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Terry Wilson - Nottingham Forest - Biography of his football career at Forest.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 14 November 1987

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      Midfielder/Central Defender
      Saturday, 08 February 1969
      Broxburn, Scotland
  • Nottingham Forest
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Wednesday, 2nd September 1987 as a sub in a 3-3 draw at home to Southampton (Aged: 18)
    • Club Career
      94 League apps (+11 as sub), 9 goals
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Terry WILSON - Nottingham Forest - Biography of his football career at Forest.


 Terry Wilson was one of the many youngsters that Brian Clough moulded into that excellent Nottingham Forest team of the late 1980s and early 90s. Never one frightened to give youth its head, Clough thrust the 18 year-old into the limelight early in the 1987-88 season. After making three substitute appearances the young Scotsman made his full debut in a 3-0 win at Coventry City and scored his first goal in the bargain. Such was his impact that he remained an ever present for the remaining thirty-three League games and also played in each round of the F.A. Cup as the Reds reached the semi-final stage only to be defeated by Liverpool. The return of former City Ground favourite Steve Hodge in the summer of 1988 saw Terry lose his midfield berth alongside Neil Webb early in the 88/89 season. With the two England internationals in command of the central midfield positions Terry returned to the team in an unaccustomed role alongside Des Walker at the heart of the Forest defence.


The tall, slim Scotsman was nothing short of a revelation and his classy performances at times even outshone Walker who was, arguably, the leading centre-half in the country during that period. Wilson finished the season as a double Wembley winner as the Reds triumphed in the Littlewoods and Simod Cups with wins over Luton and Everton respectively. That proved to be the pinnacle of Terry's career as he was plagued by injuries over the next few years and missed out on a further three visits to the twin towers. Just when it appeared his injury nightmare was behind him, with some impressive displays in place of the departed Walker at the start of the 1992-93 season, the jinx struck again and his career was cruelly cut short whilst still in his early twenties. (David Scranage)