Tommy Wilson (footballer, born 1961)

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Tommy Wilson
Personal information
Full name Thomas Wilson
Date of birth (1961-08-24) 24 August 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth Paisley, Scotland
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union Academy Director
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1982 Queen's Park 32 (0)
1982–1989 St Mirren 287 (1)
1989–1992 Dunfermline Athletic 59 (0)
1992 Heart of Midlothian 1 (0)
1992–1993 Kilmarnock 19 (0)
1993–1994 Dumbarton 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Tommy Wilson (born Paisley, 24 August 1961) is a Scottish former footballer, who is currently the director of the Philadelphia Union Academy. He was formerly the Reserve team coach at Rangers, and a coach with the Scotland national team.

Playing career[edit]

Wilson started his career at Queen's Park, who he joined straight from school in 1978. He was spotted by St Mirren for whom he signed a professional contract in 1982. He made his competitive debut in a League Cup victory over Ayr United on 14 August 1982. Wilson was an ever present during his first season and his consistent displays earned him a Scotland U-21 cap against Switzerland. Unfortunately, at the start of the following season in August 1983 he suffered a serious knee injury in a match against Rangers which put him out of the game for the rest of that season.

He made a successful come-back in the following season but took time to regain his consistency; eventually over the next two seasons he began to fulfil his early promise. In 1987, he was a member of the team which won the Scottish Cup in a 1-0 victory over Dundee United.

He represented St Mirren in 287 competitive matches, before leaving to join Dunfermline Athletic in October 1989. After three seasons with Dunfermline, he joined Hearts in August 1992, but only made one appearance (as a substitute in a 4-2 victory against Sparta Prague in a UEFA cup match on 30 September 1992). He was given a free transfer to Kilmarnock in November 1992, before moving on to Dumbarton in the summer of 1993.

Coaching career[edit]

In June 1994 he was appointed Football development officer to the Scottish Football Association. He was previously a coach for with Scotland under-19 team, working alongside Archie Gemmill. In 2006, Wilson joined Rangers as Technical Director for Player Development at the clubs Academy and combined this with coaching the Scotland under-19 team. He succeeded Ian Durrant as reserve team coach in June 2008.

On March 14, 2013, Wilson was named director of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union Academy.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wilson Departs For USA". David Melvin. Rangers.co.uk. 14 March 2013. 

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