The amount of trophies and world class players Real Madrid have managed to accumulate over their 109 year history is frightening.

Los Blancos have had renowned players from the modern game like Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric and well know greats like Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano wear their colors.

The Galacticos have a rich history of Spanish, Brazilian and Italian players. Within these great names and nations, you’ll see a single Scotsman take his place in Real Madrid history.

Los Blancos are a team rich in footballing history. (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)

Scotland has been the birthplace of many great footballers over the years, but none of them managed what John Fox Watson achieved. Watson is the first and only Scotsman to turn out for the Spanish giants.


Watson was born in Hamilton in 1917 and began his career in settings the polar opposite to where he would go to later in his career. He played for now defunct Douglas Juniors and Waterthistle, becoming a centre-half for both sides.

From there Watson signed for Bury just before WWII broke out, but never made a first team appearance for the Shakers. Watson left Bury and moved to Fulham, where the defender had the most successful period of his career. He played 71 times for Fulham and scored twice over a fruitful two year spell.

Watson became a decent Fulham player. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

His time in London gave him the platform to achieve something which hasn’t been achieved since. In December 1948, Watson made the jump to the Spanish capital. Watson signed for Real Madrid as both a player and a coach at 31 years of age.

Now, Watson perhaps isn’t the first player you think of when you remember some of the great stars of previous years, but he has a special place in Real Madrid’s history. He is a unique player and became a trailblazer for football in the UK.

Watson’s small but significant contribution

Watson would only turn out for Los Blancos on one occasion, but that’s all he needed to make. His singular appearance in a 3-1 defeat to Celta Vigo was enough for the Scotsman to etch himself in Spanish footballing history as one of the first players from the British isles to appear in Spanish football.

The Scotsman was a catalyst for the likes of Jimmy Greaves. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The likes of Jimmy Greaves and Denis Law had their paths paved to AC Milan and Torino because of Watson’s adventures in the Spanish capital. He was a catalyst for British players to take their football outside the UK.

Watson was at the Galacticos in a time which went alongside Los Blancos rebuilding their image as a club. When Watson moved to Madrid, they had just opened their new stadium ‘New Chamartín’. The stadium went on to become know as the Santiago Bernabeu, named after the influential Real Madrid president of the same namesake.

In the years after Watson’s time in Madrid, the club have won 33 La Liga’s, 13 Champions League’s and European Cup’s, plus seven World Club Championships. Watson just missed out on the start of Los Blancos’ dominance across the world, but he still remains a valuable part of their history.

Madrid are one of the world’s greatest clubs.. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

The Scotsman returned to British shores in 1949. He turned out for Crystal Palace for two years, before finishing his career at Canterbury City.

The Scotsman didn’t gain much success or personal gain in Madrid. The one thing nobody can take away from him is his proud title of Real Madrid’s only Scottish player.

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