Sheffield Wednesday fans were understandably happy on Thursday night as their great rivals lost to Newcastle United.
The Owls haven’t had much to shout about in recent years in comparison to Sheffield United. While the Blades have enjoyed two promotions in three seasons and a great start to their first Premier League campaign in 12 years, they haven’t played in the top flight since 1999/00.
So it’s no great shock that a 2-0 loss to Newcastle at Bramall Lane would please them. Yet there was one thing about the coverage – from Amazon Prime for the first time – that really ticked their boxes.
In an arguably bizarre decision, the man chosen to co-commentate on the game was Chris Waddle. Not only is Waddle an ex-Wednesday player and legend at the club, he also played for Newcastle and was born in the area.
Even these Owls supporters couldn’t argue against that being at least a little biased.
Amazon having a reyt laugh tonight. Ex Newcastle and Wednesday legend Chris waddle in co commentary on United v Newcastle game. Not exactly neutral now is he.
— Wawaw (@Wawaw____) December 5, 2019
Chris Waddle to Sheffield United fans right now https://t.co/eWOUBa1SZX
— Ben Newton (@bnewton99) December 5, 2019
Love how they’ve got Chris Waddle on commentary too
— 🦉 J.B.H 🦉 (@__JBH___) December 5, 2019
Not only Sheffield Wednesday fans are pleased
It was a decent night for the Magpies all round. Allan Saint-Maximin scored his first goal for the club, a controversial VAR decision went their way for the second from Jonjo Shelvey, and they moved level on points with their opponents.
So having Waddle also fighting their corner was an added bonus.
Chris Waddle with the single most biased commentary performance tonight. Glorious
— Nufc away days (@NufcAwayDays) December 5, 2019
— Jonny Easton (@eastanio) December 5, 2019
Chris waddle is the first biased nufc commentator I’ve ever listened to in my lifetime and I’m loving it
— matty nicholson (@mattytnicholson) December 5, 2019
Of course, Blades fans were less than impressed. It was a disappointing game for the South Yorkshire side; not only because of the result, but also the performance.
Having gone unbeaten in seven fixtures prior to this, it was a lacklustre display that has not been typical under Chris Wilder.
And having to listen to Waddle only confounded things.
Like this Amazon prime football coverage but I’ve never heard anyone as biased as Chris waddle in my life get someone impartial in future ⚔️⚔️⚔️
— Jonathan hall (@Jonatha82633211) December 5, 2019
Chris Waddle is such a biased co-commentator in @primevideosport sorry but his bias is so obvious – if Blades play well he says great defence ! Only speaks when Newcastle doing well. Stop this.
— 👣Big Phoot👣 (@BigPhoot) December 5, 2019
I’d enjoy the @SheffieldUnited game a lot more without the punditry of ex Newcastle and Pigs star chris Waddle….bias really isn’t the word.
— Andy Butler (@ButlerAndy) December 5, 2019