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Biting Back: Danny Wilson must be proud of great achievement

By Steven Beacom

Danny Wilson. Remember him? Useful Northern Ireland midfielder in the late '80s and early '90s. Ended up with 24 caps. Probably should have won a few more.

Now 54, when Wilson's Barnsley side face Leyton Orient tomorrow he'll will reach a notable landmark in his managerial career, becoming the 24th boss to be in charge of 1,000 matches in English football.

Danny will join the likes of Sir Matt Busby, Brian Clough, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger on the list.

Some achievement for Wilson who began managing 20 years ago, at Barnsley funny enough, before spells at Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, MK Dons, Hartlepool United, Swindon Town and Sheffield United, returning to Oakwell a year ago this week.

In that time Danny has taken a fair bit of stick from supporters, not least when in 2011 he was appointed boss of Sheffield United, with hundreds protesting outside Bramall Lane fuming about an ex-Sheffield Wednesday player and boss taking the helm at their club. Those Blades can be sharp.

Wilson, with the hide of a rhino, got on with the job, just as he has for two decades.

Danny will never be rated as one of the greatest bosses ever and if I asked you to name someone with Northern Ireland links to have managed in English football, it's likely Brendan Rodgers, Martin O'Neill, Neil Lennon, Nigel Worthington and a few others would spring to mind before him.

No matter, in an occupation that can chew you up and spit you out, he deserves praise for his staying power. Happy 1,000th Danny boy!

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