In happier days: Danny Wilson


Sacked yesterday as manager by Sheffield United, fifth in League One, Danny Wilson has had much better times, not least in his playing days. Joining initially on loan from Nottingham Forest, Brighton fans remember Wilson fondly as a dynamic midfield player in the 1980s with great tackling and wonderful passing, as well as an eye for goal. Indeed, he opened the scoring in a 2-0 win at arch rivals Crystal Palace on Boxing Day 1983 and also hit the net at Selhurst Park the following season to rescue a point for the Albion in a 1-1 draw. All together, the inspirational midfielder played 135 League appearances for Albion, have signed in a bargain £45,000 deal in January 1984.

In Match Magazine, in November 1986, he said:

“We’ve struggled a lot with injuries and Alan Mullery has had to introduce a few young players to the first team. Inevitably it takes time for them to adjust. But we’ve been playing well and I feel we haven’t deserved to lose on some occasions. Promotion is still a possibility with three points for a win and, with the new play-off system in operation at the end of the season, Brighton have everything to play for.

Like every footballer, I want to play in the First Division and hopefully I’ll get back there with Brighton. I certainly see a long-term future on the south coast.”

In other news, Danny Wilson was called up by Billy Bingham for the Northern Ireland squad, with the Wigan-born player qualifying through his mother’s Londonderry birthplace.

“I’ve come across most of the other lads at some point during my football career and of course I know club mate Steve Penney well so settling down has been no problem.”

Wilson made three appearances for Northern Ireland as a Brighton player before his £150,000 move to Luton in July 1987.



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