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Blyth Spartans’ Jordan Watson: ‘Birmingham won’t want to be here’

The FA Cup third-round tie gives Blyth defender a chance to showcase his talents to a wider audience and help win back a place in the professional ranks after an injury nightmare
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Jordan Watson was desperate to talk to his father but after dialling the number, words refused to form. “I couldn’t speak,” he recalls. “I was so upset I handed the phone to the physio and he told my Dad. After that, I got my head up.”

It was autumn 2013 and the Northern Ireland Under-19 international, then regarded as one of the most promising young left-backs at Sunderland, had just learned that his cruciate ligament had ruptured for a second time. After 12 months on the sidelines, Watson’s knee failed to withstand his comeback training session with the club’s reserves and the events which would lead him to an upstairs lounge at Croft Park on a wintry morning this week were set in motion.

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