||This article possibly contains original research. (March 2012)|
|Full name||Che Christian Aaron Clay Wilson|
|Date of birth||17 January 1979|
|Place of birth||Ely, England|
|Height||1.778 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2007||→ Brentford (loan)||3||(0)|
|2007||→ Rotherham United (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:30, 20 May 2008 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Wilson, a right footed left back, started his career with Norwich City for whom he made 25 appearances, becoming a cult hero with fans. He joined Bristol Rovers in 2000, where he remained two seasons. While at Rovers, his sister gained notoriety as the woman inside the suit of Bristol Rovers matchday mascot, Captain Gas. In 2002 he joined Cambridge City, where he remained for less than a month before joining Southend United.
After a slow start getting into the squad, Wilson was a permanent place on the Southend team sheet, with some solid displays. He is not well known for his goal scoring, but during the 2005–06 season he put a goal past promotion rivals Brentford in a 4–1 win, and also netted in the 3–0 win against Colchester United at Layer Road. Wilson was at the club since the 2003–04 season, and played in both Football League Trophy finals and the play-off final, making over 100 appearances for the club.
He signed for Brentford in a one month loan deal on 15 January 2007. He played four games for Brentford before returning to Southend at the end of his one month loan period. He joined Rotherham United on loan in March 2008.
Wilson was released by Southend United at the end of the 2007–08 season. During that season, he suffered from a serious achilles tendon injury which required major surgery and numerous bouts of rehabilitation. After two years and two operations, he then experienced a major problem with the other achilles tendon which, after medical advice, forced him to retire from professional football.
Since retiring from the professional game, Wilson studied for his coaching badges and has been head coach of Cambridge University for the past three seasons, as well as having coached at Ipswich Town academy under Roy Keane. Alongside with this, Wilson has also completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport Science at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
Wilson is currently studying a masters degree at Loughborough University in Sports Biomechanics. Over his time at Loughborough, Wilson famously started the Yeadon Club in recognition of the influence Prof Fred Yeadon had on his academic career.
- 2004–05: League Two Playoff Winner (promotion to League One) - Southend United
- 2005–06: League One Champion (promotion to The Championship) - Southend United
- "Five players shown Southend exit". BBC Sport. 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-05-20.