Few of the players who played in early Queen's
teams are remembered these days, but after being the subject of a BBC
documentary, Andrew Watson is certainly now the best known.
As well as leading
Queen's to three consecutive Scottish Cup victories in 1880, 1881 and
1882, he also played for Scotland, and was part of the team that
recorded Scotland's biggest ever win over England in England, when in
1881 the Scots won 6-1 at the Oval ground in London. He was also
probably the first black footballer, and certainly the first black
player to play for Scotland.
He was born in British Guyana in South America, his father a
plantation owner and his mother one of the workers on the plant. As a
child he was brought up in an orphanage in Halifax, England, although
his father paid for him to be privately educated, and he continued
into further education at Kings College in London, then to Glasgow
University where he studied mathematics.
He signed for Queen's in 1880 from Parkgrove,
a long defunct team from the Govan area of Glasgow. Playing as full
back, his good play won him good reviews in the press of the day.
He left Queen's in 1886, and played for the London based Corinthians,
who were, and still are, wedded to the same amateur ethos as Queen's
After finishing with football, he became a
second engineer on the clippers sailing to India from Britain. He died
on March 8th, 1921, and is buried in Richmond Cemetery in London.
Andrew Watson - thirty six appearances, three
Scottish Cup winner's medals - not a bad return.