The ‘Don of Hillsborough’ passes away, aged 86

Former Wednesday skipper Don Megson has passed away at the age of 86.

Megson was left back throughout the sixties for the Owls and established himself as both captain and a club legend at Hillsborough.

He skippered the Owls to the FA Cup final in 1966, Wednesday losing 3-2 to Everton after leading 2-0, and famously became the first skipper captain to take his side on a lap of honour at the end of the final.

Don had joined Wednesday in 1952, making his first team debut seven years later, and became a mainstay of the defence during the following decade, also becoming captain.

He left Hillsborough in 1970 to join Bristol Rovers and later became their manager from 1972 to 1977, before moving to the United States to coach Portland Timbers in the North American Soccer League from 1978 to 1980. He then returned to England to manage Bournemouth.

Son Gary followed in his dad’s footsteps by playing for Wednesday and then returning to manage us from 2011-2012.

Don will always be remembered as a great leader, a tremendous club servant and a major part of the Wednesday back line throughout his time in the first team and the London Owls join Wednesdayites all over the world in sending our sincere sympathies to his family and friends at this sad time.






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