Joe Watson (Australian footballer)
|Full name||Joe Watson|
|Date of birth||1 January 1952|
|Place of birth||Scotland|
|Date of death||30 September 2000(aged 48)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
A native of Fife, Joe Watson had been playing with Nottingham Forest since the age of 16, but began his professional career at 18 in 1970 with Dundee United, participating in a handful of games before joining Forfar Athletic in 1972. After one season with Forfar, Watson emigrated to Australia in 1973 where, like another Scottish player for United, Kenny Murphy, he spent many seasons playing international football for Australia national football team, primarily Sydney City.
In Australia he played for Sydney Hakoah. At Sydney City he played four seasons in the New South Wales State League before the club as Sydney City joined the National Soccer League in 1977. Watson played 258 National Soccer League matches, playing with the club until 1986.
In 1991 while still playing Watson began coaching at Waverley. In a nine-year coaching career Watson coached at eight separate clubs.
Illness and death
- National Soccer League Player of the Year: 1
- National Grand Final (Runner-up): 1
- NSL appearances only (1977–1986)
- "Australian Player Database – W". ozfootball.net. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
- The Australian National Men's Football Team: Caps And Captains. Football Federation Australia.
- "Soccer celebrities come together for Joe Watson benefit". AAP Sports News (Australia). 1 August 2000.