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#1 31/03/2021 at 07:20

https://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/football/ sheffield-wednesday/rainy-autographs-our- neil-and-living-with-jack-charlton-the-ot her-mellor-and-sheffield-wednesday-318404 2

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Anyone who has an overachieving sibling will know exactly the sort of thing Simon Mellor is describing in his thick Mancunian accent during a breezy hour-long Zoom conversation, though probably not quite to the same extent.

In actual fact, Sheffield Wednesday icon Ian Mellor has four children; Simon, Louise and twins Neil and Laura. A little cruelly, it is only Neil, who himself went on to play for the Owls, who gets an internet mention.

But dressed in a Wednesday shirt with a photograph of his beloved Hillsborough acting as a background, Simon doesn’t show a glimmer of resentment or jealousy.


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Rainy autographs, ‘our Neil’ and living with Jack Charlton: ‘The other Mellor’ and Sheffield Wednesday
“If you Google my dad’s Wikipedia page it says ‘Children: Neil Mellor’,” chuckles the only man in his family not to have scored a goal for his beloved Sheffield Wednesday. “We get that sort of thing all the time.”
By Alex Miller
Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 5:00 pm

Anyone who has an overachieving sibling will know exactly the sort of thing Simon Mellor is describing in his thick Mancunian accent during a breezy hour-long Zoom conversation, though probably not quite to the same extent.

In actual fact, Sheffield Wednesday icon Ian Mellor has four children; Simon, Louise and twins Neil and Laura. A little cruelly, it is only Neil, who himself went on to play for the Owls, who gets an internet mention.

But dressed in a Wednesday shirt with a photograph of his beloved Hillsborough acting as a background, Simon doesn’t show a glimmer of resentment or jealousy.

Grinning ear to ear as he reels off anecdotes of his family’s role in blue and white history, the emotion expressed by Simon is one of pure, undiluted pride. Because after moving to Sheffield following his dad’s transfer from Chester when he was five, Sheffield Wednesday has always been part of the family.

Simon, now head of PE at a secondary school in Oldham, was too young to remember the exact heroics of his day on December 26 1979 but remembers the buzz of the day in his family home and has vivid recollections of his dad’s three-year stint at Hillsborough.

“I remember going to the Christmas party and Jack Charlton dressing up as Father Christmas and giving us presents,” he smiled.

“When we moved to Sheffield our house wasn’t ready so we lived with Jack and his family for a week. There’s a picture of me on the first day at my new school and it was taken outside Jack Charlton’s house.

We ended up living next door to a family of Blades in Chapeltown. Terry Curran came round to see my dad one day, walked straight into the house, sat in the front room and said ‘Where’s Spider?’ He’d walked into the wrong house. They nearly lynched him I think!”

The children of footballers often tell stories of how odd it was to realise their dad was a bit different. There’s a clear curiosity to the notion that a schoolmate might want your dad’s autograph, Simon said.

Asked if he remembered the first time he realised his dad was Ian Mellor, he said: “There’s a very vivid memory I have of a very dark, cold December game. I think it was Oldham they were playing.

It was well over an hour after the game had finished and when we got outside there were still people waiting there to speak to my dad and shake his hand. They all knew him by his name and I remember thinking my dad was maybe a bit different.

“I remember looking at these people waiting all that time out in the rain just to get a little autograph from my dad and his mates.

“My dad was by no means a big-hitter but to them he was.

“The kids at school always used to think I was rich because dad was a footballer but that wasn’t the case those days. Keith Hackett lived at the top of our road and he had an electric garage; now that was rich!” 

13.11.2010 at 20.51 emre...tbh, Hoylands goal gave me a semi 

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#2 31/03/2021 at 08:50

That's a great read! 

PARRY CAN GO F@#* HIMSELF!! 

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#3 31/03/2021 at 13:14

My mate - a Unitedite - lived next door to them.

I’m sure he’d have mentioned TC plonking himself on the sofa, so I suspect that might be a Carltonesque exaggeration - I think TC might not be adverse to a bit of tall story telling.

Great read though.

The said friend got me a fully signed BDM programme by the way as a result of being Mellor’s next door neighbour; which of course is still a treasured possession. 

Tell mi mam, mi mam, I don't want no tea, no tea, I'm watching the Wednesday, tell mi mam, mi mam 

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