During his time at Burnley, the club won both the FA Cup and the League Championship, won promotion from the second Division, were runners up in the League, and went on a record 30 game consecutive undefeated run, all encapsulating the First World War.
Billy Watson was born in Birkdale, Southport, and was spotted by Burnley playing for his home side in 1907, he took his time in securing the position of left half, but when he did, he did not relinquish it for over 10 year. He played his model consistency and was rewarded with 3 international caps for England, which would have been more without the inception of the First World War.
Billy Watson was the only player to play every game of the Championship winning side of 1920/21. He retired from league football in 1925, taking up a coaching role at Accrington and then later at Blackburn, where he also captained the Rovers A side.
After a number of trades including being an ironmonger and painter, he became a local councillor to his home town. On 01 September 1955, Billy Watson died.