Sheffield Wednesday will seek to invoke the spirit of club legend Ron Springett in this weekend’s Championship encounter with Fulham at Hillsborough.
Saturday’s match has been dedicated to the former England international’s memory. Springett, who made 384 senior appearances for the Owls, died, aged 80, last weekend.
There will be a minute’s silence before kick-off and both sets of players will wear black armbands during the match. The flags adorning Hillsborough stadium will remain at half-mast to mark the passing of Springett, who was born in Fulham.
Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal, speaking at his press briefing this afternoon, said: “We will try to give a tribute to Ron [Springett]. We will give our feelings to the family and will do our best to win the match and to give the three points to him.
“Ron gave a lot to Wednesday. He is not with us anymore but he is someone that will be forever part of the club.”
It promises to be an emotional occasion but the Portuguese chief is confident his team will cope with the atmosphere.
“This tribute can have a positive affect,” he stated. “When you have this kind of emotion, usually the fans stay together so I believe that our family; the fans, staff and players will be together trying to do our best.”
The Owls will be without the services of Sam Hutchinson, who will serve a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth caution of the season in Tuesday’s goalless draw at Bolton Wanderers.
“I’m very happy with him,” said Carvalhal. “He’s not in the squad. I’m sorry for him because he wanted to play but we have very good players who can do well.
“I wish Sam [Hutchinson] was in the 18 but he’s not so we have to give confidence to the players that we have.”
Wednesday number one Keiren Westwood is in line to return, having shrugged off a side strain problem.
Carvalhal said “Keiren is in good spirits and trained normally today. He looked back to his best.
“He feels fit. He is very happy, trained as normal and can be an option for Saturday.”