Sheffield Wednesday fan ‘Wheenie’ will miss the big game

Alan Wheen, aka Wheenie, with Paul 'Tango' Gregory, centre, and Wednesday-supporting friends.
Alan Wheen, aka Wheenie, with Paul 'Tango' Gregory, centre, and Wednesday-supporting friends.
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A DISABLED Sheffield Wednesday supporter will miss the Owls’ crunch derby game with Barnsley because his famous friend has been banned from the match.

Barnsley FC will not allow Paul Gregory - aka Tango man - into the stadium for Wednesday’s visit on Saturday, December 15.

Paul Gregory - Tango - with Terry Curran and Alan Wheen - Weeny.

Paul Gregory - Tango - with Terry Curran and Alan Wheen - Weeny.

That means wheelchair-bound Wednesdayite Alan Wheen, known to fellow Wednesdayites as Wheenie, is likely to miss the game, too, as Tango acts as his carer.

Mr Wheen, a diabetic who had his leg amputated by surgeons 12 months ago due to complications caused by his condition, relies on his mate to pick him up and take him to games.

But as Barnsley won’t allow Mr Gregory - who is famous for stripping to the waist at games - to gain entry to Oakwell it means Mr Wheen will have to miss out, too.

The 54-year-old, former pub landlord in the Hillsborough area who ran the Burgoyne Arms and Travellers Inn, has been left upset by Barnsley’s decision.

His wife Susan told The Star: “Paul has been a great mate since Alan lost his leg. He calls to pick him up for away games.

“If Paul didn’t take him then he wouldn’t be able to go.”

Barnsley general manager and club director Don Rowing said: “I can confirm that the individual named as Tango has been banned from Oakwell.

“We took this decision after considering our own experiences at previous games together with current intelligence we have received.”

But Mr Gregory, 50, a transport manager who lives in Wolverhampton, feels Barnsley have no reason to ban him.

He said: “Ok I do banter a bit with away fans, take Forest last week I was chanting at the Nottingham lads a bit and they did the same to me.

“I’m warmly welcomed everywhere I go - every where that is except Barnsley.

“I have never been arrested at Oakwell, nor have I been ejected from the ground. I can’t understand why they are banning me.

“It’s not just me they are punishing but Alan as well. There’s just no justification for it.”

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