Gary Wilson received a message of congratulations from his hero Alan Shearer on Tuesday.
Wilson, who secured a surprise triumph at the Scottish Open ranking event last week, is a lifelong Newcastle United supporter.
The 37 year-old had admitted that he’d love to get the opportunity to parade the Stephen Hendry Trophy in front of the Newcastle United fans at St. James’ Park.
Although that dream is yet to be fulfilled, he did manage to get another welcome bit of admiration from one of his sporting idols.
“I would really love to show this trophy to the crowd at St James’ if that were possible. Doing that has always been one of my dreams, but I had never won a title,” Wilson said, as reported by Hector Nunns for the Sportsman.
“I have seen other players do that at their football clubs, and we have such a good stadium and massive fan base that would be unbelievable, amazing. That would mean the world.”
“I have never been in that position. I have been shown around the ground and the dressing rooms and stuff in the past, but that has always been in the back of my mind.
“So if there is anyone out listening there who could help make that happen, please do. With how well Newcastle are doing too, it’s going so well.
“It would be brilliant to get a ‘well done’ from Alan Shearer – he is a legend.”
And upon seeing the special request from Wilson, former Newcastle United star Shearer duly obliged with a congratulatory message on Twitter.
— Gary Wilson (@Gary_Wilson11) December 6, 2022
Whether he will get the opportunity to present his newly acquired piece of silverware to the Newcastle faithful remains to be seen.
Back on the baize, Wilson will be hoping to extend his good form into next week’s English Open – the third Home Nations event of the campaign.
The £80,000 the Englishman banked in Edinburgh on Sunday has seen him rise back to number 18 in the official world rankings list – just one place shy of his career-best.
A similar run to the latter stages in Brentwood could see Wilson break into the top 16 in the world for the first time in his career.
But even if he can’t manage that feat by the end of this calendar year, it’s likely to be achieved sometime in early 2023.
Wilson doesn’t have a significant amount of ranking points to defend between now and the end of the season, and he already has a provisional end-of-season standing of number 13.
With his presence in the World Grand Prix and the Players Championship already assured, he’s going to have several opportunities to build on that.
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