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.

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The Celtic Star · May 10

Video – Paul Wilson’s Wonder Goal Against Rangers On This Day 1975

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The TwoPointOne · Apr 28

The forgotten legacy of Celtic’s Paul Wilson

ACSOM · Mar 3

A Celtic State of Mind: Paul Wilson – From Bangalore to Barrowfield

Mark Nicholas · Jul 14, 2019

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

The Celtic Star · Apr 19, 2019

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

A Celtic State of Mind · Mar 15, 2019

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

The Celtic Star · Sep 20, 2018

Jim Craig – Happy Birthday Henrik Larsson

The Celtic Star · Mar 24, 2018

Paul Wilson: From Bangalore to Barrowfield – PART 2

The Celtic Star · Mar 24, 2018

Paul Wilson: From Bangalore to Barrowfield – PART 1

The Celtic Blog · Oct 6, 2017

Remembering Paul Wilson, A Celtic Original.

The Scotsman · Sep 28, 2017

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

Celtic Quick News · Sep 23, 2017

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

Celtic Quick News · Sep 20, 2017

Paul Wilson – From Bangalore To Barrowfield

ETims · Sep 19, 2017

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

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

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

Celtic Quick News · Sep 18, 2017

Quality Street Gang Star Wilson Dies At 66

Celtic Underground · Sep 18, 2017

A Tribute To Paul Wilson

Daily Record · Sep 18, 2017

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

The Scotsman · Sep 18, 2017

Paul Wilson, ex-Celtic star, dies aged 66

Herald Scotland · Sep 18, 2017

Celtic confirm death of former player Paul Wilson

Herald Scotland · Sep 18, 2017

Celtic confirm death of former player Paul Wilson

Evening Times · Sep 18, 2017

Celtic confirm death of former player Paul Wilson

Celtic FC · Sep 18, 2017

Death of former Celt, Paul Wilson

BBC Sportsound · Jul 21, 2017

Sportsound Podcast 17 July 17

The Guardian · Sep 14, 2016

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

Daily Record · Oct 31, 2014

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

The Scotsman · Oct 29, 2014

Rumour Mill: Ally McCoist | James Forrest | Paul Paton

The Telegraph · Oct 23, 2014

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

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

Daily Mail · Oct 23, 2014

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

Sky Sports · Oct 23, 2014

Dundee United pair omitted

Sky Sports · Oct 23, 2014

United duo under investigation

TEAMtalk · Oct 23, 2014

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

Sports Mole · Oct 23, 2014

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

Hail Hail Media · Sep 3, 2014

Behind @Asteriskyears #2 Graham Wilson

Celtic Quick News · May 12, 2014

From Jinky to Georgios

Daily Record · Jan 20, 2014

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

Tribal Football · Feb 21, 2013

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

Celtic FC · Feb 12, 2013

Season ticket holder heading to Turin

Daily Record · Dec 2, 2012

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

· Nov 20, 2012

Paul Larkin, By Any Means Necessary – book review

Jim Craig CSC · Sep 20, 2012

If You Know The History – 20th September Paul Wilson

Hail Hail Media · Aug 8, 2012

Paradise Preview S2E03 (Helsinki)

Daily Mail · Aug 3, 2012

Ipswich close in on unsettled Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson

The Scotsman · Jun 19, 2012

Brian Wilson: The dutiful game informs society

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