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Vic Watson

Vic Watson
Personal information
Full name Victor Martin Watson
Date of birth (1897-11-10)10 November 1897
Place of birth Girton, Cambridgeshire, England
Date of death 3 August 1988(1988-08-03) (aged 90)
Place of death Girton, Cambridgeshire, England
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19??–1920 Wellingborough Town
1920–1935 West Ham United[1] 462 (298)
1935–1936 Southampton 36 (14)
National team
1923–1930 England 5 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Victor Martin Watson (10 November 1897 – 3 August 1988) was an English professional footballer who played most of his club football for West Ham United.

Watson, a centre forward, played 505 times for West Ham between 1920 and 1936. The club paid just £50 for Vic from Wellingborough, bringing him in to provide cover for Syd Puddefoot.[2]

Watson is the club's record goalscorer with 326 goals (298 league and 28 FA cup), a feat unlikely to be bettered in the modern era. He once scored six, in an 8-2 home win against Leeds on 9 February 1929, scored four goals on three occasions, and managed 13 hat-tricks while at West Ham.

Watson gained two international caps with England in 1923 and a further three caps in 1930, scoring four goals in total, including two against Scotland in the 1930 British Home Championship.

He spent one season (1935–36) with Southampton before retiring and he was the club's top scorer with 14 goals in 36 league appearances.

Upon retiring, he became a market gardener in Girton. He died in August 1988 at the age of 90.

In June 2010 a plaque honouring Watson was unveiled in Girton.[3]


West Ham United


  1. ^ "Vic Watson: West Ham Statistics". 
  2. ^ Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 211.  
  3. ^ Grove, Jack (13 November 2009). "Residents' campaign for a tribute to local footie hero". Retrieved 19 June 2012. 

External links

  • Victor Watson profile at
  • Vic Watson photos
  • West Ham statistics
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