Timothy Michael Watson (born 13 July 1961) is a former Australian rules footballer and coach, sports journalist and media personality.
Watson with Channel 7 in June 2017
|Full name||Timothy Michael Watson|
|Date of birth||13 July 1961|
|Place of birth||Dimboola, Victoria|
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||96 kg (212 lb)|
|Position(s)||Half forward flank, ruck-rover|
|1977–1991, 1993–1994||Essendon||307 (335)|
|Representative team honours|
|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.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Watson is notable for his long career at the Essendon Football Club as a player where he participated in several premiership teams. He was the fourth-youngest player ever to play in the VFL/AFL competition and made a comeback after retirement which included another premiership.
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.
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. 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.
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".
Watson was the coach of the St Kilda Football Club in 1999 and 2000. His success was limited, with the side winning only 12 of the 44 matches they played while he was in charge. In 2000, St Kilda won only two games for the entire season and Watson resigned during the year, forgoing the final year of his three-year contract.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
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.
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'. 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 the same man, Kevin Sheedy. Tim also has a younger brother Rick who currently lives in Tocumwal in New South Wales.
- Smith, Patrick (24 June 2009) Buckley no elementary solution
- Lovett, Michael, ed. (2005). AFL 2005. Melbourne, Victoria: AFL Publishing. p. 542. ISBN 0-9580300-6-5.
- Previous MVP winners (8 September 2008)
- 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.
- 2000 AFL review Archived 7 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine
- Tim Watson's player profile at AFL Tables
- Tim Watson's coaching profile at AFL Tables
- Victorian Father of the Year – past winners Archived 13 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Wilson, Caroline (29 June 2003). "Watsons show it's still a family game".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tim Watson.|
- Tim Watson – Champions of Essendon
- Tim Watson – SEN profile
- Tim Watson – Saxton Speakers Bureau
- Tim Watson – 7news profile
| Seven News Melbourne
Weekend sport presenter
October 2000 – November 2013
| Seven News Melbourne
Weeknight sport presenter
November 2013 –