2009/10 Championship Preview: Sheffield Wednesday

Last updated : 07 July 2009 By @blades_mad1889

Jermaine Johnson
Wednesday winger Jermaine Johnson celebrates his goal against Cardiff City on the final day of the regular season.

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Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws was appointed manager of the Owls in November 2006 and since then has done an acceptable job in keeping the Hillsborough club in the Championship; completing the double over their City rivals for the first time in 95 years - and hopefully for the Lane faithful it will be a further ninety-five years until it happens again.

They finished a credible 12th in the table but were able to ruffle up a few feathers on the last day of the season; their 1-0 win over Cardiff City allowed Preston North End to sneak into the play-offs ahead of the Welsh outfit.

In tradition for the S6 club; the summer is spent handing full of promise to their 'loyal' fans - they have the backing of chairman Lee Stafford, who like his City counterpart (McCabe) is an harden fan having made his millions via plus net before being sold to British Telecomm (BT) for over £60,000,000. However his money alone won't bankroll the Owls who are massively in debt and seeks further cash input from other investors.

The squad itself needs some tweaking, with Richard Wood and Marcus Tudgay as there most valuable players in the squad the Owls may struggle to reach that play-off spot they so much desire. They'll do more than enough to escape the dreaded bottom three but may find it tough against the heavyweight to find enough points to finish in the top six come May 2010.

Blades-Mad Predicted Finish: 13th (mid-table again!!!)

Betting Odds:

2008-09 Players Statistics

Player NamePositionDoB#AppsGoals
Purse, Darren
Defence14 Feb 1977tbc00
Miller, Tommy
Midfield08 Jan 1979tbc00
Grant, Lee
Goal27 Jan 19831480
Spurr, Tommy
Defence13 Sep 19872433
Hinds, Richard
Defence22 Aug 1980513 (+1)0
Tudgay, Marcus
Defence03 Feb 198374214
McAllister, Sean
Midfield15 Aug 1987838 (+4)3
Jeffers, Francis
Forward25 Jan 1981921 (+11)3
Esajas, Etienne
Midfield04 Nov 19841119 (+4)5
Lekej, Rocky
Midfield12 Oct 1989120 (+4)0
Beevers, Mark
Defence21 Nov 19891532 (+4)0
Wood, Richard
Defence05 Jul 198516440
O'Connor, James
Midfield01 Sep 19791737 (+5)0
Clarke, Leon
Forward10 Feb 19851821 (+9)8
Gray, Michael
Defence03 Aug 197419130
Simek, Frankie
Defence13 Oct 1984204 (+2)0
Buxton, Lewis
Defence10 Dec 198321331
O'Donnell, Richard
Goal12 Sep 19882200
Johnson, Jermaine
Forward25 Jun 19802330 (+8)3
Boden, Luke
Forward26 Nov 1988243 (+11)0
Jameson, Arron
Goal07 Nov 19892700
Sodje, Akpo
Forward31 Jan 1981302 (+9)2
Modest, Nathan
Forward29 Sep 1991321 (+4)0
Wragg, Max

* Statistics up to and including 26 May 2009