Centre half Willie Watson played for Hibernian and Ayr United during the 1930’s. It was said of him at the time: “Coming as a raw junior from Stoneyburn, Watson made a name for himself in senior football by a great display against McGrory of Celtic, and was hailed as a second Raisbeck. A fine figure of a man, he would happily impersonate Rob Roy with his red locks and air of daring resistance. Defensive play is his strong point and in this respect he is one of the safest men in the game”. He was signed by Hibernian from Stoneyburn Juniors, and made his Scottish League debut in a 2-1 home defeat to Rangers in December 1930, soon establishing himself as a first team regular. He had six seasons at Easter Road, scoring 13 goals in 176 appearances, making his last appearance for Hibs in September 1935, when he was a victim of the cull after Hibernian lost 8-3 to Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle, before joining Ayr United.