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Peter Wilson
Wilson (left) shaking hands with East Germany's Bernd Bransch before their match at the 1974 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Frederick Peter Wilson
Date of birth 15 September 1947 (1947-09-15) (age 62)
Place of birth    Felling, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
St. Mary's Boys Club
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Middlesbrough FC
Gateshead FC
South Coast United
Club Marconi
Safeway United
Western Suburbs
APIA Leichhardt
01 (0)
02 (0)
62 (0)
21 (1)
44 (0)
83 (3)
86 (2)   
National team2
1970-1979 Australia 65 (3)
Teams managed
Safeway United
APIA Leichhardt

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22 August 2007.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 22 August 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Peter Frederick Wilson (born 15 September 1947 in Felling, England)[1] is a former footballer. He was the captain of the Australian 1974 World Cup squad in West Germany. His nickname is Big Willie and his position was sweeper.

Often regarded as one of the toughest defenders in the modern era, Wilson was a dominating figure in the Australian team in the decade from 1970. Born in England in 1947, Wilson migrated to Australia in 1969 to join South Coast United after failing to break into the first team for English club Middlesbrough. He started his career as full back but injury to another player switched him to sweeper where he had his biggest success. Between 1970-79, he made a then record 116 appearances for the national team, and captained Australian from 1971, including the 1974 World Cup Finals. When he signed with Sydney club Western Suburbs, Wilson travelled 257 kilometres four times a week for training. He also played with Marconi and Apia Leichardt and in later years coached South Coast and Apia.

Peter Wilson is now living in recluse near Wollongong in New South Wales.


  • A-Internationals: 65 (4.November 1970 - 13.June 1979)
  • 61 games as Captain, 3 goals (^= 0,05 Goals per match)
  • 116 games for Australian (incl. Test games 133)

NSW State:

  • 14 games for New South Wales ( 6 as Captain)

Biggest success with the National team:


  1. ^ Match report, including date of birth

Are all taken from Peter Wilsons website The Southern Cross



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