Andrew Wilson (footballer, born 1896)
|Full name||Andrew Nesbit Wilson|
|Date of birth||14 February 1896|
|Place of birth||Newmains, Lanarkshire, Scotland|
|Date of death||15 October 1973(aged 77)|
|Place of death||Putney, London, England|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|1918||→ Leeds City (guest)|
|1918–1919||→ Heart of Midlothian (guest)||33||(32)|
|1931–1932||Queens Park Rangers||20||(3)|
|1932–1934||Sporting Club Nîmois|
|1919||→ Scotland (wartime)||2||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Andrew Nesbit Wilson (14 February 1896 – 15 October 1973) was a Scottish international footballer who played for Middlesbrough, Heart of Midlothian, Dunfermline Athletic, Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and Sporting Club Nîmois.
Andy Wilson was born in Newmains, Lanarkshire. He joined Middlesbrough from junior side Cambuslang Rangers in 1914. His early career was interrupted by the First World War during which he guested for Hearts. He wore a glove to mask his hand which had been shattered by a WW1 bullet.
When the War ended, he played with Dunfermline Athletic when they were part of the rebel Central League, a body outside Scottish Football League jurisdiction. When this league was absorbed by the SFL in 1921, those players previously contracted to a Scottish or English league side were obliged to return to whichever side held their registration as part of the agreement. Thus Wilson returned to Middlesbrough in time for the 1921–22 season. He ended that season as not just 'Boro's but also the League's top scorer.
When at Dunfermline and 'Boro Wilson was capped 12 times by Scotland between 1920 and 1923. He averaged more than a goal per game with 13 goals.
Mid-season Wilson joined David Calderhead's sizeable contingent of Scots at Chelsea in November 1923 for £6,500. He ended the 1923–24 season as both Middlesbrough and Chelsea's top scorer. He made 253 appearances for Chelsea and scored 52 goals in the next eight years. In that time he lined up beside compatriats such as Willie Ferguson, Tommy Law, Hughie Gallacher, Alex Jackson and Alec Cheyne.
He joined QPR in 1931 before a two-season sojourn in France with Sporting Club Nîmes.
Management and coaching
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
|1||13 March 1920||Celtic Park, Glasgow||Ireland||1–0||3–0||BHC|
|2||10 April 1920||Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield||England||2–2||4–5||BHC|
|3||12 February 1921||Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen||Wales||1–0||2–1||BHC|
|4||12 February 1921||Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen||Wales||2–1||2–1||BHC|
|5||26 February 1921||Windsor Park, Belfast||Ireland||1–0||2–0||BHC|
|6||9 April 1921||Hampden Park, Glasgow||England||1–0||3–0||BHC|
|7||4 March 1922||Celtic Park, Glasgow||Ireland||1–1||2–1||BHC|
|8||4 March 1922||Celtic Park, Glasgow||Ireland||2–1||2–1||BHC|
|9||8 April 1922||Villa Park, Birmingham||England||1–0||1–0||BHC|
|10||3 March 1923||Windsor Park, Belfast||Ireland||1–0||1–0||BHC|
|11||17 March 1923||Love Street, Paisley||Wales||1–0||2–0||BHC|
|12||17 March 1923||Love Street, Paisley||Wales||2–0||2–0||BHC|
|13||14 April 1923||Hampden Park, Glasgow||England||2–2||2–2||BHC|