Willie Watson Player Profile

Personal

  • Full Name: William Watson
  • Born: December 4th, 1949 (New Stevenston, Scotland)

Career

  • Position: Full
  • Dundee Career Totals:
    48 first team competitive appearances
  • Also Played For: Manchester United, Miami Toros, Motherwell, Phoenix Inferno


Dundee Career Summary


Competitive Friendlies Other (War)
1978-79 39- - - - -
1979-80 8 (1)-1- - -
TOTAL 47 (1)-1- - -

NOTES:
Other Cups may include: Anglo-Scottish Cup, Challenge Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, Drybrough Cup, International Soccer League, League Cup, Summer Cup, Texaco Cup.


Biography


The Motherwell born full-back started his career with Manchester United. A former Scotland Schoolboy international, having won 15 caps, he joined United in the summer of 1965, signing professional the following year.

The robust defender was a regular on their Central League side by 1968, and towards the end of season 1969-70 season, went on loan to Huddersfield, but didn't make any first team appearances at Leeds Road.

Finally, Watson made the breakthrough at Old Trafford when he played right-back against Blackpool in September 1970. It was the first of ten appearances he was to make for the Red Devils first team.

In the summer of 1973, he went to America to play for Miami and upon his return, having been released from Old Trafford, considered going to South Africa. Instead, after a fruitless trial with Burnley, when the chance to join his hometown club came along, he jumped at it.

Motherwell had five years of good service from him, featuring in 179 games, scoring three times before Tommy Gemmell brought him to Dens in the summer of 1978. His debut was at left-back in an opening day of the season win at Ayr and having missed only five league games all season, he more than played his part in helping the Dark Blues regain Premier Division status by winning the First Division.

However Willie figured in only nine games during the 1979-80 campaign, the last of which was at the end of September and his final one for the club before being released at the end of the season.

Debut

August 12th, 1978
Ayr United 0 - 1 Dundee

League (First Division)


Playing Statistics - First Team Competitive matches (All Seasons)



Competition NPS Win % Draw % Loss %
League 38 (1)-1 2-
Scottish Cup 3-- --
League Cup 4-2 1-
Anglo-Scottish Cup 2-- 1-
Totals: 47 (1)-3 4-

 Recent Starting Appearances (First Team Competitive matches)
 10/10/79 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Ayr Utd (A) 1 - 0
 29/09/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 4
 22/09/79 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 2
 15/09/79 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 4 - 3
 29/08/79 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Cowdenbeath (A) 4 - 1

 Recent Goals Scored (First Team Competitive matches)
 None

 List of First Team Competitive matches played (click to expand)
 10/10/79 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Ayr Utd (A)  1 - 0
 06/10/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 3
 29/09/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 4
 26/09/79 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Ayr Utd (H)  2 - 1
 22/09/79 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 2
 15/09/79 Premier Division vs. Morton (H)  4 - 3
 08/09/79 Premier Division vs. Partick (H)  2 - 2
 01/09/79 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Cowdenbeath (H)  3 - 1
 29/08/79 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Cowdenbeath (A)  4 - 1
 11/08/79 Premier Division vs. Dundee Utd (A)  0 - 3
 08/08/79 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Kilmarnock (A)  3 - 3
 06/08/79 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 1
 02/05/79 First Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  2 - 3
 28/04/79 First Division vs. Montrose (H)  1 - 0
 25/04/79 First Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 2
 21/04/79 First Division vs. Airdrie (1878) (A)  4 - 2
 18/04/79 First Division vs. Clyde (H)  2 - 0
 14/04/79 First Division vs. Hamilton (H)  4 - 3
 07/04/79 First Division vs. Dumbarton (A)  2 - 3
 04/04/79 First Division vs. Queen of South (H)  4 - 0
 31/03/79 First Division vs. Ayr Utd (A)  2 - 1
 28/03/79 First Division vs. Stirling Albion (A)  1 - 0
 24/03/79 First Division vs. Dumbarton (H)  2 - 0
 10/03/79 Quarter Final vs. Rangers (A)  3 - 6
 03/03/79 4th Round vs. St Mirren (H)  4 - 1
 25/02/79 3rd Round vs. Falkirk (H)  1 - 0
 21/02/79 First Division vs. Clydebank (1965) (H)  2 - 1
 23/12/78 First Division vs. Airdrie (1878) (A)  2 - 0
 16/12/78 First Division vs. Stirling Albion (H)  2 - 1
 09/12/78 First Division vs. Queen of South (A)  1 - 3
 02/12/78 First Division vs. Hamilton (H)  1 - 1
 25/11/78 First Division vs. Clydebank (1965) (A)  1 - 2
 18/11/78 First Division vs. Clyde (A)  1 - 2
 11/11/78 First Division vs. Kilmarnock (H)  0 - 0
 04/11/78 First Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 1
 28/10/78 First Division vs. Arbroath (A)  1 - 0
 21/10/78 First Division vs. Airdrie (1878) (H)  1 - 0
 14/10/78 First Division vs. Stirling Albion (A)  0 - 1
 07/10/78 First Division vs. Queen of South (H)  5 - 0
 30/09/78 First Division vs. Hamilton (A)  2 - 1
 27/09/78 First Division vs. Dumbarton (A)  0 - 0
 23/09/78 First Division vs. Clydebank (1965) (H)  2 - 0
 16/09/78 First Division vs. Clyde (H)  2 - 0
 13/09/78 First Division vs. Raith Rovers (A)  4 - 2
 09/09/78 First Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 1
 06/09/78 First Division vs. Montrose (H)  1 - 1
 26/08/78 First Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  2 - 0
 23/08/78 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 3
 19/08/78 First Division vs. Arbroath (H)  2 - 0
 16/08/78 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 3
 12/08/78 First Division vs. Ayr Utd (A)  1 - 0

 List of First Team Competitive goals scored
None

  = Starting Appearances (Sub Appearances) | = Goals | NPS = Squad Appearances (as Non-Playing Sub) | GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


  • First Team Debut

    Ayr Utd 0 - 1 Dundee
    League (First Division)


  • Last Appearance

    Ayr Utd 0 - 1 Dundee
    League Cup (2nd Round 2nd Leg)