It is with a heavy heart that Leigh Watts has announced his retirement from football. Having sustained one too many injuries, the doctor has advised Leigh to call time on his footballing career before any real damage takes place.
The ‘hull will be worse off for not having Leigh in the squad, with his experience and expertise having been felt in the team in his time at the club and must now continue with the veteran forward hanging up his boots.
Leigh started his career with St Thomas at the grand age of 15 in 1993. He then moved on to St Marys and then Renewal Solihull, before finally ending up at Monyhull for his last few seasons.
Leigh was lucky enough to win two Division two titles, two division one titles, two WMCFL Cup Winners medals and one runner up medal.
Despite being unlucky with injuries he scored 60 goals until the injuries finally caught up with him at the grand old age of 35, having played in the league for 20 years.
Leigh reflected on his time in the league, “the last 20 years have been a pleasure playing in this league, I have seen it grow from just one division into three, with the standard of football increasing every season, with Christian and non Christian men coming together for the love of football”
Monyhull gaffer, John Millist added, “Leigh is one of those rare characters, who has consistently performed and has offered something at every club he has played for. I am sure each club he has played for have nothing but good things to say about him and we at Monyhull want to thank him for everything he has put into our club and has been a good role model for a lot of our younger lads. We are gutted to be losing him as a player and he will be incredibly hard to replace”.
Despite no longer pulling on a ‘hull shirt, rumours are rife of Leigh being involved as part of the back room staff. Perhaps there will be news of this at a later date.
For now, we at Monyhull, on behalf of all clubs played for and the league as a whole would like to thank Leigh, for his effort, attitude and example in his 20 years in the league.
Perhaps Leigh is due a testimonial…