On This Day – October 28, 1945: Lazio Captain Pino Wilson Was Born

On October 28, 1945, Giuseppe “Pino” Wilson was born. He was a Lazio icon and the captain of the squad that won the first, historic Scudetto for the Biancocelesti in the 1974/75 season.

The son of a British Army official and an Italian woman, Wilson was born in Darlington, UK, but moved back to Italy with his family at just six months of age. He grew up in Naples and started his playing career at local club Internapoli.

He was acquired by Lazio in 1969 together with other Biancocelesti legend Giorgio Chinaglia and ended up playing in Rome for 11 season, winning the title in the 1974/75 campaign under coach Tommaso Maestrelli’s guidance.

Wilson could play both as a full back and as a libero and held for many years the record for the most presences in Serie A for a Lazio player. He also collected three caps for Italy, two of which came at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany.

His career was cut short in 1980 as he was one of the 15 players involved in the infamous betting scandal known as Totonero.

Giuseppe Wilson passed away just a few months ago as he died of a stroke on March 6, 2022, at the age of 76.

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