Marc Wilson (Irish footballer)
Marc Wilson, September 2013.
|Full name||Marc David Wilson|
|Date of birth||17 August 1987|
|Place of birth||Aghagallon, Northern Ireland|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder / Full back|
|Current club||Stoke City|
|2006||→ Yeovil Town (loan)||2||(0)|
|2007||→ Bournemouth (loan)||19||(3)|
|2007||→ Bournemouth (loan)||7||(0)|
|2007||→ Luton Town (loan)||4||(0)|
|2002||Northern Ireland U15|
|2004–2005||Republic of Ireland U18|
|2005–2006||Republic of Ireland U19|
|2006–2007||Republic of Ireland U21||1||(0)|
|2011–||Republic of Ireland||12||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:58, 7 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Wilson left his home town of Aghagallon in 2000 to join the Manchester United Academy, after four years he was released and was signed by Hampshire club Portsmouth. He went out on loan to Bournemouth, Luton Town and Yeovil Town to gain first team experience before making his Premier League debut on boxing day in 2008. After Portsmouth were relegated to the Football League in 2010 Wilson was named as club captain. In August 2010 he joined Stoke City in a deal which saw Stoke duo Liam Lawrence and Dave Kitson join "Pompey". He converted to left back under Tony Pulis and in his first season at Stoke he played in the 2011 FA Cup Final.
Wilson got his first call up to the Republic of Ireland senior squad for their game against Brazil in March 2010, and made his first appearance as a substitute in February 2011 during the 3–0 Nations Cup win over Wales.
Wilson initially played as a youth for Manchester United but moved to Portsmouth in 2004. In his early years at Portsmouth, he played regularly for the reserve team and was loaned out to other clubs on four occasions. In March 2006 he made his League One debut with Yeovil Town in a 2–0 win away to Walsall. In 2007 he spent two separate spells at Bournemouth, making 26 league appearances and scoring three goals. In November 2007 he also had a brief loan spell at Luton Town which was cut short when the club went into administration.
On 7 July 2008, Marc Wilson signed a new three-year contract at Portsmouth. He made his Pompey debut coming on as a substitute for Richard Hughes in a 4–0 League Cup 3rd round loss to Chelsea on 24 September 2008. Wilson excelled playing at right-back on his first start for Portsmouth in a 3–0 UEFA Cup victory over Heerenveen. On Boxing Day 2008, Wilson started his first Premier League match in the 4–1 loss at home to West Ham. On 5 August 2009, it was revealed that Wilson had been involved in an alleged bust-up with fellow team-mate David Nugent during Portsmouth's pre-season trip to Portugal. Both players were sent home and consequently fined two weeks wages by the club.
In 2009–10 Wilson became a first choice player in the Pompey side that was relegated and reached the FA Cup final although Wilson himself did not play in the final due to injury. Though his performances as a central defender earned him criticism, he impressed after returning to his natural position of centre midfield towards the end of the season. On 5 February 2010 Wilson signed a new three and a half-year contract to stay at Portsmouth to the end of the 2012–13 season. After Portsmouth's relegation to the Championship Wilson was handed the number 6 shirt after previously wearing 35 and was named as captain. At 22 years old he became one of the youngest permanent captains in the club's history. However manager Steve Cotterill revealed that Wilson was close to a transfer to Premier League side Stoke City.
Wilson signed for Stoke City on 31 August 2010 player-plus-cash exchange deal which saw Liam Lawrence and Dave Kitson move in the opposite direction to Football League Championship club Portsmouth. Wilson made his City debut on 13 September 2010 against Aston Villa, despite playing well and making some good passes Wilson seemed to be struggling with the physicality of Villa's midfielders Stiliyan Petrov and Nigel Reo-Coker and was substituted just after half time. He completed his first full 90 minutes against Manchester United on 24 October 2010. His performance earned praise from manager Tony Pulis. "He was smashing. He passed the ball well and looked a quality player, he's one for the future, without a question of doubt". Wilson scored his first goal for City in a 2–0 win away at Blackburn Rovers on 26 December 2010. He then produced man of the match displays against Manchester United and Cardiff City at the beginning of 2011.
Since joining Stoke, Wilson has shown his versatility and has occupied three positions – centre midfield, right back and due to injury to Danny Higginbotham and Danny Collins in poor form has also played mostly at left back. Wilson played in every FA Cup match, at left back, as Stoke reached the 2011 FA Cup Final. Prior to the final, Wilson was not on the losing side in 14 FA Cup matches. However his run was ended as Stoke lost the final 1–0 to Manchester City.
Wilson continued to play at left back during the 2011–12 season and has been branded by Tony Pulis as 'Stoke's unsung hero'. Wilson played in 45 matches for Stoke in 2011–12 including six in the UEFA Europa League as Stoke finished in 14th position.
"Nobody mentions Marc at all, but I think he's been outstanding this year when you think he hasn't played full-back before. For me, he doesn't get the credit he deserves. He's more of a midfield player than a full-back, but he's done fantastically well in defence. I thought on Sunday at Everton he showed he's got so much quality when he's in possession. It's not just about his defending and that is a great asset for this football club".
Wilson began the 2012–13 season in fine form but on 27 October 2012 he suffered a broken fibula playing against Sunderland. Just before his injury Wilson had signed a new three-year contract. He returned to training in January 2013. He made his return from injury against Fulham on 23 February 2013. He ended the season with 20 appearances to his name as Stoke finished in 13th position and at the end of the campaign manager Tony Pulis was replaced with Mark Hughes, which was met with approval from Wilson. Following the signings of Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa, assistant manager Mark Bowen stated that Wilson could revert to a midfield position in 2013–14. As expected Wilson began the season in a centre midfield spot and he stated that he is enjoying the change in style under Hughes.
Wilson was involved in an ongoing dispute between the Irish Football Association (who represent the Northern Ireland national team) and the Football Association of Ireland (who represent the Republic of Ireland national team) over international eligibility. He has been quoted as saying:"I think everybody has their own personal reasons for wanting to play for the Republic or the North. I grew up supporting the Republic so it was a comfortable decision for me."
Wilson played for Northern Ireland, the jurisdiction of his birth, at under-15 level before switching allegiances to the Republic. As such, he was caught up in the eligibility dispute between the Irish Football Association (Northern Ireland) and the Football Association of Ireland (Republic of Ireland). This dispute officially ended when the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 30 July 2010 endorsed an article under the Good Friday Agreement, whereby Irish passports can be held by Irish citizens born on either side of the border. The IFA had been trying to prevent a talent drain of players and had been arguing that players born in Northern Ireland without family links to the south should not be allowed to play for the Republic.
Republic of Ireland
Wilson later represented the Republic of Ireland at various youth levels including under-18, under-19  and under-21. Wilson received his first call up for the international side for a friendly against Brazil in March 2010, but did not feature in the game. He earned his first cap for the Republic as a second half substitute in the 2011 Nations Cup against Wales in February 2011. In January 2012 new Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill offered Wilson a chance to switch allegiances again but Wilson rejected his offer. On 16 October 2012, he scored his first international goal in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in a 4–1 away win against the Faroe Islands with an impressive 25-yard shot with his right foot.
- Scores and results list Republic of Ireland's goal tally first.
|1.||16 October 2012||Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn||Faroe Islands||1–0||4–1||2014 World Cup qualifier|
- As of match played 7 December 2013
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[A]||Total|
|Yeovil Town (loan)||2005–06||League One||2||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||2||0|
|Bournemouth (loan)||2006–07||League One||19||3||0||0||0||0||–||–||19||3|
|Luton Town (loan)||2007–08||League One||4||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||4||0|
|Stoke City||2010–11||Premier League||28||1||7||0||0||0||–||–||35||1|
- A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs and Football League Trophy.
As of 16 October 2012
|Republic of Ireland national team|
- Stoke City coaching staff's player of the year: 2012
- "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
- "Yeovil complete double loan swoop". BBC Sport. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- "Bournemouth bag Lawson and Wilson". BBC Sport. 5 January 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- "Bournemouth sign Pompey's Wilson". BBC Sport. 21 September 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- Luton sign Portsmouth midfielder BBC Sport, 15 November 2007
- Portsmouth 0–4 Chelsea BBC Sport, 24 September 2008
- "Portsmouth 3–0 Heerenveen". BBC Sport. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
- Portsmouth 1–4 West Ham BBC Sport
- "Portsmouth duo fined over bust-up". BBC Sport. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2009.
- "Wilson happier being centre of attention". portsmouth.co.uk. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- "Wilson staying with Pompey". Vital Football. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
- "Marc Wilson could leave Portsmouth – Steve Cotterill". BBC Sport. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- "Marc Wilson's move from Portsmouth to Stoke is 'close'". BBC Sport. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- "Wilson Excited By Potters Move". stokecityfc.com. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
- "Stoke 2–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
- "Stoke City vs Man Utd". stokecityfc.com. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
- "Tony Pulis sees red as Potters crash to late goal". thisisstaffordshire.co.uk. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
- "Blackburn 0 – 2 Stoke". BBC Sport. 26 December 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
- "Shaping The Future". stokecityfc.com. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
- "Wilkinson's Return". stokecityfc.com. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- "Marc Wilson out to extend lucky run in FA Cup". thisisstaffordshire.co.uk. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- "Man City 1–0 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
- "Pulis Praise For Wilson". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
- "Stoke 2–2 Bolton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
- "Wilson deserves credit for consistency, says Pulis". The Sentinel. 10 December 2011.
- "Wilson suffers broken fibula". Vital Stoke. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
- "Marc Wilson breaks leg in Stoke City's draw with Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- "Wilson Suffers Broken Leg". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- "Tony Pulis can splash the cash to find left-back cover, says Peter Coates". The Sentinel. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
- "Wilson closing in on Potters return". The Sentinel. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- "Fulham 1–0 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- "Wilson welcomes Hughes arrival". Team Talk. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
- "New regime pondering central role for Marc Wilson". The Sentinel. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
- "Marc Wilson happy to be back as a midfielder". The Sentinel. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- Wilson aiming to come of age Independent.ie, 18 October 2006
- Under-18 squad in Sweden for tournament RTE Sport, 19 July 2004
- Don Givens Forced to Make Changes Ahead of Luxembourg Friendly FAI, 16 October 2006
- Ireland’s new-look U21 team impress in victory over Luxembourg FAI, 18 October 2006
- McCarthy named in squad eleven-a-side.com, 22 February 2010
- Portsmouth's Marc Wilson in Republic of Ireland call-up BBC Sport, 22 February 2010
- "Nations Cup: Republic of Ireland 3–0 Wales". BBC Sport. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
- "Pulis happy to manage Wales". The Sentinel. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- "Wilson Committed to the Republic". Stoke City F.C. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- "Marc Wilson". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Games played by Marc Wilson in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Games played by Marc Wilson in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Games played by Marc Wilson in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Games played by Marc Wilson in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Games played by Marc Wilson in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Games played by Marc Wilson in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Games played by Marc Wilson in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Games played by Marc Wilson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Games played by Marc Wilson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Games played by Marc Wilson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "Wilson, Marc". National Football Teams. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- Marc Wilson career stats at Soccerbase(Note: the soccerbase records are shared over two different pages)
- Marc Wilson career stats at Soccerbase