Ben Watson (footballer, born July 1985)

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Ben Watson
Ben Watson in Pittsburg (cropped).JPG
Watson on U.S. tour with Wigan Athletic in June, 2013
Personal information
Full name Ben Watson[1]
Date of birth (1985-07-09) 9 July 1985 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Camberwell, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Wigan Athletic
Number 8
Youth career
000?–2003 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 Crystal Palace 169 (18)
2009– Wigan Athletic 105 (12)
2009 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 16 (2)
2010 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 7 (1)
National team
2004–2006 England U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:01, 28 February 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Ben Watson (born 9 July 1985) is an English footballer who plays for Wigan Athletic as a midfielder. He has previously played for Crystal Palace and had loan spells at Queens Park Rangers and West Bromwich Albion. He has also represented England at U21 level.

Watson won an FA Cup winners medal in 2013, by scoring a stoppage time header and the only goal of the game against Manchester City. This was the first time Wigan Athletic had won the FA Cup.

Club career[edit]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Watson training with Crystal Palace in 2008.

Born in Camberwell, London,[2] Watson made his debut aged 17 towards the end of the 2002–03 season against Watford,[3] giving a good performance to keep his place in the side for the final four games of the season. He scored his first goal for the club at the start of the following season in a 1–1 draw against Millwall,[4] and gradually featured in the Palace side more regularly over the next few seasons, surpassing 200 appearances for the Eagles before his 23rd birthday.

He has also represented England in the under-21 team.

In 2006, he was one of six nominees for the "League Cup New Talent Award", drawn up by the Football Writers' Association.[5] He was also named as Palace's "Young Player of The Year" at the end of the season,[6] and was rewarded with a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2009.[7]

Interest from other clubs[edit]

At the outset of the 2008–09 season, Watson had one year left on his contract at Palace. The club reportedly offered him a new contract that would have made him Palace's highest-paid player, which was subsequently turned down. He also turned down a move to Nottingham Forest, who claimed he was demanding too high a salary,[8] amidst rumours that he was seeking an offer from Queens Park Rangers. However a move never materialised before the end of the summer, and Watson returned to the Palace side, scoring five times in just 18 appearances before suffering an injury in early December. This turned out to be Watson's last appearance for the Eagles.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

In late January, Middlesbrough offered £2m for Watson and were expected to sign the midfielder, who underwent a medical examination.[9] Wigan Athletic entered the race to sign him late on, and were successful in securing the deal after matching Boro's offer.[9] He made his debut for the club in a 0–0 draw against Aston Villa on 31 January, and scored his first league goal for Wigan in the 2–1 away victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.[10] On 23 March 2009 he followed this up with a goal in his next game at home against Hull City.

Loans to QPR and West Bromwich Albion[edit]

On 1 September 2009, Watson signed for Championship side Queens Park Rangers (QPR) on loan until January 2010. Watson then made his debut 11 days later on 12 September in a 1–1 draw against Peterborough United at Loftus Road. He scored his first goal for QPR in a 5–2 win over Barnsley on 26 September 2009.[11] Watson was sent off on 21 October in a 4–1 win over struggling Reading, serving a two match ban.

On 22 February 2010, Watson signed on loan for Championship club West Bromwich Albion, initially until the end of the 2009–2010 season.[12] He scored his first goal for West Brom against Preston North End on 20 March 2010.[13] Having not made a league appearance for Wigan Athletic during the 2009–10 season, Watson hinted that he would like to sign a permanent deal at West Brom if the club could gain promotion to the Premier League.[14] He was recalled from his loan early by Wigan on 1 April 2010.[15]

Return to Wigan Athletic[edit]

Watson made his return to the first-team on 4 April in a 2–1 defeat against Fulham, and scored in Wigan's 3–2 win over Arsenal at the DW Stadium on 18 April 2010.[16] He kept his place in the team for the rest of the season, finishing with five league appearances for the club.

Watson lost his place in the starting eleven at the beginning of the 2010–11 season, limiting his playing time for the first half of the season. He regained his place in the side after Christmas, and was a regular starter for the rest of the season. Now being deployed in a deep-lying playmaker role,[17][18] his impressive form in the second half of the season helped the team escape relegation and retain their place in the Premier League. In August 2011, Watson signed a new three-year contract at the club.[19]

In November 2012, in a match against Liverpool, Watson suffered a broken right leg in a challenge with Raheem Sterling.[20] Wigan lost the match 3–0.[21]

Watson made his return to first-team action in May 2013 against West Bromwich Albion in a 3–2 away victory for Wigan, playing out of his usual position as a sweeper.[22] Watson scored the winning goal in the 2013 FA Cup Final against Manchester City, a stoppage time header that gave Wigan Athletic their first FA Cup.[23]

On 13 May 2014, Watson signed a new one-year deal with the Latics.

Honours[edit]

Wigan Athletic

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 February 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crystal Palace 2002–03[24] First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2003–04[25] 16 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 21 1
2004–05[26] Premier League 21 0 1 0 2 0 24 0
2005–06[27] Championship 42 4 2 0 2 0 2[a] 0 48 4
2006–07[28] 25 3 0 0 1 0 26 3
2007–08[29] 42 5 1 0 1 0 2[b] 2 46 7
2008–09[30] 18 5 0 0 1 0 19 5
Total 169 18 5 0 11 0 4 2 189 20
Wigan Athletic 2008–09[31] Premier League 10 2 0 0 0 0 10 2
2009–10[32] 5 1 2 1 1 0 8 2
2010–11[33] 29 3 1 0 4 1 34 4
2011–12[34] 21 3 1 0 1 1 23 4
2012–13[35] 12 1 1 1 2 0 15 2
2013–14[36] Championship 25 2 3 2 0 0 5[c] 1 33 5
Total 102 12 8 4 8 2 5 1 123 19
Queens Park Rangers 2009–10[37] Championship 16 2 0 0 0 0 16 2
West Bromwich Albion 2009–10[38] 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
Career total 294 33 13 4 19 2 9 3 335 42
  1. ^ 2 appearances in Championship play-offs
  2. ^ 2 appearances and 2 goals in Championship play-offs
  3. ^ 1 appearance in FA Community Shield, 4 appearances and 1 goal in UEFA Europa League

Notes[edit]


References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 430. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  3. ^ Harling, Nicholas (9 April 2003). "Watford reserves thrive on Hunt error". The Independent (London). Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Fox, Norman (31 August 2003). "Black sees red to deplete Palace". The Independent (London). Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lupoli scoops Carling Cup award". BBC Sport. 21 February 2006. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Player of the Year awards". Crystal Palace F.C. 16 May 2006. Archived from the original on 6 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Soares & Watson sign Palace deals". BBC Sport. 15 August 2006. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Watson asked for too much". This is Nottingham. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Benammar, Emily (26 January 2009). "Wigan sign Ben Watson from Crystal Palace". Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (14 March 2009). "Sunderland 1–2 Wigan". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "QPR 5–2 Barnsley". BBC Sport (BBC). 26 September 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "Watson arrives on loan". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 22 February 2010. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "West Brom 3–2 Preston". BBC Sport. 20 March 2010. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Watson eyes DW exit". ClubCall. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Wigan recall Ben Watson from West Brom". BBC Sport. 1 April 2010. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  16. ^ "Wigan 3–2 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "The Big Read: Ben Watson". Wigan Athletic F.C. 4 April 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Success elementary for Watson". Wigan Today. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Three new contracts confirmed!". Wigan Athletic F.C. 23 August 2011. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Wigan's Ben Watson suffers broken leg in Liverpool defeat". BBC Sport. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  21. ^ Smith, Ben (17 November 2012). "Liverpool 3–0 Wigan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  22. ^ Jolly, Richard (4 May 2013). "Wigan Athletic win at West Brom to boost hopes of beating the drop". The Observer. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
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  27. ^ "Crystal Palace player appearances 2005/06". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  28. ^ "Crystal Palace player appearances 2006/07". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  29. ^ "Crystal Palace player appearances 2007/08". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  30. ^ "Crystal Palace player appearances 2008/09". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  31. ^ "Wigan Athletic player appearances 2008/09". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  32. ^ "Wigan Athletic player appearances 2009/10". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  33. ^ "Wigan Athletic player appearances 2010/11". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  34. ^ "Wigan Athletic player appearances 2011/12". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  35. ^ "Wigan Athletic player appearances 2012/13". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  36. ^ "Wigan Athletic player appearances 2013/14". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  37. ^ "QPR player appearances 2009/10". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  38. ^ "West Bromwich Albion player appearances 2009/10". Soccerbase. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 

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