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 Park.

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.

Back| Home