Sheffield Wednesday: Richard Wood on the 'ridiculous' atmospheres in Sheffield derbies
FormerÂ WednesdayÂ captain Richard Wood has lifted the lid on what it is like to play - and win - in a Steel City derby game.
Wood was part of the Owls' starting line-upÂ that won at Bramall Lane in FebruaryÂ 2009 to complete the first double over rivals Sheffield United for 95 years.
The centre-back - who came through theÂ WednesdayÂ academy from the age of 10 - has fond memories of being involved in the Steel City clashes.
He told The Star: "I enjoyed playing at both stadiums because the atmospheres are ridiculous - it makes the hairs on the back of your neckÂ stand up before the game."
In February 2009 the Owls won 2-1 at Bramall Lane in what was a famous win for the blue half of the city,Â marking the first time in 95 years thatÂ WednesdayÂ had beaten United in both league games.
Recalling that match, Wood, said: "It was a great feeling to do the double and something that I still look back on now. The bragging rights is what it is all about and the fans were absolutely buzzing with it and I think we went on about it all season."
And thatÂ game will forever be remembered for the stunning winner from distance by striker Marcus Tudgay.
"It was a ridiculous goal," Wood said. "It was worthy of winning any game.Â It made it (completing the double) that bit more special - it was an absolute wonder goal. It will be something that will live with him for the rest of his life."
Wood - now of Rotherham United - has also experienced defeat in the derby game - and was credited with an own goal in a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane in April 2008.
Wood said: "It was not a bad own goal.Â I am not embarrassed about it. I think the keeper saved it onto me and I was running back, it is just one of those things. People try and joke about it to me but I am not fussed by it."