Phil Watson (footballer)
|Full name||Philip Ross Watson|
|Date of birth||23 February 1907|
|Place of birth||Shotts, Scotland|
|Date of death||1990 (aged 82–83)|
|1938–1939||Queen of the South|
|1930||Scottish League XI||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
In 1932, he moved south to join Blackpool. He made his debut for the Lancashire club on 13 February 1932, in a 2–0 victory over Everton at Bloomfield Road. He came into a defence which had leaked seven goals at Manchester City a week earlier.
He made a further fourteen league appearances in the 1931–32 season, scoring one goal – in a 2–2 draw at home to Liverpool on 5 March. The previous month, he marked Everton's Dixie Dean out of the game, and the Toffees player congratulated him at the final whistle as Jimmy Hampson's brace gave Blackpool a 2–0 win.
The following season, 1932–33, he was an ever-present in the club's 45 league and cup games. He scored seven league goals, including a hat-trick against Aston Villa at Bloomfield Road on 18 March 1933. He was deputising in the forward line for the injured Jimmy Hampson. Despite his contributions, Blackpool finished bottom of Division One and were relegated.
His run of 129 consecutive games for Blackpool ended midway through the 1934–35 campaign, in which he made 34 appearances and scored two goals. After the signing of centre-half Louis Cardwell, Watson moved to the right-back position. He appeared in the forward line again for two games, alongside Bobby Finan firstly, then Peter Doherty.
Watson continued at right-back for the 1935–36 season, making 35 league appearances. He missed the entire 1936–37 season through injury, but returned to the team in 1937–38, his final one as a Blackpool player, back in the centre-half position.
Watson's 178th and final appearance for Blackpool occurred on 13 November 1937, in a 3–0 home defeat at the hands of Birmingham City.
Queen of the South
Signed by Willie Ferguson in 1938, Watson played in the final game of Queens' 1937–38 season, the 3–2 victory against Rangers at Ibrox Park. This was Queens' first league victory against Rangers (Queens had knocked Rangers out of the Scottish Cup the season before). It was from Watson's pass to Jackie Oakes that led to Queens' first goal in the league game.
Watson's sole cap for Scotland came against Austria in 1933.
Watson died in 1990 at the age of 83.
- Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC On This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2.
- 1938 Rangers v Queen of the South report in the profile of Jackie Oakes