Vic Watson - West Ham and England

In the late 1940s the former West Ham and England centre forward, Vic Watson joined the Lilywhites as team coach and trainer.

Born at Girton on November 10th, 1897, he had joined West Ham in March 1920 for a fee of £25 from Wellingborough Town in the Southern League. There he proved to be one of the best all time centre forwards scoring 298 goals in 462 league matches for the Hammers. He was a member of their time that played in the first Wembley Final and in 1923 he gained the two of his five England caps, scoring four goals for England.

In 1935, at the age of thirty-seven he joined Southampton before retiring at the end of the season. He then returned to his native Girton, where he became a market gardener. In the late 1940s, he briefly coached the Lilywhites and in doing so helped them lift the Spartan League title.

He was to die at Girton on August 3rd, 1988 at the age of 90 and in June 2010 a plaque was unveiled at Girton in his memory.

To learn more about Vic Watson visit the website:

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/whwatsonv.htm