Belfast Telegraph

Former Northern Ireland ace Danny Wilson gets on his bike for a good cause

By Stuart McKinley

When you've scored in a Wembley cup final and guided an unfashionable club to the promised land of the Premier League against the odds it can be difficult to rediscover that sense of satisfaction.

Danny Wilson, who won 24 caps for Northern Ireland between 1987 and 1992 has found a way though - by getting on his bike.

Wilson's two-wheeled journey is no ordinary ride though. For the second year in-a-row he is taking part in Prostate Cancer UK's Football to Amsterdam event, having left his old stomping ground of Barnsley's Oakwell Stadium yesterday on a 145-mile venture that will end at Holland's national stadium, the Amsterdam Arena, this afternoon.

"It was fantastic last year. The camaraderie was great and it was topped off with the feeling you get when you all cross the finish line together," said 58-year-old Wilson, who netted in Luton Town's 3-2 win over Arsenal in the 1998 League Cup final before taking Barnsley into the top flight of English football for the first time in 1997.

"There are riders coming from different directions - we started in Yorkshire and others started in London - and when you all come together at the end it is a great feeling. It's a different feeling to what I've experienced in football, but there's a real sense of achievement in doing it and one that I didn't expect. It was a real celebration of doing something for a great cause and it's a nice feeling knowing that you've done something to help raise over £600,000.

"It goes to help a lot of people. Some of them were on the bike ride, some there had friends or family who had been cancer sufferers and there was a great feeling or togetherness among us all."

Danny Wilson is taking part in Prostate Cancer UK's Football to Amsterdam bike ride this weekend. For information go to http://prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdamor email cycling@prostatecanceruk.org

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