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Bolton Man’s Post – Assistant Manager of Huddersfield

August 1928

Mexborough and Swinton Times August 31 1928

Bolton Man’s Post.
Assistant Manager of Huddersfield

Billy Watson, the Bolton-on-Dearne man who has made good with Huddersfield, has been appointed assistant manager to that club. His new post will entail the charge of the Central League team, and part of his time will be spent in search of n e w players, a duty which he carried out last year though the present appointment has now been put on a regular basis.

Watson began his career with the Bolton team and his best match was probably that memorable cup tie at Oakwell, when he roused considerable attention by his fine form. He was, I believe then playing back and his sure kicking, clever tackling, and excellent judgment opened the, way that led him to Leeds Road in the 1912-13 season.

Ever since then he has been a regular and consistent member of the famous team that rose so rapidly to the top of the tree. His popularity at  Huddersfield is indicated by the following extract from an Huddersfield journal:

Watson has been one of the most loyal and stout-hearted players that Huddersfield have had on their books. When he took his second benefit he made the remark that the “Town” was his “first love,” and he trusted that it would be his last. In the playing sense that has been the case. “It was a lucky day for me when I went to Huddersfield,” he said. “Not at any time since I came, or even to-day, would I change if the issue rested with me.” At the height of his career Watson had the distinction of being the only Yorkshire-man who played regularly with the first team. He played so consistently well that we got into the habit of taking his good form as a matter of course. He was always very tenacious in possession, and undaunted by the reputation of any opponent. My most vivid impression of incidents in Watson’s long career with Huddersfield Town is of that wonderful goal he obtained in the last half-minute of the cup tie at Burnley on January 7th, 1922.

The scoring of a goal by Watson was so unusual (his forte was sound defence), that some remark was made about it, and Watson replied, “I thought it was time I scored, as I hadn’t obtained a goal since the war.” That goal was of inestimable value to the team. They went on and won the Cup in that season—the only time.”