Quick trivia question: which footballer is responsible for Sheffield Wednesday’s nickname?
Answer. George Robertson. The ex-Scotland international, who made 163 league appearances for the club, hitting 30 goals, presented Wednesday with a wooden owl in 1912 in homage to their Owlerton home. The gift was placed under the roof of the old North Stand.
In earlier years, Wednesday had been known as the Blades, a reflection of Sheffield’s world dominance over the steel manufacturing industry, while Sheffield United’s nickname, incidentally, was the Cutlers.
Author Iain Paterson uncovers the story of Robertson, his great uncle, who was once described as the best outside left in Britain, in ‘Wings of Steel.’
The book aims to set the record straight on many inaccuracies attached to Robertson’s life and to discover where the former Motherwell star finally ended his days.
Wings of Steel: My Great Uncle, George Clarke Robertson - A Left Winger in the Steel Towns, is out now, priced at £14.99.