Noel Wilson

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Noel Wilson
Noel Wilson1.jpg
Noel Wilson in 2005
Personal information
Full name Noel Anthony Wilson
Date of birth (1979-12-24) 24 December 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Bangalore, India
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1996–1998 Tata Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 FC Kochin
2000–2004 Churchill Brothers
2004–2006 Mohun Bagan
2006–2007 Mohamedan Sporting
2007–2011 Mumbai FC
National team
1998 India B
2001 India 20[a] (0)
Teams managed
2019–2020 South United FC
2020– Jamshedpur FC B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Noel Anthony Wilson (born 24 December 1979) is a former Indian professional footballer who played as a midfielder for FC Kochin, Churchill Brothers, Mohun Bagan, Mohamedan Sporting and Mumbai FC in the I-League. He has represented the India national team.[2] on numerous occasions and also is a former graduate of Tata Football Academy .

Wilson represented India B in the Bristol Freedom Cup in 1998.[3] He made four appearances for India in 2001, competing in Millennium Soccer Super Cup matches against Iceland and Uruguay B, and in qualification games for the 2002 FIFA World Cup against Iceland and the United Arab Emirates.[4]

Wilson completed his AFC C License in August 2014.[5] He is a coach at Roots Football Academy,[3] and has been involved in coaching with the Real Madrid Foundation in India.[6]

Club career[edit]

Tata Football Academy[edit]

Wilson began attending the Tata Football Academy in 1996, graduating in 1998 as part of the third batch of cadets alongside Mahesh Gawli and Deepak Kumar Mondal.[7]

Wilson celebrating a goal with team mates Dipendu Biswas & Du
Noel playing against his hometown club HAL in 2010-11 I-League season.jpg

International career[edit]

Wilson represented the Blue Tigers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His debut came in the AFC Qualifying tournament in Bangalore in the year 1998. The qualifiers also consisted of Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan. Upon qualifying and reaching the final round which was held in Thailand, India had to fend of strong teams like Qatar, Thailand, Kuwait & Uzbekistan. Wilson was a regular starter in this tournament.

Wilson then went onto representing the senior team in the 50yrs Independence Cup held in Sri Lanka in 1999. India played against Sri Lanka, Maldives, Malaysia. India had then played Sri Lanka in the final of the tournament. Wilson then played the SAFF Games held in Nepal in 1999.

After playing the Pre Olympics between Thailand in 2000, Wilson was a part of the team that played the Millennium Cup in Kochi in 2000. It involved teams such as Uruguay, Iceland and Indonesia.

He also played the World Cup Qualifiers held in Bangalore in 2001 vs UAE, Yemen, and Brunei, playing both the home and away legs.

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring from football, Wilson started to work as a mentor and youth coach at SUFC in March 2013.[8]

Currently he is a regular at Roots Football Academy in Bangalore.

After successfully completing AFC C licence and AFC B licenses he is now an AFC A licence[9] holder which only a handful of Indian coaches possess. Wilson was recently appointed as the head coach of South United FC, he took over from the Spanish coach Miquel Llado Plana. His first managerial victory came against Fateh Hyderabad AFC when his side beat the later 1-0. This was also SUFC's first victory in 2018-19 I-League 2nd Division.


  1. ^ Does not include his appearance against Uruguay B on 15 January 2001.


  1. ^ "Noel Wilson". Goal. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Noel Wilson". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "'Football House' is cynosure of all eyes". Deccan Herald. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Noel Wilson". Association of Football Statisticians. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  5. ^ "13 Indian footballers clear AFC 'C' license course". Goal. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Real Madrid Foundation to conduct soccer clinics in Mumbai". The Times of India. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  7. ^ "List of ex-cadets by batch". Tata Football Academy. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  8. ^ "SUFC rope in Wilson as team mentor". Deccan Herald. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2019.