POSITION: Left-back

JOINED: June 1958

FIRST MATCH: 04/09/1961 vs Chelmsford City (A)





Darby Watts was known to all City supporters for his commitment to the club and the cause. Watts certainly had a hard man image but his do or die attitude endeared him to a generation of Guildford fans. Watts joined City as a 19-year-old in 1961 after being released from his hometown Portsmouth FC. His early years at the club coincided with quite probably Guildford City’s best ever side during the early to mid-1960s. This was a side that won the prestigious Southern League Cup in 1962-63 and 1965-66; were runners up in the same competition in 1964-65, the same season that the side came perilously close to winning the Southern League Championship, losing out to Weymouth by two points after a challenging end of season run of six matches in 11 days. Between 1961-62 and 1964-65 the team finished 3rd, 4th, 4th and 2nd in what was a very competitive league. Watts rugged approach did see him fall foul of the FA from time to time, and on one occasion he was sent-off within minutes of kick-off. But Watts was the sort of player you wanted by you when the going got tough, and everyone at Guildford City loved him for it. Darby is the all-time appearance maker for Guildford City and arguably the greatest of them all.