in British sporting history with 96 Liverpool fans losing their lives in April 1989 during an FA Cup semi-final tie with Nottingham Forest.

Dave Jones' squad come to the Reebok on Saturday needed a result as they are yet to win this season.

Season Statistics:


Record: W: 0 D:5 L:5

Top Scorer: Atdhe Nuhui - 2

Assists: Michail Antonio - 2

Shots: Michail Antonio - 8 (All of which were on target)

Red Cards: Jermaine Johnson - 1

Honours:

Champions: 1903, 1904, 1929, 1930

F.A. Cup: 1896, 1907,1935

League Cup:1991

Community / Charity Shield: 1935