Sheffield Wednesday have played their football at Hillsborough since 1899, at that time it was known as Owlerton Stadium, the district it sits in.
However when Owlerton officially became part of the constituency of Hillsborough the football ground was renamed Hillsborough, although this is the offical reason behind the grounds new name another theory (and a daft one in our opinion) is that it was renamed Hillsborough because that was what most Wednesday fans had already started calling it prior to the change, so the football club renamed it accordingly to ensure fans caught the right tram !!
The picture below from a 1970’s Football Review magazine shows the ground as it looked to those fans who managed to catch the right tram, or train, bus etc !!
The text on the picture reads as follows;
“With a ground capacity of 55,000 and seating for 23,350, Sheffield Wednesdays Hillsborough ground is regarded as one of the best in the country. Wednesday first played at the ground in 1899 when it was known as Owlerton, the name was changed to Hillsborough in 1912. The record attendance was set in 1934 when 72,841 spectators watched an FA Cup tie against Manchester City. Player inset: Wednesdays Scottish international winger Willie Henderson.”
The picture above is available for sale (along with loads more Wednesday football memorabilia) on our main site Footybits, a link to which is at the top of this page.