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Our Lowest Ebb?: A new history of Sheffield Wednesday's darkest times: 1973-1976

John Dyson

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From the publisher:

Relegation from Division Two. Near relegation to Division Four. Over a season without an away win. Home attendances regularly below 10,000. A period of 17 league games with only two goals for Owls fans to cheer. Our Lowest Ebb is the story of the darkest period in Sheffield Wednesday's history. And yet... there was light in the darkness.

Author John Dyson combines new interviews with key players, management and club officials with the perspective of supporters and others to piece together a new history. This was the period of the Ozzie Owl club, Save our Owls and tall tales galore. The book ends with the club at its lowest ever league position but with the green shoots of recovery tantalisingly close.

Our Lowest Ebb then. Desperate times. The author does not flinch in confronting how difficult this period was, but also reflects the fondness in which many hold the period. The book is essential reading for those who were there, those who have come to follow the club more recently, and anyone with an interest in 1970s football and history.

The author:

John Dyson is a lifelong Sheffield Wednesday fan. Born in Yorkshire in 1975, he has spent the last 25 years in and around the West Midlands where he helps organise the local Owls supporters' group. His football writing has appeared in War of the Monster Trucks and Football Masters magazine, while his day job is Head of History in a secondary school (overlooking Villa Park, for his sins). This book has been something of a labour of love for John, with the idea germinating several years ago, before being thoroughly researched and written over the last two years. Despite his distance from Hillsborough, John is a season ticket holder and attends games with his two children. Our Lowest Ebb is John's first book.


Vertical Editions
24 x 16 cm
242 pages
May 2020