GARY Megson has revealed club fines for Gary Madine and Jermaine Johnson and a ban on booze in the Hillsborough players’ lounge.
It is part of the Wednesday manager’s insistence on the highest standards of professionalism.
Madine has been docked a undisclosed sum under the club’s disciplinary code, for getting himself booked for dissent at Hartlepool.
Johnson was fined two weeks’ wages for his sending-off for an off-the-ball incident at Stevenage.
Megson brought in the alcohol ban in the summer because he feels it befits modern-day athletes and says top-level clubs do the same.
“In the 70s and 80s it was the way we used to do it, but you don’t refuel on beer and lager,” he explains.
He says the club’s code is a deterrent and “all about behaving professionally”.
“If our players come in late, they are fined for that, not massively,” he said. “If you can’t trust someone to be in at 10, how can you trust that person to, say, pick up the No 9 from corners?”
But the Owls boss is pleased with his squad’s general attitude and efforts and welcomes tomorrow’s match against Chesterfield, which has raised memories of Dave Allen’s criticisms of Wednesday supporters.
Megson reflects: “I’ve known Dave since I was about 20, trying to get into his nightclub. He interviewed me for the job when he was chairman here, and he did a lot of good for Wednesday, stepping into the breech when he did.
“Anybody who puts the amount of money into the club that Dave did has a huge amount of respect from Wednesday fans, of which I am one, but you can’t refer to our supporters, whether it’s a few or in general, like he did, because they’re the best in the country.”
Liam Palmer was in the Scotland U21 team that beat Luxembourg 5-1 last night.
Teams and ref
OWLS (possible): Bywater; Buxton, Batth, R Jones, Bennett; O’Connor, Lines, Semedo, Marshall; Madine, McGoldrick (4-4-2).
SPIREITES (possible): Fleming; Talbot, Holden, Downes, Grounds; Mendy, Allott, Randall, Whitaker; Clarke, Westcarr (4-4-2).
Kevin Wright (Cambs): Loves fishing as relaxation and is a former junior champion. Has issued 24 yellow cards in eight games this season. His last match was the 2-2 draw between Crystal Palace and West Ham at Selhurst Park last Saturday.
One to watch
Leon Clarke has hit five goals for Chesterfield, including a hat-trick in a 4-1 win against Carlisle, since being signed on loan from Swindon and will want to play well against Wednesday after being released by them in the summer of 2010 along with Michael Gray, Francis Jeffers, Frankie Simek, Etienne Esajas and Sean McAllister.
It’s level-pegging in derbies between Wednesday and Chesterfield. When all competitions are taken into account it’s 11 wins each and 11 draws. In league games only, it’s 10 wins apiece and eight draws. The last league games were in the Owls’ 2004-05 promotion season - they drew 2-2 at home and won 3-1 at Saltergate.