Antony Sweeney doesn’t have fond memories of Sheffield Wednesday

Antony Sweeney keeps a eye on the ball. Hartlepool United V Exeter City 2-0 03-09-2011. Photograph by FRANK REID
Antony Sweeney keeps a eye on the ball. Hartlepool United V Exeter City 2-0 03-09-2011. Photograph by FRANK REID

MENTION Sheffield Wednesday to Antony Sweeney and expect a grimace of painful recollection, writes CRAIG HOPE.

The Pools favourite was part of the side cruelly denied a history-making promotion to the Championship during the play-off final of 2005, the Owls coming from behind to win in extra-time at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Fast forward to last season and Sweeney was on the losing side three times against the Hillsborough club – a 5-0 drubbing at the Vic the most distressing of those defeats.

Tomorrow, though, Sweeney and co, flying high near the top of League One and in front of a bumper crowd, have the chance to attach some more enjoyable memories to mention of their famous opponent’s name.

“It’s a massive game for us, the biggest of the season so far,” the 28-year-old told SportMail.

“It’ll be the biggest crowd at the Vic for a long time.

“They battered us twice last season and those memories are probably worse than the play-offs.

“At home we were 3-0 down inside 20 minutes and it wasn’t great and then we got stuffed in the Johnstone’s Paint game and well beaten in the league.

“But if you go further back there’s the play-off final and they always seem to be thereabouts when bad things happen to us.

“Hopefully, though, we can put on a good performance and give us some happier memories tomorrow and there’s no reason why we can’t win.”

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