THE BESWETHERICK XI: Full Backs
So after the options were presented, Ola Tidman will don the gloves for the Beswetherick XI.
Which two hapless individuals will join him?
We peruse several options and ask you to vote for two of them.
Perhaps it is apt that we start with the man who this team is named after.
Left back has been a problem position for the Owls for many, many years, perhaps even since the day Nigel Worthington left the club.
In Sheffield Wednesday’s post Premier League odyssey, many have come and gone but in the depths this club has plummeted to, the benchmark for how bad we were is Jon Beswetherick.
Signed in the summer of 2002 from Plymouth by Terry Yorath, Beswetherick had actually been a regular part of the Argyle side who had won promotion from the fourth tier under Paul Sturrock’s guidance.
Here’s Beswetherick, right after shooting The Farm’s music video for ‘Groovy Train’
He enjoyed an encouraging pre-season, but few could have predicted what would happen once the Division 1 proper campaign got underway.
Beswetherick made the most pedestrian of opposition wingers look like world beaters.
He was out of the side by the end of August but had a brief return which culminated in a 4-1 thrashing by Gillingham.
JB ended the 2002/03 campaign on loan at Swindon Town but did make a few appearances in 2003/04 under Chris Turner.
In just over a dozen appearances for Wednesday, he was on the winning side just twice, once in the FA Cup against Salisbury City and the other occasion in an away JPT tie at Carlisle United.
Perhaps it’s a bit harsh to include Bennett amongst the dirge that we’ve watched since the Owls dropped out of the Premier League but then again anyone who saw his “performance” in that 5-1 at Stevenage will understand completely.
Bennett celebrates the first of his two Wednesday goals
The fact that as the season went along converted left back Reda Johnson was preferred to the specialist left back Bennett was all that needed saying.
Bennett was signed by Gary Megson having played under Meggo at Nottingham Forest and with the intention of replacing Tommy Spurr.
He looked solid enough in the season opener against Rochdale – even setting up a goal and providing a glimpse of a dangerous long throw.
As time went on he got shakier and shakier and never really recovered from the Stevenage debacle, also struggling with injuries.
His last SWFC appearance was an Easter Monday win over Oldham.
Bennett was released in 2013 and went on to Southend, a knee injury meant he announced his retirement at the age of 30.
Fourteen appearances, none memorable
Mark Reynolds had a glowing reputation prior to joining the Owls, Wednesday were rumoured to have beaten Swansea to the signature of the Motherwell player in January 2011 and the hopes were he’d bolster what had been a shaky defensive line.
The reality though was that Hillsborough was a terrifying, intimidating place for Reynolds and following a nervous debut where the Owls failed to beat 9 man Yeovil Town.
Things only got worse as the Wednesday defence capitulated time and time again with Reynolds often being out of position, outmuscled, outworked or a combination of the three.
In his eight appearances in 2010/11, the Owls conceded a whopping 22 goals, Reynolds made a few appearances in 2011/12, his last being a goalless draw against Brentford.
He then returned back to Scotlandto Aberdeen, firstly on loan before sealing a permanent deal.
Since his departure Reynolds has gone on to be a solid, dependable regular in the SPL for the Dons and even been called up for international duty, but in his brief time at S6 he looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights.
A pained expression from BBM
One of a raft of players that Chris Turner turned to to try and avoid relegation in 2002/03, BBM was known to Turner after a loan spell two divisions down at Hartlepool United.
Brian Barry-Murphy didn’t always play at full back but often enough to be considered here, he was a regular part of the Wednesday side who had the second worst league finish in the club’s long history.
Barry-Murphy was sub par at everything and was released in the summer of 2004.
He went on to have a respectable career for Rochdale and Bury in the bottom two divisions and even scored the Shakers 1,000th fourth tier goal, BBM is still on the playing staff at Rochdale and is the first team coach at Spotland nowadays.
The 2000/01 season was just the start of the odyssey and in a club that was steadily being pushed to the abyss, the playing staff were often beneath Premier League standard and even Championship/Division One standard. Aaron Lescott was one such player.
Lescott was deployed in midfield and at full back in his time at S6 and he was a regular part of the truly awful 2000/01 SWFC squad often standing out for the wrong reasons.
He was sold to Stockport County in 2001 before moving on to Bristol Rovers, quite the contrast to his younger brother Joleon.
Signed in the summer of 2010 from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Jones already had knowledge of League One after a successful loan spell at Bristol Rovers and an encouraging preseason showed that Jones looked at home on the left flank.
A few cameos off the bench as the Owls made a roaring start to 2010/11 were encouraging but all that went away in a home defeat to Southampton where Jones had a nightmare even compared to the rest of the team in an awful performance.
Jones joins a pair of Wednesday legends in celebration
Tommy Spurr kept him at bay for the rest of the season but injuries to Lewis Buxton and Jon Otsemobor saw him get opportunities on the other side, it didn’t really turn out well as Jones remained a peripheral player and in the promotion season he didn’t get much of a look in making just five appearances.
Injuries to others meant he had a brief run in the side under Dave Jones but he looked out of his depth in the Championship and has since made League One his level firstly for Port Vale and he’s now just down the road at Chesterfield.
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