Willie Watson – Sunderland legend

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  1. Mackem Mad

    Mackem Mad Winger

  2. Thailand Tommy

    Thailand Tommy Central Defender

    I remember my dad buying a car from Northern Autoport (bottom of Toward Rd?) and the salesman was an ex SAFC player. I think it was Willie Watson. Anybody know?
     
  3. REDWHITE

    REDWHITE Subs Bench

    I think it was Willie Fraser the goalkeeper, I dont think Willie Watson was in the car trade, I believe he may have had a sports shop.
     
  4. South of G-Town

    South of G-Town Central Defender

    Willie Watson had a sports shop on High Street West, I got my first footy strip from there for Christmas 1971! He personally sold it to my Dad and had a chat to us both, so real, so human, what have we got now?? Somehow I can't see you young 'un's taking your kid and being served in a shop by a legend, let alone getting a voluntry conversation out of one of the present mob!
     
  5. luvulongtime

    luvulongtime Striker

    i'm sure he had a sports shop in Palmers Arcade which is the telephone exchange behind Joplings now
     
  6. South of G-Town

    South of G-Town Central Defender

    It was just before you got to the Arcade coming up from Hendon unless the Arcade shop predates my memory. Why did they pull that arcade down? Was it as nice as my memory serves??
     
  7. luvulongtime

    luvulongtime Striker

  8. knitting away

    knitting away Winger

    I know the great nephew quoted in the article. Never knew he was related to Willie Watson.
     
  9. I remember me dad taking me to meet him in his shop and dad being very starry eyed; "do you KNOW who this is?!" Haha, Willie must've been very embarrassed. Not as red faced as me though because I was in there to buy my first ever jock strap for rugby.
     
  10. molthemackem

    molthemackem Striker

    Same here but I think it was in 69 , me first footy boots. A personal service from Mr Watson and some nice story's.. His shop was beside Lowes Art Gallery and I think Chippy Model shop moved over the other side of High Street just after Watsons had closed.

    I remember that Mr Watson was a very quietly spoken man , not very tall but you could see then he was fairly stocky built.. Watson's Sports had a lot of my pocket money...happy days
     
  11. Useless at Roker

    Useless at Roker Midfield

    Bought the pinstripe Le Coq shirt from Willie and he put the number 9 on it for me. "This lad is gonna score hatfuls and he is only 19" and unfortunately it was for Rangers not us!
     
  12. ---Nemo---

    ---Nemo--- Striker

    He did indeed.
     
  13. We lived next door to Albert, Willie's brother in Peareth Grove at Roker.

    My dad often told me about him when I was younger!
     
  14. Randy Ostrich

    Randy Ostrich Striker

    Nice little article that. When you think of the stars in our side at the time, how on earth did he manage to maintain such a standard at two international sports? Incredible.
     
  15. South of G-Town

    South of G-Town Central Defender

  16. Johnap

    Johnap Midfield Contributor

    Did you live there when Alan Brown or Bob Stokoe lived there? Think Stan Ternent lived on that road as well.
     
  17. Bjorn Shigg

    Bjorn Shigg Goalkeeper

    You are correct, my father worked at Northern Autoport and Willie Fraser worked there too.
     
  18. Thailand Tommy

    Thailand Tommy Central Defender

    Yes, you are both correct, thank you. I remember it now. I got my Willies in a muddle!
     

  19. isn't it? :)


    Just fantastic a double international :cool:
     
  20. Kennington Kid

    Kennington Kid Midfield

    There must be a whole generation of us who were taken to Willie Watson's to buy our football gear. I remember my old man being very starry eyed also as we made our purchases.
     
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