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Willie Watson

Willie Watson

Clubs played for: Manchester United, Miami Toros (loan), Motherwell, Dundee, Phoenix Inferno (indoor) (1970-1984)

Born: 1949

Birthplace: New Stevenston, Scotland

Position: Defender

Biography: A right back who took no prisoners, Watson was offered a professional contract on his 17th birthday but it wasn't until the short reign of Wilf McGuinness that he broke into the first team squad. He made his league debut against Blackpool at Old Trafford in September 1970, playing eight games before Matt Busby took over and dropped him. He had to wait until Tommy Docherty was manager before being called upon again, but was released at the end of that season and joined Miami Toros. Is now coaching in the USA with Banat Soccer Club, Arizona. Has also coached in Scottsdale.

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Watson, Willie Big Willie was my teamate & best pal in Phoenix Inferno indoor soccer where we played together for 2 years we had so many laughs & good times spent great times with our families he was a great character we always sang together both being Scottish I only needed to sing two words of a song then Willie would take over ha ha ! We had our own soccer camps in the summer too !! Once when playing golf in the desert golf course. Willies ball went in the rough out of bounds but he was still determined to play the shot. I said you better hurry take your shot a giant snake was right behind him he jumped so high over the wire fence we had many laughs like that! We still keep in touch weekly he loves to talk about the football here in UK & loving the Euros a friend forever!!
24-06-21 John Gorman

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