Sheffield Wednesday: Dependable Buxton bids farewell to Owls faithful

Lewis Buxton
Lewis Buxton

“On the right, on the right, Lewis Buxton. On the right he’ll go past you. On the right, on the right, Lewis Buxton.

Lewis Buxton is the white Cafu.”

It was more than three years ago Wednesdayites came up with that chant for the popular defender. It is a song that still brings a smile to Buxton’s face, even days after the Championship club decided to dispense with his services.

“Every now and then, I could hear that song when I was playing and that was brilliant for me,” the right-back told The Star. “To hear people singing a song about you is something you dream about as a kid.

“It is always something I will appreciate and I would like to thank the fans for all their support. I have really enjoyed my time at the club.”

Things have not always gone plain sailing for Buxton, who initially moved to Hillsborough on loan from Stoke City in October 2008.

“I struggled when I first came and I don’t think I played very well,” he said.

“I hadn’t played regularly and had a back operation. That was hard for me and I got a bit of a stick but I think that spurred me on and I put a lot of work in and feel like I managed to turn things around over the last few years.”

While Wednesday’s relegation to League One in 2010 was the low moment of his Owls career, Buxton has enjoyed plenty of happy memories in recent years. He featured prominently in the 2012 promotion-winning team and scooped the player of the year award the following season.

Buxton said: “It was great to help the club get promoted and get back in the Championship. That was a special season. There was a real good team spirit and it all began with Gary Megson. I will always look back on that year with fond memories. All the lads really enjoyed the battle we had with Sheffield United. The rivarly between the two clubs gave it that extra buzz around the city. It would be great if they got back in the same league.

“I think the city needs the Steel City derbies. They are great spectacles for everyone to be involved in and talk about. It gives that extra spice and fire to the season.”

Injuries have restricted Buxton to just 30 outings in the last two seasons. Since April 2014, the 31-year-old has damaged his medial knee ligament on THREE occasions.

“I hurt my knee at Bournemouth last season, then in pre-season and again last October,” he said. “It was frustrating and you know when you’re contract is up and you are one of the older players that you’ve got to get the games to get a chance of getting another deal.”

Given his quality and pedigree, it is unlikely the man dubbed the white Cafu will be out of work for long.

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