THE Sheffield derby often doesn’t receive the prominence in the national media of the North-west city clashes of Manchester or Liverpool.
Both Wednesday and United have fallen off the radar, which means agents looking to cash in on big-name players have been seen less and less in Sheffield 6 and 2.
However, for one players’ representative, who became almost as famous as some of his clients in the 1990s, the city’s clubs have some happy memories.
London-based aged Eric Hall remembers the day when even former Owls boss Howard Wilkinson was on his side in a dispute with a local reporter.
The flamboyant Hall said: “It was customary in those days for reporters to chip into the players’ pool for interviews. I was looking after the Wednesday one for Nigel Pearson and Peter Shirtliff.
“There was one guy who wasn’t playing ball and the next minute I see Howard Wilkinson come running over. I expected to be kicked out of the training ground, but amazingly he told the reporter to pay up or get lost! First time for everything.”
Dave ‘Harry’ Bassett at Bramall Lane wasn’t quite as accommodating during contract negotiations with Glyn Hodges and the Blades.
Hall said: “Harry said ‘what’s he doing here? He’d sell his own mother’. I said ‘that’s a bit harsh, Harry, you’d need to offer me a monster good price for her first, mate’.”
Hall returns to Sheffield next month when he will be at Hillsborough on November 25 alongside former Wednesday manager Ron Atkinson and Owls legend David Hirst for ‘An Evening With’ event.
Organiser Spencer Fearn said: “The Steel City derby match will still be fresh in people’s memories. Hopefully Wednesday will have come out on top and we’ll all have a great night.”
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