A lot of Crystal Palace fans are praising former Palace midfielder Ben Watson, dubbed the ‘Peckham Beckham’ by one Eagles supporter, after a fan asked about the player on Twitter.
The central midfielder made 181 appearances for the South London side spanning across six seasons from 2003 to 2009 in which me managed to score 20 goals and provide 16 assists, as per Transfermarkt. He came from the club’s academy and made his professional debut at the age of just 17, so it is easy to see why the player has left fond memories at Selhurst Park.
Was Watson a hero or zero in your eyes?
Many Palace fans believe the player was a great footballer at the club and some wish they could have kept hold of the Englishman for longer, but in 2009 he moved to Wigan for £1.89m and continued to have a great career, including his part in an FA Cup final upset as the Latics beat Manchester City to lift the trophy in 2013, via BBC Sport. He wasn’t just a part of it, however; he came up with the decisive moment as his stoppage time header won the cup for Roberto Martinez’s side.
Here is what these Palace fans had to say following the post about Watson:
So today’s past #cpfc player is Ben Watson, he made his debut at the tender age of just 17 in 2003 . Ben went onto make 189 appearances scoring 20 goals before leaving us in 2009. Was Ben a hero/zero or somewhere in between? pic.twitter.com/rh9Blm3OFO
— Jason Cadle 🦅 (@WhyteleafeEagle) May 6, 2020
I like Ben Watson, wish he’d stayed longer. He had a little bit of class about him. For Millwall alone, he goes into the hero bracket.
— carl (@Carl_Unofficial) May 6, 2020
Hero always gave his best bar the Bristol City penalty miss but proud he went onto better things cheered him loudly when he won the cup with Wigan.
— Angela (@angela_vince) May 6, 2020
Hero 🦸♂️ all day long . Gave 100 percent all the time. Boy could play. Calmness on the ball by receiving then distributing through midfield and setting up play.
— Dipam Patel (@DipsPatel78) May 6, 2020
Hero. The Peckham Beckham. Had a decent career. Shane it wasnt longer with us.
— Steve F (@UpperTierSteve) May 6, 2020
Hero. A lot of fans only started to realise how good he was towards the end of his time here. He was a class above for much of his time here.
— Darryl (@Juppopovic) May 6, 2020
What a credit to football Ben as been all that is good in football Hero
— norman worsfold 🔴🔵 (@cpfc125) May 6, 2020
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