Tim Watson

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Tim Watson
Personal information
Full name Timothy Michael Watson
Date of birth (1961-07-13) 13 July 1961 (age 53)
Place of birth Dimboola, Victoria
Original team Dimboola
Height/Weight 185 cm / 96 kg
Position(s) Half forward flank, ruck-rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1977–91; 1993–94 Essendon 307 (335)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1980–1991 Victoria ? (?)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1999–2000 St Kilda 44 (12–31–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1994 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1985.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2000.
Career highlights

Timothy Michael "Tim" Watson (born 13 July 1961) is a former Australian rules footballer and coach, sports journalist and media personality.

Watson is notable for his long career at the Essendon Football Club as a player where he participated in several premiership teams. He was the fourth youngest player ever to play in the VFL/AFL competition and made a comeback after retirement which included another premiership.[1]

Tim is a prominent and popular sports journalist and media personality. On television he regularly appears on the Seven Network, where he does sports reports for the Melbourne news and has a special comments role on the station's Australian Football League (AFL) football coverage.

Football career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Watson made his VFL debut in 1977 for Essendon at the age of fifteen years and 305 days, the fourth youngest player in the history of the League.[2]

Tim won the Essendon best-and-fairest award four times (1980, 1985, 1988 and 1989). In 1989, he won the AFL Players Association MVP award, now known as the Leigh Matthews Trophy.[3]

Watson played the ruck-rover in Essendon's 1984 and 1985 grand final victories. He was made captain in 1989 and held that position until 1991, before retiring from the game due to the injury problems that had plagued the later part of his career.[4] In the 1992 pre-season draft, Watson was recruited by the West Coast Eagles even though he had signalled his intention to retire. He never played a game for the club, instead continuing a commentary role with the Seven Network for 1992.


Early in the 1993 season Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy lured Watson out of retirement. Although Watson was not as fit as he had once been, and was never able to recapture his top form, he played a vital role in the forward line, kicking some important goals throughout the year. His experience in what was a very young team was instrumental in helping Essendon win an unexpected premiership that year.

After the 1994 season, Watson retired for good, having played 307 games and kicked 335 goals. Since his retirement, Watson was named the sixth greatest player to ever play for Essendon in the "Champions of Essendon" list, and was named ruck-rover in their "Team of the Century".

Coaching career[edit]

Watson was the coach of the St Kilda Football Club in 1999 and 2000, his success was limited, with the side winning only 12 of the 44 matches they played while he was in charge. In the 2000 season St Kilda won just two games for the entire season and Watson resigned during the year, forgoing the final year of his three-year contract.[5]

Media career[edit]

Like many past players, Watson has become a media personality, serving as a sports presenter on Seven News in Melbourne as well as having a special comments role on Seven's AFL coverage. He has also appeared on many football-related TV shows, as a sports columnist in The Age newspaper, and from 2004 until 2013, a co-host on the Morning Glory show with Andrew Maher, on Melbourne radio station 1116 SEN. In November 2013, Watson resigned from 1116 SEN to spend more time at the Seven Network, it was later announced that he would replace Sandy Roberts as weeknight sport presenter on Seven News in Melbourne.

Personal life[edit]

During the late 1970s, Watson's older brother Larry also played at Essendon as well as Fitzroy before moving to Adelaide to play with West Adelaide in 1981, going on to win the SANFL premiership with Wests in 1983.

In 1993 Tim was named 'Victorian Father of the Year'.[6] In the 2002 National Draft, his son, Jobe Watson, was drafted by Essendon under the father-son rule. Tim and Jobe were both coached by the same man, Kevin Sheedy.[7]


  1. ^ Smith, Patrick (24 June 2009) Buckley no elementary solution
  2. ^ Lovett, Michael, ed. (2005). AFL 2005. Melbourne, Victoria: AFL Publishing. p. 542. ISBN 0-9580300-6-5. 
  3. ^ Previous MVP winners (8 September 2008)
  4. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 677. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  5. ^ 2000 AFL review
  6. ^ Victorian Father of the Year – past winners
  7. ^ Wilson, Caroline (29 June 2003). "Watsons show it's still a family game".

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Seven News Melbourne
Weekend Sport Presenter

1994 – 1998
October 2000 – November 2013
Succeeded by
Sean Sowerby
Preceded by
Sandy Roberts
Seven News Melbourne
Weeknight Sport Presenter

November 2013 –
Succeeded by