Why did this Sheffield pub hold an Aston Villa day when Sheffield Wednesday took on Villa?

Crosspool Tavern pictured in 2011
Crosspool Tavern pictured in 2011
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A Sheffield pub held an ‘Aston Villa day’ yesterday - the day Sheffield Wednesday took on Villa in the Championship opener at Hillsborough.

The event, at the Crosspool Tavern, Crosspool, was billed as ‘the first official Aston Villa Day’.

A post on the tavern’s Facebook page said: “Come down to the Tavern and watch the mighty Villa beat Sheffield Wednesday at 4.15pm.

“All the staff are excited and I didn’t even have to force them to wear the famous colours!”

The pub’s landlord, Villa fan Chris Squire, came up with the idea to raise money for cancer charity Weston Park Hospital.

The staff pledged to wear Aston Villa kits if Villa won, and Wednesday shirts if the Owls took three points, all in the name of raising money for the charity.

The match ended with a victory for Sheffield Wednesday - read the report HERE

Crosspool Tavern staff then uploaded photos of themselves wearing Wednesday shirts after the match, with the caption: “Well done to the Mighty Owls , the best team won on the day, and a big thanks to all the customers who donated money to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, much appreciated.”

The pub is attempting to raise up to £3,000 for Weston Park Hospital with a series of fundraising ideas.

A charity craft day will be held on August 27, while a charity auction will be put on at the pub in September.

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