Wilson Wood (footballer)

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Wilson Wood
Personal information
Date of birth (1943-01-25)25 January 1943
Place of birth Whitburn, Scotland
Date of death 13 June 2017(2017-06-13) (aged 74)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder/Defender
Youth career
Lothian United
Shotts Bon Accord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1961 Newcastle United 0 (0)
1963–1966 Rangers 35 (4)
1967–1970 Dundee United 67 (5)
1970–1973 Hearts 42 (1)
1973–1975 Raith Rovers 44 (1)
Total 188 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Wilson Wood (25 January 1943 – 13 June 2017), born in Whitburn, was a Scottish footballer who played primarily as a midfielder.


A former lab assistant with the National Coal Board,[1] Wood started his professional career with Newcastle United whom he joined from Shotts Bon Accord aged 17. He spent only one year on Tyneside and left the club without making an appearance, returning to Scotland to join Rangers. He spent seven seasons at Ibrox, where he won his only senior medal as a member of Rangers victorious 1964-65 League Cup side.[1] Wood moved to Dundee United in 1967 and he featured regularly during his three years at Tannadice. However, in 1970 a contract dispute with United manager Jerry Kerr led to his departure to boyhood favourites Hearts, in exchange for Tommy Traynor.[1] He spent three injury-plagued years with the Jambos before a final two years with Raith Rovers. His transfer to the Kirkcaldy side was the subject of controversy, with Hamilton Accies also claiming to have signed him.[1]

After his retirement Wood worked as a physiotherapist.[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e Hoggan, Andrew (1995). Hearts in Art. Mainstream. p. 199. ISBN 1-85158-736-5.