Tag: Watford

Video of the Day: West Bromwich Albion vs Watford, April 1983

This weekend’s Premier League match between Watford and West Bromwich Albion falls quite squarely into that category of matches that we might consider “dead rubbers.” Both of the teams competing have already done enough to ensure that relegation isn’t going to be troubling their minds over the last few weeks of the season, whilst the possibility of European qualification is also beyond both clubs, for this season. And for today’s video we’re going all the way back to the corresponding fixture from – more or less – this weekend, thirty-three years ago. Watford were heading for Europe for the...

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Video of the Day: Watford vs Everton, August 1982

The tangled webs we weave. It is something of a peculiarity of football history that the fortunes of Watford and Everton should have intertwined in the past, but it is a phenomenon exists, at least from the perspective of the Hornets. The club’s first – and to date only – FA Cup final appearance came against them in the 1984 FA Cup final and they share the same music in the form of the title music to the TV show Z-Cars, which is based on the traditional folk song “Johnny Todd”, a traditional folk song strongly associated with the...

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Video of the Day: Watford vs Leicester City, 1981/82

When Leicester City take the pitch at Vicarage Road late on Saturday afternoon, they will do so as – barring an improbably large home win in the lunchtime North London derby at White Hart Lane – the leaders of the Premier League. This morning, however, we have two matches from a season when neither side was in the top division of the English league system. At the time of the 1981/82 season, Watford had never played top flight football and were pushing hard for promotion behind their local rivals. The two sides met at Filbert Street – on a...

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Video of the Day: Aston Villa vs Watford (& Others), February 1983

The Fifth Round of the FA Cup starts today, and as of yet there haven’t been many surprises in what has felt like a somewhat underwhelming competition, so far this season. Perhaps today will throw up an interesting result or two. Still, one disappointing season does not a useless competition make, and for our little blast from the past we’re going all the way back to 1983 for a complete edition of London Weekend Television’s The Big Match from the same stage of the competition, with matches between Aston Villa and Watford, Everton and Spurs, and Middlesbrough and Arsenal....

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Video of the Day: Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, January 1981

The late 1970s and early 1980s were an exciting time to be a Watford supporter. Under the stewardship of Graham Taylor, the Hornets had been promoted from the Fourth Division in 1978 and had managed a second successive promotion a year later, and while the club’s upward ascent had stalled slightly in the second tier of the English league system, by the time of the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in 1981 it was comfortably positioned in a mid-table position in the Second Division and still looking in an upward direction. The 1980/81 season would finish with Watford...

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