Don Megson, a Sheffield Wednesday icon, passes away at age 86

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Don Megson, a renowned defender for Sheffield Wednesday and former captain, passed away at 86

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Megson made his first-team debut for the Owls in 1959 and went on to play 442 games throughout 11 seasons. He is the father of Wednesday’s player and manager, Gary.

In 1970, he relocated to Bristol Rovers, retired two years later, and eventually took over as Gas manager.

After that, he oversaw Portland Timbers of the USA before returning to England to oversee Bournemouth for a short time.

Megson’s career high points included helping Wednesday finish second in Division One in 1960–1961 and defeating Barcelona 3-2 in the first leg of their Fairs Cup quarterfinal the following year.

Also, he led the Owls in their 1966 FA Cup loss to Everton at Wembley. According to current Wednesday manager Darren Moore, Don Megson is a legend.

“How many games he’s played, and the moments he’s made here.

“I’m thinking of his family and Sheffield Wednesday at this awful time,” the speaker said.

Don Megson, who led Sheffield Wednesday to victory in the 1966 FA Cup final, passed away at 86.

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Don Megson, a famous defender for SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY, has sadly gone to eternity at 86. The side led by the legendary Owls player lost the 1966 FA Cup final to Everton 3-2.

On Thursday morning, journalist Alan Biggs verified the information on social media.

As he tweeted: “news that is quite terrible. It has been requested that I post on the family’s behalf now that Don Megson, 86, has passed away.

“Iconic Sheffield Wednesday (1959-69). ’66 FA Cup final captain for #SWFC.

“Son Gary reports that Don died quietly.

“Such a good man and player. RIP.

“During his outstanding career with @swfc, Don Megson was indeed an inspirational figure & a driving left defender, one of the greatest players in the country.”

He continued, “A true gent,” after that.

Fan’s response: “news that is depressing. There can be no doubt that Wednesday will go down in history.”

One more said: “Awful news. One of my earliest recollections of cheering for Sheffield Wednesday is Don. We send our condolences to Gary, the Megson family, and everyone else involved with the club. RIP, Don.”

Another person added: “First Wednesday captain I had. What a noble and powerful character. The Owls family has suffered a significant loss. Goodbye Don #swfc, condolences to his loved ones.”

Megson played for Sheffield Wednesday for ten years, from 1959 to 1969, making close to 400 games.

Megson and Wednesday suffered misery in the 1966 FA Cup final when Everton overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat them 3-2 in a nail-biter.

Megson played for Mossley & Bristol Rovers between his ten years in Sheffield before hanging his playing shoes in 1971.

In just his 3rd game in charge, he led Bristol Rovers to Watney Cup victory, beginning an 11-year career in managing.

Before leaving in 1977, he worked for an English company for five years. After two years with Portland Timbers, he spent a brief time in 1983 at Bournemouth.

Don Megson, a former manager and defender, is remembered by Bristol Rovers after passing away at 86

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Don Megson, a former defender and manager, passed away at 86. Bristol Rovers have paid homage to him.

Megson spent ten great years with Sheffield Wednesday, where he captained the Owls in the 1966 FA Cup final. Megson signed the Gas in 1970 and played 31 league goals in the quarterfinals.

After retiring, he went back to manage north Bristol in 1972, and in just his third game in command, he won the Watney Cup. He also won two Gloucestershire Cups during his five years in charge.

Being one of barely three people to have led the team into the upper tier in 1974 during the club’s promotion season, when Rovers went 27 games without losing and finished second in the former Third Division, was unquestionably his greatest accomplishment (now League One).

Megson managed 269 games, ranking fifth overall among all Gas coaches. The deadly and renowned striking duo of Alan Warboys and Bruce Bannister defined his sides. Notably, he also brought Paul Randall and Gary Mabutt to Eastville.

“Rovers are heartbroken to learn of the demise of old club management Don Megson now at the age of 86,” the team released in a statement on Twitter. At this very trying time, our sympathies are with Don’s friends and family.

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