Right from his early years as a schoolboy at
Paddock, Willie Watson seemed destined to play
first-class cricket. He scored runs freely for the club
as a teenager before making his Yorkshire 2nd XI
debut as a 17-year-old. By 1939 he was making his
1st XI debut at the age of 19.
Watson made 13,953 runs for Yorkshire before
moving on to Leicestershire in 1958. By the time he
retired in 1964, his tally of first-class runs had
reached 25,670 at an average of 39.86. He also
played in 23 Test matches for England, between
1951 and 1959, scoring two centuries and three halfcenturies.
Willie Watson is also remembered as one of a select
band of Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Â¬Ã‹Ã…â€œdualÃ¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Â¬Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Â¢ football and cricket internationals. He
played four times for England at football and was
released by Yorkshire to travel to Brazil with the
World Cup squad in 1950.