Newcastle born Tom Watson had been involved in the formation of Newcastle United where he was Secretary at Newcastle’s East End and West End clubs before he became manager of Sunderland in June 1889. While their manager Sunderland won three League Championships in 1891-92, 1892-93 and 1894-95, making him the most successful manager in their history. Watson’s Sunderland were declared the “Team of All Talents” by William McGregor, the founder of the Football League, after a 6-1 win against Aston Villa in September 1892.
In August 1896 he became the manager of Liverpool and led them to League Championships in 1901 and 1906. In winning the League title with both clubs he was the first manager to do so with two clubs, and there have been only three others since – Herbert Chapman, Brian Clough and Kenny Dalglish. Watson also took Liverpool to their first FA Cup Final in 1914, which they lost 1-0 to Burnley. He died from pneumonia aged 56 in May 1915 while still their manager.