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Born in British Guiana was a young lad,
His Mum Guianese and a Scotsman his Dad,
Taken to Britain, went to King’s College School,
Plus University of Glasgow, he was no fool!
And for Andrew Watson football was delight,
He played as a back on the left or the right,
While still in his ‘teens’ joined Maxwell FC,
Then on to Parkgrove as player and secretary.
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In 1880 he signed for famous Queens Park,
Where nobody cared that his skin was dark,
Being more intrigued by his skill at fullback,
Which showed “A Man’s a Man for a’ that”…
He was “The Spiders’” secretary too,
Then was chosen to play in his country’s blue,
(Well not blue entirely and it seems strange to think,
That Scotland wore shirts hooped in yellow and pink!)
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Come ’82 he joined Swifts, down London way,
Next thing Corinthians asked him to play,
Moved on to Bootle in ’87/’88,
Where it is possible that he got paid.
Bootle supporters took Andrew to heart,
But injury tore his career apart,
So he settled in Liverpool with Eliza his wife,
And proceeded to lead a ‘conventional’ life.
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Fathered a family over the years,
Worked on ships as a Marine Engineer,
Retired and lived with wife, daughter and son,
Until he passed away in 1921…
In Richmond Cemetery is Andrew’s grave,
Captain Courageous of Scotland the Brave,
He holds a historic place in our World Game,
Does this Black player with saintly Scots name.
A great poem from Llew Beaton.
Andrew Watson was back in focus in 2021, see this related article….