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Wilson Set for 900th Appearance

1st May, 2013

AFC Emley's Mark Wilson is set to make his 900th appearance in non-league football in the next couple of days.

At the tender age of 42, he is expected to appear in his sides clash with Bottesford Town on Thursday night.

The attacking midfielder, known affectionately as Willy, is immediately recognised by his long blonde locks and trademark no-nonsense approach on the pitch.

He has enjoyed an illustrious career in the game representing no less than eighteen clubs since being released by the then Huddersfield Town manager Eoin Hand in 1991.

After leaving Town, he moved to Frickley Athletic before helping Bradford Park Avenue to promotion from the North West Counties League to the Northern Premier in 1995.

Wilson moved to Emley the following season and became a key player in the most celebrated side in the club's history, managed at the time by Ronnie Glavin.

The high point of his career was being part of the 1997-98 squad who went all the way to the Third Round of the FA Cup before being narrowly defeated 2-1 by West Ham at Upton Park.

Starting on the bench that day, Willy was clearly deflated but he got his chance to shine on one of English football’s most famous stages, coming on for the unfortunate Neil Lacey after just six minutes and winning the plaudits for a typically dogged display.

He left Emley in 1999 and went on to play for a host of other clubs including Worksop where he scored in the penalty shoot out FA Trophy victory over Accrington Stanley, who would go on to win promotion to the Football League later that year.

Wilson was part of the Buxton side who were beaten finalists in the 2008 Northern Premier Play-offs before eventually linking up with Glavin again at Wakefield.

Moving on from Wakefield, he had a spell at Ossett Town and being assistant manager to Paul Sykes, the current Emley FC captain, during the 2011 season.

He finally returned to the claret and blue of AFC Emley in February 2013, making his first appearance away at Clipstone and it was like he had never been away putting in a man-of-the-match winning performance.

In his own words, Wilson describes Emley as “a club close to my heart where I have many memories and friends through football and in the community. It is fitting that I will play my 900th competitive non-league game at a place I call home.”

When asked how long he can continue playing after the recent game with Hemsworth, he simply answered “I want to do a hundred more”. Who would bet against him?

Where has he been? - A comprehensive list (we think) of all of Willy’s previous clubs: Frickley, Heanor Town, Farsley Celtic, Bradford Park Avenue, Ossett Albion, Ossett Town, Harrogate Town, Emley, Shepshed Dynamo, Belper, Sutton Town, Grantham, Worksop Town, Wakefield, Buxton, Glapwell, Hall Green.

(Story Source: AFC Emley)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Scarborough Athletic 42 99 80
2 Brighouse Town 42 97 60
3 Bridlington Town 42 95 83
4 Retford United 42 78 26
5 Pickering Town 42 77 40
6 Tadcaster Albion 42 77 24
7 Worksop Parramore 42 72 20
8 Barton Town Old Boys 42 69 13
9 Parkgate 42 66 20
10 Thackley 42 62 11
11 Heanor Town 42 58 0
12 Long Eaton United 42 57 -4
13 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 54 -13
14 Maltby Main 42 48 -13
15 Liversedge 42 45 -13
16 Glasshoughton Welfare (-1) 42 45 -22
R Arnold Town (-3) 42 42 -28
18 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 38 -51
19 Winterton Rangers 42 34 -34
20 Armthorpe Welfare 42 32 -43
21 Lincoln Moorlands Railway 42 28 -94
R Hall Road Rangers 42 26 -62
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Albion Sports 42 92 79
P Athersley Recreation 42 85 49
3 Louth Town 42 80 29
4 Cleethorpes Town 42 79 45
5 Pontefract Collieries 42 78 38
6 Shirebrook Town 42 77 27
7 AFC Emley 42 75 55
8 Knaresborough Town 42 75 26
9 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 72 28
10 Teversal 42 65 29
11 Clipstone Welfare 42 57 -1
12 Hallam 42 56 4
13 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 56 -12
14 Eccleshill United 42 55 12
15 Bottesford Town (-1) 42 50 -11
16 Selby Town 42 46 -25
17 Grimsby Borough 42 45 -20
18 Rossington Main 42 39 -48
19 Dinnington Town 42 37 -44
20 Appleby Frodingham 42 34 -69
21 Yorkshire Amateur 42 29 -65
R Askern Villa 42 23 -126

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