About Sheffield Wednesday

The only English League club with a day of the week as part of its name, Sheffield Wednesday has the distinction of being one of oldest professional clubs in the world and the third oldest in the English League. Originally a cricket club known as the Wednesday Cricket Club, because of the day they played their matches, Sheffield Wednesday became a football club as well, in order to keep the cricket players together during the winter. Based in Sheffield, The Wednesday played its first match in October 1867, and soon, the club was focussing more on football and less on cricket. The club won the Cromwell Cup, the second football competition ever held, and was one of the founding members of The Premier League in 1992. Despite early success, The Owls, as they are nicknamed, have struggled over the years. After many ups and downs, Sheffield Wednesday is competing in the Football League Championship, being promoted from League One after the 2011-12 season ended. As of March, in the 2012-13 season, Sheffield Wednesday ranks 21st, having played 37 matches, winning 12, drawing 7, and losing 18. The club has played home games at the Hillsborough Stadium from 1899. The stadium can seat close to 40,000 spectators and is located in the Owlerton district of Sheffield, the reason behind the team's nickname. Despite their performance on the pitch, The Owls are loved by their fans and enjoy some of the best support of all English football clubs. On their away matches, the team is cheered on by an average of 1,700 fans, a number that is almost half of other teams' home attendances.

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