Former England defender Watson has brain illness

Fri Feb 14th, 2020 - Nationwide

Dave Watson. Photo: THETIMES

Former England defensive stalwart Dave Watson is suffering from a degenerative brain disease probably brought on by repeatedly heading the ball, his wife revealed on Friday.

Penny Watson said in a statement released to the PA news agency that her 73-year-old husband’s consultant thinks it is “in all probability Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy” — a disease determined as the cause of former West Brom striker Jeff Astle’s death in 2002.

She says the 65-times capped Watson — a member of the Sunderland side that stunned favourites Leeds United in the 1973 FA Cup final — contracted the illness probably as a result of one of his great strengths as a player, namely heading the ball.




source: Guardian