Owls aim for smashing time with Snodin

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Retro Full Time 25 Years Ago: Sheffield Wednesday were ready to smash the Hillsborough transfer record 25 years ago with a swoop for Everton’s Ian Snodin.

The Owls were preparing a huge bid for Snodin after settling on the former Doncaster Rovers and Leeds star as the player they wanted to mastermind their midfield for the following season, but would have to pay around £650,000 to land him.

Snodin, a brilliant captain at Leeds, cost Everton £840,000 but he never fulfilled his potential at Goodison Park and the signing of Stuart McAlll from Bradford City could see him suddenly become available, with a move back to South Yorkshire proving an attraction.

If the Owls were to land Snodin it would mean manager Howard Wilkinson would have paid Everton close to £1m following the £275,000 recent transfer of Alan Harper.

Wednesday had been keen on Thrybergh-born Snodin for some time and it was beginning to look as if an offer to Everton would be accepted although a potential problem was the soaring wages and bonuses paid at Goodison.

However Wilkinson overcame this with the capture of Harper and must feel confident that, given the opportunity, he could persuade Snodin that a move to Hillsborough is exactly the right career move for him.

Bradford City used some of their McAll money in paying Norwich City £160,000 for Sheffield-born Wayne Biggins, a striker in whom Barnsley were interested.

Former England star Trevor Francis was favourite for the managerial vacancy at Plymouth. He was given permission by QPR to talk to the Plymouth board. Francis, currently working for ITV in Germany, was known to be keen to take the job.

he fixtures for the forthcoming football season were out and Sheffield Wednesday were handed a Hillsborough opening day game against Wembley specialists Luton.

This was on August 27 and in Division One, the top tier as it was then.

Sheffield United, in Division Three, started at Reading with whom they were relegated. Luton had won the Littlewoods Cup the previous season, reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and played at Wembly on two other occasions, in the Simod Cup and the Centenary Festival.

The Owls, away on opening day the previous season, follow the Luton game with a Saturday trip to Nottingham Forest.

The First Division was cut back again, to 20 teams, and it meant that 35 of Wednesday’s 38 fixtures were to be played on Saturdays.

The three exceptions were Monday matches on December 26, January 2 and March 27 (Easter).

United’s first home fixture was against Bristol Rovers .

On Boxing Day, traditionally the provider of bumper home gates, Wednesday play Newcastle at Hillsborough while United go to Notts County.

The Blades have a January 2 derby against Chesterfield at Bramall Lane when the Owls are sent to Coventry.

League champions Liverpool visit the Owls on January 14.

England meet Sweden at Wembley on Ocotber 19 just four days after Nottingham Forest play Liverpool in one of the season’s key fixtures.

Dutch Masters screamed the headline as Holland became European champions with a 2-0 win over the Russians in Munich.

Dutch skipper and European player of the year Ruud Gullit put his side ahead with a powerful header and the tournament’s top scorer, Marco van Basten, made it 2-0. Hans van Breukelen conceded and saved a penalty as the Russians strived to get into the game.

Gullit’s goal was his first of the tournament, scored after the offside trap failed, That came in the first half and Holland tightened their grip on the game after 54 minutes when van Basten scored a spectacular goal.

Arnold Muhren picked out the Milan striker on the right side of the penalty box and he thumped a fierce volley home.

Mats Wilander, 23-year-old quiet Swede aiming to achieve the Grand Slam, eased his way into the last 16 at Wimbledon.

Wilander, with the French and Australian titles already won, defeated Dutchman Menno Oosting 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, proving to be far too steady for his opponent.

Wilander was quite happy to rally from the back of the court and only to go to the net when a suitable opportunity arose.

Glamorous Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina warmed up a packed Centre Court with a 6-2, 6-3 conquest of Catherine Tanvier of France.

The Sheffield Marathon maintained its record on two counts at Hillsborough Park in the shape of specialist Trevor Hawes and in the soaring temperatures of another scorcher,

In seven starts since 1982 Hawes had romped home with an unvbelievable lopsided stride five times and there was a similar countdown of sunkissed weather. Race director Alan Hall said: “We certainly seem to have clicked with the weather man. It turns the event into a colourful spectacle.”

ick got egg on his face at Hove.

He chose four seam bowlers along with himself and Ian Swallow as the side looked for their first Championship win.

Sussex chose to bat first and steamed past 50 in the 18th over. Yorks had topped 250 only once in 16 starts.