WHEN Hereford family the Hills travel up to Sheffield for today’s cup tie against Wednesday, you might be forgiven for thinking they’d be wearing orange - the Bulls’ team colours.
The Hills, who have lived in Hereford for 30 years, are diehard Owls fans - even though mum Margaret was married to a Blade!
Margaret was born and bred in Sheffield and married to ex-Sheffield United player and former Welsh international Mick Hill - who is originally from Hereford.
Margaret said: “We could not believe it when Hereford drew Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup, we were quite shocked, it was weird.
“All our friends and workmates know we are Sheffield Wednesday fans but it has never really been an issue before now.
“The family is definitely supporting Sheffield Wednesday today.
“My sons Jon and Danny are going up for the match and they will be fully kitted out in blue and white.
“Unfortunately my daughter Amy and I can’t go because we have to work.
“We are not really Hereford United fans. It is nice to see them do well - but not on this occasion!
“Hereford have nothing to lose really and I think that they are going up to Sheffield hoping for a giant-killing.
“My boys will get stick about it if Hereford win and so will Amy and I.”
Margaret said if Hereford United beat the Owls, the Hills will have to swallow their pride and support the Bulls for the remainder of their FA Cup run.
Margaret met Mick while he was playing for city rivals Sheffield United in 1965.
He scored nine goals for United, his second in a Sheffield Derby game at the end of the 1966–67 season.
He signed for Ipswich town in October 1969 and the couple married in Surrey before Mick went to play for former Hereford manager Frank Lord, at that time manager of Cape Town in South Africa.
After five years the couple returned to Sheffield, but soon settled in Hereford with baby Jon. He was followed by brother Danny and sister Amy.
Sadly, Mick died aged 60 in June 2008.
Hereford, who are at the bottom of League Two, had a shock 1-0 away win against Wycombe Wanderers to reach the fourth round of the FA cup. The match kicks off at Hillsborough at 3pm today.