Steve Watson

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Steve Watson
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Watson playing for Sheffield Wednesday in 2008
Personal information
Full name Steven Craig Watson[1]
Date of birth (1974-04-01) 1 April 1974 (age 45)[2]
Place of birth North Shields, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Playing position Right back / Midfielder[1]
Club information
Current team
York City (manager)
Youth career
0000–1990 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1998 Newcastle United 208 (12)
1998–2000 Aston Villa 41 (0)
2000–2005 Everton 126 (14)
2005–2007 West Bromwich Albion 42 (1)
2007Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 11 (0)
2007–2009 Sheffield Wednesday 45 (5)
Total 473 (32)
National team
1992–1995 England U21 12 (1)
1998 England B 1 (0)
Teams managed
2017–2019 Gateshead
2019– York City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Steven Craig Watson (born 1 April 1974) is an English football manager and former professional player who played as a right back or midfielder. He is the manager of National League North club York City.

Playing career[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Watson was born in North Shields, Tyne and Wear,[1] he began his career with Newcastle United, playing on a regular basis.[citation needed] At the time of his first-team debut, as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on 10 November 1990, he was the youngest person ever to play for Newcastle,[4] a record that still stands.[citation needed] Watson appeared 24 times that season, firstly under Jim Smith and then under Ossie Ardiles as Newcastle struggled in the Second Division.[citation needed]

Watson featured prominently during the 1991–92 season as Kevin Keegan returned to Newcastle and relegation to the Third Division was avoided.[citation needed] During his seven years at the club, he wore a jersey with every shirt number 2–11 at least once, earning a reputation as a key all round capable footballer integral to The Entertainers style of play,[4] he came on as a 77th-minute substitute at Wembley Stadium in the 1998 FA Cup Final, in which Newcastle were beaten 2–0 by Arsenal.[5]

Aston Villa, Everton and West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Watson was transferred to Aston Villa for £4 million in October 1998.[citation needed] He scored once for Villa, in a 4–0 home win over Southampton on 1 December 1999 in the League Cup.[6]

He moved to Everton on 4 July 2000 on a five-year contract for a £2.5 million transfer fee.[7] When boss Walter Smith found his squad decimated by injury, Watson was used a striker alongside Tomasz Radzinski, a role he had started to play at the beginning of his career before transferring to the defence.[citation needed] His time with Everton was blighted with injury, although he did enjoy some time in the first team for the 2003–04 season,[citation needed] which included three goals against Leeds United on 28 September 2003.[8] This made him the first Everton player to score a hat-trick in any competition since Nick Barmby in February 2000.[9]

Watson signed for West Bromwich Albion on 5 July 2005 on a three-year contract on a free transfer, after rejecting the offer of a new one-year contract with Everton,[10] he made his debut as an 80th-minute substitute in a 0–0 draw away to Manchester City on 13 August.[11] His only goal for the club came on 2 January 2006,[11] with a shot that came after receiving the ball from Jonathan Greening in the 77th minute of a 2–1 home defeat to Aston Villa.[12]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

Watson joined Sheffield Wednesday on 9 February 2007 on loan until the end of the 2006–07 season, with opportunities at West Brom limited,[13] he made his debut the following day, starting in a 1–1 draw away to Burnley.[14] Before he joined them, Wednesday had lost five matches in a row.[citation needed] However, they won six, drew four and only lost once when Watson was in the team,[14] he was re-called by West Brom on 26 April with two matches remaining as cover for the injured Curtis Davies and the suspended Neil Clement.[15][16] Watson signed for Wednesday permanently on 10 July 2007 on a free transfer,[17] his first goal for the club came on 6 November with an equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time as Wednesday drew 1–1 away to West Brom.[18][19]

Watson succeeded Lee Bullen as club captain for the 2008–09 season, taking charge of off-the-field matters, with Richard Wood retaining his role as team captain and being responsible for on-the-field affairs.[20] Watson scored the winner in the Steel City derby against Sheffield United on 19 October; his volleyed lob over Paddy Kenny in the 35th minute gave Wednesday a 1–0 win.[21] Sheffield Wednesday decided to release Watson on 14 May 2009 due to long-term injury problems.[citation needed] He subsequently retired from playing.[22]

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

Watson was appointed as the new Development Coach at League One club Huddersfield Town on 13 November 2010, joining up with his former Newcastle teammate Lee Clark.[citation needed] Watson was appointed as a coach at Birmingham City of the Championship on 24 August 2012.[citation needed] He was dismissed along with Clark on 20 October 2014,[23] he was appointed as the assistant manager at National League club Macclesfield Town on 4 July 2016.[24]

Watson was appointed as the manager of National League club Gateshead on 10 October 2017,[25] he was appointed as the manager of National League North club York City on 10 January 2019,[26] succeeding Sam Collins who was dismissed with the team 15th in the table.[27] Watson was joined at the club by Micky Cummins, his assistant at Gateshead.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 1990–91[29] Second Division 24 0 3 0 0 0 1[a] 0 28 0
1991–92[30] Second Division 28 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 1
1992–93[31] First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 3[b] 0 5 0
1993–94[32] Premier League 32 2 3 0 3 0 38 2
1994–95[33] Premier League 27 4 1 0 4 0 3[c] 1 35 5
1995–96[34][35] Premier League 23 3 1 0 5 1 29 4
1996–97[36] Premier League 36 1 3 0 1 0 6[d] 0 46 1
1997–98[37] Premier League 29 1 4 0 3 0 8[e] 0 44 1
1998–99[38] Premier League 7 0 1[f] 0 8 0
Total 208 12 17 0 16 1 22 1 263 14
Aston Villa 1998–99[39] Premier League 27 0 2 0 1 0 30 0
1999–2000[6] Premier League 14 0 2 0 8 1 24 1
Total 41 0 4 0 9 1 0 0 54 1
Everton 2000–01[40] Premier League 34 0 2 1 2 0 38 1
2001–02[41] Premier League 25 4 0 0 1 0 26 4
2002–03[42] Premier League 18 5 0 0 1 1 19 6
2003–04[43] Premier League 24 5 1 0 1 0 26 5
2004–05[44] Premier League 25 0 0 0 3 0 28 0
Total 126 14 3 1 8 1 0 0 137 16
West Bromwich Albion 2005–06[11] Premier League 30 1 0 0 1 0 31 1
2006–07[14] Championship 12 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
Total 42 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 44 1
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2006–07[14] Championship 11 0 11 0
Sheffield Wednesday 2007–08[45] Championship 23 2 1 1 1 0 25 3
2008–09[46] Championship 22 3 0 0 1 0 23 3
Total 56 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 59 6
Career total 473 32 25 2 37 3 22 1 557 38
  1. ^ Appearance in Full Members' Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in Anglo-Italian Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  4. ^ One appearance in FA Charity Shield, five in UEFA Cup
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  6. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of end of 2018–19 season
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
P W D L Win %
Gateshead 10 October 2017 10 January 2019 75 29 20 26 038.7 [25][26][47]
York City 10 January 2019 Present 17 8 4 5 047.1 [26][48]
Total 92 37 24 31 040.2

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Newcastle United

References[edit]

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