Albert Watson (footballer, born 1985)

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Albert Watson
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-09-08) 8 September 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
FC Edmonton
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2011 Ballymena United 264 (9)
2011–2013 Linfield 49 (3)
2013– FC Edmonton 128 (5)
National team
2007 Northern Ireland U23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 28, 2017.

Albert Watson (born 8 September 1985) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a defender for FC Edmonton in the North American Soccer League.[1]

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Born in Belfast, Watson made his senior-club debut for Ballymena United on 4 December 2001 in a 1–1 draw against Institute, at 16 years of age.[2][3] He attracted interest from Linfield in February 2008,[4] although any interest concluded when Watson signed a new contract with Ballymena a few days later.[5] In January 2011, Watson made his 300th appearance for the club.[6]

In April 2011 he joined Linfield on a two-year contract,[7] during which the team would capture two consecutive Premiership and Irish Cup doubles.[8]

FC Edmonton[edit]

On 18 January 2013, it was announced that Watson, along with teammate Daryl Fordyce would not return to Linfield the following season, instead seeking new playing opportunities in Canada.[9] On 25 February 2013, it was reported that both Watson and Fordyce would join FC Edmonton.[10] Watson was named FC Edmonton captain prior to the 2013 NASL season, and after missing the first few months due to a torn MCL,[11]

After the 2015 NASL season, Watson signed with the club for a fourth season.[12] In August 2016, would go on to become the first player to make 100 appearances for the club.[13] After FC Edmonton surrendered a league low 21 goals in 32 games during the 2016 NASL season, Watson would be named to the NASL Best 11 for the second time in the 2016 season.[14]

International career[edit]

Watson has captained the Northern Irish under-23 side.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Albert Watson at Soccerway. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  2. ^ Player profile at Ballymena United F.C.
  3. ^ Player profile at WalkTheChalk.com
  4. ^ "Braid star Watson interests Blues". BBC Sport. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Watson agrees deal with Sky Blues". BBC Sport. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Albert clocks up 300th United appearance". Ballymena Times. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Albert Watson leaves Ballymena United for Linfield". BBC Sport. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Crusaders 1–4 Linfield". BBC Sport. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Daryl Fordyce and Albert Watson to leave champions Linfield". BBC Sport. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  10. ^ "Watson and Fordyce will be part of 17 signings announced by Eddies on Monday". the11.ca. 2013-02-25. Archived from the original on 2013-08-24. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  11. ^ Robert Tychkowski (May 25, 2013). "FC Edmonton captain Albert Watson draws in". Edmonton Sun. 
  12. ^ Brian Swane (November 20, 2015). "FC Edmonton captain Albert Watson re-signs with Eddies". Edmonton Sun. 
  13. ^ Derek van Diest (August 17, 2016). "FC Edmonton defender Albert Watson to suit up for 100th game for club Saturday". Edmonton Sun. 
  14. ^ NASL staff (November 14, 2016). "North American Soccer League Announces 2016 Best XI". NASL.com. 
  15. ^ "Jeffrey impressed by NI U23 squad". BBC Sport. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2011.