DOB: 31 March 1889
Died: 28 March 1941
MFC Debut: Round 1, 1921 against Essendon at East Melbourne
Last Game: Round 17, 1924 against Fitzroy at MCG
From: Collingwood Trades/Collingwood
Number: 25 (1921-1924)
Captain - Coach 1921-1923
Victorian interstate player - 1921
Games: 51 (234 total)
Goals: 20 (91 total)
Debuting with the Magpies in 1909, Wilson overcame a shocking run with injuries to win two premierships at Victoria Park. At various times he broke his arm and leg, as well as once twisting his ankle walking off the ground. He was named as one of the best in their 1917 flag victory.
The rover's wretched run with injury struck again when he missed the Pies 1919 premiership with a broken arm. He entered talks to join Melbourne as captain/coach before the 1920 season but decided he couldn't leave Collingwood. The next year he did move to Melbourne, the Pies clearing him with regret.
Even though he started his MFC career on the wrong side of 30, Wilson played four seasons including three as coach. He led Victoria against New South Wales in 1921
Wilson retired in January 1924 and briefly coached St. Kilda before resigning midway through the season and returning to Melbourne where he played out the year before moving to the country and coaching Murtoa in 1925. In 1927 he returned to the city and played 27 games for Port Melbourne across two seasons. In 1931 he joined Camberwell.
He passed away in 1941 after a long illness.
Brother of Alf Wilson.
First game: Round 1, 1921 vs Essendon at East Melbourne
Last game: Round 18, 1923 vs Collingwood at MCG
Labor Call - 11/08/1921
Herald - 09/01/1924
Daily Herald - 12/01/1924
Herald - 14/02/1924
Argus - 29/03/1941
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