Ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday, we interviewed Wendie fan Dave about all things Owls.
How long have you supported Sheffield Wednesday and why did you choose them as your team?
I have supported them for as long as I can remember. Having two older brothers who were both Owls fans kind of made my mind up for me. Resistance
is, as they say, futile.
What's your favourite moment as a fan? Season, game or any other occasion.
The 1990 / 1991 season. Although we had been relegated the previous season,
this was the year we won automatic promotion back to the top flight and beat Manchester United in the League cup final at Wembley. Apart from the
success, the influence of Big Ron Atkinson and a team that included David Hirst, John Sheridan, Nigel Pearson, Danny Wilson and Carlton Palmer playing
the best free-flowing football I have ever seen at Hillsborough and probably ever will.
Tell us about a player that you were proud to have on the back of a shirt, if you didn't is there one you wished you would have?
Never had one. But if I wish, there is only one name - Eric Cantona. Prior to signing for Leeds, our then manager Trevor Francis had him on trial. Due to snow, training that week took place in the gym, and Trevor did not want to offer a contract until he had seen him play on grass. The next morning, he signed for Leeds and the rest is history. If only.
What's your most memorable match playing Leeds?
Saturday 30th October 1993. A 3-3 draw and a classic ding dong match that was up and down like a barmaids knickers. However, the real reason it is the most memorable is it was the match that was the first date with my now wife. There was also an altercation with some Leeds fans that didn’t end well for them, they didn’t return to their seats.
Are you happy with your dealings in this summer's transfer market?
Being under a self-imposed embargo for Profit and Sustainability part of Financial Fair Play rules rather put a kybosh on any major investment. With hindsight, I am happy that we have loaned Jordan Rhodes to Norwich rather than cash in as I feel that next season, under Steve Bruce, he will flourish and play an important part of the push for promotion.
What's your realistic aim for the season?
At the beginning of the season, and up until Christmas, it was avoiding relegation. Since Steve Bruce came, it is finish as high as possible. All the talk of sneaking into the playoffs is ludicrous given our run in, mostly against the top 6.
Your thoughts on #spygate / EFL Championship this season?
My only thought on Spygate was that I was shocked teams did not spy on the opposition. I mean, if you were a boxer, you would have your opponent watched to see strengths and weaknesses. I was astounded that this was not the case in football. I think this year's championship is the weakest for years. Poor teams came down from the Premier League. Nobody is dominating and the bunching of those with ambitions of the playoffs - down to about 14th place, shows that everyone is beating anyone.
Who are your three to be promoted this season? Two automatic places and playoff winners.
Promoted - Norwich and Sheffield United. Play-offs: West Brom. Sorry.
Can you name three for relegation this year.
Bolton, Rotherham, Ipswich
Who's your danger man?
For goals, Steven Fletcher has been on fire under Steve Bruce. Adam Reach has the potential to be absent or win the game with a piece of brilliance
Can you tell us about a rising star in the youth ranks?
Jordan Thorniley came through the youth setup which is starting to yield good results. Under Jos, he made several first team appearances and never
appeared phased or out of his depth.
Prediction and scorers for the game
0-0 I'm afraid. Steve Bruce has really tightened our defence although I cannot see that we will have the attacking instinct unless we go behind.
We’d like to thank Dave for answering all our questions and wish him the best of luck for the remainder of the season.
By Keith Ingham