Tim Watson
Tim Watson 2017.jpg
Watson with Channel 7 in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Timothy Michael Watson
Date of birth (1961-07-13) 13 July 1961 (age 61)
Place of birth Dimboola, Victoria
Original team(s) Dimboola
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 96 kg (212 lb)
Position(s) Half forward flank, ruck-rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1977–1991, 1993–1994 Essendon 307 (335)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1983–1991 Victoria 12 76
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1999–2000 St Kilda 44 (12–31–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1994.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1985.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2000.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Timothy Michael Watson (born 13 July 1961) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). After retiring from the game, he has continued working in the Australian football industry as a coach, sports journalist and media personality.

Watson was the fourth-youngest player ever to play in the VFL/AFL competition and made a comeback after retirement which included another premiership.[1]

Tim is a prominent and popular sports journalist and media personality. On television he regularly appears on the Seven Network, where he presents the sport on the network's 6:00 pm Melbourne news bulletin and has a special comments role on the station's Australian Football League (AFL) football coverage.

Football career

Early career

Watson made his VFL debut in 1977 for Essendon at the age of fifteen years and 305 days, the fourth-youngest player in the history of the League.[2]

Watson won the Essendon best-and-fairest award four times (1980, 1985, 1988 and 1989). In 1989, he won the AFL Players Association MVP award, now known as the Leigh Matthews Trophy.[3]

Watson played the ruck-rover in Essendon's 1984 and 1985 grand final victories. He was made captain in 1989 and held that position until 1991, before retiring from the game due to the injury problems that had plagued the later part of his career.[4] In the 1992 pre-season draft, Watson was recruited by the West Coast Eagles even though he had signalled his intention to retire. He never played a game for the club, instead continuing a commentary role with the Seven Network for 1992, which included working as a boundary rider in that year's grand final which the Eagles won.

Comeback

Early in the 1993 season Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy lured Watson out of retirement. Although Watson was not as fit as he had once been, and was never able to recapture his top form, he played a vital role in the forward line, kicking some important goals throughout the year. His experience in what was a very young team was instrumental in helping Essendon win an unexpected premiership that year.

After the 1994 season, Watson retired for good, having played 307 games and kicked 335 goals. Since his retirement, Watson was named the sixth greatest player to ever play for Essendon in the "Champions of Essendon" list, and was named ruck-rover in their "Team of the Century".

Coaching career

St Kilda Football Club senior coach (1999-2000)

Watson became senior coach of the St Kilda Football Club, when he replaced Stan Alves, after Alves was sacked at the end of the 1998 season. Watson was then the senior coach of the St Kilda Football Club in the 1999 season and the 2000 season. His success was limited, with the side winning only 12 of the 44 matches they played while he was in charge with one draw and losing thirty-one games in total, bringing a winning percentage to 27 percent. In the 1999 season, St Kilda finished tenth on the ladder with ten wins and twelve losses. In the 2000 season, St Kilda won only two games for the entire season with one draw and nineteen losses, where they finished sixteenth (last on the ladder) for the wooden spoon and Watson resigned during the middle of the 2000 season, where he would step down at seasons end, forgoing the final year of his three-year contract.[5] Watson was then replaced by Malcolm Blight as St Kilda Football Club senior coach.

Statistics

Playing statistics

[6]
Legend
  G  
Goals
  K  
Kicks
  D  
Disposals 
  T  
Tackles
  B  
Behinds 
  H  
Handballs 
  M  
Marks
Season Team No. Games Totals Averages (per game)
G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
1977 Essendon 32 16 16 10 136 69 205 36 1.0 0.7 8.5 4.3 12.8 2.3
1978 Essendon 32 19 11 8 162 94 256 40 0.6 0.4 8.5 4.9 13.5 2.1
1979 Essendon 32 23 34 27 223 111 334 82 1.5 1.2 9.7 4.8 14.5 3.6
1980 Essendon 32 22 42 25 337 199 536 94 1.9 1.1 15.3 9.0 24.4 4.3
1981 Essendon 32 17 15 21 246 111 357 52 0.9 1.2 14.5 6.5 21.0 3.1
1982 Essendon 32 22 24 31 384 153 537 85 1.1 1.4 17.5 7.0 24.4 3.9
1983 Essendon 32 26 27 20 442 171 613 115 1.0 0.8 17.0 6.6 23.6 4.4
1984 Essendon 32 22 25 22 327 142 469 118 1.1 1.0 14.9 6.5 21.3 5.4
1985 Essendon 32 24 27 25 352 183 535 99 1.1 1.0 14.7 7.6 22.3 4.1
1986 Essendon 32 3 0 2 40 26 66 6 0.0 0.7 13.3 8.7 22.0 2.0
1987 Essendon 32 7 5 8 84 29 113 18 13 0.7 1.1 12.0 4.1 16.1 2.6 1.9
1988 Essendon 32 19 24 17 300 136 436 92 22 1.3 0.9 15.8 7.2 22.9 4.8 1.2
1989 Essendon 32 24 23 15 334 205 539 99 39 1.0 0.6 13.9 8.5 22.5 4.1 1.6
1990 Essendon 32 21 19 21 262 156 418 93 26 0.9 1.0 12.5 7.4 19.9 4.4 1.2
1991 Essendon 32 17 15 13 192 139 331 65 13 0.9 0.8 11.3 8.2 19.5 3.8 0.8
1992 West Coast 33 0
1993 Essendon 32 16 26 11 154 101 255 58 26 1.6 0.7 9.6 6.3 15.9 3.6 1.6
1994 Essendon 32 9 2 0 65 35 100 24 12 0.2 0.0 7.2 3.9 11.1 2.7 1.3
Career 307 335 276 4040 2060 6100 1176 151 1.1 0.9 13.2 6.7 19.9 3.8 1.3

Coaching statistics

[7]
Legend
 W  Wins  L  Losses  D  Draws  W%  Winning percentage  LP  Ladder position  LT  League teams
Season Team Games W L D W % LP LT
1999 St Kilda 22 10 12 0 45.5% 10 16
2000 St Kilda 22 2 19 1 11.4% 16 16
Career totals 44 12 31 1 28.4%

Media career

Like many past players, Watson has become a media personality, serving as a sports presenter on Seven News in Melbourne as well as having a special comments role on Seven's AFL coverage.

He has also appeared on many football-related TV shows, as a sports columnist in The Age newspaper, and from 2004 until 2013, a co-host on the Morning Glory show with Andrew Maher, on Melbourne radio station 1116 SEN.

In November 2013, Watson resigned from 1116 SEN to spend more time at the Seven Network, it was later announced that he would replace Sandy Roberts as weeknight sport presenter on Seven News in Melbourne. In 2015, Watson returned to the breakfast shift at 1116 SEN.

Personal life

During the late 1970s, Watson's older brother Larry also played at Essendon as well as Fitzroy before moving to Adelaide to play with West Adelaide in 1981, going on to win the SANFL premiership with Wests in 1983.

In 1993 Tim was named 'Victorian Father of the Year'.[8] In the 2002 National Draft, his son, Jobe Watson, was drafted by Essendon under the father-son rule. Tim and Jobe were both coached by Kevin Sheedy.[9] Tim also has a younger brother Rick who currently lives in Tocumwal in New South Wales.

Tim is married to Susie Watson, with son Jobe and daughters Billie and Tess.

References

  1. ^ Smith, Patrick (24 June 2009) Buckley no elementary solution
  2. ^ Lovett, Michael, ed. (2005). AFL 2005. Melbourne, Victoria: AFL Publishing. p. 542. ISBN 0-9580300-6-5.
  3. ^ Previous MVP winners (8 September 2008)
  4. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 677. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  5. ^ 2000 AFL review Archived 7 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Tim Watson's player profile at AFL Tables
  7. ^ Tim Watson's coaching profile at AFL Tables
  8. ^ Victorian Father of the Year – past winners Archived 13 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Wilson, Caroline (29 June 2003). "Watsons show it's still a family game".
Media offices Preceded byMark Beretta Seven News Melbourne Weekend sport presenter October 2000 – November 2013 Succeeded bySean Sowerby Preceded byUnknown Sandy Roberts Seven News Melbourne Weeknight sport presenter 1994–1998 November 2013 – Succeeded byJim Wilson incumbent