Sheffield Wednesday: Spurr seeks happy return

Tommy Spurr celebrates his goal in a 1-0 win against Leeds in November
Tommy Spurr celebrates his goal in a 1-0 win against Leeds in November

Tommy Spurr will be playing at Hillsborough today for the first time since his departure three years ago.

He has a soft spot for the club where he learned his trade and became popular with the fans.

So it will be an emotional return for the Leeds-born left back who signed to the Owls’ books as an eight-year-old and went on to make 211 first-team appearances in five years, and score seven goals. Spurr, now 26, is on record as talking about his “great memories” of being with the club:

“Playing 200 games was a big thing for me, at a club where I grew up and came through the ranks,” he said. “They gave me my chance in football, which I’ll never forget. I loved playing for them.”

He was sold to Doncaster for £200,000 in 2011 and moved on to Blackburn under freedom of contract last summer.

The defender played against the Owls in the 0-0 draw at Ewood Park on Boxing Day.

His target today is a third league win on the trot for Blackburn - after he scored his third goal of the season in Tuesday’s 2-0 win against QPR, which followed the 2-0 defeat of Ipswich last Saturday.

“We’ve just put two good wins together so if we can back it up on Saturday at Hillsborough it will be a massive week for us and keep us right in the hunt (for the play-offs). We definitely aren’t out of getting sixth place yet,” he said.

“There’s a belief (in the squad) that we can go the rest of the season and win all the games.”

But Owls striker Caolan Lavery is confident as well: “That 50-point mark is something we have wanted to reach for a while now, but for one reason or another it has just not happened as quickly as wanted it to. It’s been coming; we will get there sooner rather than later.”