It is time to merge Sheffield Wednesday and United football clubs. People say Sheffield can sustain two football clubs, but these two separate football clubs will never be big enough to challenge for Champions League football.
You won’t have found a bigger die hard Wednesday supporter than me, my great grand parents yard looked onto the back of the Spion Kop at Hillsborough. I went to Hillsborough as soon as I could walk, sitting in the Leppings Lane stand and then progressing down into the terracing, when I was six years old or so.
There was a time in the early 1990’s when Wednesday had caught up with Manchester United, but since that day Wednesday have gone into steep decline. In the 1950’s when Manchester United were winning the First division title and Wednesday were yo yo ing from the 1st to the 2nd, Wednesday were averaging as much and more than Manchester United.
The game has become global and if Sheffield really wants to succeed in football terms it needs to unite Wednesday and United. I would use Sheffield F.C. as the team name, keeping the oldest football club in the world and the tradition that goes with it.
I would build a new ground in the East end of the city, that would hold 80K, the location of the Don Valley stadium would be ideal. As in the Field of dreams “If you build it they will come”.
Red and Blue shirts, white shorts would be a perfect strip.
Lets us Sheffield people show the world what we can do when we come together as a team. Sheffield people are so proud of the city and the Wednesday United FA cup semi final was a fantastic day for the city.
Football is a broken system, until salaries are limited to 30% of turnover. It is great to see world class players in the team, but why shouldn’t world class players come from the local are of Sheffield. I believe that no more than 3 players on the pitch at any one time, should come from a foreign nation, otherwise why bother supporting a Sheffield team. It is now important to go through a balancing period and start thinking of localisation.
I am not happy with Wednesday and United being owned by foreign chairmen, football clubs should be trusts, belong to the people of the city, not a rich persons toy. Remember Kevin Mc cabe is a citizen of Belgium and Milan Mandaric is still a US citizen.
All the best