Joe Wilson (footballer born 1861)
|Full name||Joseph James Wilson|
|Date of birth||8 January 1861|
|Place of birth||Birmingham, England|
|Date of death||20 October 1952(aged 91)|
|Place of death||Birmingham, England|
|Playing position||Outside left|
|1877–1880||Hamstead Swifts (amateur)
Aston Unity (amateur)
Walsall Town (amateur)
Aston Villa (amateur)
Walsall Town (amateur)
|1887–1890||West Bromwich Albion||40||(4)|
|1891–1892||Birmingham St George's|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Joseph James Wilson (8 January 1861 – 20 October 1952) was an English footballer who played at outside left. During his 15-year playing career he represented several teams from the West Midlands region, both as an amateur and a professional. He gained an FA Cup winners medal with West Bromwich Albion and was the scorer of the club's first ever goal in The Football League.
Wilson was born in Handsworth, Birmingham and attended St Mary's Council School and Handsworth Grammar School. He began his football career during the amateur era, joining Hamstead Swifts in 1877 before transferring to Aston Unity three years later. In September 1885 he moved to Stoke, but did not remain at the club for long as later that year he began playing for Walsall Town, the club that later merged with Walsall Swifts to form Walsall F.C.. Wilson signed for Aston Villa in August 1886 before re-joining Walsall Town twelve months later. He remained at the latter club for just one month, then turned professional with West Bromwich Albion in September 1887.
He scored twice on his Albion debut against Wednesbury Old Athletic in October 1887, helping his club to a 7–1 victory in the FA Cup first round, and was a member of the team that beat Preston North End 2–1 in the 1888 FA Cup Final. 1888–89 was the first season of the newly formed Football League; Albion were one of the twelve founder members and travelled to Wilson's former club Stoke on 8 September 1888 for their first league fixture. In the final five minutes of the match, Wilson scored Albion's first ever league goal, which helped his team to achieve a 2–0 victory.
In August 1890, Wilson was transferred to Kidderminster Harriers, where he played for twelve months before a move to Birmingham St George's. He retired from playing football in April 1892 and from 1894 to 1910 was a Football League referee and linesman, officiating in First Division, Second Division and FA Cup matches, as well as at Non-League level. Wilson later worked as a goldsmith in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter for 25 years prior to the Second World War. He died in Acocks Green, Birmingham on 20 October 1952.
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|West Bromwich Albion||1887–88||0||0||7||6||0||0||7||6|
- Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. p. 250. ISBN 1-85983-474-4.
- Willmore, G.A. (1980). West Bromwich Albion: The First Hundred Years. Readers Union. p. 24.
- McOwan, Gavin (2002). The Essential History of West Bromwich Albion. Headline. pp. 21–22. ISBN 0-7553-1146-9.
- Matthews, Tony (2007). West Bromwich Albion: The Complete Record. Breedon Books. pp. 174–177, 394, 428. ISBN 978-1-85983-565-4.
- Statistics are incomplete, but are complete for Wilson's time at West Bromwich Albion. The original FA Cup game against Accrington on 18 January 1890 was declared void due to the state of the pitch; Wilson's goal and appearance in that match have been counted here but may not be counted in some other records.