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 www.swfc.co.uk/tickets.