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

by | Mar 3, 2016

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 pitch that looks more than a little like the surface of Venus – in December 1981, with Watford in second place in the table behind local rivals Luton Town and Leicester City in ninth place in the table, six places and eight points off the promotion places. Commentary comes from ATV’s Hugh Johns.

By the time the two teams met in May of the following year, both clubs had enjoyed eventful seasons. Leicester City, meanwhile, had been on a run in the FA Cup which saw them beat Watford in the Fifth Round before losing to Tottenham Hotspur in a semi-final at Villa Park. Luton Town were at the top of the table, but Watford were already promoted with two games to spare. Leicester City went into this match n sixth place in the table, but with four matches left to play. A win at Vicarage Road would give them an excellent chance of joining Watford and Luton in the following season’s First Division. As things would turn out, however, they would pick up just one point from their last four games of the season and would finish the season in eighth place in the table, with Norwich City grabbing that third promotion place. Commentary at Vicarage Road comes from John Motson.

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