Born in Demerara, British Guyana, Andrew Watson was the son of a Scottish clerk and joint plantation owner, and a free woman of colour. He was brought to England as a young child and provided for by his wealthy father, receiving a first-class education, and becoming an English gentleman. Moving to Glasgow to enter University, he discovered football and dropped out after only a few weeks, choosing to become a footballer.
Seemingly unfamiliar with football, having played rugby at school, in Glasgow he would be schooled by the most advanced practitioners of the association game. Investing his own money in the Parkgrove Football Club, his talent developed rapidly, he would be elected club captain and club secretary. With Parkgrove, he became the first man of colour to take on the role of a football administrator, a position he would also hold at Queen’s Park. When Parkgrove collapsed, he joined one of the best clubs in the world at that time, Queen’s Park.
With the ‘Spiders’, Watson became the first man of colour to win trophies in football, and he lifted the Scottish Association Cup three times and the Glasgow Charity Cup four times. He once went a whole season without losing a game. Before he was selected to play for the National team, he represented Glasgow in the prestigious intercity fixtures with Sheffield.