Wednesday planning a pre-season night at Oscar’s

Here’s a date for the diary for some of the slightly more mature members of the London Owls.

Seventies hero of the Wednesday fans, Rodger Wylde, is having a testimonial match after 25 years as physiotherapist at Stockport County and the Owls will be providing the opposition for the game at Edgeley Park on Tuesday,  July 9.

The match is a 7.45pm kick off with Wednesday facing County’s play-off promotion winning team from four years ago in the first-half and then the Owls – with Chris Waddle making an appearance after the break – will face County’s current side for the second 45 minutes.

Striker Wylde, nicknamed Oscar by Wednesdayites in the seventies, made his debut in 1972 and became a firm favourite – partly because of his goal celebration of falling to his knees and blowing kisses to the crowd.

He left in early 1980, joining Oldham, and went on to play for Portugese side Sporting CP before returning to play in the top flight for former Owls boss Len Ashurst at Sunderland. After that, he had spells at Barnsley and Stockport, where he eventually became physio.

However, on the playing side, it is at Hillsborough where Sheffield-born Rodger will be best remembered … after 168 games and 54 goals for the Owls.