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Irvine Eager For Derby Debut

Irvine Eager For Derby Debut

Wednesday boss Alan Irvine will take to the manager's seat for the first time in a Steel City derby clash insisting that points are much more important than local bragging rights.

The clash against the Blades is usually a one-off encounter, a cup-style game which fans of both Wednesday and United look for straight away once the fixtures are released.

It gives Wednesdayites and Unitedites the chance to bag bragging rights for months on end with victory, regardless of league position.

But this one is much more important to Wednesday, with their Championship status also at stake.

Three points are a must, regardless of the opposition, and the Owls boss knows that all too well.

'To Wednesday and Sheffield United fans this is the biggest game,' Irvine told the official SWFC website.

'The points are massive and there is no way I am going to play that down. The fact is that we need three points and it's vitally important that we get them. In my opinion the points are much more important than the bragging rights.

'It's a fantastic occasion and if you're a footballer these are the games that you really want to play in. When you were a young lad you didn't dream of playing in games that were non-events, you dreamt of playing in big games; cup finals, derby matches, World Cups, all those kind of things so that's surely what you want to do as a professional.

'Nobody should be in any doubt as to what the game means to the fans and nobody should be in any doubt as to what the points will mean for us.'

The biggest crowd for any Championship match outside of Newcastle this season is anticipated at S6 tomorrow.

There are still some tickets left but fans should snap them up before 4pm today by visiting

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Saturday April 17 2010
Time: 10:06AM


Fans are up for it, just hope the players are
17/04/2010 12:13:00
course you pigs are up for it you think you are miles better than what you are..always have. HARDLINES
17/04/2010 15:18:00
ouch pot,kettle.Listen piggy we will see ow you cope wen you av no money n struggling to pay wages for decent players etc lets see ow your team fare n ow your fan base will stay loyal(not).
17/04/2010 16:01:00
Wednesday are sheffields biggest and best club, always have been and always will be, everybody in football knows it and deep down even the thickest blunt knows it too eh BFL? Form, league position and money in the bank may fluctuate from time to time but ask anyone, Wednesday are the biggest club in Sheffield, Utd have been and always will be the poor relations, that's why you revel some much in Wednesdays misfortune. We don't give a f*** what your club does yet you lot clearly continually fuss about us which proves a lot I think. I don't expect to hear much from you lot if Wednesday win tomorrow, previous seasons have proved you spout crap for weeks up to the derby then disappear after Wednesday win.
17/04/2010 20:35:00
ha ha what a load of wendy ********* that was eh sussexpig!! you seem to forget we are up the the double against you yet again..last season was just a fluke hence the 96 years!!
17/04/2010 22:04:00
just 1 big**** take party at swillsborough tomorrow for all blades fans regardless. can't wait..come on palace!!! i'll have my palace shirt on tomorrow along with many more. ha ha
17/04/2010 22:07:00
palace shirt? have a listen to yourself. the only highlight in your season is what happens to us isn't it? as sussex says above the majority of wednesday fans couldn't give a toss what happens to united but all you seem to care about is us losing. now if that is not an inferiority complex i don't what is. dry up and get back where you belong
Hirsty's Shinpads
17/04/2010 22:35:00
pigforlife shouldnt you be more concerned that your lot have failed AGAIN , only this year you havent even choked on the big stage , you have faded into obscurity! we will stay up regardless of what happens tomorrow and i cant wait to see what rag tag lot you turn out next season when mccabe has stripped more of your assests...................but hey ho you have got a hotel!! p.s. you enjoy wearing your palace shirt tomorrow...... i have enjoyed every minute i have spent in my tevez shirt these past few seasons
17/04/2010 23:24:00
another derby double!!
18/04/2010 08:10:00
wedtillidie has a good point. all little piggies care about is wednesdays lack of money and us losing. id rather have no money than to waste what money we have on stupid hotels. it says it all when hillsborough was selected as a world cup stadium and bramall lane wasnt. biggest,best, better club = wednesday
18/04/2010 10:56:00
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