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Harkes back at Hillsborough

3 April 2013


Former Owls midfielder John Harkes paid a visit to Hillsborough for last Saturday’s win over local rivals Barnsley.


Harkes spent three years with Wednesday between 1990 and 1993 and became a firm fans’ favourite during that golden era in S6.


The USA international played his part in the 1991 League Cup final victory over Manchester United at Wembley and was a regular in the side that won promotion to the First Division in the same campaign.


The midfielder, who also had spells with Derby, West Ham and Nottingham Forest, became the first American to score in an English cup final – the goal coming in the 2-1 League Cup loss to Arsenal.


He told ‘Wednesday’: “I’ve been back in England a few times but only really in London so this is the first time I’ve been back to Sheffield in 20 years.


“Some fans will remember I did come back up here with West Ham when I had a loan spell there and I played a game here against Sheffield Wednesday.


“It was my son’s 18th birthday on Saturday and I wanted to bring him up here and show him the club. I’ve tried to fill him in on everything; what a great team we had, a great manager, the fan base and everything about it – you don’t get that every day.


“A lot of footballers can play for 10-15 years and not have the experiences I had here in a short space of time.”


Asked about his highlights in the blue and white stripes, Harkes added:


“Winning the League Cup final against Manchester United – that was really a special moment, it was fantastic.


“Getting to the FA Cup semi final and playing Sheffield United at Wembley was pretty special and the two finals in 1993. They sometimes burn a little bit because we didn’t win the medals but all of that came within three years.”

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