Paul Wilson

Read all the news about Celtic hero Paul Wilson. 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.

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The Celtic Star · Sep 20

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 · Sep 20
The Celtic Star · Mar 24

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
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...

ETims · Sep 19, 2017
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 23, 2017
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
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
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...

Daily Record · Sep 18, 2017
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...

The Scotsman · Sep 18, 2017
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...

Celtic FC · Feb 12, 2013
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
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
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...

The Guardian · Sep 14, 2016
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...

Evening Times · Sep 18, 2017
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...

Celtic FC · Sep 18, 2017
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...

Jim Craig CSC · Sep 20, 2012
The Celtic Star · Mar 24

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 Star · Mar 24
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...

Celtic Quick News · Sep 20, 2017
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 Quick News · Sep 18, 2017
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...

Celtic Underground · Sep 18, 2017
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.

Celtic Quick News · May 12, 2014
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