Enjoy a Newspaper History of the Owls
Sheffield Wednesday FC was formed in 1867 when the Wednesday Cricket Club was expanded to include football. Football was only intended to help the team remain fit during the winter months, but it soon became very popular and the main source of revenue at the club. The cricket side later disbanded. Sheffield Wednesday Football Club turned professional in 1887, but they were denied entry into the Football League. The Owls became founder members of the break-away Football Alliance in 1889 and they won the inaugural league championship. Wednesday also won the FA Cup that season and the club’s success eventually led them into the First Division three years later. Sheffield Wednesday went on to become a highly accomplished side, winning four league titles and two further FA Cups by the mid-1930s. The Owls struggled to match this success over the following decades. Sheffield Wednesday reached the FA Cup final in 1966, but the Owls did not win another trophy until the 1990s. The drought was broken in 1991 with a win over Manchester United in the League Cup final.
Sheffield Wednesday Football Books - Inspired Gifts
A Sheffield Wednesday Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Owls. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Sheffield Wednesday Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Sheffield Wednesday memorabilia collection.
Personalised Sheffield Wednesday Football Book Coverage
This Sheffield Wednesday Football Book opens with Wednesday winning the FA Cup in 1907, beating Everton 2-1. It goes on to cover a selection of great games through the decades of the 20th Century and many highlights from the present era.
Some of the top early stories in this Sheffield Wednesday Football Book include the Blades becoming Champions of Division Two in 1926 and winning Division One in 1929 and 1930. Relive the glory of winning the FA Cup in 1935, by beating West Bromwich Albion 4-2 at Wembley Stadium. The Gift Books also feature the 1966 FA Cup Final against Everton and the 1-0 victory over Manchester United to win the League Cup in 1991. The Sheffield Wednesday Books incorporate reports on the record 72,841 crowd at Hillsborough watching the 2-2 draw with Manchester City in 1934, plus Wednesday winning promotion to Division One in 1950 at the expense of Sheffield United. You can also read about the dramatic 7-1 win over QPR in 1987 and the 5-0 victory against West Ham in 1993. The Gift Book contains newspaper coverage of European games, including wins over Roma and Barcelona. Other highlights include articles on the appointment of Trevor Francis as Manager in 1991 and Ron Atkinson in 1989 and 1997.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into the Owls’ history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition for a collector of Sheffield Wednesday memorabilia.
Sheffield Wednesday Memorabilia
If you are a collector of Sheffield Wednesday memorabilia or looking for other Wednesday gifts, why not consider our Sheffield Wednesday Calendar or Sheffield Wednesday Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Owls’ key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Sheffield Wednesday fans. Other Wednesday presents include Framed Newspaper Reprints and unique Sheffield Wednesday T-Shirts.
Finally – Did You Know?
- Sheffield Wednesday is the only English League Club to have a day of the week in their name.
- The Owls failed to finish the league in a top three position only once between 1929 and 1936.
- Sheffield Wednesday reached the final of the FA Cup in 1966, having played an away tie in every round.
- On 26th December 1979, 49,309 fans watched Sheffield Wednesday thrash Sheffield United 4-0. This match – known as the Boxing Day Massacre – is one of the most famous games in Sheffield Wednesday’s history.
- Plans are in place to increase Hillsborough Stadium’s capacity to 50,000 people by 2016.