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Frank Watson Squad Index
Information:
1951-52 Squad Number:
1
Position:
Goalkeeper
Date of Birth:
25th May 1929
Birthplace:
West Linton
Nationality:
Scottish
Height:
5' 11 1/2
Weight:
11st 7lbs
Signed:
02/08/1946
Career History:
Peebles Rovers
Aberdeen 2nd August 1946 until death 5th November 1952
 
Profile:
Name: Francis Robert Watson

A SPEEDY CONVALESCENCE, FRANK.

Supporters will have learned with sorrow of the serious illness of our reserve goal-keeper, Frank Watson. There is no more popular player at Pittodrie than the genial Frank and all wish him an early return to good health. He is now in his final year of an Honours Arts Course at Aberdeen University. Here's hoping that Frank will soon be fit and well and that his proud wife will be watching him in June next as he ascends the platform of the Mitchell Hall to be capped M.A.

Source: Match Programme, 27th September 1952

Army service kept down Frank's early appearances for the Dons but once demobbed he became a first team regular as well as starring in reserve matches. Died from polio in Aberdeen on 5th November 1952. Black armbands were worn at the match against Raith Rovers on 8th November 1952 and a match was played for his Memorial Fund against Stoke City in September 1953.

Full

Senior Aberdeen Debut: show all appearances
Date Result Competition Venue Att. Age at Debut Type
02/01/1947
Celtic 1-5 Aberdeen
Div 1 (Old) 25,000 17 Start

Appearances
Season League League Cup Scottish Cup Europe Total Other
  App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals App Sub Goals
1952-53
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1951-52
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
1
0
0
1950-51
3
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
1
0
0
1949-50
18
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
23
0
0
1
0
0
1948-49
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1946-47
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
Totals:
33
0
0
1
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
40
0
0
3
0
0
Total Appearances/Goals: 40 0