Danny Wilson

18 Dec 2014


The League Managers Association (LMA) has issued the following statement to congratulate Danny Wilson on his induction into the LMA Hall of Fame 1000 Club.

Danny is one of just 24 managers in this very select group in English football to have reached the landmark of 1000 competitive matches. He will reach this milestone on December 20 when Barnsley face Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League One.

Wilson, who is currently in his second spell at Barnsley, began his managerial career at Oakwell in 1994. He has managed at every level of English football having also taken charge of Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, MK Dons, Hartlepool United, Swindon Town and Sheffield United.

Danny is also a previous winner of the LMA Manager of the Year award which he earned during his first spell with The Tykes, having guided the club to automatic promotion to the Premier League in 1996/97. This was the first time in the club's history that promotion to the top-flight had been achieved.

The LMA Hall of Fame 1000 Club is a celebration of success and longevity. In a profession where time can often be an all too rare commodity, 1000 Club members have exhibited an enduring quality, achieving a truly prodigious amount.

Howard Wilkinson, Chairman of the LMA said:

“Since he made his playing debut thirty eight years ago at Wigan Athletic, then in the Northern Premier League, Danny Wilson’s record is unbelievable. During that time he has amassed an amazing 1658 professional football matches,1000 of those as a manager and the rest as a player. That amounts to almost 36 games per season as a player and 50 games per season as a manager. The figures speak for themselves, it has been non-stop. The 1000 Club is a special club and Danny has well earned his place there. Danny is usually a man of few words but his record is great testimony to his enormous ability, resilience, enthusiasm, commitment, dedication, determinaion and his passion for the game. He embodies the very best of the breed.”

LMA Chief Executive, Richard Bevan said:

"It is absolutely fitting for Danny to reach the milestone of a 1000 matches at the club where it all began for him in management back in 1994. To achieve such longevity in the game is a remarkable success and 1000 matches exhibits an enduring quality of resilience, which can only serve as an inspiration to all current as well as all aspiring managers and coaches. What is unique in Danny’s case is that he has achieved this in just 20 years and at the age of 54 which shows he has enjoyed an almost unbroken spell in management across the seven clubs he has led during this time. I am sure his 1000th match is just one of many more to come.”

Barnsley Manager, Danny Wilson said:

“I am very proud to reach such a landmark and in doing so I must acknowledge the support I have received from my wife and family. In reaching 1000 matches we have endured some tough times during the past 20 years. But I must say I have been fortunate to have worked with some very good Chairmen who put their faith in me. I must also thank the LMA who have always been a terrific help to me, which goes to show how important it is for managers to have an extended support network. It goes without saying how privileged I feel to join such an elite group of managers who have reached the 1000 match milestone.”


Notes to editors:

LMA Hall of Fame 1000 Club Members:

- Len Ashurst

- Ron Atkinson

- Dave Bassett

- Alan Buckley

- Sir Matt Busby CBE

- Brian Clough OBE

- Steve Coppell

- Sir Alex Ferguson CBE

- Roy Hodgson

- Dario Gradi MBE

- Brian Horton

- Lennie Lawrence

- Lawrie McMenemy MBE

- Harry Redknapp

- Sir Bobby Robson CBE

- Joe Royle

- Denis Smith

- Jim Smith

- Alec Stock

- Graham Taylor OBE

- Graham Turner

- Neil Warnock

- Arsène Wenger OBE

- Danny Wilson