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Danny Wilson
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Joseph Wilson
Date of birth 1 January 1960 (1960-01-01) (age 50)
Place of birth    Wigan, Lancashire, England
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Swindon Town (Manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Nottingham Forest
Scunthorpe United (loan)
Brighton & Hove Albion
Luton Town
Sheffield Wednesday
090 0(9)
100 (13)
010 0(1)
006 0(3)
135 (33)
110 (24)
098 (11)
077 0(2)
626 (96)   
National team
1987–1992 Northern Ireland 024 0(1)
Teams managed
Sheffield Wednesday
Bristol City
Milton Keynes Dons
Hartlepool United
Swindon Town

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Daniel Joseph "Danny" Wilson (born Wigan, Lancashire, 1 January 1960) is an English-born Northern Irish former footballer and manager who has coached Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, Milton Keynes Dons, and Hartlepool United. He is currently manager of Swindon Town.


Playing career

As a player, he won the League Cup with both Luton Town in 1988 and Sheffield Wednesday in 1991. His equaliser for Luton against Arsenal with seven minutes remaining in the 1988 final is arguably the most famous match-saving goal in the club's history. He was also a runner-up in both domestic cup finals with Sheffield Wednesday in 1993. He also won 24 caps for Northern Ireland, scoring one goal.

Managerial career



In 1993 he joined Barnsley on a free transfer. 12 months later his management career began, becoming player-manager of Barnsley whose previous manager Viv Anderson had been appointed assistant manager to Bryan Robson at Middlesbrough. Anderson had brought Wilson to Barnsley.

In 1994-95, Barnsley finished sixth in Division One. In an ordinary season this would have meant occupying a playoff place, but due to the Premier League reducing from 22 to 20 clubs, only two teams would be promoted (with fifth placed club occupying the final playoff place) and Barnsley missed out. The following season was a disappointment as the club finished mid-table, but in 1996-97 Wilson guided Barnsley to the Premier League as Division One runners-up. It was the first time that the 110-year-old Barnsley Football Club had won promotion to the top division of English football. Although their stay lasted only a single season before relegation, Wilson's side reached the FA Cup quarter final and in the fifth round knocked out favourites Manchester United.

Sheffield Wednesday

In the summer of 1998, Wilson returned to his old club Sheffield Wednesday as manager and was hopeful of revitalising the club's fortunes. They had just finished 16th in the Premier League and five seasons earlier, when Wilson was still on the club's playing staff, they had reached both domestic cup finals and finished sixth in the first ever Premier League. In 1998-99, Wilson guided Sheffield Wednesday to a respectable 12th place in the Premier League and had hopes for a top half finish the following season. But he was sacked the following March, having led the club only toward relegation.[1] Four Sheffield based MPs including David Blunkett called for his head in January 2000 (he picked up the Premier League's Manager of the Month award in January 2000) following some poor results like losing 8-0 to Newcastle United. Bassetlaw MP Joe Ashton said after his sacking: "Danny was a lovely fellow, but he couldn't do it (manage Sheffield Wednesday).[2]

Bristol City

In June 2000, Wilson was appointed manager of Division Two Bristol City on a four-year contract. His contract expired at the end of the 2003-04 season, and was not renewed because he had failed to achieve promotion after several seasons, despite guiding them into the play-offs.[3]

Milton Keynes Dons

In December 2004, Wilson took over from Stuart Murdoch as the new manager of the controversial Coca Cola League One side Milton Keynes Dons.[4] In his first season, he managed to save the club from relegation - they would have gone down had it not been for a 10-point penalty imposed on Wrexham who had gone into receivership.

Wilson was unable to save MK Dons from relegation to League Two at the end of the 2005-06 season, and he was sacked on May 10, 2006.[5]

Hartlepool United

On 13 June 2006, Wilson was appointed manager of Hartlepool United.[6] Wilson takes over from Youth Team Coach Paul Stephenson who took temporary charge of the First Team for the late stages of the 2005-06 season. Hartlepool United were relegated alongside MK Dons to League Two.

In the 2006-07 season, he has brought Hartlepool to second from top of League 2 and has won promotion back to League 1.

He left Hartlepool United on 15 December 2008, leaving Chris Turner in temporary charge.[7]

Swindon Town

He was appointed as manager of Swindon Town on 26 December 2008. While being at Swindon he has bought in many new signings including Gordon Greer, Alan O'Brien, Jonathan Douglas and David Lucas[8]

Managerial statistics

As of 13 March 2010.[9]
Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Barnsley England 2 June 1994 7 July 1998 201 74 72 55 36.82
Sheffield Wednesday England 7 July 1998 21 March 2000 80 23 40 17 28.75
Bristol City England 27 June 2000 5 June 2004 226 107 64 55 47.35
MK Dons England 7 December 2004 21 June 2006 81 25 32 24 30.86
Hartlepool United England 31 June 2006 15 December 2008 133 58 46 29 43.61
Swindon Town England 26 December 2008 Present 66 27 15 24 40.91
Total 787 314 269 204 39.9


As a Manager




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