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Willie Watson

Sunderland AFC

4 appearances, 0 goals

P 4 W 3 D 1 L 0 F 17: A 4
88% successful

1947-52

captain: none
minutes played:
360

Timeline

  Willie Watson
He is a Willie, not a William, birth registration confirms so.
Birth 7 March 1920 in Bolton-upon-Dearne, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Doncaster, March 1920].
 

Cannot be found on the 1939 register, presumably still closed.

Marriage to Barbara Smith [registered in Huddersfield, September 1944]. Two children
 

According to passenger lists, Willie was stated as being a professional cricketer on his way to Kingston, Jamaica, on board the SS Matina, leaving Liverpool on 7 February 1957. His address is stated as 178 Laund Road, in Salendine Nook, Huddersfield.
Eighteen-months later, 20 September 1958, he was on the P&O Iberia bound for Sydney, same profession, same address.

Death 24 April 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa, aged 84 years 48 days [not registered in UK].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Biographies Willie Watson: Last of the Double Internationals - Mike Vockins (SportsBooks, 12 May 2011)
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) x
Club honours x
Individual honours x
Distinctions x
Height/Weight 5' 8½", 11st. 4lbs [1950].

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of three who became the 690th players (691) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
First match No. 251, 16 November 1949, England 9 Ireland 2, a World Cup qualification and British Championship match at Maine Road, Moss Side, Manchester, aged 29 years 254 days.
Last match No. 261, 22 November 1950, England 2 Yugoslavia 2, a friendly match at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 30 years 260 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1950; British Championship 1949-50, 1950-51;
Team honours British Championship winners 1949-50;
Individual honours England B (three appearances, 1950), Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1954
Distinctions Also an England Test Cricketer (23 Tests, 1951-59), then Test selector (1962-65).
Died five days after George Hardwick

Beyond England

x. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.x.
Appointed as a sports manager of The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg in 1968, and remained in the country until his death.

 

Willie Watson - Career Statistics
Parties Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
8 4 2 360 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.

 

Willie Watson - Match Record - All Matches - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - White 4 3 1 0 17 4 +13 0 1 4.25 1.00 87.5 +3
All 4 3 1 0 17 4 +13 0 1 4.25 1.00 87.5 +3

 

Willie Watson - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

1 1 0 0 9 2 +7 0 0 9.00 2.00 100.0 +1
WCF 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
World Cup 1 1 0 0 9 2 +7 0 0 9.00 2.00 100.0 +1
British Championship 2 2 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 6.50 1.00 100.0 +2

Note that the 1949-50 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championship are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

Friendly 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 1 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1
All 4 3 1 0 17 4 +13 0 1 4.25 1.00 87.5 +3

 

Willie Watson - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1949-50 1 1 0 0 9 2 +7 0 0 9.00 2.00 100.0 +1
WCP All 1 1 0 0 9 2 +7 0 0 9.00 2.00 100.0 +1
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1950 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
WCF All 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 =0
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC/WCP 1949-50 1 1 0 0 9 2 +7 0 0 9.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC 1950-51 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC All 2 2 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 6.50 1.00 100.0 +2
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1 1 0 0 9 2 +7 0 0 9.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC 2 2 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 6.50 1.00 100.0 +2

Note that the 1949-50 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championship are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

All 2 2 0 0 13 2 +11 0 0 6.50 1.00 100.0 +2

Match History

 Club: Sunderland A.F.C. - four full appearances (360 min) manager: Walter Winterbottom - four full appearances (360 min)x

apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

Age 27
235 21 September 1947 - Belgium 2 England 5, Stade du Heysel, Bruxelles Fr AW unused sub
 

Age 29
1 251 16 November 1949 - England 9 Ireland 2
Maine Road, Manchester
BC/
WCP
HW   4

one of three who became the 690th player (691) to appear for England.
the sixteenth Sunderland player to represent England

2 252 30 November 1949 - England 2 Italy 0
White Hart Lane, Tottenham
Fr HW   4

Age 30
253 15 April 1950 - Scotland 0 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC/
WCP
AW reserve

B  
one appearance - Italy 11 May 1950
254 14 May 1950 - Portugal 3 England 5, Estadio Nacional, Lisboa tour AW party member
B  
one appearance - Netherlands 17 May 1950
255 18 May 1950 - Belgium 1 England 4, Stade du Heysel, Bruxelles   AW party member
B  
one appearance - Luxembourg 21 May 1950
 
WCF
reserve right-halfx
256 25 June 1950 - England 2 Chile 0, Estádio Municipal, Rio NW party member
257 29 June 1950 - United States 1 England 0, Estádio Independência, Belo Horizonte NL
258 2 July 1950 - Spain 1 England 0, Estádio Municipal, Rio NL
 
3 260 15 November 1950 - England 4 Wales 2
Roker Park, Sunderland
BC HW   4
4 261 22 November 1950 - England 2 Yugoslavia 2
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
Fr HD   4
 

Age 32
273 4 October 1952 - Ireland 2 England 2, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD reserve
 

 

 
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