Wednesday, November 08, 2006
the really beautiful game
On Saturday I went back to Hillsborough- a long planned venture with Si Smith - to see the famous but fallen-on-hard-times Sheffiield Wednesday play Leicester. It was great: noisy passionate support, a bag of chips for £1, and the Owls playing in the way they should - passing the ball to feet and attacking. About 2 weeks ago I was on the point of saying to Si to forget it, after the unworthy sacking of Paul Sturrock, but I decided in the end to go. And I'm glad I did. The woman next to me said at the end "great, but why didn't they play like this for Mr Sturrock?" Question: the great south stand (the one with the clock) is now the Windsor Food Service South Stand, the Kop is now named after a local radio station, and - I can't quite believe this - but I'm sure I heard the announcer saying that 4 minutes extra time was sponsored by some company....what else is there left to sell? Wednesday won 2-1.