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Yesterdays: Hirst signs off

4 October 2016

On 4 October 1997, the Owls defeated Everton 3-1 at Hillsborough, with goals from Italian duo Benito Carbone (2) and Paolo Di Canio putting the Toffees to the sword.

But it was the appearance from the bench of another Wednesday striker that served as a pivotal moment in S6 as substitute David Hirst made his final appearance for the hosts.

That 18-minute swansong brought down the curtain on an event-packed, 11-year stint in these parts, during which Hirsty made 358 appearances and scored 128 goals.

Moreover, though, it was the hitman’s style of play that endeared him to Wednesdayites – Hirst had a unique swagger and delivery as time and again he struck fear into opposition defences.

After leaving the Owls, the Barnsley product headed down to Southampton, where injury prematurely ended a career that brought unprecedented joy to those of a blue and white persuasion.

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