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Darren Moore’s record-breaking Owls

Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic sets a new club record of the longest unbeaten run in the league. A feat which has taken 64 years to overcome.

Even though Moore’s tenure started with relegation to the third tier of English football. Sheffield Wednesday used this step back as a way to rebuild and restructure the infrastructure of the club. Last season they fell short of an instant return to the Championship, and it seems that the Owls are doing it in style this season.

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Sheffield Wednesday have broken two club records so far this season, the longest unbeaten run and the most clean sheets in a season.

The longest unbeaten run dates back to the 1958/59 season in which the Owls went unbeaten for 19 games, starting with a 5-4 win over Blackburn Rovers on the 10th of December 1958 and the run lasted until the 17th of April 1959. This run of games helped Wednesday secure the league title, under manager Harry Catterick.

Now Darren Moore’s men have surpassed it after their win this weekend, as the current run stands at 20 league games unbeaten, starting on the 8th of October 2022 with a 3-0 win over Cheltenham Town and bodes well for the remainder of the season and gives the Owls boss a 50.89-win percentage which is the second-best record by any Sheffield Wednesday manager.  

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It is hard to see when this run will come to an end and how the players will react to it, but with the likes of Bolton, Barnsley, and Peterborough all in the month of March, which may see the run stay at 20.

Bolton are also enjoying fine form, only suffering two defeats since the tun of the new year and will not want to become part of the statistic. As they look to cement their playoff place for the end of the season.  

Barnsley who the Owls play at the back end of the month at Oakwell made light work of playoff rivals Derby County. Beating the Rams 4-1 and continuing their fine form, and we all know that in South Yorkshire derby, the form book goes out of the window and it is a case of who plays well on the day.

But closer to home, Sheffield Wednesday’s next game against Peterborough United, who dispatched Plymouth Argyle, 5-2. Argyle were hot on Wednesday’s tail at the top of the tree, only being separated by goal difference, but this stutter has now given the Owl’s a three point cushion heading into next weekend’s group of fixtures.

And with 14 games still remaining, and a possible 42 points still up for grabs. Sheffield Wednesday could even smash the league record of securing the most points, which currently stands at 103 currently held by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 2013/14 season.

Even though Moore knows of the records he is breaking, he gave the media a very level-headed response,

“Yeah, its nice, high praise and accolades to the players. Excellent to achieve that for the history of the club, well done to the boys. We are really, really pleased but we’ve just got to keep going.”

And this clean sheet already adds to the current record of having the most clean sheets during a season. This record was broken a couple of games back, when the Wednesday comfortably beat Morecambe 3-0 and the new record currently stands at 19.

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The previous record of 17 clean sheets stood for 44 years and was set back in 1979, under World Cup winner Jack Charlton. Even though it didn’t secure promotion it is still another feather in the flat cap of Darren Moore, as he continues to smash through this league despite injury and suspension setbacks.

Moore has returned the feel-good factor to Hillsborough. And he is just getting warmed up as he vowed at the beginning of his Wednesday career, that he would try and return the club back to where they belong, the Premier League.

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