1914 - 2001
Thomas Gordon Watson joined Everton from Blyth Spartans in 1933 and made
his debut four years later. He featured in the 1938-39
Championship-winning team, replacing Jock Thompson at left-half, but his
playing career was severely impacted by the World War II.
After retiring in 1948, Watson became an important member of the Everton coaching staff for the next 20 years, serving most notably under Harry Catterick throughout the glorious years of the 1960's. More recently, he served as Promotions Officer, Barman and matchday steward at the club, before retiring in 1995?
April 29th 2001, a sad day for Evertonians worldwide, with the loss of Everton legend and Gwladys Street Hall of Fame member, Gordon Watson aged 87years.
Its funny how life is sometimes. One month ago to the day, Gordon Watson walked into a packed cauldron of fanatical Evertonians at this year's Hall of Fame Dinner. There wasn't a dry eye in the house, for, the year before, Gordon attended in a wheelchair but – thanks to Evertonians around the world, and the work of the Everton Former-Players Foundation – he had had a successful hip operation. This enabled him to not only walk again, but to lead a pain-free life after all these years. It was his wish to walk into this year's Dinner, which he did with a spring in his step, and with the FA Cup held above his head.
He was one of the longest-serving members of the Everton staff, which had seen him go from player, to coach and finally to work in the offices of the Club. He came from the North East in January 1933. He played alongside Dixie Dean and was reknowned for his fierce tackling but, off the field, he was much loved and respected by all.
He will be sadly missed.
Steve Milne, April 29, 2001