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Joseph “Connie” Watkins

Joseph Clark “Connie” Watkins

His parents, Robert and Emma, both came from Pepperstock.  Joseph was born in Slip End in 1875.  The family moved to Luton and lived at 125 Castle Street in 1881.

Broke into the reserves in September 1891.  Debut for the first team was on the 22nd October 1892 when Chesher was injured and Connie played at inside right against Nottingham Forest.  Had a good run of games in the first team that season as a forward in on the right or left.  However, he was a half back.  He moved there at the start of the 1893/94 season and he kept his place. The club committee agreed on the 18th September 1893 “that Watkins be signed on at once to be paid on the same terms as the other Town players from the time he commenced play”.  He dropped back to half back and held his place all season alongside Julian and Arthur Taylor.  He played in the final of the Luton Charity Cup in 1894 so holds a winners medal.  

 

 

 

Dropped down to the reserves where he was content to stay.  The photo left shows him in the 1905/06 team photo, standing centre.

1891 – Straw Hat Blocker with parents at 28 Midland Road, Luton

He married Francis Morton in early 1899 and by 1901 he was still a  Straw Hat Blocker living with Fanny who is aged 24 at 37 Bailey Street, Luton

1911 lived at 56 Henry Street, Luton – Straw Hatter with Frances (Fanny) who is now 36.    

No record of any marriage or children.  

 

 

 

 

Connie was still playing at the start of the 1907/08 season when he captained the Whites in a pre season warm up game against the Blues.  There was some debate about his place in the reserves as the clip below shows, from the Luton Times of the 6th September 1907.  

Moved to 30 Peache Street Luton where he was residing when he passed away in 1927.  The Luton News of 29th November 1927 published the photo below