Drugs offences, Man City scouts, clothing lines: What happened to the Sheffield Wednesday side that played the first-ever game on ITV Digital 19 years ago today?

ITV Digital arrived at the turn of the century promising to revolutionise sports broadcasting in this country and line the pockets of football leagues clubs up and down the country. It proved to be a disaster.

By Alex Miller
Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 5:00 pm

Sheffield Wednesday were the team chosen to face the first day of the new venture as they faced Burnley at Hillsborough with the unusual, TV-enforced kick-off time of 6:15pm.

It, too, was a disaster, with the Lancashire side running out 2-0 winners thanks to an Ian Thomas-Moore goal and a Paul Cook penalty late on. It was Peter Shreeves first game as permanent Wednesday boss.

From Italian enigmas and brothers of England internationals to promising youngsters later charged with drugs offences, let’s take a look at what happened next to the Wednesday players that took the field that day 19 years ago.

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