(~) Derby or not Derby
Posted on 2011-10-06
I have said this before but to me we only have one derby game (well two, home and away) and that is the Steel City Derby. Other games between local teams are often dubbed as derbies by the press in an effort to generate more interest. Some teams that do not necessarily have any natural rivals may see any match against a relatively local team as a derby. In this respect, the match takes on a greater significance for them.
This becomes a potential problem for the Owls with a league game against neighbours Chesterfield this weekend and the Steel City Derby fixture the following weekend. The danger is that while Chesterfield will definitely view this as a derby match and will probably raise their game on this premise, Wednesday may have their eye on the "real" derby the following Saturday. With our 100% record at Hillsborough this season it may be very easy to be complacent about the Chesterfield match.
We really need to focus on just the upcoming match and treat it as a derby or a match against league leaders or even a cup final. The most important league match of the season must always be the next match.
There are a number of reasons why the Chesterfield match should have a certain piquancy.
Chesterfield manager, John Sheridan, is a Wednesday legend as a player, scorer of the "*dink*" goal against Man U to win the league cup in '91. Ex-player Drew Talbot, who scored in the 2005 L1 playoff win, also returns to Hillsborough.
Last season saw a memorable JP Trophy tie between Chesterfield, then L2, and the Owls seeing us go through after 22 penalties. The win sealed by Nicky Weaver's effort that would have ended up in Doncaster had there been no net.
This is also the first League game between the clubs since Dave Allen became Chesterfield’s major shareholder. He was the Owls chairman that has been blamed by many for a lot of Wednesday's recent problems and caused controversy by calling a section of the Wednesday support "scum" and "cretins" and attempting to sue posters on the Owlstalk forum for criticisms of him. He was also seen my many to be a major stumbling block for takeover/buyouts when we were facing administration.
Also returning is ex-Owls player Leon Clarke. Clarke’s final game for Wednesday was the relegation decider against Crystal Palace: he equalised and dislocated a toe by kicking an advertising board in his celebration and had to go off. At that time he was still a player who could have turned the game around. What a prat!
Do we need anything more to raise the intensity of our play? I think not.
By how many goals will we win?
Football League One
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Sheffield Wed v Chesterfield, 15:00