A FORMER Oldbury Grammar schoolboy has blown the final whistle on his football writing career after 54 years in the Molineux pressbox.

Ron Warrilow started covering Wolves in 1960 when Stan Cullis was holding the managerial reins.

He decided to clock off after last weekend's 3-0 home success over relegated Carlisle United.

In his long career Mr Warrilow, who hits 70 at the end of the week, has also covered a string of other sports including athletics, cricket, rugby, tennis, speedway and greyhound racing.

But it is in the world of football that he is well-known, having also covered West Bromwich Albion on and off since 1960, including 27 full seasons at The Hawthorns.

Mr Warrilow added: "I feel as though I have done my bit. I certainly think 54 years at one club and having missed only seven games is a record that will never be broken."