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Andrew Wilson (footballer, born 1896)

Andrew Nesbit Wilson (14 February 1896 – 15 October 1973) was a Scottish footballer who played for Middlesbrough, Heart of Midlothian, Dunfermline Athletic, Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers, Sporting Club Nîmois and the Scotland national team.

Andy Wilson
Personal information
Full name Andrew Nesbit Wilson
Date of birth (1896-02-14)14 February 1896
Place of birth Newmains, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Date of death 15 October 1973(1973-10-15) (aged 77)
Place of death Putney, London, England
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
Cambuslang Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914–1915 Middlesbrough 9 (5)
1918Leeds City (guest)
1918–1919Heart of Midlothian (guest) 33 (32)
1919–1921 Dunfermline Athletic
1921–1923 Middlesbrough 77 (51)
1923–1931 Chelsea 238 (59)
1931–1932 Queens Park Rangers 20 (3)
1932–1934 Sporting Club Nîmois
National team
1920–1923 Scotland 12 (13)
1919Scotland (wartime)[1] 2 (4)
Teams managed
1934–1937 Walsall
1946–1947 Gravesend & Northfleet
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Middlesbrough and military serviceEdit

Andy Wilson was born in Newmains, Lanarkshire. He joined Middlesbrough from junior side Cambuslang Rangers in 1914.

His early career was interrupted by the First World War during which his left hand and forearm were shattered by enemy fire at Aras. He wore a glove to mask the withered hand and forearm for the rest of his life.[2][3]

Heart of Midlothian and Leeds CityEdit

He debuted for Heart of Midlothian in January 1918, playing for them until the end of the following season. The Scottish League championship continued to be played during the conflict, and he scored 32 times in 33 official appearances.[4]

He guested a couple of times for Leeds City in April 1918, scoring twice on his Peacocks debut at Bradford Park Avenue on 6 April.[5]

Dunfermline Athletic and return to MiddlesbroughEdit

In 1919 he joined Dunfermline Athletic when they were part of the rebel Central League, a body outside Scottish Football League jurisdiction. When this league was absorbed by the SFL in 1921, those players previously contracted to a Scottish or English league side were obliged to return to whichever side held their registration as part of the agreement.

Thus Wilson returned to Middlesbrough in time for the 1921–22 season. He ended that season as not just 'Boro's top scorer but also the League's, with 31 strikes.[6]


Mid-season Wilson joined David Calderhead's sizeable contingent of Scots at Chelsea in November 1923 for £6,500.[citation needed] He was replaced at Boro the following month with Ian Dickson from Aston Villa for £3,000.[7] Wilson ended the 1923–24 season as both Middlesbrough and Chelsea's top scorer. Ironically both club's were relegated from the top flight that season.

He made 253 appearances for Chelsea and scored 52 goals in the next eight years. In that time he lined up beside compatriots such as Willie Ferguson, Tommy Law, Hughie Gallacher, Alex Jackson and Alec Cheyne.

Queens Park RangersEdit

He joined QPR in 1931 scoring three times in 20 league games.

Nimes OlympiqueEdit

He spent a two-season sojourn in France with Sporting Club Nîmes.


When at Dunfermline and Middlesbrough, Wilson was capped 12 times by Scotland between 1920 and 1923; he averaged more than a goal per game with 13 goals. He scored another four in two unofficial wartime internationals.[1]

Ten of his Scotland goals, across nine matches, helped the nation to win the British Home Championship three times in a row between 1920–21 and 1922–23.

Management and coachingEdit

In 1934 he became Walsall manager. He then accepted a series of coaching positions, including at Chelsea and Gravesend and Northfleet, where he was the club's first manager following their formation in 1946. He spent the 1946/47 season at Gravesend before departing.


His younger son, Jimmy, survived a tour as a tail-gunner in the far east during World War II. Jimmy played for Watford after the war.[8]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 March 1920 Celtic Park, Glasgow   Ireland 1–0 3–0 BHC
2 10 April 1920 Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield   England 2–2 4–5 BHC
3 12 February 1921 Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen   Wales 1–0 2–1 BHC
4 12 February 1921 Pittodrie Park, Aberdeen   Wales 2–1 2–1 BHC
5 26 February 1921 Windsor Park, Belfast   Ireland 1–0 2–0 BHC
6 9 April 1921 Hampden Park, Glasgow   England 1–0 3–0 BHC
7 4 March 1922 Celtic Park, Glasgow   Ireland 1–1 2–1 BHC
8 4 March 1922 Celtic Park, Glasgow   Ireland 2–1 2–1 BHC
9 8 April 1922 Villa Park, Birmingham   England 1–0 1–0 BHC
10 3 March 1923 Windsor Park, Belfast   Ireland 1–0 1–0 BHC
11 17 March 1923 Love Street, Paisley   Wales 1–0 2–0 BHC
12 17 March 1923 Love Street, Paisley   Wales 2–0 2–0 BHC
13 14 April 1923 Hampden Park, Glasgow   England 2–2 2–2 BHC


  1. ^ a b "Sat 22 Mar 1919 Scotland 2 Ireland 1". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ Dave Halliday,
  3. ^ "Survivors: Charlie Buchan, Andy Wilson"
  4. ^ Andy Wilson, London Hearts
  5. ^ "Andy Wilson (centre-forward) 1918" Mighty Leeds
  6. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  7. ^ Ian Dickson,
  8. ^ Hugman, Barry (1981). Football League Players Records (1946–1981). Aylesbury: Rothmans Publications. p. 358. ISBN 0-907574-08-4.
  • Cheshire, Scott (1998). Chelsea: An Illustrated History. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-143-5.

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