Sheffield Wednesday

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
316 101 89 126 409 453 -44 392 8

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Des Walker 264
Peter Atherton 214
Kevin Pressman 207
Ian Nolan 165
Graham Hyde 159
Mark Bright 133
Andy Booth 115
Guy Whittingham 114
Chris Bart-Williams 109
Chris Waddle 108

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Mark Bright 49
David Hirst 33
Andy Booth 25
Benito Carbone 25
Guy Whittingham 22
Chris Bart-Williams 16
Paolo Di Canio 15
Gordon Watson 15
Mark Pembridge 12
Graham Hyde 11

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Sheffield Wednesday 5-0 West Ham United 18th December 1993 1993-1994
Sheffield Wednesday 5-0 Ipswich Town 23rd April 1994 1993-1994
Sheffield Wednesday 5-0 Bolton Wanderers 8th November 1997 1997-1998
Sheffield Wednesday 6-2 Leeds United 16th December 1995 1995-1996
Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Everton 2nd April 1994 1993-1994
Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Coventry City 28th December 1994 1994-1995
Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Wimbledon 2nd October 1999 1999-2000
West Ham United 0-4 Sheffield Wednesday 16th January 1999 1998-1999
Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 Leicester City 14th May 2000 1999-2000
Sheffield Wednesday 5-2 Southampton 12th April 1993 1992-1993

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Newcastle United 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday 19th September 1999 1999-2000
Sheffield Wednesday 1-7 Nottingham Forest 1st April 1995 1994-1995
Blackburn Rovers 7-2 Sheffield Wednesday 25th August 1997 1997-1998
Manchester United 6-1 Sheffield Wednesday 1st November 1997 1997-1998
Manchester United 5-0 Sheffield Wednesday 16th March 1994 1993-1994
West Ham United 5-1 Sheffield Wednesday 3rd May 1997 1996-1997
Middlesbrough 4-0 Sheffield Wednesday 3rd October 1998 1998-1999
Manchester United 4-0 Sheffield Wednesday 11th August 1999 1999-2000
Sheffield Wednesday 2-5 Everton 27th April 1996 1995-1996
Sheffield Wednesday 2-5 Derby County 24th September 1997 1997-1998

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Trevor Francis 3 20th May 1995
David Pleat 3 3rd November 1997
Ron Atkinson 1 30th June 1998
Danny Wilson 2 21st March 2000
Peter Shreeves 1 21st June 2000

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Manchester United 2nd February 2000 39,640 1999-2000
Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Manchester United 21st November 1998 39,475 1998-1999
Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Manchester United 7th March 1998 39,427 1997-1998
Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Liverpool FC 11th May 1997 38,943 1996-1997
Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Sheffield United 21st April 1993 38,688 1992-1993
Sheffield Wednesday 3-3 Manchester United 26th December 1992 37,708 1992-1993
Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Manchester United 18th December 1996 37,671 1996-1997
Sheffield Wednesday 3-3 Liverpool FC 14th February 1998 35,405 1997-1998
Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Sheffield United 22nd January 1994 34,959 1993-1994
Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Liverpool FC 7th August 1999 34,853 1999-2000

 

Intro

Sheffield Wednesday have been absent from the Premier League for almost two decades. In their heyday, the Owls were considered as one of the biggest clubs in England and under the guidance of Trevor Francis, they played some enterprising football, resulting in back-to-back seventh place finishes in the first two Premier League seasons. Another seventh place finish was recorded by David Pleat in 1997 but after a few years of struggle, the club were relegated in 2000 after a difficult season at Hillsborough.

 

1992-1993

Sheffield Wednesday had finished the last campaign of the old First Division in third place so hopes and expectations were high going into the first Premier League season. Manager Trevor Francis had brought Chris Waddle back to England after his spell in French football with Marseille and Waddle’s response was to put in some spellbinding individual performances on his way to landing the Football Writers’ award. Mark Bright was another new arrival, joining a few weeks into the campaign from Crystal Palace, whilst the talented David Hirst saw a move to Manchester United blocked by the manager.

The Owls made a slow start domestically, winning just one of their first seven matches and were mid-table at Christmas before the best winning sequence of the inaugural Premier League campaign saw them chalk up seven successive victories and move into fourth by the end of February. They eventually finished seventh and reached both domestic cup finals too. There would be heartache though for their supporters as the club were beaten 2-1 in both finals by Arsenal through last minute goals from defenders Steve Morrow and Andy Linighan.

 

1993-1994

Sheffield Wednesday had a habit of making slow starts to campaigns and this continued in 1993-1994. Despite adding England international Andy Sinton to their ranks in August, they were winless in their opening seven fixtures. That included throwing away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 at home with Norwich City. Francis’ side were exhilarating to watch and their tally of 76 goals was one of the best in the division. Too many draws though meant they wound up seventh for the second successive campaign. Mark Bright was top scorer with 19 goals and youngster Gordon Watson made an impressive breakthrough with 12 goals, largely thanks to injuries which were starting to affect the career of David Hirst.

 

1994-1995

1994-1995 turned out to be an underwhelming campaign for Sheffield Wednesday and their supporters. After their typical sluggish start with just one win in their opening eight fixtures, David Hirst made a brief return from injury to score the only goal to beat reigning champions Manchester United in October. An eight-game unbeaten sequence in winter took the team upto eighth position but a 7-1 home humbling by Nottingham Forest was part of a worrying trend of results that saw the club tumble to 13th by the season’s end. The Owls board decided a change was required in the management and Trevor Francis left after the season concluded. He was replaced by Luton Town manager David Pleat.

 

1995-1996

Belgian Marc Degryse was the biggest capture in the summer by new boss David Pleat but there wasn’t a significant upturn in fortunes. In fact, Sheffield Wednesday could still have been mathematically relegated on the final day of the season before winding up 15th. December was the peak month of the campaign, with a thrilling 4-3 home victory over fellow strugglers Coventry City and a 6-2 destruction of Yorkshire rivals Leeds United. Degryse turned out to be a major disappointment but David Hirst returned to his best form after two rotten seasons struggling with injuries. Hirst ended as the club’s top scorer with 13 goals.

 

1996-1997

David Pleat forked out a sizeable £2.5 million fee on Huddersfield Town young striker Andy Booth and together with the unheralded Ritchie Humphreys; the pair helped the club make an untypical start. Four successive victories at the season’s start had Sheffield Wednesday sitting top of the table at the start of September. Among their early victims were Newcastle United at St James’ Park and Liverpool FC were also beaten on their own patch by the Owls in early December.

Form did level out after the searing start but they lost just nine games all campaign and finished an excellent seventh, just four points shy of UEFA Cup qualification. Booth top scored with 10 goals in his debut Premier League campaign whilst the early season arrival of playmaker Benito Carbone excited the supporters.

 

1997-1998

Italian forward Paolo Di Canio was tempted by Pleat to join fellow countryman Carbone at Hillsborough but a shocking start to the 1997-1998 season saw the club in the bottom three by the end of October. A 7-2 loss away at Blackburn Rovers was a sign of things to come, especially as Carbone scored twice and then got himself sent off. Losing 6-1 at Old Trafford to a rampant Manchester United in early November was the final straw for owner Dave Richards, who sacked Pleat and managed to tempt Ron Atkinson back to Hillsborough, six years after his acrimonious departure for Aston Villa.

Big Ron gave the side an immediate boost with three successive victories including a 2-0 home win over eventual champions Arsenal. Safety was secured in 16th spot but Atkinson’s contract was not renewed and former player Danny Wilson left Barnsley at the end of the season to take up the vacancy.

 

1998-1999

Sheffield Wednesday finished in 12th position in Danny Wilson’s first full season at the helm. It was a dramatic campaign for the club. In September, Paolo Di Canio was sent off against Arsenal and shoved referee Paul Alcock to the ground. He was fined £10,000, banned for 11 matches and never played for the club again. They were the only side to enjoy victory over both Manchester United and Arsenal but 18 defeats left them in mid-table and nowhere near the European qualifying positions.

 

1999-2000

One point from nine matches at the start of the season mounted the pressure onto Danny Wilson as it was the worst-ever beginning to a Premier League campaign. This included an 8-0 battering away at Newcastle United in mid-September. Carbone quit the club for Aston Villa and with only two victories in their first 19 fixtures, Sheffield Wednesday sat bottom going into the year 2000.

There was a minor improvement in form in the New Year despite local MPs calling for Wilson to go. Eventually, the board agreed in March, terminating his contract after a desperate away defeat to bottom club Watford. Peter Shreeves became caretaker and although there were victories over Wimbledon and Chelsea in April, the club had too much to do and relegation was confirmed in the final week of the season after a 3-3 draw at Highbury with Arsenal.

Sheffield Wednesday have missed out on promotion a couple of times via the Championship play-offs since and will be hoping to end their drought in the near future without top-flight football under the guidance of former Birmingham City and Hull City boss Steve Bruce.

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