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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson reaches 1,000 games in management

20 December 2014

The League Managers Association (LMA) has recognised and congratulated Danny Wilson on his induction into the LMA Hall of Fame 1000 Club.

Today's game between Wilson's Barnsley and Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League 1 will be his 1,000th competitive match as a manager and he will become one of just 24 names to reach this landmark in English football.

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

During his first spell with the Tykes, when he guided them into the Premier League for the first time ever in 1996/97, Wilson was named the LMA Manager of the Year.

Howard Wilkinson, Chairman of the LMA said: “Since he made his playing debut 38 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 1,658 professional football matches, 1,000 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, determination and his passion for the game. He embodies the very best of the breed.”

LMA Chief Executive, Richard Bevan added: "It is absolutely fitting for Danny to reach the milestone of 1,000 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 1,000 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 1,000th match is just one of many more to come.”

On receiving the recognition, 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 1,000 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 1,000 match milestone.”

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
- Arsene Wenger OBE
- Danny Wilson

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