Peter Wilson (Australian footballer)
Wilson (left) shaking hands with East Germany's Bernd Bransch before their match at the 1974 FIFA World Cup
|Full name||Peter Frederick Wilson|
|Date of birth||15 September 1947|
|Place of birth||Felling, England, Great Britain, UK|
|St. Mary's Boys Club|
|1969–1971||South Coast United||62||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 August 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).
Peter Frederick Wilson (born 15 September 1947 in Felling, England) is a former Australian football (soccer) player. He was the captain of the Australian 1974 World Cup squad in West Germany. His nickname is Big Willie and his position was sweeper.
Often regarded as one of the toughest defenders in the modern era, Wilson was a dominating figure in the Australian team in the decade from 1970. Born in England in 1947, Wilson migrated to Australia in 1969 to join South Coast United after failing to break into the first team for English club Middlesbrough. He started his career as full back but injury to another player switched him to sweeper where he had his biggest success.
Between 1970-79, he made a then record 116 appearances for the national team, and captained Australia from 1971, including the 1974 World Cup Finals. When he signed with Sydney club Western Suburbs, Wilson travelled 257 kilometres four times a week for training. He also played with Marconi and APIA Leichhardt and in later years coached South Coast and APIA.
Peter Wilson is now living as a recluse near Wollongong in New South Wales. After not speaking publicly for more than two decades, an Australian newspaper tracked him down and reported that he was living in a mountain hideaway south of Sydney. "There's nothing I want to say," he said. "I've got nothing to add."
Internationals and achievements
- A-Internationals: 65 (4 November 1970 - 13 June 1979)
- 61 games as Captain, 3 goals
- 116 games for Australian (incl. Test games 133)
- 14 games for New South Wales (6 as Captain)
- Friendship Cup tournament in Vietnam 1970
- Asia/Oceania Champion 1973
- 1974 FIFA World Cup Australia national football team captain
- Match report, including date of birth
- Oz Football. "Socceroo 1979 B Matches". Retrieved 2012-01-05.