Wattsie writes another winner

John ‘K’ Watts with, from left, Upper Swan and Districts Junior Football Club president Keith Hannah, Under 14s captain Matt Hannah and barber Dean Trew. Picture: Marcus Whisson d410025
John ‘K’ Watts with, from left, Upper Swan and Districts Junior Football Club president Keith Hannah, Under 14s captain Matt Hannah and barber Dean Trew. Picture: Marcus Whisson d410025

Part of a Swan Districts Junior Football competition, the club needed an updated song and according to coach Dean Trew there was no better person to do it.

Mr Trew is owner of The Specialist Men’s Barber Shop in Maylands and has cut Watts’ hair for years.

He said the arrangement came about after a chat with the former television personality during a routine haircut.

‘Wattsie told me this year was the 50th since he wrote the Geelong club song,’ Trew said.

‘I asked him if he thought he had another song in him and he said he would love to write one for the club.’

Battling bone cancer and having recently suffered two strokes, the former footballer, who tied on the boots for the Geelong Football Club and WAFL club East Perth, wrote a song about men going into battle to the tune of Stout Hearted Men from the 1940s movie New Moon.

The larger than life character, who lives in Scarborough with wife Lorraine, said it was good to be able to sit down and do something he quite enjoyed after the health setbacks and it was great to see the song had been well received by the club.

‘The response to the Upper Swan Districts Junior Football Club song has been fantastic,’ Watts said.

‘I had written this football song to the tune of Stout Hearted Men when Dean asked me if I could write a song for the club.

‘I immediately said I’ve got just the one and sat down at the piano and penned some new lyrics, which they have been very happy with.’

‘I really enjoyed it, as I used to play piano and I would often sit down and play and write songs.’

The 76-year-old, who was given the initial K for ‘know all’ by the former general manager of Channel 7 Perth Brian Treasure.

The affectionate nickname was because Watts claimed to know all there was to know about football.

Watts said he is happy to now be living the quite retired life with his wife.