There is intense rivalry between Sheffield Wednesday and United. However United seem more concerned with beating Wednesday, than having any great success as a football club. United last won the Premier division title closer to the time Jack the Ripper was on the loose.
Boxing day massacre
The rivalry got very nasty in the 1980’s. However, we managed to have a derby without 1 arrest and a third division record crowd of 49,309. That record stands today and I doubt it will ever be broken.
Red and white stripes
For some reason United starting calling Wednesday pigs in the 1980’s. But as usual, they try to copy us in everything we do. United have always been known as the pigs because they play in red and white stripes, which looks like Bacon. I used to have a great Uncle who would go to bed early if Wednesday lost and wouldn’t eat bacon for breakfast and that was back in the 50’s.
I have heard two excuses for United calling Wednesday the pigs. One big Me Sterland was known as the flying pig at the time and also because they reckon Hillsborough was built on an old pig farm.
Pig Iron versus Butchers.
Talking to a couple of other Owls today, one said it was to do with Pig Iron, the other because Wednesday players were butchers and wore blue and white aprons. Wednesday being the day off when they played.
Wednesday played at Bramall Lane before United ever did. In fact, Wednesday had about five grounds around the Bramall Lane area. Wednesday were called the Blades before United, before moving to the Owlerton stadium and changing their nick name to the Owls. Every stand at Bramall Lane is a copy of the one at Hillsborough, it’s as though they have modelled their ground on ours.
I found this interesting sign at Withernsea. It reminded me about those on the dark side of Sheffield at Bramall Lane. It must have been their ancestral home.