An avid Sheffield Wednesday fan is urging supporters to create a ‘wall of noise’ for their opening game against Aston Villa – with the help of 2,000 free scarves.
Cleggy Clark, of The Kop End fans forum, has teamed up with supporters’ group Wednesdayite which has donated more than £8,000 to create a visual spectacle at 4.30pm on Sunday.
The donation has paid for the blue and white scarves, which will be placed on selected seats on the Kop behind the goal.
Now Owls-mad Cleggy is urging fans to turn up in blue and white colours and also bring their own scarf to the game which is televised live on Sky Sports.
Cleggy, aged 37, from Hillsborough, a season ticket-holder for 10 years, is hoping the deafening atmosphere from the Championship Play-Off Final can be repeated throughout the season.
Sheffield Wednesday fans were praised from all sides for the noise they created at Wembley.
He said: “It’s an effort to improve the atmosphere and put on a great show for our opening game. Wednesday are really going places and the buzz around the club is amazing.
“It’s a call to action for all Wednesdayites to turn up in blue and white along with their Wednesday scarves.
“We’ve arranged with the Kop band to start playing the ‘We’re all Wednesday Aren’t We?’ song and it’s a cue for fans to wave their scarves above their heads right after kick-off. We mentioned the atmosphere at some home games was a bit below par and we launched a campaign to try to improve things.
“The noise at the Ipswich, Cardiff and Brighton play-off games was fantastic at the back end of last season and it’s something we want to carry on. I’m hoping it’s something that can be done at every game, not just against Aston Villa.”
Cleggy, who works at the Hallamshire Hospital, said he took inspiration from other fans like Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund in Germany, who regularly put on displays with flags and banners.
“We originally wanted to use flags, but the club weren’t keen due to safety grounds,” Cleggy said.
“So the next best thing for me is scarves – nearly every fan has one. I’m hoping it will be a sea of blue and white come Sunday and really spur the team on.
“I’d like to thank Wednesdayite primarily funding this, it’s a great sum and we’re really grateful.”