David Watson (footballer, born 1973)

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David Watson
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-11-10) 10 November 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Barnsley, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Southampton (Goalkeeping Coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2001 Barnsley 178 (0)
National team
1993–1995 England U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Watson (born 10 November 1973) is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Barnsley and the England under-21 team. He currently works as a goalkeeping coach for Southampton.

Playing career[edit]

Watson was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. He began his football career in the youth system of his home-town club and went on to make more than 200 appearances for their first team in all competitions, including 178 in league matches. He helped the club to runners-up spot in Division One in the 1996–97 season to gain promotion to the Premier League and was first choice goalkeeper in their one season in the top flight. He suffered a knee injury in a game against Norwich City in September 1998; he spent more than two years in an abortive attempt to regain fitness but played no more first-team football and retired in 2001 at the age of 28.[1]

While at Barnsley Watson represented England in the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship,[2] where they finished in third place and won the FIFA fair play award.[3] He also won five caps for England at under-21 level.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

He went on to work as goalkeeping coach with Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic,[1] Huddersfield Town,[5] Northampton Town again, the England under-19 team[6] and Nottingham Forest[7] before replacing Nigel Spink as goalkeeping coach of Birmingham City in January 2008.[8] While in this position, Watson built a reputation as an excellent coach, praised for enhancing the careers of England goalkeepers Joe Hart, Ben Foster and Jack Butland,[9] experience that encouraged new manager Roy Hodgson to invite him to work alongside Ray Clemence with the England team at Euro 2012.[10] On 6 July 2012, it was confirmed that Watson had joined Norwich City to become their goalkeeping coach, continuing his relationship with Chris Hughton whom he previously worked under at Birmingham City.[11] On 1 July 2014, it was announced that he would join Southampton as goalkeeping coach as part of the coaching staff for new manager Ronald Koeman.[12]



  1. ^ a b "Watson joins Oldham". BBC Sport. 9 January 2002. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  2. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup: Australia 1993: England". FIFA. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ "FIFA World Youth Championship Australia 1993". FIFA. Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  4. ^ Courtney, Barrie (10 January 2004). "England – U-21 International Results 1986–1995 – Details". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  5. ^ "Wadsworth appoints Wilkes". BBC Sport. 9 July 2002. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Cobblers coach given England role". BBC Sport. 8 November 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Forest name new goalkeeping coach". BBC Sport. 12 June 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Watson is Blues' new keeper coach". BBC Sport. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  9. ^ Winter, Henry (10 September 2010). "England's goalkeepers in safe hands with Birmingham coach Dave Watson". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  10. ^ "Dave Watson to link up with England". Soccernet. ESPN. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  11. ^ "Dave Watson leaves Birmingham City to join Chris Hughton at Norwich". Colin Tattum. Birmingham Mail. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  12. ^ "Saints announce new coaches". Sky Sports. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 

External links[edit]

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