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Bob Wilson

Bob Wilson

Bob Wilson OBE
Physical Education, 1963
Hon DLitt, 1989

When he signed as goalkeeper for Arsenal in 1963, Bob was the last amateur to play in the First Division of the Football League. He made more than 300 first-team appearances, helping the Gunners to win the European Fairs Cup and the coveted League Championship and FA Cup double, and also won two caps for Scotland.

During his time at Loughborough Bob regularly turned out for the football team, and played for British Universities. During a friendly match he was spotted by the legendary Stan Cullis. Bob played as an amateur for Wolves reserves while completing his studies.

An FA Full Badge Coach, he specialised in the coaching of goalkeepers, and was the first professional goalkeeping coach in the Football League. He served as Chairman of the London Football Coaches Association from 1988-2006.

In 1974, he embarked on a second career in sports journalism. He presented the BBC’s Football Focus for 20 years, as well as Grandstand and Match of the Day, before moving to ITV in 1994 where he worked until 2002. He has also published several books.

In 2008, he was awarded an OBE for his services to charity in recognition of his work as Trustee and Founder of the Willow Foundation.

Bob is a true legend of the game and is the first footballer to be inducted into the Loughborough Hall of Fame.