Wilson Humphries

William Wilson Humphries (1 July 1928 – 22 October 1992) was a Scottish footballer and manager who played as an inside forward. He began his playing career with Motherwell, where he played for ten years and won both Scottish domestic cup competitions. He later played for St Mirren, Dundee United and Hamilton Academical before returning to St Mirren for a two-year spell as manager. During his playing career, Humphries made one appearance each for the Scotland national team and the Scottish Football League XI.

Wilson Humphries
Personal information
Full name William Wilson Humphries
Date of birth (1928-07-01)1 July 1928
Place of birth Motherwell, Scotland
Date of death 22 October 1992(1992-10-22) (aged 64)
Place of death Motherwell, Scotland
Position(s) Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1956 Motherwell 199 (68)
1956–1957 St Mirren 22 (8)
1957–1959 Dundee United 54 (33)
1959–1961 Hamilton Academical 29 (4)
National team
1952 Scotland 1 (0)
1952 Scottish Football League XI 1 (0)
Teams managed
1970–1972 St Mirren
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Humphries was born in Motherwell in 1928 and began his career with his hometown club Motherwell in the mid-1940s straight from Dalziel High School. He spent a decade with the club, making just under 200 league appearances and scoring 68 goals. Humphries won both domestic cups during his time at Fir Park, winning the Scottish League Cup in 1950 and the Scottish Cup in 1952. Shortly after the Scottish Cup win, in which Humphries scored, he received his only Scotland cap, appearing in a 3–1 defeat in Sweden.[1] Humphries also appeared in the Scottish Football League XI in 1952.[2] In 1954, during Motherwell's record 12–1 win over Dundee United, Humphries netted six goals, another club record.

In 1956 Humphries moved to St Mirren, before joining Dundee United a year later, where he spent two years and scored 33 times in 54 league appearances. He left in 1959 and joined Hamilton Academical, where he spent the final two years of his playing career. After retiring from playing, Humphries returned to Motherwell as a part-time member of the coaching staff, where he remained throughout the 1960s.[3] In 1970, Humphries returned to St Mirren as manager but his two-year spell included relegation in 1971 and he resigned the following year.

Humphries helped form the Motherwell Former Players Club in 1988.[4] One of the South Stand corporate boxes at the club's ground, Fir Park, is named after him.[5] He died in 1992.


  1. ^ Wilson Humphries at the Scottish Football Association
  2. ^ "Wilson Humphries". Londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  3. ^ "An amber and claret Motherwell jersey, No.3, with crew-neck collar". Christies. 5 October 1997. Retrieved 2 April 2009.
  4. ^ Miller, Graham (11 May 2009). "Ex-Steelmen still clubbing together". Wishaw Press. Retrieved 2 April 2009.
  5. ^ "South Stand Boxes". Motherwell FC. Retrieved 2 April 2009.

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