Whistle while you work
What's in a colour?
a) Top ten over-performing clubs over whole period
b) Worst ten under-performing clubs over whole period
c) Top ten over-performing clubs since 1997-98
d) Worst ten under-performing clubs since 1997-98
e) Top over-performing club by season
f) Worst under-performing club by season
Some local rivals
Some 'sleeping giants'
Sheffield Wednesday are certainly a club that has fallen from grace. Did you remember that they actually finished third in the top flight of English football in 1991-92, the year after they won the League Cup? Since then, a year in which attendances at Owl Central peaked at fourth highest in the land, numbers attending Sheff Weds matches have been in steady decline. Last season they were still the 26th best supported club in England, though.
The decline in league position has not been so gradual. Since the turn of the millennium the slide has turned into a plummet. At least until last year, that is, when the club bounced back a little, finishing effectively 49th.
The noughties have been a period of sustained underachievement for Sheffield's blue half. In 2004-05 their performance measure was -23. Only five clubs underperformed more drastically. If attendance is a good indication, and for the purposes of this whole bit of analysis we're assuming it is, then Wednesday should be on the lower edges of the play-offs seeking promotion to the Premiership. 2005-06, then, should in theory be a good year to be an Owls fan.