Alex Watson, younger brother of Everton and England defender Dave Watson, started his career with Liverpool and is probably most-remembered for his years with AFC Bournemouth and Torquay United. Playing two seasons for Exeter City at the end of his professional career Alex appeared in a team that had started to struggle ahead of eventual relegation from the Football League. Remaining in the South Devon area afterwards, Alex worked in the sports department of a college in Paignton for many years.
Alex began his career as an apprentice with Liverpool in 1984 and, turning professional in May 1985, made his debut against Queens Park Rangers in March 1988. Of his nine appearances for the Reds, one was in the 1988 Charity Shield against Wimbledon. Then, after a brief loan spell with Derby County, Alex joined AFC Bournemouth for a fee of £150,000 in January 1991. Staying nearly five years Alex made 151 league appearances for the Cherries before, soon after a temporary switch to Gillingham, agreeing to join Torquay United in a £50,000 move in November 1995. Always a favourite at Plainmoor, Alex remained with the club until July 2001 making over 200 league appearances and serving as assistant manager under Wes Saunders. Alex’s final appearance came on 5 May 2001 when Torquay beat Barnet to escape relegation from the Football League.
Moving twenty-two miles north, Alex made his Exeter City debut on 11 August 2001 and in a team initially managed by Noel Blake - and later John Cornforth - made 48 league and cup appearances during 2001/02 as City struggled near the foot of the table.
Returning for the new season Alex only made three appearances - all in August and September 2002 - to bring his professional career to a conclusion at the age of thirty-four. He then had a couple of seasons with Taunton Town and Clevedon Town. Gaining coaching qualifications Alex later worked as a coach at South Devon College for many years, at times with former Exeter player Chris Todd, until taking up a new position in 2020 with Saints Southwest based at Truro School.
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