THE ROKER ROAR: Willie Watson

Name: Willie Watson
DOB: 3 March 1920
Position: Right half
Appearances: 223
Goals: 16
Sunderland career: 1946-54


One of a select few that has represented his country at both cricket and football, Willie Watson started as an outside-left.

Making his First Division debut in September 1938 against Huddersfield Town, Watson was a superb performer whether as a wing-half or forward, although many critics considered him best in the former berth with his ball-winning capacity.

He was a member of the squad for the 1950 World Cup, though he did not appear in any of the games in the tournament in Brazil, but incredibly his greatest success came in cricket,with Watson featuring in over 400 first-class games including 23 test matches for England while also winning the Ashes.


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