It’s the end of an era today as Paul Thompson pens his final Sheffield Wednesday stories for The Star.
After 34 years of reporting on the Owls, Paul is retiring, having worked here since 1971. During that period, many managers, backroom staff and players have come and gone, but Paul has been the one constant throughout. No matter what division Wednesday competed in, home or away, Paul was there.
His articles have touched the hearts of so many supporters over the years. Before Wednesday’s 3-1 home loss to Bolton in their penultimate Championship fixture of the 2013/14 campaign, Joe Cawthorn tweeted: “He [Thompson] was one of my idols as I grew into a sports journo! #locallegend.”
Peter KP Chan echoed his sentiments, saying: “He’s covered #SWFC for as long as I can remember. #legend.” Andrew Thorpe added: “Gutted to hear Paul is going - great reporter.”
Sheffield Telegraph columnist Alan Biggs tweeted: “He is a great pro. True feel for the game and the club.”
The task of reporting on Wednesday’s fortunes week in, week out now falls on to my shoulders - I can’t wait to get started.
It is a tough act following a legend, just ask David Moyes. But Wednesday are a club I care deeply about. My aim is to carry on Paul’s good work and build on his fine coverage.
I will look to inform you of all the latest developments from S6. Fans can look forward to exclusive interviews, quirky features and more Owls videos than ever before on our website. I welcome interacting on social media. If you want an issue put to the powers that be, feel free to message me on Twitter @domhowson.
As much as I hope and want the club to do well on the pitch, I pride myself on being fair and balanced. I will write things as I see it.
What I do know is that it will be strange not seeing Paul in the press box next season. Goodbye Tommo, my friend. You’ve been a great mentor to me. I’ve learned so much from you. I hope to do you and your special club proud.