Sez Les: Just one more win enough for Owls?

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SO, how many points will Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley need to avoid relegation?

The phrase “just one more win” is pretty popular across football at this time of a season and often breathed by fans of those clubs hovering just above the relegation zone.

No doubt there are Wednesdayites praying for that “one more win” (Barnsley may well need at least two) whilst trying to work out just what is going to happen at the bottom of a Championship table that can hardly be more congested.

Now, it might be that one more win - taking the Owls on to 57 points - would be enough. But you have probably had a splendid time exercising the grey matter and working out what you think the rest around you might get.

I even undertook a scenario (which seems pointless when I go on to say it won’t happen) in which the clubs at the bottom all kept winning - balancing it up along the way where two teams play each other.

It worked out that in such an unlikely scenario, you could go down with 59.

That won’t happen but it is remarkable that no one in the bottom half - even up to tomorrow’s Hillsborough visitors Ipswich - can feel safe.

Mind you, for most, one more win should do it!

MANY congratulations and a Happy Birthday to Dickie Bird who celebrates his 80th birthday today.

It’s a chance for everybody’s favourite umpire to be in the spotlight again and also plug his latest book, 80 Not out: My Favourite Cricket Memories.

He’s certainly got plenty and the pic at the top of this column certainly gave cricket followers at Barnsley a memory last summer during a cricket day.

Dickie and Sir Michael Parkinson are walking out onto the Shaw Lane turf just as they did when they were young opening batsmen for Barnsley back in the day and setting a club record opening stand into the bargain.

Sitting waiting to go in at No 3 - and not getting a knock because neither were out - was the other Yorkshire legend in between them, Geoffrey Boycott.

An abiding memory of Dickie was when he would ring this desk to inform us he’d been selected to stand in a future Test match.

On answering the phone, the voice at the other end said: “Dickie Bird. Test match umpire here.”