Artistic Sheffield Wednesday fans unique way to mark club's 150th anniversary

As Sheffield Wednesday stumble towards a mid-table finish, performances on the pitch might not have been fitting with the club's 150th anniversary.

Friday, 27th April 2018, 11:21 am
Updated Monday, 30th April 2018, 08:11 am
Alan Rolfe in his studio. Picture: Chris Etchells.

But one artistic Wednesdayite has provided his own cause for celebration , in the shape of a print featuring no fewer than 65 different players - all pictured during memorable moments through the Owls' history.

Alan Rolfe has spent around four months creating the picture after being inspired by the club's own Dream Scene painting, which Australian artist Jamie Cooper was commissioned to do last year.

Alan Rolfe with his print. Picture: Chris Etchells.

Alan, 57, of Mosborough, said: "I went to the Rangers pre-season friendly in August and started planning it out after I saw the Dream Scene and I thought I would like to something like that.

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"The Dream Scene is a very good piece but it's only got 15 players on it and I looked it into the history of the club a bit more and I kept thinking I couldn't leave certain players out and before I knew it I ended up with 65."

Alan, who has been following the Owls since 1969, finished the painting earlier this month, and has already sold a number of prints.

Players including on the painting include Fred Spiksley, who scored two goals to help the Owls secure the 1896 FA Cup; Mark Bright, who scored the winning goal against Sheffield United in the FA Cup Semi Final in 1993 and Lee Bullen, who captained the team to promotion from League One in 2005.

Alan Rolfe with his print. Picture: Chris Etchells.

Midfielders Barry Bannan, Kieran Lee and Ross Wallace, striker Gary Hooper, defender Tom Lees and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood from the current squad are also featured.

He added: "I had to do a bit of research on some of the older players but I quite enjoyed that side of it too.

"It's been a bit of a labour of love and I've put a lot of effort in but it has been enjoyable. I have tried to put it across in chronological order as well so there is a bit of a flow to it."

For more information or to order a print, which costs £55, visit www.alanrolfeartist.co.uk.