SUNDERLAND and Liverpool football clubs have joined together to honour a former manager who led both teams to glory.
Tom Watson successfully managed the Black Cats from 1889 to 1896, guiding the Wearsiders to their first three league championships before triumphantly managing Liverpool between 1896 and 1915, leading the Reds to their first two titles.
It is an extremely proud moment for both myself and our family that my granddad has been honoured in such a manner.Gerald Jensen, grandson of Tom Watson
To mark a century since his death, Tom’s grandson Gerald Jensen flew over especially from the United States to assist with the unveiling of a new headstone at Anfield cemetery.
Both clubs have contributed towards the cost of the headstone of their hugely successful former manager, who had been buried in an unmarked grave.
Tom’s grandson, Gerald Jensen, said: “It is an extremely proud moment for both myself and our family that my grandad has been honoured in such a manner.
“It is testament to both clubs that they have contributed towards the cost of the headstone of somebody who was a big success at both Liverpool Football Club and Sunderland AFC.
“I know that my granddad will be smiling down, beaming with pride that his success in football has been recognised by two fantastic football clubs.”
Eric Doig, grandson of legendary Sunderland goalkeeper Ned Doig, played a key role in Watson being honoured and was delighted when both clubs combined to unveil the headstone.
Eric said: “I am thrilled that both Liverpool Football Club and Sunderland AFC have decided to honour the late, great Tom Watson.
“The story is particularly close to my heart as my grandfather, Teddy Doig, actually played for Sunderland whilst Tom was in charge, before being signed by Tom when he moved to manage Liverpool.
“My grandfather also carried Tom’s coffin at his funeral, so this is an extremely personal story for me.”