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2018 Day 13 - Sheffield Wednesday

Decamping to the Steel City for a second time, we dissect meetings with Sheffield Wednesday (aka The Wednesday)


Played: 130 (122 league, 7FAC, 1LC)
Won: 57 (52 league, 5FAC)
Drawn: 31 (30 league, 1FAC)
Lost: 42 (40 league, 1FAC, 1LC)

Full record v Sheff Wed:

  P W D L F A
SJP 61 39 9 13 128 67
H 61 13 21 27 64 92
League 122 52 30 40 192 159
SJP(FA) 3 2 0 1 6 4
H/HP 4 3 1 0 7 3
SJP(LC) 1 0 0 1 0 1
H 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cup 8 5 1 2 13 8
Tot 130 57 31 42 205 167


SJP: 65
Hyde Road: 1
Olive Grove: 1
Hillsborough: 63

Most common scores:

Won: 2-1 (thirteen times - 10H, 3A)
Drawn: 1-1 (twelve times - 2H, 8A)
Lost: 1-2 (nine times - 4H, 5A)
Newcastle have hit Wednesday for 8, 6 and 5 (twice) while the Owls have hit more than four just once - in December 1952 (see below).


The Owls won just one of the first 13 league and cup meetings with the Magpies.
United failed to win any one of the seven league meetings between 1957 and 1965 


SWFC league doubles over NUFC: 6 (1929/30, 1930/31, 1956/57, 1983/84, 1986/87, 2016/17)
NUFC league doubles over SWFC: 7 (1904/05, 1912/13, 1938/39, 1954/55, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1999/00)

Most games in a season: 3 (1904/05, 1965/66, 1980,81)

Longest gap between games: August 1969 to August 1980

First: Saturday 17th December 1898 Newcastle 2 Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Division One)
"The cutlery capital may therefore be said to have held their own with the North countrymen. The Wednesday have never so much as managed the odd goal away from Olive Grove but as they have now succeeded in scoring twice, they will have hopes for the future." (Manchester Courier)

Saturday 8th April 2017 Sheffield Wednesday 2 Newcastle 1 (Championship)
"We have to have some more experience and then manage it in a different way. You cannot waste time when you need time, when you need to play quick you can play quick, when you need to calm down you can calm down. I think that we didnít do well." (Rafa Benitez)

Best: Sunday 19th September 1999 Newcastle 8 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (Premier League)
"The new manager's introduction to the crowd before kick off compared very favourably to the welcomes afforded to Kenny Dalglish and Ruud Gullit. The volume might have been lower due to the number of late arrivals making their way to their seats, but the warmth of feeling being showered on Bobby Robson was something special; cheering and applause lapping like huge waves at the toes of the new boss - whose humility was refreshing." (

Saturday 20th December 1952 Newcastle 1 Sheffield Wednesday 5 (Division One)
"Newcastle United's unbeaten home record vanished with a trouncing by Sheffield Wednesday that left 31,000 spectators wondering how it could have happened. For the greater part of both halves the United forwards buzzed around the Wednesday goal yet only once looked like beating the magnificent (goalkeeper) Capewell" (Yorkshire Post).

NUFC v SWFC gallery:

April 1911: The Owls triumph 2-0 at Gallowgate

March 1968: a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough 

November 1983: beaten 2-4 in the Steel City

March 1986: A 4-1 home victory

March 1994: smash & grab; a 1-0 victory at Hillsborough

September 1999: The Magpies triumph 8-0 at SJP 

NUFC v SWFC - moment in history:

September 1993: Blue Monday

Six games into their maiden Premier League season in 1993, Newcastle had picked up half a dozen points thanks to a trio of draws and a narrow single goal home success over Everton.

Their seventh outing - and first-ever PL victory live on Sky Sports - came on a memorable Monday night in mid September when Sheffield Wednesday provided the opposition at Gallowgate.

Eyebrows were raised when Kevin Keegan's side ran out in their blue change kit (worn for the first time), having been forced to wear that after the match referee called a clash with the usual black and white stripes and the latest rotten change kit the Owls had adopted.

A third goal in as many games from Andy Cole shot United ahead, only for local lad and Toon fan Andy Sinton to swiftly reply. And when the same player put a Wednesday side featuring one Chris Waddle ahead early in the second half, the hosts were in trouble as the clocked ticked on.

Keegan's response was to give a debut to Alex Mathie, the Scottish striker coming off the bench in place of Nicky Papavasiliou just after the hour. The former Morton player made a vital contribution by setting up an equaliser for Cole, but with nine minutes left wrote his name into club legend by  netting with a superb first-time, right-footed volley past Chris Woods at the Leazes End.

KK looked skyward in relief as home fans celebrated - Sky's novel new portable cameras capturing scenes of great delight in the standing Milburn Paddocks, not to mention those of the home side, now composed of eight Englishmen and one each from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

And those supporters were on their feet again with two minutes left, as Malcolm Allen rounded off the scoring, sending many of the remaining Owls followers scuttling towards the exits at the away section, which at that time was the Strawberry Corner. Happy days.

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