Sheffield Wednesday: Hirst collection shows talent of an Owls legend

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HE was the son of Barnsley but the darling of the Hillsborough Kop and now almost all of David Hirst’s goals for Sheffield Wednesday are available to see on YouTube.

It is the work of Wednesdayite and amateur club historian Lee Hicklin from Kiveton Park who has painstakingly researched and found the vast majority of Cudworth born Hirst’s 128 goals during his 11 years with the club.

Signed from the Reds in 1986 for £300,000 by the then Owls boss Howard Wilkinson, Hirst immediately became a fans’ favourite when he came off the bench to score in front of the newly roofed Kop against Everton with his first touch. It’s one of the very few goals that 27-year-old builder Hicklin hasn’t managed to track down in time for today’s South Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.

He said he’d be delighted to speak to anyone who can help complete the collection: “I’d started a vintage Wednesday videos channel on YouTube and decided to group all Hirsty’s goals together.

“There’s a few I’ve not managed to find, including that one against Everton.

“There’s also a hat-trick he scored against Barnsley in the Zenith Data Systems Cup, which was actually televised live on Sky. Wednesday used to produce a match day video of all their home games so if anyone can help out then it would be great.”

Hicklin was just 11 when Hirst left the club for Southampton so many of his memories of the player are through the clips now online.

He said his favourite goal is an Easter rocket against Newcastle United in March 1989.

“He picked ball up on touchline, beat a few defenders, then smashed it off bar from 25 years out. Geordies applauding it behind goal. Unreal,” said Hicklin.

The Hirst goals can be seen on the YouTube ‘VintageWednesdayVids’ channel.

To add to the collection contact Lee on Twitter @KivoLee.

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