Fans and football icons react on Twitter to Derby County legend Michael Johnson making history with Guyana

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool is challenged by Michael Johnson of Derby County during the Barclays Premier League match between Derby County and Liverpool at Pride Park on December 26, 2007...

The Rams legend and club ambassador steered Guyana into the finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool is challenged by Michael Johnson of Derby County during the Barclays Premier League match between Derby County and Liverpool at Pride Park on December 26, 2007...

Derby County legend Michael Johnson has helped Guyana break new ground and make history as he coached the Golden Jaguars to qualification for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Prior to Saturday night’s game, Guyana had claimed a 3-0 win over Barbados, while Turks and Caicos Islands were hammerred 8-0 to set up a crunch clash against Belize.

Neil Danns opened the scoring for the Golden Jaguars in the 16th minute and, even though Elroy Kuylen equalised for Belize, Emery Welshman grabbed the winner before the break.

 

Guyana managed to get through a tense second half to run out 2-1 winners and qualified for the Gold Cup, which will be held in Costa Rica, America and a Caribbean country later this year.

Derby congratulated their club ambassador with a Twitter post:

Johnson himself replied with an emotional message to the club's well-wishes:

A number of Rams fans took to the social media platform to praise Johnson, alongside a number of icons of English football:

Johnson was at Derby between 2003 and 2008, making 148 appearances, according to Transfermarkt, and also played for the likes of Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday and Notts County, as well as the Jamaica national team.

27 Feb 2000:  Michael Johnson of Birmingham City in action during the Nationwide League Division One match against Ipswich Town at St Andrews in Birmingham, England.  The game was drawn 1-...

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