Born and raised in the Bransholme Estate in Hull, Steve Wilson was a goalkeeper who played for City throughout practically all of the 1990s, one of the club’s trickier decades. Willo was not the tallest goalkeeper and was slightly built, but his shot stopping abilities were rarely questioned. He was capable of the occasional mistake, a tendency that seemed to dog him when he had a run in the first team, and his distribution was sometimes lacking. But Willo was a whole-hearted keeper who clearly loved to play for his hometown club, and he remained fondly remembered long after his departure by those who saw him.
Wilson made his debut at the tail end of the 1990/91 season just ten days after his seventeenth birthday, as City were relegated from the Second Division. Within a couple of years Willo had became a regular first team starter, although he never genuinely dominated the Number 1 jersey and always had competition and spells out of the first team throughout his time at Boothferry Park. As Terry Dolan piloted the Tigers through financially tough times, and eventually piloted the Tigers down into the Fourth Division, Wilson stuck around. When City hit rock bottom in late 1998 and performed the Great Escape under Warren Joyce, Willo was sharing first team duties with Andy Oakes. As the 2000s began and Adam Pearson leadership of the club took hold, Wilson was increasingly left out of the side in favour of the crazy antics of Lee Bracey and the assured netminding of Paul Musselwhite. After a barren season spent mostly on loan at Macclesfield, Wilson left the Tigers in the 2001 close season.
In 2001 Wilson rejoined Macclesfield Town and had four years as a permanent fixture in the Moss Rose first team. In 2005 he joined Tranmere Rovers, reuniting with his former City boss Brian Little, but within a few months he had dropped down into the lower leagues with Worksop Town and Mossley. In 2007 he returned to East Yorkshire, spending a season at Hall Road Rangers then four successful seasons between the sticks at North Ferriby United as the Villagers won promotions and reached Wembley finals – a fitting closing act to a fine goalkeeper’s career. After a short spell at Scarborough Athletic in 2012 Willo hung up his gloves for the final time.
Date/Place of Birth: 24 April 1974, Hull
Hull City First Game: 4 May 1991, Plymouth Argyle H (Division Two), 17 years, 10 days old
Hull City Final Game: 6 May 2000, Hartlepool United H (League Division 3), 26 years, 12 days old
Hull City (1990-2001), Macclesfield Town (2001, loan), Macclesfield Town (2001-2005), Tranmere Rovers (2005-2006), Worksop Town (2006), Mossley (2006-2007), Hall Road Rangers (2007-2008), North Ferriby United (2008-2012), Scarborough Athletic (2012)
Hull City Record
Career: 219 apps, 0 goalsSteve Wilson
|1991/92||3 (0)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|
|1992/93||26 (0)||0||-||-||2 (0)||0||-||-||3 (0)||0|
|1993/94||9 (0)||0||-||-||2 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|
|1994/95||20 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-||2 (0)||0|
|1995/96||19 (0)||0||2 (0)||0||4 (0)||0||-||-||2 (0)||0|
|1996/97||14 (1)||0||2 (0)||0||-||-||-||-||0 (1)||0|
|1997/98||37 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||2 (0)||0||-||-||2 (0)||0|
|1998/99||23 (0)||0||3 (0)||0||4 (0)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0|
|1999/00||27 (0)||0||2 (0)||0||-||-||-||-||1 (0)||0|