A hat-trick of ball signings now repeated

Harry Watson of Lancaster Drive at Hadrian Park, Wallsend, seen with his autographed football signed by Jackie Charlton, Booby Charlton and Wyn Davies.
Harry Watson of Lancaster Drive at Hadrian Park, Wallsend, seen with his autographed football signed by Jackie Charlton, Booby Charlton and Wyn Davies.

A FOOTBALL fan has scored a hat-trick after getting one of his favourite footballers to re-sign a ball he won as a youngster.

Last June, the News Guardian reported how Harry Watson, of Lancaster Drive in Wallsend, had dreamed of getting the autographs of Ashington’s World Cup winning footballing brothers Jack and Bobby Charlton on the ball he won as a prize back in 1966.

In December 1966, just months after England won the World Cup, Harry, then aged 14, was named as the most promising young footballer in the borough in a competition organised by Princes Foods.

The Charlton brothers were lined up to present signed footballs to the young hopefuls, but Manchester United striker Sir Bobby fell ill and could not make the event scheduled for the Gosforth Park Hotel in Newcastle.

Welsh striker Wyn Davies, part of the Newcastle United team that brought home the European trophy in 1969, signed the ball in his place.

But last year, Harry finally netted the autograph of Sir Bobby and met with Wyn who also re-signed the original ball.

However, over the years Jack’s signature had worn off.

Now his final wish has come true as he was reunited with the former Leeds United and England hero at his Northumberland home and he once more put his signature to the ball.

Harry said: “I am absolutely elated.

“It is something that has been going on for quite some time and now getting the whole thing done is fantastic.

“It is something I will never part with.”