Marc Wilson (Irish footballer)
Wilson with the Republic of Ireland national team in September 2013
|Full name||Marc David Wilson|
|Date of birth||17 August 1987|
|Place of birth||Aghagallon, Northern Ireland|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Defender / Midfielder|
|2006||→ Yeovil Town (loan)||2||(0)|
|2007||→ Bournemouth (loan)||19||(3)|
|2007||→ Bournemouth (loan)||7||(0)|
|2007||→ Luton Town (loan)||4||(0)|
|2002||Northern Ireland U15|
|2004–2005||Republic of Ireland U18|
|2005–2006||Republic of Ireland U19|
|2006–2007||Republic of Ireland U21||1||(0)|
|2011–||Republic of Ireland||24||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:12, 15 August 2016 (UTC).
Wilson left his home town of Aghagallon in 2000 to join the Manchester United Academy, after four years he was released and was signed by Hampshire club Portsmouth. He went out on loan to Bournemouth, Luton Town and Yeovil Town to gain first team experience before making his Premier League debut on boxing day in 2008. After Portsmouth were relegated to the Football League in 2010 Wilson was named as club captain.
In August 2010 he joined Stoke City in a deal which saw Stoke duo Liam Lawrence and Dave Kitson join Pompey. He converted to left back under Tony Pulis and in his first season at Stoke he played in the 2011 FA Cup Final as Stoke lost 1–0 to Manchester City. Wilson was a regular in 2011–12 as Stoke played in the UEFA Europa League. He suffered a broken leg in October 2012 which saw him miss most of the 2012–13 season. He became used as a back-up player under Mark Hughes and left Stoke in August 2016 to join Bournemouth.
Wilson got his first call up to the Republic of Ireland senior squad for their game against Brazil in March 2010, and made his first appearance as a substitute in February 2011 during the 3–0 Nations Cup win over Wales.
Wilson was born in Aghagallon near Lurgan and started out playing association football with Lisburn Youth and Gaelic football with St Paul’s Lurgan GAA. Whilst playing GAA Wilson scored a goal in the 2001 McDevitt Cup Final. Wilson decided to concentrate on his football with Lisburn Youth and earned a place in Manchester United's centre of excellence. He spent four years in Manchester before joining Portsmouth in 2004 at the age of 16.
In his early years at Portsmouth, he played regularly for the reserve team and was loaned out to other clubs on four occasions. In March 2006 he made his League One debut with Yeovil Town in a 2–0 win away to Walsall. In 2007 he spent two separate spells at Bournemouth, making 26 league appearances and scoring three goals. In November 2007 he also had a brief loan spell at Luton Town which was cut short when the club went into administration.
On 7 July 2008, Marc Wilson signed a new three-year contract at Portsmouth. He made his Pompey debut coming on as a substitute for Richard Hughes in a 4–0 League Cup 3rd round loss to Chelsea on 24 September 2008. Wilson excelled playing at right-back on his first start for Portsmouth in a 3–0 UEFA Cup victory over Heerenveen. On Boxing Day 2008, Wilson started his first Premier League match in the 4–1 loss at home to West Ham. On 5 August 2009, it was revealed that Wilson had been involved in an alleged bust-up with fellow team-mate David Nugent during Portsmouth's pre-season trip to Portugal. Both players were sent home and consequently fined two weeks wages by the club.
In 2009–10 Wilson became a first choice player in the Pompey side that was relegated and reached the FA Cup final although Wilson himself did not play in the final due to injury. Though his performances as a central defender earned him criticism, he impressed after returning to his natural position of centre midfield towards the end of the season. On 5 February 2010 Wilson signed a new three and a half-year contract to stay at Portsmouth to the end of the 2012–13 season. After Portsmouth's relegation to the Championship Wilson was handed the number 6 shirt after previously wearing 35 and was named as captain. At 22 years old he became one of the youngest permanent captains in the club's history. However manager Steve Cotterill revealed that Wilson was close to a transfer to Premier League side Stoke City.
Wilson signed for Stoke City on 31 August 2010 player-plus-cash exchange deal which saw Liam Lawrence and Dave Kitson move in the opposite direction to Football League Championship club Portsmouth. Wilson made his City debut on 13 September 2010 against Aston Villa, despite playing well and making some good passes Wilson seemed to be struggling with the physicality of Villa's midfielders Stiliyan Petrov and Nigel Reo-Coker and was substituted just after half time. He completed his first full 90 minutes against Manchester United on 24 October 2010. His performance earned praise from manager Tony Pulis. "He was smashing. He passed the ball well and looked a quality player, he's one for the future, without a question of doubt". Wilson scored his first goal for City in a 2–0 win away at Blackburn Rovers on 26 December 2010. He then produced man of the match displays against Manchester United and Cardiff City at the beginning of 2011.
Since joining Stoke, Wilson has shown his versatility and has occupied three positions – centre midfield, right back and due to injury to Danny Higginbotham and Danny Collins in poor form has also played mostly at left back. Wilson played in every FA Cup match, at left back, as Stoke reached the 2011 FA Cup Final. Prior to the final, Wilson was not on the losing side in 14 FA Cup matches. However his run was ended as Stoke lost the final 1–0 to Manchester City. Wilson continued to play at left back during the 2011–12 season and was branded by Tony Pulis as 'Stoke's unsung hero'. Wilson played in 45 matches for Stoke in 2011–12 including six in the UEFA Europa League as Stoke finished in 14th position.
Wilson began the 2012–13 season in fine form but on 27 October 2012 he suffered a broken fibula playing against Sunderland. Just before his injury Wilson had signed a new three-year contract. He returned to training in January 2013. He made his return from injury against Fulham on 23 February 2013. He ended the season with 20 appearances to his name as Stoke finished in 13th position and at the end of the campaign manager Tony Pulis was replaced with Mark Hughes, which was met with approval from Wilson.
Following the signings of Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa, assistant manager Mark Bowen stated that Wilson could revert to a midfield position in 2013–14. As expected Wilson began the season in a centre midfield spot and he stated that he is enjoying the change in style under Hughes. He failed to hold down a regular place in midfield and after spending a few months on the bench he returned to the starting line-up in December 2013, playing at centre-back after injury to Robert Huth. Wilson continued to play alongside Ryan Shawcross in centre of defence until the end of the 2013–14 season as Stoke finished in 9th position. Wilson played 30 times for Stoke in 2014–15 as Stoke again finished in 9th position. Wilson was the only Stoke player to be sent-off in the Premier League during the season after he received two yellow cards against Swansea City on 2 May 2015.
On 30 January 2016 Wilson suffered a knee injury in a FA Cup match against Crystal Palace ruling him out for up-to six months. Wilson made ten appearances in 2015–16 making just one league start.
Wilson was involved in an ongoing dispute between the Irish Football Association (who represent the Northern Ireland national team) and the Football Association of Ireland (who represent the Republic of Ireland national team) over international eligibility. He has been quoted as saying:"I think everybody has their own personal reasons for wanting to play for the Republic or the North. I grew up supporting the Republic so it was a comfortable decision for me." Despite this claim, he elected to represent Northern Ireland at under-15 level.
Wilson played for Northern Ireland, the jurisdiction of his birth, at under-15 level before switching allegiances to the Republic.
Republic of Ireland
Wilson later represented the Republic of Ireland at various youth levels including under-18, under-19  and under-21. Wilson received his first call up for the international side for a friendly against Brazil in March 2010, but did not feature in the game. He earned his first cap for the Republic as a second-half substitute in the 2011 Nations Cup against Wales in February 2011. In January 2012 new Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill offered Wilson a chance to switch allegiances again but Wilson rejected his offer. On 16 October 2012, he scored his first international goal in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in a 4–1 away win against the Faroe Islands with an impressive 25-yard shot with his right foot. He continued at left back throughout the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign but Ireland failed to qualify.
In Martin O'Neill's first game as Irish manager against Latvia, O'Neill converted Wilson to centre back partnering John O'Shea. Ireland won the match 3–0. Wilson continued at centre back against Serbia. Wilson started in O'Neill's first competitive game as Irish manager against Georgia. Ireland won 2–1 thanks to a superb last minute winner by Aidan McGeady. Wilson started in the memorable 1–1 draw against Germany in Gelsenkirchen.
On 23 May 2016, Martin O'Neill announced that Wilson, who was named in the Republic of Ireland's initial 35-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016, had been ruled out of the campaign through injury. O'Neill told a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre: "Marc Wilson has had a setback. The best thing for him is to take four or five weeks off. He will be out."
- As of match played 24 August 2016
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[A]||Total|
|Yeovil Town (loan)||2005–06||League One||2||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||2||0|
|Bournemouth (loan)||2006–07||League One||19||3||0||0||0||0||—||—||19||3|
|Luton Town (loan)||2007–08||League One||4||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||4||0|
|Stoke City||2010–11||Premier League||28||1||7||0||0||0||—||—||35||1|
|Republic of Ireland|
Ireland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Wilson goal.
|1||16 October 2012||Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands||3||Faroe Islands||1–0||4–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|||
- Stoke City coaching staff's player of the year: 2012
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- Wilson aiming to come of age Independent.ie, 18 October 2006
- Under-18 squad in Sweden for tournament RTÉ Sport, 19 July 2004
- Don Givens Forced to Make Changes Ahead of Luxembourg Friendly FAI, 16 October 2006
- Ireland’s new-look U21 team impress in victory over Luxembourg FAI, 18 October 2006
- McCarthy named in squad eleven-a-side.com, 22 February 2010
- Portsmouth's Marc Wilson in Republic of Ireland call-up BBC Sport, 22 February 2010
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- "Republic of Ireland 1–2 Serbia". Goal.com. 5 March 2014.
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