Date: 8th September 2010 at 2:00pm
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Wednesday’s ‘stand-in’ chairman Howard Wilkinson has broken the club’s silence over the administration fears at Hillsborough through an open letter on the official club website.

The Owls had yet to comment over the speculation regarding the future of the club but, with Wilkinson meeting members of the press this afternoon, the Owls chairman has addressed fans directly.

It reads, in full as taken from

I wish to confirm to supporters, that today at the High Court, the winding-up petition brought against the Club by HMRC has been dismissed.

There has been a lot written and said about us, HMRC and the Co-operative Bank in the past few days and I want to address Wednesdayites directly about what has been happening and what it means for the future of our Club.

First and foremost, I wish to thank the Co-operative Bank for coming to the support of Sheffield Wednesday when we needed them most. Although the medium to longer term financial health of the Club is moving in the right direction, we have had a major short term problem.

HMRC have, quite rightly, been targeting the football industry and the reality is that we have needed help from our bank to pay our outstanding bills. The Co-operative Bank have acted diligently and shown great understanding in their discussions with Nick Parker and myself in recent days and when this club needed them most, the bank demonstrated this in the way they supported and backed Sheffield Wednesday.

I do wish to place on record my thanks to all those people who have shown their genuine and solid support for Sheffield Wednesday in recent days. In particular, I would like to thank our Chief Executive Nick Parker, who has worked tirelessly with me to get a resolution to this matter.

There were many others, who when the chips were down, demonstrated their real allegiance in other invaluable ways. Nick and I have certainly discovered who we could really rely on in the past 48 hours! I would also like to thank everybody, from both in and outside of the club, who has passed on their messages of support to me in the past few days.

Just discussing the possibility of administration has made me even more determined to do everything that I can to avoid this club, our club, from being docked ten points. The positive work that has been done at Sheffield Wednesday over the summer, both on and off the field, must not be undermined.

Too many people truly care about this club for us to allow it fail. We must not allow ourselves to be distracted by the politics and history of how Sheffield Wednesday has ended up in this situation! We must now focus on steering the club through the many challenges that still lay ahead in order to ensure we emerge stronger than ever.

Let me be clear about one thing. The dismissal of the winding-up order only brings to an end our most pressing problems. We now need everyone who truly cares about the club to rally together and do what they can to help. For Alan and his team, this is to continue the fantastic start that they have made to the season, and for our supporters it is to remain firmly behind the team and cheer them on to victory.

I would like to believe that the discussions of the past few days have certainly focused minds. It is true to suggest that potential investors have played a part in the dialogue with the Co-op Bank. Words of support, of course, are always welcome, but as in the real game, actions speak louder than any words and action is what we need to see now! The club is now set up to throw off the problems of the past. Our friends and potential partners know what can be achieved here, but we need investment, not words or promises!