Andrew Wilson (footballer, born 1896)

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Andy Wilson
Personal information
Full name Andrew Nesbit Wilson
Date of birth (1896-02-14)14 February 1896
Place of birth Newmains, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Date of death 15 October 1973(1973-10-15) (aged 77)
Place of death Putney, London, England
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
Cambuslang Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914–1915 Middlesbrough 9 (5)
1918 Leeds City (guest)
1918–1919 Heart of Midlothian (guest) 33 (32)
1919–1921 Dunfermline Athletic
1921–1923 Middlesbrough 77 (51)
1923–1931 Chelsea 238 (59)
1931–1932 Queens Park Rangers 20 (3)
1932–1934 Sporting Club Nîmois
National team
1920–1923 Scotland 12 (13)
1919 Scotland (wartime)[1] 2 (4)
Teams managed
1934–1937 Walsall
1946–1947 Gravesend & Northfleet
* 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.

Playing career[edit]

Middlesbrough and military service[edit]

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 his left hand and forearm were shattered by enemy fire at Aras. He wore a glove to mask the withered hand and forearm for the rest of his life.[2][3]

Heart of Midlothian and Leeds City[edit]

He debuted for Hearts in January 1918 playing for them until the end of the following season.[4] He guested a couple of times for Leeds City in April 1918, scoring twice on his Peacocks debut at Bradford Park Avenue on 6 April.[5]

Dunfermline Athletic and return to Middlesbrough[edit]

In 1919 he joined 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.[citation needed] He was replaced at Boro the following month with Ian Dickson from Aston Villa for £3,000.[6] Wilson ended the 1923–24 season as both Middlesbrough and Chelsea's top scorer. Ironically both club's were relegated from the top flight that season.

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.

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

He joined QPR in 1931 scoring three times in 20 league games.

Nimes Olympique[edit]

He spent a two-season sojourn in France with Sporting Club Nîmes.

Management and coaching[edit]

In 1934 he became Walsall manager. He then accepted a series of coaching positions, including at Chelsea and Gravesend and Northfleet, where he was the club's first manager following their formation in 1946. He spent the 1946/47 season at Gravesend before departing.


His younger son, Jimmy survived a tour as a tail-gunner in the far east during WW2. Jimmy played for Watford after the Second World War.[7]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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


  1. ^ "Sat 22 Mar 1919 Scotland 2 Ireland 1". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Dave Halliday,
  3. ^ "Survivors: Charlie Buchan, Andy Wilson"
  4. ^ Andy Wilson, London Hearts
  5. ^ "Andy Wilson (centre-forward) 1918" Mighty Leeds
  6. ^ Ian Dickson,
  7. ^ Hugman, Barry (1981). Football League Players Records (1946–1981). Aylesbury: Rothmans Publications. p. 358. ISBN 0-907574-08-4. 
  • Cheshire, Scott (1998). Chelsea: An Illustrated History. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-143-5. 

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