Ian Wilson (footballer, born 1958)
|Full name||Ian William Wilson|
|Date of birth||27 March 1958|
|Place of birth||Aberdeen, Scotland|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
His first professional club was his hometown club of Aberdeen where he spent one season and never played in a competitive game. On having received a free transfer from Aberdeen, Ian signed for Dundee and again only lasted one season where once again he never featured in a competitive game. After being freed by Dundee, Ian moved to then Highland League club Elgin City. He played for Elgin in a good Scottish Cup run which ended with a 3–0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox. Ian also featured in a Highland Football League Select which were selected to play against Buckie Thistle to commemorate the opening of their floodlights in 1977.
Wilson was signed by Leicester City in April 1979 for a record breaking transfer fee of £20,000. He is among some of the longest serving Leicester City players and captained the side during a successful eight years at the club. Wilson said goodbye to Filbert Street in September 1987 when new Everton boss Colin Harvey signed him for £300,000. His finest moment at Everton was playing in the 1989 FA Cup Final in a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool, when he came on as a second-half substitute. Two seasons later, he signed for Istanbul giants Beşiktaş and, in his only season there, won both the Turkish League Championship and the Turkish Cup.
In 1993, immediately after leaving Wigan Athletic in the first half of the season, he became manager of then Highland League club Peterhead where he guided them into a promotion-challenging position in each season of his three-and-a-half-year reign. He then moved to Japan to join Nagoya Grampus Eight as assistant manager to his former Leicester Manager Gordon Milne. He returned in 1995 before again leaving to join up with Milne, this time at Turkish club Beşiktaş J.K..
Wilson had a weekly column in the Aberdeen Evening Express entitled 'Wilson's World'. After this ended, he continued running his soccer schools in Aberdeen, which have been going since 1999. The schools develop and coach youngsters from age 4 to 14 years. The schools are well established in Aberdeen and the Grampian area. More recently, Wilson also has soccer schools setup in the Marmaris area of Turkey.
- Neil Brown profile
- Ian Wilson career statistics at Soccerbase
- Ian Wilson management career statistics at Soccerbase