Having had a very successful football career in Scotland, Watson came to England and played for several top English amateur teams, sharing the superior Scottish football style.
Having been a member of the Scottish National teams that crushed the English 6-1 at The Oval in London, and then a 5-1 at Hampden, the English F.A were desperate to find a solution. Identifying that Queen's Park's had historically made up the backbone of the Scottish team, the English F.A. decided to create a team in their mould, and the Corinthian Football Club was born.
The Corinthians would significantly impact football's evolution in the late Victorian era and over the first decades of the new century. They would inspire the foundation of clubs and football associations in many countries and popularise the game where ever they went.
Watson had played and captained the Scottish teams that had compelled the English F.A. to create the Corinthians. He then moved to England and joined the team he helped inspire, captaining them in the early years and teaching by example.