kevin watson - fact file

1992 - 1996            midfielder


Born on 3rd January 1974 in Hackney, London, England.

Height : - .m  (6' 0")

Weight : -  - kgs  (12st 11lbs)

A strong, ball-playing midfielder, Kevin Watson developed through the ranks at Tottenham and got to the first team, but with bigger name signings ahead of him, could not establish a place there.

Perhaps not blessed with a great turn of pace, Watson used his passing ability to very good effect.  A strong presence in midfield, Kevin was a tackler and distributor from his midfield position and when he did make the first team, he was robbed of what would have been his only league goal for Tottenham in a 1-0 win at Maine Road against Manchester City, when the Dubious Goals Panel ruled it was an own goal as the deflection took the ball past the keeper.  He did get one on the score-sheet against Brentford in the League Cup in 1992.

It was Brentford where Spurs first farmed Watson out on loan in Spring 1994 to get some first team experience, but he only played three matches, an experience later replicated at Bristol City, where he made it onto the pitch twice. 

A better spell at Barnet on loan in 1995 saw him feature in their run-in to the end of the season and not making the breakthrough into the team, he moved on in 1996, when Steve McMahon signed him for Swindon Town, where he helped them stay in Division One.

Having a good spell with the Robins, Kevin signed for Ronnie Moore's Rotherham United and in his first campaign with them, they achieved promotion to League One finishing second in the table.  The rise of the Millers continued, with promotion to the Championship with Watson performing well in the centre of midfield, but they found it tough in the second tier and it needed strong displays to avoid relegation by goal difference. 

Watson's skills were closely watched by up and coming manager Alan Pardew at Reading and Kevin joined the Royals on loan initially, before signing permanently in March 2002.  His experience and ability assisted Reading in gaining promotion in second place in League One, then to a play-off place, but ultimate defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he had to watch from the substitute's bench.

Having been sidelined, he was a target for former Reading team-mate Phil Parkinson when he took over as manager at Colchester United.  Installed in the midfield, he played some of his best football as his first season at Layer Road ended in promotion once more, as runners-up in League One.  Consolidation was the name of the game for the U's and despite a change of manager to Geraint Williams, Watson has continued to be a vital cog in the Colchester midfield, with over 100 games for the club under his belt.

At the end of the 2007-08 season, with the club relegated to League One, Watson was allowed to leave on a free transfer to join Luton Town in League Two.  Took up a coaching role at the non-league club but was released from that in May 2010.

In 2011, he was working as a match reporter on Sky Sports' "Gillette Soccer Saturday".

NICKNAME :  “Chipper”;

Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Brentford March-April 1994 Loan ??  3 0
Bristol City December 1994 Loan ??  2 0
Barnet February-April 1995 Loan ??  13 0
Swindon Town 1996 Free ??  66 1
Rotherham United July 1999 Free ??  109 7
Reading ?? Loan ??  60 2
Reading March 2002 £150,000 ??  60 2
Colchester United ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Luton Town 8th August 2008 Free ??  ?? ??

England international
0 full caps;  0 goals
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

- appearance


For a photo of Kevin Watson in the Colchester United squad of 2004-05 click here.


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Season League FA Cup League Cup
1992-93 5 (0 goals) 1 (0 goals) 2 (1 goal)
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