Stuart Gray is pleased to see Danny Wilson back in football and hopes that Wednesday and Barnsley stay up to play each other again next season.
The Owls boss’s sentiments stem from his regard for the former Owls player and manager and his love of derby football.
Gray also has fond memories of his time as a left back or midfield player at Barnsley, for whom he made 120 appearances between 1983 and 1987.
“I’ve got fantastic memories,” he says. “Norman Hunter signed me, then I worked under Allan Clarke.”
Gray had played for Forest under Brian Clough before his move to Oakwell, and afterwards he went to Villa, “Sometimes in your career you have to take a step backwards to come forward.
“It’s a good club. It’s changed a lot since I was there, with the academy set-up and the facilities they’ve got. There were some good people, and some of them are still there. I’ve always been made welcome when I’ve gone back.
“I know Danny. He’ll be wanting to get one over on his former club. I’m delighted he’s got back in the game; he’s a football man, and the same goes for Ian Holloway (at Millwall). You need those sort of people in football.
“Barnsley are an honest, hard-working group, and Danny has strengthened it with a couple of players. It’s a difficult game, but if we’re at it, I’ve every confidence we’ll get the three points.
“I’d like to see as many local derbies as possible. You can’t beat them for excitement and intensity; the fans look forward to them.”