Paul Wilson (footballer, born 1950)

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Paul Wilson
Personal information
Full name Paul Wilson
Date of birth (1950-11-23) 23 November 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth Bangalore, India
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1978 Celtic 129 (30)
1967–1970 Maryhill (loan)
1978–1979 Motherwell 21 (1)
1979–1980 Partick Thistle 10 (0)
1980–19xx Blantyre Celtic
National team
1975 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Wilson (born 23 November 1950), is a Scottish former professional footballer.


Wilson was born in Bangalore, India.[1] His Scottish father was stationed there with the Royal Air Force, where he met Wilson's Dutch-Portuguese mother.[1] The family moved to Scotland when Wilson was one year old.[1] Wilson had dark skin tone and received racist abuse during his football career, particularly during Old Firm games.[1][2]

Legendary Celtic manager Jock Stein signed Wilson for the club in 1967. Stein immediately farmed him out to Scottish Junior club, Maryhill, to gain experience before returning to break into the first team in the early 1970s. Although Wilson found it difficult to maintain his position in the first team, a high point in his Celtic career was scoring two goals in the 3–1 victory over Airdrie in the 1975 Scottish Cup Final.[3]

Wilson remained at Celtic until 1978, moving to Motherwell for one season before finishing his senior career at the end of the 1980 season with Partick Thistle. After his spell at Thistle he moved back to junior football with Blantyre Celtic, winning a junior international cap.

International career[edit]

Wilson gained one international cap for Scotland in 1975, coming on as a substitute for Kenny Burns in a 1–1 draw against Spain.[1][4][5] Wilson was the only non-white player to be selected by the full Scotland international team during the 20th century.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Smith, Andrew (10 October 2011). "Interview: Paul Wilson on Stein, Celtic and racial abuse in the 1970s". The Scotsman. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Gilroy, Carrington and McDonald (2001). 'Race', sport, and British society. p. 42. ISBN 0-415-24629-6. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  3. ^ The Scottish Football Association, Cup Competitions
  4. ^ Greig, Martin (25 November 2006). "Ideally suited to face up to racism Why the boy from Possil is mystified over Scots game". The Herald. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Paul Wilson at

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