MATT WATSON
 
Born 3rd May 1936 in Paisley, died in Paisley on 25th October 2015, aged 79
SCOTTISH FOOTBALL HISTORIAN
e-zine Winter 2015/16   Issue 136
 
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A legendary full back for Kilmarnock, Matthew McLuskie Watson came to their attention as a 17 year old full back with Kilmarnock Amateurs.    He was picked up at St Enoch Station to make up the numbers for a reserve match at East Stirling, impressed, and remained attached to the club as he was sent back to the Amateurs.   In February 1954, he was farmed out to Kilwinning Rangers until the end of the season before being called up to play in Killie's reserve team. 
 
He made his first team debut in March 1955, deputising for Ralph Collins, and in late September that year started an eleven year spell when he was rarely absent from the Kilmarnock defence.
 
They were great years for Kilmarnock.   With Watson in defence, they never finished lower than 8th in the First Division.   From 1959/60, they were runners up in four out of five seasons, before finally winning the League Championships in dramatic fashion on the last day of the 1964/65 season.   Watson played in 29 of the 34 League matches, and scored one of his rare goals (four in total for Kilmarnock).
 
Before that, he played in losing finals in the Scottish Cup (1960 to Rangers), and in the League Cup (1960/61 to Rangers and 1962/63 to Hearts).   Killie came late to European football, and Watson played in three of their Inter Cities Fairs Cup ties in their debut season 1964/65, and in all four matches in the European Cup the following season.   He made his last European appearance in the Fairs Cup in 1966/67, when Kilmarnock reached the semi final, but by then he had lost his first team place to Jim McFadzean.
 
He made just eleven League appearances in his last two seasons at Rugby Park, and when he was freed at the end of 1967/68, he joined Queen of the South where he added a further 71 League and Cup appearances to the 440 he made for Kilmarnock.   Queens were unsuccessful in their annual bids for promotion to the First Division in his two seasons at Palmerston.   He finished his playing career with two seasons at Cumnock Juniors, his ten weeks at Kilwinning 16 years earlier qualifying him for reinstatement.
 
A pupil at Camphill High School in his native Paisley, Watson was an engineer at the Royal Ordnance Factory at Bishopton until he was finally persuaded by Willie Waddell to turn full time at Kilmarnock in the late 1950s.   This enabled him to accompany his team-mates on their visits to the USA to participate in the New York International Tournament, which for a few years was the consolation prize for the runners-up in the First Division.
 
For no apparent reason, the stalwarts who helped Kilmarnock to such success in the early 1960s were shunned by the Scotland selectors, and inferior full backs to Watson were preferred.   A tough and dependable defender, he rarely wasted possession, but the closest he came to a cap was an appearance for the Under 23s in a trial match against Rangers in January 1957.
 
He did not return to his trade when he left Rugby Park, but became a sales rep, later working alongside another Kilmarnock stalwart, Eddie Morrison, in newspaper circulation.   Watson was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2009, and his death came shortly after a cancer diagnosis.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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HISTORY BOOKS

 

50 YEARS OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

 

THIRD LANARK HISTORY

 

VALE OF LEVEN HISTORY

 

FOOTBALL' S WHITE FEATHERS (World War 1 & Scottish Football)

 

SCOTTISH CUP FINALS

 

RAITH  ROVERS HISTORIES

 

A History and Guide to
FOOTBALL PROGRAMMES

 

FOOTBALL HISTORY DATABASES  (all on CD ROM, in Excel format)

 

A RECORD OF PRE-WAR
SCOTTISH LEAGUE PLAYERS

 

 

A RECORD OF POST-WAR
SCOTTISH LEAGUE PLAYERS

 

 

SCOTTISH LEAGUE TABLES 

 

PRE-WAR SCOTTISH LEAGUE RESULTS, SCORERS, ATTENDANCES

 

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