Sheffield Wednesday FC

The Owls

Founded: 1867, Stadium: Hillsborough, Capacity: 39,732

Formed in 1867 as an offshoot of The Wednesday Cricket Club, until 1929 their name was Wednesday Football Club. Wednesday is one of the oldest football clubs in the world of any code and the third-oldest professional association club in England. Sheffield Wednesday have historic importance in England as founding members of the Football Alliance in 1899. Four-time champions of the league, between 1903 and 1930 and three-time FA Cup winners. In the 19th century, they played their matches in at several stadiums around central Sheffield, including Olive Grove and Bramall Lane. Since 1899, the club has played all its home matches at Hillsborough stadium in the north-west Sheffield suburb of Owlerton. Sheffield Wednesday’s main rivals are city neighbours Sheffield United. Matches between these two clubs are nicknamed Steel City derbies, so called because of the steel industry for which the city of Sheffield is famous. Wednesday fans consider fellow-Yorkshire sides Leeds United, Barnsley, Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers also as rivals. Since 1912, the owl has become a theme that has run throughout the club. The original club crest was introduced in 1956 and consisted of a shield showing a traditionally drawn owl perched on a branch. The White Rose of York was depicted below the branch alluding to the home county of Yorkshire and the Sheavesof Sheffield (Sheaf field) were shown at either side of the owl’s head. The club’s Latinmotto, Consilio et Animis, was displayed beneath the shield. This translates into English as “By Wisdom and Courage“. The crest was changed in 1970 to a minimalist version and this logo was used by the club, with variations, until 1995, when it was replaced by a similar design to the original crest. After this the sheaves were replaced by a stylised SWFC logo that had been in use on club merchandise for several years prior to the introduction of the new crest. The crest was encased in a new shape of shield. This crest remained in use for only a few years, during which several versions were used with different colours, including a white crest with blue stripes down either side and the colouring of the detail inverted. In 1999, the minimalist version was brought back, albeit inside a crest, and with the addition of a copyright symbolin 2002. In 2016, new owner Dejphon Chansiri again changed the club crest, opting for a similar design to the 1956 badge.
1935 FA Cup Final
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