Andrew Watson

Biography of Andrew Watson

Andrew Watson  (top centre)
Andrew Watson (top centre)

Andrew Watson (1856-1921) was an alumnus of the University and Scotland's first black football player. He captained Scotland on his international debut in 1881.

Born in Guyana, with a Scottish father and Guyanan mother, Andrew was educated at schools in England and matriculated at the University in 1875 to study Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Civil Engineering. This was his grounding for an engineering career that would take him around the world.

Watson had played football at school, and played as an amateur for Maxwell in 1874, and for Parkgrove the following season. He played for Scotland's most successful club, Queen's Park, during the 1880s and was club secretary. He won two Scottish Cups with Queen's Park and was capped three times as a full-back for Scotland, in 1881 and 1882.

Little had been known of Watson's subsequent life, except that he went to Australia. He was believed to have died there in 1902 but Sporting Historian Andy Mitchell uncovered the full story in March 2013.


Andrew Watson
Footballer and Engineers

Born 24 May 1856.
Died 8 March 1921.
University Link: Alumnus
GU Degree: Arts, 1875;
Occupation categories: engineers; footballers
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Record last updated: 9th May 2016

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