Legendary Sheffield Wednesday defender Dan Mexon has tragically passed away aged 86.
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Sheffield Wednesday icon Don Mexon has died aged 86. On Thursday morning, reporter Alan Biggs verified the news on social media.
He said, “Very sad news. Asked to post on behalf of the family that Don Mexon has left us.
“A Sheffield Wednesday icon (1959-69). Captain of #SWFC in ’66 FA Cup final. Son Gary says Dan passed quietly.
Sheffield United announced on Wednesday that club icon Mexon has died. Sale-born Mexon has been with the Owls for 18 years and is generally regarded as one of the greatest left-backs to have played for the club.
“The Owls are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of club legend Maxon at the age of 86,” read a statement on Wednesday. Our thoughts are with Dan’s family and friends at this difficult time.
Who is Don Mexon?
Don Mexon was widely regarded as one of Sheffield Wednesday’s most pious figures. In 1952, he was signed from Moseley in the Cheshire League by Wednesday.
In November 1959, he made his first team debut. He later established himself as a reliable left-back and was eventually promoted to club captain.
He became the first undefeated captain to lead his side to a lap of honor since Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat to Everton in the 1966 FA Cup final.
Dan played 442 games (including 386 league games and 6 goals) for Sheffield Wednesday before moving to Bristol Rovers in March 1970, where he scored one goal in 31 league games.
He was manager of Bristol Rovers from 1972 to 1977, winning the Watney Cup in his third game.
From 1978 to 1980, he served as the head coach of the Portland Timbers of the North American Soccer League. He spent seven months as an assistant at AFC Bournemouth in 1983.
His sons Gary and Neil have both played and managed competitively. Before his son Gary took over as manager of Bolton Wanderers on 30 December 2009, he worked as a contract scout for the organisation.
He published his autobiography, “Don Mexon: A Life in Football” in October 2014.
Cause of death: Don Mexon
Don Mexon has passed away peacefully at the age of 86. The cause of his death has not yet been released.
Former Wednesday player and manager Chris Turner said: “Very sad to hear of Dan’s passing. He is a great captain and leader. The 66ers speak highly of him. My best wishes to Gary and his family. Thanks, Don, for my earliest memories of our great club. CT.”
Tributes have poured in for Mexon from Owls fans.