Date of birth
The Hackney-born midfielder began his career with Tottenham, making just a cluster of first team appearances before joining Swindon and then the Millers, whom he captained to two successive promotions, narrowly missing out on the tittle on both occasions.
After playing over 100 games for Rotherham, the cultured pass master was signed by Reading’s Alan Pardew towards the end of the 2001/02 season for an initial fee of £150,000 – a move that came about after a highly successful loan period at Madejski Stadium in November 2001 which saw him slot straight into the heart of the Royals midfield and secure five victories from a six game stint.
He scored two goals during his Royals career, one of which came at the Madejski, the winner against Watford in November 2002. That season he assisted the club in reaching the Play-offs, only to lose out on a spot in the final to eventual winners Wolves.
In total, his three-year spell with the club saw him rack up over 60 league appearances, eventually his presence was no longer required and he was reunited with his Royals teammate and friend Phil Parkinson, moving to Colchester United on a free in July 2004.
In his first full season with the U’s, Watson was able to help secure another promotion in his career, again finishing in second place in promotion to the Championship.
Having over 130 appearances under his belt for Colchester, and seeing them into a comfortable tenth-place finish in their first season on the Championship, he parted company, joining up with Luton Town in 2007 on a free.
Inopportunely for Watson, he suffered a knee injury that would keep him out of first team action for much of the duration of his contract. Subsequently, he was released at the end of 2008 and never made a comeback into football, unofficially retiring aged 34.