The Great Escape! – A remarkable unbeaten run that saw Sheffield Wednesday beat the drop – it couldn’t happen again, could it?
Allow us to take a trip down memory lane with Sheffield Wednesday…
The year is 1928, and the Owls have endured a horrible campaign in the old First Division. It’s April 6th, Good Friday, and Robert Brown’s side have managed to pick up just seven wins from 34 games as they head into the final stretch.
They’re rock bottom with 25 points, and six points adrift of climbing out of the bottom two to avoid relegation – Manchester United (29) and Sheffield United (31) sit in the two places above them as they prepare to face Tottenham Hotspur following a very credible 2-2 draw away at Leicester City.
In many ways, Wednesday are looking dead and buried, with every other side in the league having won at least three more games than they had going into that clash with Spurs at home.
But then something remarkable happened…
A Mark Hooper brace and goal from Jimmy Seed secured a 3-1 victory for Brown’s side, and then they just didn’t lose again all season.
Spearheaded by Hooper and Seed, as well as Jimmy Trotter and Jack Allen, The Wednesday managed to pull off quite a remarkable ‘Great Escape’ as they beat the likes of West Ham United, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Aston Villa – as well as Spurs again – to climb all the way up to 14th place with 39 points.
Back then it was just two points for a win, so by current standards they’d have picked up even more points from that remarkable unbeaten run – but either way they did what they had to do to stave off the drop.
It may be a long time ago, but the 1927/28 season should be seen as proof that ‘it’s not over until it’s over’ and is a campaign that Darren Moore and his side can certainly take heart from as they prepare to face Queens Park Rangers.
That season the Owls’ turnaround probably got underway with a surprise 5-0 win at home against Burnley, and from there they started to gain some momentum.
For the current crop, maybe the Cardiff City game can be their Burnley.