Tom Watson (football manager)

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Tom Watson
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Tom Watson
Personal information
Date of birth April 1859
Date of death 6 May 1915 (aged 56)
Teams managed
Years Team
1888–1896 Sunderland
1896–1915 Liverpool

Tom Watson (April 1859 – 6 May 1915) was an English football manager who managed Sunderland A.F.C. and Liverpool F.C. around the turn of the 20th century.[1] In winning the league title with both clubs he was the first manager to do so with two clubs.


He was in charge at Sunderland for six seasons from 1889–96. During this time, he led the club into the Football League. Under his guidance, Sunderland won three league championships in 1891–92, 1892–93 and 1894–95, making him the most successful manager in their history. Watson's Sunderland were declared the "Team of All Talents" by William McGregor,[2] the founder of the league, after a 7–2 win against Aston Villa.[2]


Watson moved to Liverpool in 1896, and enjoyed further success there until his death in 1915. During his time at Liverpool, he won the league on a further two occasions, in 1900–01 and 1905–06. Those were the first two champion titles in Liverpool history. He therefore became the first manager to lead two different clubs to the League Championship. There have been only three others since; Herbert Chapman, Brian Clough and Kenny Dalglish. Watson also took Liverpool to their first FA Cup Final in 1914, which they lost 1–0 to Burnley.


As manager[edit]

Sunderland (1889–96)[edit]

Liverpool (1896–1915)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics. "A timeline for Liverpool Football Club". Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  2. ^ a b Days, p 21.

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