Derby day thriller was a big hit on the big screen

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FOOTBALL for the future.

That’s how Sheffield Wednesday’s former director Joe Ashton describes the Steel City derby beam back.

Joe was a member of the crowd of almost 11,000 who packed into the South Stand at Hillsbrough to see the Sheffield derby on three giant screens.

And he believes beam backs should become a common fixture on match days.

Former Bassetlaw MP Joe said: “It was absolutely brilliant. The atmosphere was great, the commentary was great, the picture on those three giant screens was great. - everything was spot on.

“For a tenner and a fiver for concessions, fans were able to see their team play away at their home ground while enjoying a beer and a good old sing-song.

“Imagine if this were to become a regular event. The fans would save a fortune and hours of their time travelling up and down the country.

“I’d like to see clubs do beam backs for all away games.

“I think it could be a real money spinner, especially for clubs outside the Premier League that do not feature on Match of the Day or Sky every week.”

Wednesday said the event was incident-free and Owls fans went home happy after the team’s dramatic comeback to 2-2 in the closing minutes which meant honours were even in the derby.

Stadium operations manager John Rutherford said: “The beam back was a fantastic occasion and a pleasure to manage.

“The feedback from those present has been massively positive.”