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Full Name: John Grant Wilson
Came from: Dalkeith Thistle Went to: St Bernard's (Edinburgh)
First game: 17 October 1931 Last game: 24 October 1931
Appearances: 2 (2/0) Goals: 0
Wilson was an Edinburgh-born inside-forward who came to Home Park as a young man from Dalkeith Thistle, a club a few miles from Scotland's capital, in the summer of 1931. He managed just two appearances at inside-right that October, but did finish with an unblemished record: a 5-1 home win against Nottingham Forest and 0-1 away win at Tottenham Hotspur. After two seasons in the Reserves, Wilson returned home to Edinburgh to sign for St Barnard's.
Footnote: It is common for publications to call him James or Jimmy, and some say that he came from Swindon Town and later left Argyle for Cowdenbeath, but none of these suggestions are correct. The reports of his move to Home Park in the Dundee Courier on 3rd June 1931 and the Western Morning News on 5th June 1931 show him to be John Wilson from Dalkeith Thistle. The WMN on 5th July 1931 lists him as John G. Wilson, and the club handbook for the 1931-32 season confirms him as J.G. Wilson from Dalkeith Thistle. The Dundee Evening Telegraph on 19th July 1933 reports that the day before, John Wilson left Argyle for St Bernard's, an Edinburgh club. A year later, a John Grant Wilson played for Edinburgh City at inside forward, so it seems highly likely that is the same player, and therefore tells us his full name.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.
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