Barry blows the final whistle after 45 years with the Owls

Retiring: Barry Monk at Hillsborough.
Retiring: Barry Monk at Hillsborough.
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HE has seen 24 managers, nine chairmen, four finals and the World Cup, and he knew Gary Megson when the current boss was a lad.

But Barry Monks retired yesterday after 45 years with Sheffield Wednesday.

In recent years he has been a maintenance man and before that caretaker, after starting out as a part-timer brought in by Eric Taylor for the 1966 World Cup.

Barry also had a spell as kit man when Howard Wilkinson was manager.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time with the club,” said Barry, who lives at Foxhill and will be 65 on Monday. “The highlights were the League Cup Final win in 1991, going down to Wembley in 1993 and to Cardiff for the play-off final in 2005.

“It was a great privilege to go on the open-top bus to the Town Hall after the 1991 win.”

Barry rates former manager Ron Atkinson, as the biggest character he has come across.

“The worst things were the disaster [in 1989] and the floods [of 2007].

“I’ve seen some great players and the directors have been great with me.”

He has seen many ups and downs in the last 45 years - and hopes that Milan Mandaric will bring back the good times

“I’ll still go to games. I want see us back in the Premier League,” he said. “I think this chairman will turn the club around - he’s got to do!”