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A Straggling Life: Andrew Watson
A Straggling Life: Andrew Watson

A Straggling Life: Andrew Watson

The Story of the World's First Black Footballer



256 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $27.95 (US $27.95) (CA $37.95)

Publication Date: September 2021

ISBN 9781785318207

Rights: US & CA

Pitch Publishing (Sep 2021)
Pitch Publishing Ltd


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The son of a Scottish plantation owner and a free woman of color, Andrew Watson was provided for by his wealthy father. Receiving a first-class education in English public schools, he would later reject university to become a footballer in Glasgow. Schooled by the most advanced practitioners of the game at that time, he became one of the best footballers in Glasgow and captained Scotland's invincible national team. He played for the greatest clubs of the day on both sides of the border and as a 'Scottish professor', brought his talent to England and shared his knowledge with the Southern amateurs, helping the game evolve from a public-school pastime to a national obsession. He played alongside and educated many who would represent the English national team, changing the game forever. But the record of his achievements faded as the game he helped change took over the world, leaving his memory in the shadows. Over 100 years later, he was rediscovered in an old photograph, and after years of research, his achievements were finally recognized.

Author Biography

Jazz historian and chairman of the youth section of the famous Corinthian Casuals, Llew Watson's research of the extraordinary history of the club and its players was used in the acclaimed documentary Brothers in Football. Llew also rediscovered more than 100 forgotten former Casuals players, who gave their lives in the First World War, losing more players than any other association football club.