Peter Wilson MM Lodge Anima No.1223

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Pictured above right John Thompson

Peter Wilson’s Application was read out at a Meeting of the Lodge on 4th September 1931, along with that of John Thompson’s the Celtic Goalkeeper, Tragically John was killed during and old firm game at Ibrox the day after his application was read out in the lodge.

Peter was initiated on 2nd October 1931. He was installed into the Office of Senior Steward on 7th October 1932, but did not hold any office thereafter.

The Ayrshire-born player was spotted playing for Beith by Celtic scout Steve Callaghan and signed for Celtic from his hometown side in May 1923 and made a surprise debut on 16th February 1924 in a 1-0 league triumph at Motherwell.

He was a talented right-half who made 395 appearances for Celtic from 1925 to 1934 winning 1 League Championship in 1933 and 4 Scottish Cup Winners Medals in 1925, 1927, 1931 and 1933.

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Peter signed for Hibernian in 1934, whom he served for four years.

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He then transferred to become player manager of Dunfermline. The 32 year old received a salary of £6 a week with a bonus of £1 for a win and 10 shillings for a draw. His tenure at Dunfermline was brought to an end with the start of the war. After the war he acted as a scout for Derby County and indulged in his life-long enthusiasm for Robert Burns, Performing at numerous functions up to his death.

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He was also capped four times for Scotland from 1926-1933. His Scotland debut was on 27/02/1926 resulting in a win. Scotland 4 - 0 Northern Ireland

His Final appearance for Scotland was a memorable one, he played his part in the 2-1 defeat of England in 1933 (the day the 'Hampden Roar' was born).

hampden roar

Peter then joined the Royal Navy during the war. He later became a cabinet maker in Beith.

He passed away in 1983, and his passing was much mourned by all. Still very proud of his Celtic record, his family had added a befitting epitaph on his gravestone of: 

"The finest right half of his era. He played for his country.".
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