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What a signing 30 Years Ago - David Hirst

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2 hours ago, Milan Missing Marble said:

David Hirst was phenomenal.

 

By far the best striker I've seen play for the Wednesday in my lifetime. He had it all and scored numerous crackers. There was no better sight than seeing Hirst in full flight terrifying defences.

 

It makes me wonder how much he'd have been worth in today's market?

 

 

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Take whatever Harry Kane is worth now and double it... atleast that.

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1 hour ago, Holmowl said:

 

I have already admitted in this thread that my memory is shot, but I know I would remember if Hirst and Chansiri was our forward line in the 90s.

 

Tryping error.  To be expected from anyone not from West Yorkshire.

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2 hours ago, Holmowl said:

 

Did it?

 

My memory is addled but I remember his debut and knew he was really special. I know he didnt burst onto the scene like Owen or Rooney, but did it really take 3-4 years?

 

like I say, my kids bought mea mug for Fathers Day, with "My memory is not what it used to be, and my memory is not what it used to be."

Second half of third season in 88/89 he became a regular when 21.Was then up front with Steve Whitton. Up to then in and out. Main two who kept him out first 2 and half seasons were West and Chapman. Others who played up front in that period Shutt, Bradshaw, Reeves,Varadi(2nd spell). 

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Hurst ffs how did they get it so wrong :sad:

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Without doubt a Wednesday legend.

He really was immense.

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The Cudworth Cowboy.  True legend.

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6 hours ago, Jazzybmzoo said:

The Cudworth Cowboy.  True legend.

And so so Sheffield Wednesday; Steve Bould ruined him, and stunted our dreams.

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Had the fiercest shot I've seen. 

Was fearless.

Would chase down lost causes. 

Was direct. would run at defenders and scare them to death.

Was brilliant at turning defenders when he had his back to goal.

Could finish from anywhere. Could make his own goals or be a poacher. 

Great in the air.

Never failed at one on ones.

Fast, strong, skillful

What a player. 

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him and layne are the two strikers in the best ive seen eleven ......cant split em and those who saw layne will know thats high praise indeed for hirsty .

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I've said it once and I'll say it again,he was one of the great all time England strikers and will never receive the recognition he deserves. History will remember Shearer, Lineker and Rooney but sadly not Hirst and for me that's a travesty of the highest order.

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remember he scored on his debut at home to the champions everton finished 2-2 what a game kop end ,first game we had a proper roof

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What a player he was. All set to be England's main striker. Dreams destroyed by injury 

 

I doubt we'll see a player like him again.. Certainly not in our team 

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fantastic player was hirsty .if his son turns out like him then what a player we have on our hands again.

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So many superlatives to describe Hirst in his prime. Was watching Euros this summer and thinking there wasn't a striker in the tournament that could touch the Cudworth Cowboy on his day.

 

For those not old enough - you missed seeing someone truly special. Did everything, so many memories - League Cup Semi Final goal 91 v Chelsea, FA Cup Final equalizer 93 v Arsenal, two-footed challenge on Mitch Ward at the Lane (only got a yellow :biggrin:), runs and scores from half-way versus Hull and Man City, 20+ yard pile-drivers to score against Man Utd, Newcastle, Villa, Southampton, Tottenham, Liverpool, Luton, Leicester - no goalkeeper was safe.

 

And a special mention for Howard Wilkinson, who was there to sign the best striker I believe I will ever see don the blue and white stripes; and was there again as Chairman to steer us towards calmer waters which took us to where we are today. Sgt Wilko I salute you!

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If memory serves me correctly, he really picked up when Big Ron arrived. He said in an interview that under Wilkinson he would often be too knackered to take a chance because of the way Wilkinson set the team up. Scored some wonderful goals that at the time were just different, the direct running set him apart from others. The goal that sticks out for me was against West Ham in 88 or 89 at home. Seem to remember it was a clearance, it bounced once in front of DH and he swivelled and volleyed from about 35 yards. I've never found a video of it, so if anyone has it please post.

 

 

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Cant think of a player in the premier who scores the kind of goals hirsty used to get. Just the best all round striker most of us will ever see. Was every bit as good as shearer maybe even better as hirst had more pace. Dread to think what a player like that would fetch today

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