Neil Watt

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Neil Watt
Personal information
Full name Neil James Watt
Date of birth (1962-09-16) 16 September 1962 (age 54)
Place of birth Hannover, West Germany
Playing position Forward / Defender
Youth career
1979–1980 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1982 Forfar Athletic 46 (16)
1982–1983 East Stirlingshire 31 (3)
1983–1986 Stirling Albion 73 (11)
1986–1989 Stranraer 109 (7)
Total 259 (37)
Teams managed
2003–2006 Stranraer
2007 Ayr United
2010 Clyde (caretaker)
2011 Clyde (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Neil James Watt (born 16 September 1962) is a German-born Scottish football player and manager.


Watt made over 250 appearances in the Scottish Football League during his playing career. He played first team football for Forfar Athletic, East Stirlingshire, Stirling Albion, Stranraer. He then played for and managed a number of Scottish junior clubs, before returning to the senior game as manager of Stranraer in 2003.

Watt enjoyed immediate success as manager of Stranraer, leading them to the 2003–04 Scottish Third Division championship. He then guided Stranraer to a second successive promotion, as runners-up in the 2004–05 Scottish Second Division. Watt had discussions with Dundee about becoming their manager in 2005, but he turned down the possibility of a move because he had other business interests.[1] Watt left Stranraer at the end of season 2005-06, when the club was relegated back to the Second Division.[2][3]

Watt was appointed manager of Ayr United on 22 March 2007.[4] He resigned from that position on 22 October 2007.[5]

He was appointed director of football at Clyde, effective from 1 August 2009.[6] Clyde had severe financial problems and were relegated to the Third Division during Watt's time at the club.[7] He twice took temporary control of the Clyde first team, as its caretaker manager;[8][9] he left the club in January 2012.[7]


  1. ^ "Watt out of running for Dens job". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Watt to leave Stranraer in summer". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 April 2006. Retrieved 27 June 2005. 
  3. ^ "Partick 1-2 Stranraer (agg 4-3)". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 May 2006. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Watt in charge at Somerset Park". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Watt stands down as Ayr manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 October 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Director of Football Appointed". Clyde FC. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Director of football Neil Watt leaves Clyde". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "John McCormack leaves Clyde manager's post". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Neil Watt given team role with Clyde". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • Neil Watt career at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database