Steven Watt (footballer)

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Steven Watt
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Watt playing for Grimsby Town in 2010
Personal information
Full name Steven Mair Watt[1]
Date of birth (1985-05-01) 1 May 1985 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Margate (manager)
Youth career
1998–2002 Aberdeen
2002–2004 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Chelsea 1 (0)
2005 Barnsley (loan) 3 (1)
2006–2008 Swansea City 3 (0)
2007–2008 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2010 Ross County 43 (1)
2010–2011 Grimsby Town 25 (2)
2011–2013 Dover Athletic 15 (1)
2013 Maidstone United (loan) 6 (1)
2013–2015 Maidstone United 89 (1)
2015 Hemel Hempstead 3 (0)
2015–2016 Leatherhead 19 (0)
2016–2017 Hastings United 13 (5)
National team
2005 Scotland U21 5 (0)
Teams managed
2017– Margate
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 January 2017 (UTC).

Steven Mair Watt (born 1 May 1985) is a Scottish football manager and former player. He is the current manager of Margate.

He has notably played Premier League football for Chelsea and has also played for Barnsley, Swansea City, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Ross County, Grimsby Town and Dover Athletic.

Career[edit]

Chelsea[edit]

Born in Aberdeen, and raised in Gardenstown, a fishing village in the North East Aberdeenshire Coast,[1] Watt began his career with Chelsea, making his debut against Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup in January 2005.[2] He played the full 90 minutes and earned praise from José Mourinho for his performance. On 15 May 2005 Watt made his Premier League debut coming on as an 89th-minute substitute for Jiri Jarosik in the away fixture with Newcastle United. The game ended 1–1, with Watt playing alongside the likes of Frank Lampard, Ricardo Carvalho, Claude Makélélé, Joe Cole and Eiður Guðjohnsen.

In November 2005 Watt spent a month on loan to Barnsley, for whom he made three starts, scoring an injury time equaliser against Rotherham United.[3]

Swansea City[edit]

Shortly after returning to Chelsea he was allowed to leave the Premier League club and joined Swansea on 10 January 2006. Watt joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a season long loan to regain his match fitness. He made his debut in the Scottish League Cup against Arbroath. Despite a fairly solid performance, he never played again for the first team and left the club to return to Swansea City. Watt suffered persistent shoulder injuries during his time with Swansea,[4] which meant that his contract was not extended when it expired at the end of the 2007–08 season.[5]

Ross County[edit]

Following a successful trial, he signed a two-year deal with Ross County in August 2008. Watt made his debut for Ross County on 16 November 2008 in the Challenge Cup Final against Airdrie United. He scored his first goal for the club against Dunfermline on 13 February 2010.[6]

Grimsby Town[edit]

On 17 July 2010 Watt played for Grimsby Town in the club's 2–1 friendly victory over Sheffield Wednesday, and went on to make several impressive appearances for Town in their pre-season campaign. On 2 August 2010, Watt signed a two-year deal with Grimsby.[7] He scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 win over Darlington on 24 August 2010,[8] and went on to partner Darran Kempson as the clubs preferred centre backs during the first part of the season under Neil Woods. However Woods was eventually sacked midway through the season and was replaced by Rob Scott and Paul Hurst who dropped Watt from the first team as he went on to only feature in the pair's first match in charge. Following the conclusion of the 2010–2011 season, he was released.[9]

Dover Athletic[edit]

During pre-season Watt had moved south with his family and had joined Dover Athletic on trial, before formally rejecting a contract from Conference National side Gateshead in the interest of not wanting to uproot his family to the north again.[10] On 18 July Watt joined Mansfield Town on trial.[11] He signed for the club on 2 August 2011.[12]

Maidstone United[edit]

On 15 February 2013 Watt signed an initial month's loan for Maidstone United, the player dropping down two levels to play for his adopted hometown,[13] making six appearances before signing permanently on 18 March 2013.[14] Watt captained Maidstone to the Isthmian league title in the 2014-15 season. On 16 November 2015, Watt was released by the club. [15]

Hemel Hempstead Town[edit]

Several weeks after being released Watt joined Hemel Hempstead Town [16] making his debut on 1 December 2015 in the second round of the Herts Senior Cup, in a 0-3 defeat to Bishop's Stortford. His league debut was four days later against Ebbsfleet United, ending in a 1-2 home defeat. Watt's third and final game for the club came a week later when he captained Hemel in a 7-4 FA Trophy defeat at Eastbourne Borough.

Leatherhead[edit]

On 14 December 2015 Watt joined Leatherhead as player/assistant manager [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2007). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007–08. Mainstream Publishing. p. 426. ISBN 978-1-84596-246-3. 
  2. ^ "Chelsea 3-1 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 January 2005. 
  3. ^ "Barnsley 1–1 Rotherham". BBC Sport. BBC. 19 November 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Paterson, Colleen (11 March 2010). "Ross County defender says they have nothing to lose in cup clash with Hibs". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Butler is latest Swan to sign up". BBC News. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Ross County 2–2 Dunfermline". BBC. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.grimsby-townfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10417~2108354,00.html
  8. ^ "Darlington 0–1 Grimsby Town". BBC. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 May 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  10. ^ http://toogoodtogodown.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/interview-former-grimsby-town-swansea-and-chelsea-defender-steven-watt/
  11. ^ http://www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk/Bore-Watt-trials/story-12963829-detail/story.html
  12. ^ "Former Mariner Watt joins Dover". BBC News. 2 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Watt comes in on loan". Maidstone United. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Watt signs for Stones". Matthew Clements. Dover Athletic. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/sport/watt-released-by-stones-46470/
  16. ^ "HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN SIGN FORMER MAIDSTONE UNITED CAPTAIN STEVEN WATT". Monica Villar. Football Exclusives. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "Former Chelsea defender Watt quits the Tudors to join Leatherhead". Hemel Today. Hemel Gazette. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 

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