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Record Appearances

19 July 2012

Ernie ‘Tug’ Wilson is the player who has worn the stripes of Brighton & Hove Albion the most times.

The left winger made an impressive 566 appearances for the Seagulls finding the net 71 times.

The diminutive winger stood at just 5tf 7in and it was his lack of height which led Sheffield Wednesday to reject him in 1918.

The Owls’ loss was the Seagulls’ gain as he signed for the club in 1922, making his debut against Brentford. He became known for his incredible fitness and consistency over the next 14 years and made the left wing berth his own.

Owing to his magnificent fitness and constant high-quality displays, Tug missed a mere 29 Albion games in 12 years, making over 40 appearances for five consecutive seasons.

Tug played in some of Albion’s biggest cup upsets during the 1920s and 30s as the club made a name for itself as ‘FA Cup Giant Killers’.

Wilson played in a 5-2 demolition of Everton in 1924 and appeared in famous wins over Grimsby, Leicester and Portsmouth.

In 1933, 11 years after signing for the club, Wilson scored the winning goal in an FA Cup third round tie against Chelsea in front of over 20,000 fans at the Goldstone.

Wilson eventually hung up his boots in 1937 and sadly passed away in 1955 at the age of 56.

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