Sheffield Wednesday had the best years of David Hirst’s career

David Hirst on the attack chased by Leeds United's Gunnar Halle
David Hirst on the attack chased by Leeds United's Gunnar Halle
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Sheffield Wednesday fans were decidedly nervous on this day 20 years ago.

The Star’s back page revealed that Middlesbrough and Derby were rivals for the signature of Owls’ striker David Hirst.

Wednesday were prepared to listen to offers of £2m. Waiting in the wings, though, were Southampton, who eventually signed him in October 1997, Dave Jones paying a then club record for his services. Injury ruined his spell there.