Friday, 27 January 2012

Sheffield Wednesday - Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday FC
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Matchday Number: 83
Friday 30th January 2004
Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Nationwide League Division 2

During the 2003/04 season, both of the games between Wycombe Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday  were shown live on Sky. Wednesday had overrun Wycombe at Adams Park and this was the ideal opportunity for Wycombe to gain revenge. I travelled up on the Friday afternoon on the supporters coach along with a load of mates who I usually went with. We got there about an hour before kick off and so after a look around outside the ground, we made our way in. Wycombe were in dreamland after only 2 minutes when Ian Simpemba gave them the lead, but knocked himself out in the process and had to go to hospital. Thankfully though, he was OK. Wycombe continued to have chances but couldn't add to their lead. Adam Proudlock equalised for the Owls after 61 minutes, and even though Wycombe had more chances after, they couldn't manage a famous win. Still, a draw was an excellent result and one of the only high points of Tony Adams' Wycombe managerial career.

HILLSBOROUGH was of course the location of the tragic disaster that ended the lives of 96 Liverpool fans. As a result it was completely rebuilt in the 1990's to comply with the Taylor Report. It is one of the best grounds in the country and was used in Euro 96 for group games. All 4 stands are of roughly the same height. Visiting fans are given the Leppings Lane end which is all seated and offers great views. There are some pubs near the ground, as well as takeaways, but I didn't try any when I visited. 

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