Date: 13th February 2010 at 11:37am
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Wednesday chairman Lee Strafford has revealed that he’s received death threats during his time at the Hillsborough helm.

Strafford has been in his role as club chairman for over a year but has revealed to the Sheffield Star that he’s received death threats, while his personal health and marriage have both suffered during his time with the Owls.

But despite the stressful time endured trying to change the fortunes of Wednesday, Strafford insists that he’ll remain in his role of chairman until he completes the task in hand – investment.

Strafford told the Star of the problems he’s encountered while trying to get the Owls back on track financially, saying: ‘My health has suffered, my wife has threatened divorce, and I have received death threats from people intent on holding this club back.’

The Wednesdayite has constantly called on Owls’ fans to back him with big numbers at matches and sales on season tickets for the new season.

Since his arrival he’s helped secure sponsorship for Sheffield Children’s Hospital for the club, which in turn has led to record-breaking sales of the Wednesday home shirt.

Development for Hillsborough is also in the pipeline, which has secured potential World Cup football for the city, beating rivals Sheffield United as a potential host stadium for the 2018 World Cup.

But, despite his achievements for the club, Strafford is still under pressure for the key area for supporters – investment.

So far it’s failed to materialise, with a few false dawns thrown into the equation.

But it’s something he continues to work on, and knows its importance in the grand scheme of things, and he needs the backing of the Wednesday fans to make any investment process easier.

He went on to tell the Star: ‘Fans of this club have been abused for years but now we have a real opportunity to change all that.

‘If the fans don’t back me on this we will be forced to carry on as was and that cannot be an option.

‘Most Wednesdayites aren’t daft, they know things need to change but there are some who just don’t get it.’