Sheffield Wednesday's top 30 players - Number 15

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HITC Sport's run-down of the Owls' greatest ever players continues with Don Megson.

Few families can claim a bigger impact on Sheffield Wednesday Football Club than the Megsons.

Combined, Don and Gary Megson dedicated 24 years to the Owls as players, with the former returning for another one as manager.

Don, who was Gary's father, made his first team debut in November 1959 - at the surprisingly late age of 23, considering he'd signed for the club as a 16-year-old - and quickly made the left-back slot his own.

Wednesday finished fifth that season, which was their first back in the top-flight after a year away, and would end the following campaign second behind Bill Nicholson's great Tottenham Hotspur side.

Their runners-up status qualified them to UEFA's Fairs Cup where, despite beating 3-2 Barcelona at Hillsborough - the Owls actually boast the third-highest win percentage of any English club against the Catalans - they were knocked out 4-3 on aggregate.

Over the next four seasons, Wednesday failed to finish any lower than eighth and, despite dropping to 17th in 1965-66, they were given a chance to redeem themselves in the final of the FA Cup.

Megson Snr, who is widely regarded as one of the best Owls players in his position, captained Alan Brown's against Everton at Wembley, but despite going two goals clear in the 57th minute, the side playing in white for the day somehow managed to lose 3-2.

It was as close as the Sale-born stopper would come to silverware and after 17 years, 442 appearances (putting him seventh on the club's all-time list) and seven goals, he was sold to Bristol Rovers, whom he would later manage.

In his 2014 autobiography, Megson admitted, as reported by the Sheffield Star, that one of his biggest regrets was never managing Wednesday when he had the opportunity.

However, seeing his son steer the Owls towards promotion from League One in 2011-12 (even though he was replaced by Dave Jones tree months before the season ended) will have made up for that in part.

Sheffield Wednesday career: 1959-1969

Appearances: 442

Goals: 7

The count-down so far: Number 30, Number 29, Number 28, Number 27, Number 26, Number 25, Number 24, Number 23, Number 22, Number 21, Number 20, Number, 19, Number 18, Number 17, Number 16

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