SOME things in life are more important than watching Sheffield Wednesday – but some might argue not many.
Last year when the Owls took on Chesterfield, Wednesdayite Paul Marshall didn’t go to Hillsborough but watched the game at his Sheffield home with brother Gary instead.
And there was very good reason – his partner Donna was due to give birth to their first child.
And it’s a good job he stayed at home too – Donna began to go into labour as the final whistle blew.
While Paul, aged 33, watched an action-packed second half, which saw a late equaliser from Wednesday take the game into penalties, Donna began to complain of pains.
He said: “It turned into one of the most epic penalty shoot-outs ever and with all the excitement and shouting at the TV, our soon-to-be-born son obviously didn’t want to miss out on the action.”
It soon became apparent Donna was in labour but Gary and Paul had both had a drink so they had to enlist the help of a friend for a lift to hospital.
Baby Freddie was born in the early hours of the next day – his dad’s 32nd birthday.
The family credit his arrival to the performance of Owls keeper Nicky Weaver – both in goal and from the penalty spot.
Paul said: “His unofficial middle name is Weaver but unfortunately Donna’s family are Blades so it couldn’t go on his birth certificate, much to my disappointment.”
And a year on, the pair met the keeper on their shared birthday before a Wednesday home game.