Gordon Gill Wilson was born in West Auckland, an historic market town and colliery town in the south of County Durham, he was one of 16 people living in a crowded household. He played junior football for Northern Alliance sides Bishop Auckland and Scotswood before joining the Tigers in April 1926 as part of manager Bill McCracken’s regular raids on the North Eastern football scene. Wilson was quickly thrust into first team action when regular left back Matt Bell was absent due to injury, and that was the pattern for the next five seasons. Bell was a consistent presence in the City first team and always McCracken’s first choice, Wilson was a capable reserve who filled in for a handful of games every season. Gordon’s longest run in the City first team came in March and April 1929 when he started 11 consecutive matches and scored his only City goal, an April Fools’ Day equaliser against Middlesbrough. Wilson eventually left the Tigers in June 1931 when it became apparent that new signing George Goldsmith was to take over the regular left back berth from Matt Bell.
Wilson joined Division Three south side Luton Town in June 1931, he made seven appearances for the Hatters including four consecutive starts at the end of the season. He transferred to Norwich City in May 1932 and spent two years in Norfolk, making just one Division Three South appearance in each season. In June 1934 he moved to Barrow and spent half a season as a regular starter for the Division Three North side. He played his last game for Barrow in January 1935 and appeared to retire from football having made 60 senior appearances and scored once in a nine year career.
By 1939 Wilson was living back in his home town of West Auckland, working as an above-ground labourer in the local colliery. He died in Newcastle Upon Tyne in October 1947 at the age of just 43 and was buried in West Auckland.
Date/Place of Birth: 18 June 1904, West Auckland
Hull City First Game: 1 May 1926, Wolverhampton Wanderers A (Division Two), 21 years, 317 days old
Hull City Final Game: 21 March 1931, Crewe Alexandra H (Division Three North), 26 years, 276 days old
West Auckland, Scotswood, Hull City (1926-1931), Luton Town (1931-1932), Norwich City (1932-1934), Barrow (1934-1935)
Hull City Record
Career: 28 apps, 1 goalsGordon Wilson