John Watkiss was born in Willenhall, England, on 28 March 1941. Watkiss was a versatile football player, who could fit in anywhere across the park. However, he was best known for his role in defence.


Watkiss grew up with fellow Australian representative player, Johnny Warren. Their friendship remained strong until Warren's untimely death in 2004 from lung cancer. Watkiss was a member of the Canterbury Babes (Canterbury-Marrickville) and played for APIA-Leichhardt, Hakoah and Sutherland from 1957 to 1978.


He participated in three FIFA World Cup campaigns and was part of the 1974 Socceroos squad that qualified for the finals in West Germany. Representing Australia in 23 full A-internationals between 1965 and 1974, Watkiss was a popular figure in the national team setup.


Nicknamed Horse, for reasons reserved for those familiar with the 1974 team, Watkiss is still regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever played for the Socceroos. These days, he can be found on the golf course or spending time with his eight grandchildren.


Watkiss Street in the Sydney suburb of Glenwood is named after him.

Johnny Horse Watkiss T-shirt

SKU: FC0000499
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    • Unisex, regular fit 
    • Crew neck 
    • Mid-weight, 180 GSM
    • 100% combed cotton
    • Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
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