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Ex-Sheffield Wednesday player reveals former boss helped him cheat drugs test

A former Sheffield Wednesday player has recently revealed that his former boss helped him cheat a drugs test back in the day.

That player was Carlton Palmer who came clean to Ron Atkinson about taking cannabis, and not the popular cannabis derived CBD Oil, he admitted enjoying the ‘wacky baccy’ whilst playing for the Owls during the 1989-90 season.

 

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He told Wednesday podcast The Owl Sanctuary: “It’s what I used to smoke. I like a spliff.

“I got drug-tested the week before and you normally don’t get drug-tested two games on the trot.

“So we’re playing Crystal Palace — on the Thursday night I’m on the f***ing wacky baccy — and then Ron says, ‘You’re up again’.

“I said, ‘Gaffer, I need a word’. So we had to get the physio to p**s in a bottle and pass it through.”

Big Ron denied any knowledge of the incident, despite fans often chanted “We’ve got Carlton Palmer, he smokes marijuana.”

He told The Sun: “I don’t know anything about it. He was a very good player — much better than he was ever given credit for.”

During Palmer’s time with the club between 1989 and 2004, he play 205 league matches scoring 14 and helped them win the Rumbelows Cup in 1991 and both cup finals in 1993.

The 18-capped England player (between 1992 and 1993) made a return to Wednesday on loan in 2001 before calling time on his career in 2005.

Palmer, who also played for West Brom, Leeds, Southampton, Nott’m Forest, Coventry, Watford, Stockport and Mansfield midfielder had a five-hour heart operation in 2016 and made a full recovery.

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