Page 1 of 1
Hugh Wilson' career
Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:44 am
Could you tell us something about this forward who played for Third Lanark in the last century when they became Scottish League champions. ¿Which clubs did he play for? ( I thinks that he came to Third Lanark from Sunderland) ¿When did he make his debut for Third Lanark and when did he play his last game for them, and how many goals did he score wearing the red shirt? And tell us anything you find interesting about him.
Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:40 pm
Hugh 'Lalty' Wilson was one of the great characters of his day. He was born in Mauchline in Ayrshire in 1869 and played for Mauchline and 2nd ARV of Newmilns before joining Sunderland when they were elected to the Football League in May 1890. He was the only player to play in both Sunderland's first ever league game and also their first at Roker Park eight years later. He was also the first Sunderland player to score with a penalty, miss a penalty and to be sent off. His enormous one-handed throw-ins prompted a change in the law to the two-handed throw-in we are familiar with today. He won three league title medals with Sunderland and was club captain. He made 231 league appearances (including 'test' matches) and scored 42 goals. In the FA Cup he played 25 times and scored five times.
He left Sunderland in May 1899 but played for Bedminster then Bristol City in 1900 before signing for Thirds in 1901. While at Cathkin he won a Scottish League championship medal in 1904 a Scottish Cup winners medal in 1905 and a Scottish Cup runners-up medal in 1906.
He played 137 league games for Third Lanark and scored 37 goals. In the Scottish Cup he scored seven times, including twice in the Final replay in 1905.
His league debut was at home in a 4-3 win over Queen's Park on August 24th 1901. I don't know when his last game was but he played 26 of the 34 league games in 1906-07 and was transferred to Kilmarnock in April 1907 and made his debut v Port Glasgow Athletic on April 27th - Killie's last match of the season which they won 2-1. He played a further 21 games for Killie the next season - scoring three goals - with his final appearance being in a 2-2 draw with St Mirren on New Year's Day 1908, just a couple of months before his 39th birthday.
In 1907 the 'Football Star' described Wilson and Killie team-mate Bob Templeton as "two of the most remarkable footballers the word has ever seen."
He was capped four times for Scotland, once for the Scottish League and also played representative football for Ayrshire, Glasgow & Northumberland.
He died in April 1940.