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Andy Watson (footballer born 1967)

Personal information
Full nameAndrew Anthony Watson
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionStriker (retired)

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Andrew Anthony "Andy" Watson (born 1 April 1967 in Leeds, West Yorkshire) is an English former professional footballer. He played as a striker in a career spanning twelve years, and made over 300 league appearances.

Watson began his career in his native Yorkshire with Harrogate Town in 1987. After just a year he was signed by Halifax Town, then under the guidance of Billy Ayre.

After two years at the Shay, Watson joined Swansea City in 1990 for £40,000. With only a handful of games for the Swans to his name, he moved north the following year to Carlisle United. It was with the Cumbrians that he established his best goals average, scoring 22 times in 56 league appearances.

In 1993, Watson was signed for ₤55,000 by Blackpool, where he was reunited with Billy Ayre. He was purchased with funds raised via the club's "Buy A Player" match, a scheme by which money from gate receipts was given to the manager for spending in the transfer market. The match in question was Blackpool v. Rotherham United on 16 January 1993, which drew a crowd of 6,144.

Watson scored his first goals for Blackpool in a 3 3 draw with Preston North End in the West Lancashire derby.

In six years at Bloomfield Road, Watson formed a successful partnership with Tony Ellis and scored 43 goals in League 115 appearances.

Gary Megson, who succeeded Sam Allardyce as Blackpool manager in 1996, decided Watson was surplus to requirements and sold him to Walsall for £60,000. He brought his career to a close at Doncaster Rovers.




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