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RIP: Sid Watson

1 September 2021

The club is saddened to learn of the passing of former player Sid Watson, aged 93.

Thomas Sidney Watson was born in December 1927 in Pleasley and at the time of his passing was the club's second oldest living player.

He was a former Bevin Boy who worked at Pleasley Colliery and continued in this profession after signing for the Stags as a part-time pro in 1948.

A year later, he turned full-time. Sid served the club well for 12-and-a-half years and was still playing in local football when he was 51.

Initially an inside forward, he switched to wing-half in 1953. He made over 300 appearances for the club in all competitions and a total of 292 in the Football League. That total is still only bettered by seven other Mansfield Town players.

He was a useful cricketer in the summer months too, turning out for the Pleasley Colliery side until he was 55, when he switched to umpiring in the Bassetlaw League.

He had a Stags' season ticket for many years after he retired from playing.

Sid, as he was always known, is a true legend of Mansfield Town Football Club.

The club sends its condolences to Sid's family at this sad time.

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