DOB: 8 March 1945
Number: 17 1964-1965
Recruited from the amateurs, where he had been a star full-forward, Watson was tried as a wing, centre and rover in his first season with the Demons. He was named as an emergency for both the Semi Final and Grand Final sides in his debut year.
Watson played just five matches in his second year after suffering two broken jaws, and the dual sport star retired before the 1966 season when given the opportunity to play test cricket for Australia. He also cited the fact that his cricket career interfered with his studies less than football.
Watson had just returned to the Demons reserves when he was picked for the Australian tour of South Africa and gave up football for good.
He lined up in five tests and two One Day Internationals for Australia between 1966 and 1972. He played first class cricket for Victoria from 1964/65 to 1970/71, for Western Australia from 1971/72 to 1974/75 and New South Wales in 1976/77.
In 1971/72 he played two tests against a World XI side, and suffered a serious injury in the second innings of the second match. Hit in the head by a Tony Greig ball he required 40 pints of blood and heart massage to revive him.
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