- Former Presenter On BBC Sport
Bob Wilson was born in Chesterfield, Bob Wilson found success playing in goal at school and gained England schoolboy honours in 1957.
After qualifying as a physical education teacher at Loughborough College he signed for Arsenal in 1963. He made more than 300 first-team appearances, helping the Gunners win the European Fairs Cup in 1970 and one-year later the coveted League Championship and FA Cup ‘double’. He also became the first English born player to be capped for Scotland.
Bob Wilson has fronted sports shows for both BBC and ITV.
Most recently, Wilson could be seen on ITV, where he presented the most popular football programme in British TV history, England’s ill-fated game with Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, which attracted 26 million viewers.
From 1974 to 1994, he was one of the leading presenters on BBC Sport, where he presented Grandstand, Sportsnight and Match of the Day.
Most recently, he presented some World Cup games for ITV1 and ITV2, regional highlights on Carlton in London, and pay-per-view Premiership games for the now-defunct ITV Sport Channel.
One of the first sports personalities to cross into television, he also recently retired from his post as goalkeeping coach at Arsenal where he coached keepers such as England’s number one, David Seaman from 1974 to May 2003.
He has been Chairman of the London Football Coaches Association since 1988. In 1989 he was awarded an honorary degree by Loughborough University for services to football. In 1997 he was appointed to the board of Governors of the University of Hertfordshire. In 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Derby.
He has written many books on football, mainly involving goalkeeping, including a history of goalkeeping entitled, ‘You’ve Got To Be Crazy’. His autobiography entitled ‘Behind The Network’ was published in October 2003.