As part of our community engagement programme, Partick Thistle and the Jags Trust were represented at Sunday’s “The Andrew Watson Homecoming Day” football event at the Toryglen Football Centre.
The tournament organised by Afroscots United Football Club and the African and Caribbean Network formed part of the 2009 Show Racism the Red card fortnight of action and the UK’s Black History Month celebrations. The event was staged over a five hour period and took the form of a five a side tournament with teams drawn form a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
The aim of the tournament was to raise awareness of Andrew Watson, the world's first black association footballer to play at international level, and his achievements as Scotland captain in the 1890’s. Watson was the first black player ever to win a major competition winning several Scottish Cups with Queens Park. He also won three international caps for Scotland: his first cap was a 6 - 1 victory against England, his second a 5 - 1 triumph over Wales and his third was another win over England, the score this time an equally emphatic 5 - 1.