I spy a game beginning with ‘w’ ... worth going to

Owls coach Andy Rhodes
Owls coach Andy Rhodes
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If, by any chance, my game gets called off tomorrow, then I would happily head for Hillsborough because I believe that’s where the game of the day will be played out.

The Owls and Huddersfield are two of the heavyweights in League One. Then again, you might reckon all the top five are in the heavyweight category.

But this fixture had looked destined to be a pretty big game for some time.

Whilst Huddersfield continued along that remarkable unbeaten run, a record-breaking 43 games before it ended at Charlton recently, Wednesday were compiling their own unbeaten run at Hillsborough.

Not just unbeaten either. They kept on winning. Nobody could get even a point until Brentford sneaked one a couple of home games ago.

One suspected Wednesdayites were eagerly lying in wait for the Terriers and their unbeaten run. They wanted their team to be the one to take that record.

But, Charlton did that and, as often happens when a long unbeaten run is ended, a similar result crops up in the following game, which is what happened against Bournemouth last week.

So, it’s all turned round and Town turn up as the underdogs. Not a role they have been too accustomed to playing.

As Owls fans look at the League One table, they no doubt cast minds back to a snowy weekend exactly 12 months ago when their side headed to Exeter. Wednesday were second and, as the only game on in the division, knew a win would put them top for Christmas.

No Owls fan needs reminding what happened that day and top-of-the-table fast receded because that 5-1 defeat started a 10 match run without a win.

But those same fans sense a different outlook this time. Hence their growing optimism (yes, we can tell).

Factoring that in and everything else, Owls fans will be up for it - and, with Town having a big following, there’ll be a great atmosphere tomorrow.

What influence any spy in the camp will have I know not.

But Owls goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes will surely have gleaned handy clues and stuff during those chats over a time with son Jordan who has been scoring goals for fun for Huddersfield.

Give him a sniff and there’s every chance it will end up in Wednesday’s net.

There was an unusual request made to local football club Phoenix who play in the Central Midlands League.

A groundhopper - one of those hardy band of football fans who visit, and therefore ‘collect’, football grounds - would be coming to their ground at Brinsworth.

That was surprising enough but the guy, travelling all the way from Lowestoft, asked if he could be picked up at Meadowhall station.

So, Phoenix secretary Phil Woodward arranged a lift. They picked him up, took him round the pitch, and talked him through the game.

Then they dropped him back at Meadowhall station for him to make the long journey home to East Anglia.

The groundhopper, called John Francombe, has attended hundreds of games at different grounds and levels across the country.

The Phoenix club had obviously gone out of their way to help ‘make his day’ and he thanked them for all their assistance as they said their farewells.

Groundhopper John Francombe, by the way, is completely blind!