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Vic Watson

West Ham United FC

5 appearances, 4 goals (one on debut)

P 5 W 1 D 4 L 0 F 12: A 7
60% successful

1923-30

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
450

Profile

Full name Corporal Victor Martin Watson
Born 10 November 1897 in Girton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire [registered in Chesterton, March 1898].
Baptised 19 December 1897 in Girton

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, Victor M. is the seventh of eight children to Philip and Alice, living on the Oakington Road in the Chesterton area of Cambridge. His father works as an agicultural labourer.

According to the 1911 census, farm labourer Victor is the fourth of six children living at home with their parents. His father is a factory hand at the Jam Factory. The census, in fact, reveals that Alice had twelve children, and one has died. They live at Histon, in Girton.
According to his army record attestation, on 2 November 1914, Watson is a farmer living on Girton High Street. He was a member of the 1st Cambs. Regiment. By the time he left on 23 June 1919, he was living at Whitehouse in Girton and a member of the 7th Northants. Regiment.

According to the 1939 register, Victor M., a nurseryman and gas maker, is married to Kathleen S., and they are living at 'Boundary' on the High Street in Chesterton, along with daughter Phyllis K.
Married to Kathleen Septima Smith, in June 1923 [registered in Cambridge, June 1923]. Banns date 17 June 1923. Five children, Phyllis K. (b.17 September 1925), Betty J. (b.1927), Beryl J. (b.1931), John (b & d. 24-28 January 1933) and Gerald R. (b.1938).
Died 3 August 1988 in Girton, aged 90 years 267 days [registered in Cambridge, September 1988].
Height/Weight 5' 6" [1914]. 5' 9", 11st. 2lbs [1923].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Began his junior football career with Girton FC before joining Cambridge Town FC. Also played with Peterborough & Fletton United FC and Brotherhood Engineering Works FC, his works team in Peterborough. He was seen playing for Wellingborough Town FC when West Ham United FC signed him in March 1920, paying a twenty pound transfer fee. He remained a Hammer, despite being placed on the open-to-transfer list in November 1927 after being dropped from the team, scoring 298 goals in 462 league appearances, until Southampton FC signed him on 11 June 1935, after he was granted a free transfer on 24 April for fifteen years service. Retiring a year later, having played 36 league matches, scoring fourteen goals.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1922-23; Football League Division Two runners-up 1922-23;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Scored six goals for Cambridge City, Cambridge Town, West Ham United FC reserves, and then for West Ham United FC against Leeds United AFC, February 1929. Scored four in a match on three other occasions and scored another thirteen hat-tricks.
Uncle of John Cranfield (Fulham FC)

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 438th players (439) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 131, 5 March 1923, Wales 2 England 2, a British Championship match at Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, aged 25 years 115 days.
Last match No. 172, 14 May 1930, Austria 0 England 0, an end-of-season tour match at Hohe Warte Stadion, Heiligenstadt, Döbling, Wien, aged 32 years 185 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1922-23, 1929-30;
Team honours British Championships winners 1929-30
Individual honours None
Distinctions The only centre-forward to play for England before and after the change in the offisdie law in 1925.
Only the third Cambridgeshire-born player to represent England.
Following his first caps in spring 1923, Watson received a clock from the inhabitants of Girton, his home village.

England Tragedy

"PLAYED IN CUP-TIE AFTER SON'S DEATH
"It was revealed yesterday that Victor Watson, the international cemtre-forward of West Ham, played in a Cup-tie on Saturday a few hours after the death of his son, who was born on the previous Tuesday. West Ham beat West Bromwich Albion by two goals to nil, Watson scoring the first goal." - Tuesday, 31 January 1933, Western Daily Press, Bristol and Bristol Mirror.

Beyond England

After leaving football, worked as a market gardener in Cambridge and a small-holder. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.262.

 

Vic Watson - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
6 5 3 450 4 113 min 4 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Vic Watson - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 5 2 +3 0 0 5.00 2.00 100.0 +1
Away 4 0 4 0 7 7 =0 1 1 1.75 1.75 50.0 =0
All 5 1 4 0 12 9 +2 1 1 2.40 1.80 60.0 +1

 

Vic Watson - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 3 1 2 0 9 6 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 66.7 +1
Friendly 2 0 2 0 3 3 =0 1 1 1.50 1.50 50.0 =0
All 5 1 4 0 12 9 +2 1 1 2.40 1.80 60.0 +1

 

Vic Watson - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1922-23 2 0 2 0 4 4 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1929-30 1 1 0 0 5 2 +3 0 0 5.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC All 3 1 2 0 9 6 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 66.7 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 1 2 0 9 6 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 66.7 +1
All 3 1 2 0 9 6 +3 0 0 3.00 2.00 66.7 +1

 

Vic Watson - Match History
 Club: West Ham United F.C. - 5 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 5 full capsx

Age 25
1 131 5 March 1923 - Wales 2 England 2, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AD Start 48 cf
- 132 19 March 1923 - England 6 Belgium 1, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW withdrawn
2 133 14 April 1923 - Scotland 2 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD Start 42 cf

gap of 6 years 356 days...

Age 32
3 170 5 April 1930 - England 5 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HW Start 12, 28 cf
4 171 10 May 1930 - Germany 3 England 3, Deutsches Stadion, Berlin tour AD Start cf
5 172 14 May 1930 - Austria 0 England 0, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AD Start cf

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