Bob Wilson (footballer, born 1943)

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Bob Wilson
Personal information
Full name Robert John Wilson
Date of birth (1943-05-23) 23 May 1943 (age 76)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1958–1961 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1964 Aston Villa 9 (0)
1964–1970 Cardiff City 115 (0)
1969Bristol City (loan) 1 (0)
1970–1976 Exeter City 205 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Robert John Wilson (born 23 May 1943) is an English former professional footballer.


Born in Birmingham, Wilson began his career with Aston Villa as a youth player. He went on to make nine league appearances for the club before he was sold to Cardiff City in August 1964 as manager Jimmy Scoular's first signing for a fee of £2,000.[1] In his first season at the club he helped the side to win the Welsh Cup and reach the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners Cup,[2] where they were knocked out by Real Zaragoza. The following season the club reached the semi-finals of the League Cup against West Ham United. Wilson was dropped after conceding five goals in the first leg only for his replacement to also concede five in the second leg. It was during this season that Wilson helped the club to reach the semi-final of the Cup Winners Cup, the furthest Cardiff have ever been in a European competition, where they suffered defeat against Hamburg. Despite constant pressure from Dilwyn John and Lyn Davies he managed to hold on to the number one spot for the majority of his stay at the club.[3]

He left Cardiff in January 1970, after a short loan spell at Bristol City, for Exeter City where he was the club's first choice goalkeeper for several years before retiring in 1976.[3]


Cardiff City
1965, 1967


  1. ^ "Wilson, Robert John (Bob)". Aston Villa Player Database. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Welsh Cup final 1964/65". Welsh Football Data Archive. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 204. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.