Ian Wilson (footballer, born 1958)

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Ian Wilson
Personal information
Full name Ian William Wilson
Date of birth (1958-03-27) 27 March 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Elgin City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1987 Leicester City 309 (19)
1987–1989 Everton 34 (1)
1989–1990 Besiktas 20 (1)
1990–1991 Derby County 11 (0)
1991–1992 Bury 24 (1)
1992–1993 Wigan Athletic 5 (0)
National team
1987–1988 Scotland 5 (0)
Teams managed
1993–1994 Peterhead
1995–1998 Peterhead
2000–2003 Peterhead
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ian Wilson (born 27 March 1958, in Aberdeen) is a former Scottish international football player and football manager.


Ian Wilson's first professional club was his hometown club of Aberdeen F.C. where he spent one season and never played in a competitive first team game. On having received a free transfer from Aberdeen, Ian signed for Dundee F.C. and again only lasted one season where once again he never featured in a competitive first team game. After being freed by Dundee, Ian moved to then Highland Football League club Elgin City. In 1977, Wilson played for Elgin in a good Scottish Cup run which ended with a 3.0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox. Ian also featured in a Highland Football League Select which were selected to play against Buckie Thistle F.C. to commemorate the opening of Buckie's floodlights in 1978.

Wilson was signed by Leicester City in April 1979 for a Highland Football League record breaking transfer fee at that time, of £20,000. He is among some of the longest serving Leicester City players and captained the side during a successful eight years at the club. Wilson left to Filbert Street in September 1987 when new Everton boss Colin Harvey signed him for £300,000. His finest moment at Everton was playing in the 1989 FA Cup Final in a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool, when he came on as a second-half substitute. Two seasons later, he signed for Istanbul giants Beşiktaş and, in his only season there, won both the Turkish League Championship and the Turkish Cup.

Wilson was capped five times at senior level for Scotland, all during 1987.[1]

In 1993, immediately after leaving Wigan Athletic in the first half of the season, he became Player Manager of then Highland Football League club Peterhead F.C. where he guided them into a promotion-challenging position in each season of his three-and-a-half-year reign. He then moved to Japan to join Nagoya Grampus Eight as assistant manager to his former Leicester Manager Gordon Milne. He returned in 1995 before again leaving to join up with Milne, this time at Turkish club Beşiktaş J.K..

Wilson had a weekly column in the Aberdeen Evening Express entitled 'Wilson's World'. After this ended, he continued running his soccer schools in Aberdeen, which have been going since 1999. The schools develop and coach youngsters from age 4 to 14 years. The schools are well established in Aberdeen and the Grampian area. More recently, Wilson also has soccer schools setup in the Marmaris area of Turkey.


Leicester City


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