A Long-Overdue Tribute
It is painfully obvious to most people familiar with Watson's story that a permanent memorial is long overdue. Celebrating the life and football career of one of the most important footballers of his generation, or any generation, is not only appropriate but essential in recognising Watson's contribution to the development and spread of the game in the late-Victorian era.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to begin raising funds for a memorial and even though it will take time to raise the required funds, the cost of the final work will probably be far more than posted on the site. Contributions from individuals who recognise Watson's historical importance will be merged with funding received from private business and football associations to achieve this long-overdue tribute.
The location of the memorial has yet to be decided but Glasgow would seem the most appropriate location as this is where Watson learnt to play the game and the location of many of his achievements.
In 2014, a statue to Arthur Wharton was erected at the FA's national football centre, home of England teams and home of FA Education.
As much as Wharton is a most worthy recipient of such an honour, Andrew Watson's achievements in Scotland and his influence on English Football are equally, if not more significant and therefore a memorial has to be erected in recognition of this.
In 2009, the Walter Tull Epitaph at Sixfields Stadium, Northampton was erected to recognise the first man of black heritage to become an officer and lead men into battle in the British Army, and one of this country’s first black professional footballers.
It's time Andrew Watson was similarly recognised.