Thursday, 7 January 2016

Kicking off 2016 with Games on TV

Happy New Year to all our New York Owls!

There's 2 confirmed games on TV for us so far this year the first one will be Leeds on the 16th January, a 7.30am Kick Off.

It'll be a cold one, so get wrapped up warm and we'll see you down at the Football Factory at Legends, as always.

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The second game confirmed in 2016 is against Hull on 26th February, a much more pleasant 2.45pm KO on a Friday afternoon. As these friday night games are so rare we're calling this a social event and hope you can join us for a few beers after the game too as we take in some good ale bars.

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For more up-to-the-minute updates from us make sure you follow us on Twitter.

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If you're an owl based anywhere in America join the USA Owls Facebook group.

Lastly, here's a picture from our biggest meet-up EVER, the recent 3-0 hammering of Arsenal in the cup, one of the best days we've had as a group and as a team. Over 30 of us there to witness some absolute scenes!

Friday, 25 September 2015


Hello fellow Wednesdayites,

I hope you're all enjoying the dazzling football, the giant killing and general buzz about the club at the moment. Ive got even more great news for you, despite already having 3 games shown over here this season (see pic below from the last one) we will have another FOUR in the next month, culminating in the MASSIVE game against Arsenal in the cup.

If you're in NYC at any of the below dates make sure you join me and our regular New York Owls down at the Football Factory for what is sure to be an exciting month. The links below take you to our events page, sign up if you can make it so we can get an accurate estimation of who's coming!

26th September - 10.00am KO - Brentford v Owls

17th October - 7.30am - Hull v Owls

23rd October - 2.45pm KO - Rotherham v Owls

27th October - 3.45pm KO - ARSENAL v Owls *NOTE 3.45 KO as clocks go back in the UK*


31st October 11am KO - Nottingham Forest v Owls

For the Arsenal game the Florida Owls group has thrown down a challenge to us in NYC claiming that they will get more people down to their meet up than us up here. Which is frankly madness on their part, we're older, bigger, better than the cocky young upstarts but we're happy to accept. Whoever loses will put up a prize to be won by any Owl based in the US and will be run through our Facebook Group. So stay tuned to that for more information nearer the time.

The USA Owls facebook group is a great place to find / create your own US Owls Supporters Group, we're all over the the America's, not just the US so if you haven't joined already make sure you're in and finding other Wednesday fans.

For you New Yorkers or folk on holiday make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be kept up to date on all our events as they get announced.

If you havent joined us at The Football Factory before, its downstairs at Legends on 33rd Street between 5th / 6th Avenue.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Drinks for Opening Day and an Update on Waddle

Hello New York Owls!

As its been such a ridiculous few weeks and my excitement for the opening game is now off the charts I thought i'd throw open an invitation to join me at The Football Factory on August 8th to celebrate the start of this new era. *UPDATE* We're now on TV! Well, Bein Sports Online but its better than a dodgy stream, so we will definitely be having a meet up at The Football Factory and it promises to be a barn stormer as we trot out some of our new signings for their first proper test. Come down and join us!  KO is at 10am, August 8th.

2 weeks later we are on TV AGAIN vs Leeds 22nd August 7.30am. We will of course be there for that, as usual against Leeds it promises to be a good crowd so hope to see you all there.

Lastly a couple of updates, we FINALLY have the signed shirt framed and hung at The Football Factory, its on the ceiling and you cant miss it as you come down the stairs to the bar. Its taken a massive effort to get this, both from the club and to get it hung eventually in the bar so make sure you comment on it to Jack and say thanks for his part, the whole thing cost us nowt so its all down to the kindness of Lindsey Taylor at the club and The Football Factory.

Even more exciting is Waddle has finally got back on Twitter to say he will do a US Tour NEXT August, ive been in touch with Brooke, his daughter who is managing it all and she says hes very excited about doing NYC with John Harkes. Obviously this is a long way away yet but very encouraging and i'll make sure you're all kept up to date on developments. :)

Hopefully see you on the 8th, and if not definitely on the 22nd!

Monday, 13 July 2015

First Match Live on TV for 2015 / 2016 Season Confirmed as Leeds on 22nd August

Im sorry im so bad at updating this blog, please follow us on Twitter for constant ramblings and Facebook for less constant ramblings but more up to date than this!

We will be meeting up for the TV Game against Leeds at 7.30 am on 22nd August 2015 at our home bar The Football Factory at Legends on 33rd street btwn 5th and 6th avenue - ALL SUPPORTERS are welcome as always.

The Leeds game is always the best league match of the season for us as the NYC Leeds boys are numerous and loud just like us so we need as many Wednesdayites as possible down at the bar to be heard against the din from the dirty part of Yorkshire.

Hope to see you all there!


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

How did you become a Sheffield Wednesday fan? PT.II

Hello! Welcome back, we haven't blogged for a very long time but we're back with a bang as I asked another one of our American members WHY ON EARTH do you follow the Wednesday?

As you may or may not know we have around 40+ members on the books of the New York Owls nowadays, our members live in the tri-state area, a lot in the city, some in New Jersey and some in Connecticut. Jeff is one of our American owls who lives in Connecticut, and despite it taking around an hour to get into the city for our games he's one of our regular attendees. Which is to be applauded when you take into account most of our TV games are at 7.15am.

Before I hand you over to Jeff, here's a quick plug for our meet up this Saturday, at the Football Factory, 7.15am against Forest. Its our first proper look at the team over here so come on down and watch it with the New York Owls.

So Jeff, how did you become a fan of the mighty blue and white wizards?

There’s a logical, maybe even heartwarming, story I could tell here.

A young soccer player, a short midfielder with some pace, dreams of one day playing for the US Men’s National Team.  Of course he would idolize John Harkes and be drawn to the English side that he made his name with. And because he was a particularly stubborn (and had plenty of experience with crushing disappointment as a New York Mets fan), he stuck with that team through thick and (mostly) thin for the next 20 years.

But that’s not my story.

On his album Hilarious, the comedian Louis C.K. has a bit about how his young children pick their friends: “Our children chose each other, based on no criteria by the way. They’re the same size. They don’t give a shit who they make me hang out with.”

That’s…uh, more like my story.

When I was a child, the regional cable channel that showed Mets games would also show a First Division recap show on Saturday Mornings. The TV was inevitably still on the channel from the night before, so before my Saturday morning cartoons, I would watch the previous week’s highlights. And as they would usually just show a bunch of goals, it was not John Harkes who first caught my eye, but David Hirst, scoring worldies every week in tiny, tiny shorts.

But even that wasn’t the real reason I ended up a Wednesdayite. It comes down to this. I was ten years old. I liked the color blue, and I liked owls. And I didn’t give a shit who that would force me to hang out with over the next twenty years.

Sportschannel eventually became Fox Sports NY, and stopped showing that First Division recap show. The internet was still running on 14.4k dial-up modems, making following the team all but impossible, but if anyone asked me, I was a Sheffield Wednesday fan. That part above about my being stubborn and used to crushing disappointment is true at least. By the time I could even regularly check the results again, I was in college and Wednesday was languishing in the lower leagues.     

It didn’t really matter though. At 12:15 sharp on Saturday morning I would fire up the old Wednesday website and check the box, the modern equivalent of my childhood recap show. I found another striker to love soon after, Steve MacLean (all those penalties looked the same as any other goal in the box score), and was devastated when they didn’t re-sign him. ESPN started showing the odd Championship game on their old ESPN3 streams, and Wednesday player let me listen to the rest. When the team was in danger of a winding up and looked like they’d be stuck in the lower tiers forever I dabbled with taking on a second team in the EPL (Villa, because of Agbonlahor and the fact that I refuse to allow myself nice things), but it never felt right. I’d rather watch a dodgy stream of Wednesday against Exeter with unintelligible Eastern European commentary.

As an American Wednesday supporter, I am often preoccupied with the idea of ‘authenticity.’ I didn’t grow up in Yorkshire, and just because I chose Wednesday (rather than Arsenal like every other American), that doesn’t grant me the same connection to the team.  But from my first day at Football Factory (Wednesday 3, Hull City 1), the New York Owls have always made me feel welcome. And while I may have taken a slightly unusual path to get here, I will proudly descend the Football Factory steps at 7 AM this Saturday belting out “Hi Ho Sheffield Wednesday.” There are some benefits to being stubborn.

Follow Jeff on Twitter for matchday tweets and lots of Mets talk :)

If you missed our earlier post on one of our other US Owls Brian check it out here.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Owls v Leeds Meet Up

This Saturday we're back at The Football Factory bright and early for our 7.15am EST KO against our West Yorkshire rivals Leeds.

Wipe that sleep out of your eyes, get your bacon butty ordered and wash it down with a pint of guinness, we need good representation as the New York Leeds fans are also going to be at the bar and they're the only group in this league that can rival our numbers.

We should have our membership cards available to buy / pick up this weekend too. These cards are $5 and get you 10% off your bill at Legends all season.

Here's hoping we get a QPR like performance not a Rotherham like one and we get some points on the board to start our weekend off well.

Its also the start of the Premier League straight after and I will be hanging around to watch those games too for those that are interested.

If you're in town on holiday or its your first time to one of our meet-ups we gather at The Football Factory, which is downstairs at Legends, 6 West 33rd St, right next to the Empire State Building.

See you all there!


Monday, 5 August 2013

US Owls come out in force for QPR opener

As the dust settles on our opening weekend we can reflect on Antonio's miss when free on goal, or rue the 2 penalty decisions that went against us and Maghoma's strike against the post, but we outplayed a premiership team for a lot of this game and with our fully fit defence and a bit more luck we would've come away with a win.

So onwards and upwards for Dave Jones' men, there was a lot for Wednesdayites to get excited about, Nuhiu looked very impressive and I dont think Ive heard our NYC fans roar as loud as when that goal went in Saturday, unbelievable Jeff! Zayatte looked solid next to Gardner and once he has the cover of Buxton at RB, rather than a young midfielder filling in, that back line will be a lot stronger.

For the first time EVER we had meet-ups across the country and we got a couple of great pics from our Florida Owls group and New Orleans Owls. The groups both arranged meet-ups at local bars with just a couple of days to prepare as it wasnt confirmed for US TV until Wednesday last week.

The Florida Owls met at MacDinton's Irish Bar, in Tampa and got 10 people down for their very first meet up. A great showing co-ordinated by the Wilson-Wolfe family!

Ex New York Owl Jamie Midgley now lives in New Orleans and he rallied his troops too for the opening game, getting together a crowd of 12 at Finn McCools. Top work mate!

Finally we have our lovely bunch in NYC, fans that travel from New Jersey, Connecticut and all the NYC boroughs to meet up at 10am at The Football Factory. Thanks to all our worldwide fans who bought NYO t-shirts over the past few months as we were able to put some cash behind the bar from those sales and that kept us in high spirits throughout. We had 20 of us down this weekend and despite the result it was a blast.