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Willie Watson
England (ENG)
Willie Watson
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling type -
Tests First-class
Matches 23 468
Runs scored 879 25670
Batting average 25.85 39.86
100s/50s 2/3 55/132
Top score 116 257
Balls bowled - 194
Wickets - -
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling - -
Catches/stumpings 8/- 295/-

Test debut: 7 June, 1951
Last Test: 14 March, 1959
Source: [1]

William "Willie" Watson, (7 March 1920 – 23 April 2004) was a cricketer who played for Yorkshire, Leicestershire and England. He was a double international as he was also a footballer who represented England.

Cricket career

Born in Bolton on Dearne, Yorkshire, England, Watson, a left-handed batsman, made his debut for Yorkshire in 1939 and was a regular in the side for a dozen years after the Second World War. He made his Test match debut against the South Africans in 1951, and did well. But at a time when England was rich in batting talent, Watson rarely commanded a regular place and his 23 Test matches were spread across eight years. His most famous innings was one of 109, in almost six hours, which enabled England to save the second Test at Lord's in 1953 against the Australians when the game appeared to be lost.

Watson's cricket career received a late boost when, in 1958, he left Yorkshire and joined Leicestershire as assistant secretary and captain. He temporarily regained his England place and was also instrumental in a limited revival of the county's fortunes. He retired in 1962 though he made several appearances in 1964.

He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1954.

Football career

Willie Watson
Personal information
Full name William Watson
Date of birth 7 March 1920(1920-03-07)
Place of birth    Bolton on Dearne, England
Date of death    23 April 2004 (aged 84)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1938–1939
1946–1954
1954–1956
Huddersfield Town
Sunderland
Halifax Town
011 0(0)
211 (15)
033 0(1)   
National team
1949–1950 England 004 0(0)
Teams managed
1954–1956
1964–1966
1966–1968
Halifax Town
Halifax Town
Bradford City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

As a footballer, Watson was a cultured wing-half for Huddersfield Town, Sunderland and Halifax Town. He made 223 league appearances for Sunderland in his seven seasons at the club. He played for England four times, gaining his first cap in England's 9-2 victory over Northern Ireland in November 1949. He was a member of the squad for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, though he did not appear in any of the games in the tournament in Brazil. He had two spells in charge of Halifax, from 1954 to 1956 and later from 1964 to 1966 and also managed Bradford City from 1966 to 1968, where he laid the foundations of a promotion-winning team, but his biggest successes were in cricket.

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