Paul Wilson

Celtic hero Paul Wilson was born in Bangalore, India on 23 November 1950. Died 18 September 2017, aged 66

Legendary Celtic manager Jock Stein signed Wilson for the club in 1967. Stein immediately farmed him out to Scottish Junior club, Maryhill, to gain experience before returning to Celtic. Wilson was part of the group of young players named the Quality Street Gang by the Scottish media. Wilson was one of many in that group that replaced Celtic’s Lisbon Lions team that won the 1967 European Cup Final. Wilson’s senior debut was in a European Cup 9–0 win at Parkhead against KPV Kokkola in 1970.

Wilson was a quick footballer able to shoot with either foot. He was largely deployed by Stein on the wing where he felt Wilson’s pace would be useful. Wilson disliked playing wide preferring to play more centrally. Wilson had dark skin tone and received racist abuse during his football career during Old Firm games.

Wilson became a first team regular in August 1973. He ended that 1973–74 season with a league winners’ medal.

Stein moved the fast and elegant Wilson to play up front for the 1974–75 season where he outscored his friend and strike partner, Kenny Dalglish, with 29 goals. This culminated with Wilson scoring two goals in the 3–1 victory over Airdrie in the 1975 Scottish Cup Final. This was also the season he was selected to play for Scotland.

Wilson’s mother died in the week leading up to the final against Airdrie. He later stated his mother’s death was the source of his waning enthusiasm for football. This was not helped by a niggling injury requiring cortisone injections. Wilson did though collect a second championship winning medal in 1976–77 when he had been a regular until Alfie Conn joined in March that season. Wilson remained at Celtic until 1978 when he was out of favour under Billy McNeil’s management. At Celtic wilson made 214 appearances scoring 52 goals.

Next Wilson moved to Motherwell for one season. He then finished his senior career at the end of the 1980 season with Partick Thistle at the age of 29.

After his spell at Thistle he was tempted into junior football by ex-Celtic team-mate Jimmy Johnstone with Blantyre Celtic, winning a junior international cap.

Mark Nicholas · Jul 14, 2019

An Alternate History of Celtic (Part 6): What if the Quality Street Gang had stayed together?

In the late 1960s/early 70s, Celtic had some of the best young footballers in Europe, including Kenny Dalglish, Lou Macari, Brian McLaughlin, Danny McGrain, George Connelly, Paul Wilson, Davie Hay, Vic Davidson and George Connelly...

The Celtic Star · Apr 19, 2019

Celtic’s ‘Unbelievable Flop’ at Dens Park throws away the 1980 Title

ON this day 5 years earlier Jock Stein took off Paul Wilson and with the league gone, brought on a youngster to make his debut for Celtic.

A Celtic State of Mind · Mar 15, 2019

Save Our Celts’ Willie Wilson with A Celtic State of Mind

A Celtic State of Mind was named as the UK’s Best Football Podcast at the prestigious 2018 Football Blogging Awards.

The Celtic Star · Sep 20, 2018

Jim Craig – Happy Birthday Henrik Larsson

Paul Wilson came into Celtic Park in 1967 straight from school and started in the reserve side alongside Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain, Lou Macari and George Connelly...

The Celtic Star · Mar 24, 2018

Paul Wilson: From Bangalore to Barrowfield – PART 2

With his flowing dark locks and stylish sideburns complementing his complexion, there was no doubt that Paul Wilson looked every inch the Celtic poster boy in the quintessentially ‘70s Celtic kit, with its floppy collar presiding over those resplendent, untarnished green-and-white hoops...

The Celtic Star · Mar 24, 2018

Paul Wilson: From Bangalore to Barrowfield – PART 1

The Quality Street Gang were mentored by the greatest football team Scotland has ever produced...

The Celtic Blog · Oct 6, 2017

Remembering Paul Wilson, A Celtic Original.

I was sad to hear of the recent death of Paul Wilson who passed away aged only 66...

The Scotsman · Sep 28, 2017

Obituary: Paul Wilson, Celtic star and only non-white player to win a Scotland cap in the 20th century

Paul Wilson, former Celtic and Scotland footballer...

Celtic Quick News · Sep 23, 2017

New CQN Podcast Dedicated To Paul Wilson – The Quality Street Gang, Part 1

The CQN Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind (EP13) The Quality Street Gang Part 1 A Celtic State of Mind offers an insight into the culture of Celtic Football Club, the city of Glasgow, and fans of the reigning invincible Scottish champions...

Celtic Quick News · Sep 20, 2017

Paul Wilson – From Bangalore To Barrowfield

The Quality Street Gang were mentored by the greatest football team Scotland has ever produced...

ETims · Sep 19, 2017

Celtic Diary Tuesday September 19: Farewell To The Most Courageous Celt

Paul Wilson, one of the legendary members of the sixties group of players known forever as the Quality Street Gang has passed away at the...

Herald Scotland · Sep 19, 2017

Paul Wilson – the former Celtic winger who became the only non-white to play for Scotland in the 20th century

PAUL Wilson, the former Celtic forward who was the only non-white player to be capped by Scotland in the 20th century, has passed away at the age of 66...

Herald Scotland · Sep 19, 2017

Paul Wilson – the former Celtic winger who became the only non-white to play for Scotland in the 20th century

PAUL Wilson, the former Celtic forward who was the only non-white player to be capped by Scotland in the 20th century, has passed away at the age of 66...

Celtic Quick News · Sep 18, 2017

Quality Street Gang Star Wilson Dies At 66

PAUL WILSON, one of the celebrated Quality Street Gang, passed away earlier today at the age of 66...

Celtic Underground · Sep 18, 2017

A Tribute To Paul Wilson

The news today of Paul Wilson’s passing came as a tremendous shock and causes great sorrow for all of us who saw him play...

Daily Record · Sep 18, 2017

Celtic fans pay tribute to Paul Wilson as nine-in-a-row star passes away

The once-capped Scotland international spent 11 years with the Hoops and also enjoyed spells at Motherwell and Partick Thistle...

The Scotsman · Sep 18, 2017

Paul Wilson, ex-Celtic star, dies aged 66

Ex-Celtic star Paul Wilson has died at the age of 66, the club have announced...

Herald Scotland · Sep 18, 2017

Celtic confirm death of former player Paul Wilson

Wilson joined the Parkhead club in 1966 and spent 11 years in green and white, coming through the club ranks as a member of the famous Quality Street Gang with the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain and Davie Hay...

Herald Scotland · Sep 18, 2017

Celtic confirm death of former player Paul Wilson

Wilson joined the Parkhead club in 1966 and spent 11 years in green and white, coming through the club ranks as a member of the famous Quality Street Gang with the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain and Davie Hay...

Evening Times · Sep 18, 2017

Celtic confirm death of former player Paul Wilson

Wilson joined the Parkhead club in 1966 and spent 11 years in green and white, coming through the club ranks as a member of the famous Quality Street Gang with the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain and Davie Hay...

Celtic FC · Sep 18, 2017

Death of former Celt, Paul Wilson

EVERYONE at Celtic is saddened to hear of the death of former player, Paul Wilson, who passed away earlier today at the age of 66...

BBC Sportsound · Jul 21, 2017

Sportsound Podcast 17 July 17

Post-match analysis of Ross County win over Hibs in the Scottish League Cup with Richard Gordon, Craig Paterson, Barry Wilson and Paul Mitchell...

The Guardian · Sep 14, 2016

The Champions League group stage is back and already as predictable as ever | Paul Wilson

Barcelona and Bayern have already flexed their muscles and the chances of the leading lights not reaching the lucrative knockout stages are negligible, which is just as Uefa desiresIt is not exactly news that the Champions League group stage has become dull and predictable – chances are you might have heard the complaint before – but it is coming to something when the greatest spectacle as well as the only genuine surprise of the first matchday were both provided by the weather in Manchester...

Daily Record · Oct 31, 2014

Dundee United fine Paul Paton and Mark Wilson following disciplinary probe into behaviour of both players

THE investigation was launched amid publicity surrounding an alleged assault on Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska in Glasgow’s West End on October 20...

The Scotsman · Oct 29, 2014

Rumour Mill: Ally McCoist | James Forrest | Paul Paton

Ally McCoist wants anyone but Celtic in the League cup semis; Ronny Deila wants James Forrest to prove he’s a £10 million player; Paul Paton and Mark Wilson back in Dundee United’s Cup squad and more in Wednesday’s Rumour Mill...

The Telegraph · Oct 23, 2014

Dundee United drop duo following police investigation into alleged assault on Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska

Dundee United drop Paul Paton and Mark Wilson following police investigation into alleged assault on Celtic’s Lukasz Zaluska...

The Telegraph · Oct 23, 2014

Dundee United drop Paul Paton and Mark Wilson after police investigation into alleged assault on Celtic keeper Lukasz Zaluska

Jackie McNamara refuses to say whether duo’s absence for Saturday’s game at Inverness is connected to the alleged assault of Celtic goalkeeper last weekend...

Daily Record · Oct 23, 2014

Paul Paton and Mark Wilson removed from Dundee United squad as club opens investigation in the wake of assault on Ashton Lane

THE Scottish Premiership club confirmed the pair will be unavailable for Saturday’s league match against Inverness in the wake of the attack on Celtic keeper Lukasz Zaluska in Glasgow...

Daily Mail · Oct 23, 2014

Dundee United investigate Paul Paton and Mark Wilson over alleged attack on Lukasz Zaluska

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has confirmed Mark Wilson and Paul Paton are under investigation following the alleged assault of Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska on Monday night...

Sky Sports · Oct 23, 2014

Dundee United pair omitted

Dundee United have confirmed Mark Wilson and Paul Paton will not play for the club this weekend, pending an internal investigation into their conduct...

Sky Sports · Oct 23, 2014

United duo under investigation

Dundee United have confirmed that Mark Wilson and Paul Paton are under investigation following an alleged incident in Glasgow involving Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska...

TEAMtalk · Oct 23, 2014

Mark Wilson and Paul Paton ‘under investigation’ confirm Dundee United

Dundee United have confirmed that Mark Wilson and Paul Paton are under investigation following an alleged incident in Glasgow involving Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska...

Sports Mole · Oct 23, 2014

Dundee United’s Mark Wilson, Paul Paton under investigation by club

Dundee United confirm Mark Wilson and Paul Paton are under investigation by the club following an incident which left Celtic’s Lukasz Zaluska needing hospital treatment...

Hail Hail Media · Sep 3, 2014

Behind @Asteriskyears #2 Graham Wilson

In the second of our series, Author Paul Larkin talks to Graham Wilson...

Celtic Quick News · May 12, 2014

From Jinky to Georgios

Usually we head straight home, but that day we stood around the front door of Hampden Park, waiting to see the players emerge with the trophy.

Daily Record · Jan 20, 2014

Video: Keith Jackson on Rangers profligacy, Celtic transfer targets & what next for Paul Hartley?

KEITH Jackson joins Fraser Wilson on today’s Back Page Monday after a weekend full of talking points across Scottish football...

Tribal Football · Feb 21, 2013

Celtic defender Wilson takes his hat off to Man Utd greats Scholes, Giggs, Neville

Celtic centre-back Kelvin Wilson has heaped praise on Manchester United trio Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville...

Celtic FC · Feb 12, 2013

Season ticket holder heading to Turin

FOLLOWING our recent Season Ticket holder survey, we gave the great news to an ecstatic Paul Wilson that he and a guest will be joining the official Celtic party in Italy, as the team travel to face Juventus in the crucial second leg of this season’s UEFA...

Daily Record · Dec 2, 2012

Celtic stopper Kelvin Wilson: Champions League thrill makes me want to play forever

WILSON says Europe’s elite competition brings the best out of players and reckons it’s why Man Utd veterans Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes refuse to retire...

· Nov 20, 2012

Paul Larkin, By Any Means Necessary – book review

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Jim Craig CSC · Sep 20, 2012

If You Know The History – 20th September Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson came into Celtic Park in 1967 straight from school and started in the reserve side alongside Kenny Dalglish, Danny McGrain , Lou Macari and George Connelly. Paul made his first-team debut in 1970 and gradually made his presence felt in the fir...

Hail Hail Media · Aug 8, 2012

Paradise Preview S2E03 (Helsinki)

It’s a special episode this week as Josh is joined by Paul Larkin and Graham Wilson celebrates his Birthday...

Daily Mail · Aug 3, 2012

Ipswich close in on unsettled Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson

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The Scotsman · Jun 19, 2012

Brian Wilson: The dutiful game informs society

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Celtic Quick News · May 19, 2012

Great finals and the rebirth of Scottish football

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The Guardian · Dec 28, 2011

Celtic v Rangers – live!

• Use the auto-update button for the latest posts• Send your thoughts to paul.doyle@guardian.co.uk• View the rest of the SPL live scores hereLet’s not have anyone getting all Jimmy Wilson on us please:Jimmy, as you may or may not know, is the flame-...

Football365 · Nov 2, 2011

The Facial Hair Gossip

Fulham are set for a head-to-head tussle with Italy’s Atalanta to land Swedish winger Mervan Celik Fulham are monitoring Celtic full-back Mark Wilson and Hibernian defender Paul Hanlon Stoke are to hold talks with VVV Venlo striker Michael Uchebo over...

Daily Mail · Nov 1, 2011

Fulham want Celtic’s Mark Wilson and Hibernian’s Paul Hanlon

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