Andrew Wilson (footballer born 1896)
|Full name||Andrew Nesbit Wilson|
|Date of birth||14 February 1896|
|Place of birth||Newmains, Lanarkshire, Scotland|
|Date of death||15 October 1973(aged 77)|
|Place of death||Putney London SW6|
|Playing position||Center Forward|
|1919||→ Heart of Midlothian (guest)|
|1931–1932||Queens Park Rangers||20||(3)|
|1932–1934||Sporting Club Nîmois|
|1919||→ Scotland (wartime)||2||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Andrew Nesbit Wilson (14 February 1896 – 15 October 1973) was a Scottish international footballer who played for Middlesbrough, Heart of Midlothian, Dunfermline Athletic, Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and Sporting Club Nîmois.
Andy Wilson was born in Newmains, Lanarkshire and joined Middlesbrough from junior side Cambuslang Rangers in 1914 but his early career was interrupted by the First World War, during which he guested for Hearts. He wore a glove to mask his hand which had been shattered by a WW1 bullet. When the War ended, he played with Dunfermline Athletic when they were part of the rebel Central League, a body outside of Scottish Football League jurisdiction. When this league was absorbed by the SFL in 1921, those players previously contracted to a Scottish or English league side were obliged to return to whichever side held their registration as part of the agreement. Thus Wilson returned to Middlesbrough in time for the 1921-22 season.
After a season in which he was the League's top scorer, Wilson joined David Calderhead's Chelsea in November 1923 for £6,500, ending the 1923-24 season as both Middlesbrough and Chelsea's top scorer. He made 253 appearances for Chelsea and scored 52 goals in the next eight years before joining QPR in 1931. After a two-season sojourn in France, he would briefly manage Walsall before accepting a series of coaching positions, including at Chelsea and Gravesend and Northfleet.
Andy Wilson was capped 12 times by Scotland between 1920 and 1923, averaging more than a goal per appearance. He was part of the formidable Scottish forward line of his time and as 'a general' (tactician) set up many goals for his team mates. To assist Chelsea win an important league match he once declined to play for Scotland and was never selected for international duties again. His comment was that as Chelsea paid his wages he felt obliged, and in fact Chelsea won the match. He was a popular player with the crowd who always cheered him on to the field as a great footballer and wounded war hero (he always wore a glove to mask his disfigured hand shattered by a German bullet whilst serving in the Scots Guards in WW1). He appeared in the film 'The Great Game' scoring a goal in a newsreel clip (now thought to be lost except for a few frames). Being a Scottish international and Scottish National team captain he became a passing acquaintance of the Queen mother who, also a Scot, would linger for a chat when they met, even after his playing career ended.
One anecdote is that when on tour in South America the crowd became incensed at losing to the visitors, and fearing for their safety the Scottish national team had to beat a hasty retreat through the changing room windows. He was a life long Freemason and when on tour in Australia was made a druid for his sporting skills (akin to poetry).
Andy Wilson was also proficient at several other sports. He had a single-figure one-handed golf handicap, compiled century breaks at snooker and played bowls internationally for England. He also managed and trained the Putney ATC boys and took them through to win a soccer competition in Europe.
His elder son Andrew James Wilson guested at Fulham and Chelsea when on leave from Coxswain duties for the RAF (Air Sea Rescue coastal command) during the War years, and when playing in Orkney, when he was stationed at Scarpa Flow, was once taunted from the touchline as being "nay as guid as ye faether".
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
|1||13 March 1920||Celtic Park, Glasgow||Ireland||1-0||3-0||BHC|
|2||10 April 1920||Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield||England||2-2||4-5||BHC|
|3||12 February 1921||Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen||Wales||1-0||2-1||BHC|
|4||12 February 1921||Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen||Wales||2-1||2-1||BHC|
|5||26 February 1921||Windsor Park, Belfast||Ireland||1-0||2-0||BHC|
|6||9 April 1921||Hampden Park, Glasgow||England||1-0||3-0||BHC|
|7||4 March 1922||Celtic Park, Glasgow||Ireland||1-1||2-1||BHC|
|8||4 March 1922||Celtic Park, Glasgow||Ireland||2-1||2-1||BHC|
|9||8 April 1922||Villa Park, Birmingham||England||1-0||1-0||BHC|
|10||3 March 1923||Windsor Park, Belfast||Ireland||1-0||1-0||BHC|
|11||17 March 1923||Love Street, Paisley||Wales||1-0||2-0||BHC|
|12||17 March 1923||Love Street, Paisley||Wales||2-0||2-0||BHC|
|13||14 April 1923||Hampden Park, Glasgow||England||2-2||2-2||BHC|