Watford clinched a historic promotion 45 years ago today

On this date in Watford FC's history

On this date in Watford FC's history

First published in Sport

Tuesday, April 15, 1969

Victory over Plymouth Argyle at Vicarage Road confirmed Watford's promotion to the second tier of the Football League for the first time.

The club's highest league crowd of the season - dwarfed only by what remains the club's record attendance during the FA Cup replay with Manchester United - saw a disputed Roy Sinclair goal settle the game and seal promotion.

The victory provoked emotional scenes, as the crowd invaded the pitch on the final whistle and Ken Furphy's side took a bow from the directors' box.

Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day

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2:15pm Tue 15 Apr 14

the sniper says...

I was at that game with my Dad and brother,I was 8 and my brother 6,we all still go together and now sit in the Rookery, the ol' man is now 82 ,he watched the Hornets for the first time when he was 7 and has watched them ever since....75 years, I think he deserves a medal
I was at that game with my Dad and brother,I was 8 and my brother 6,we all still go together and now sit in the Rookery, the ol' man is now 82 ,he watched the Hornets for the first time when he was 7 and has watched them ever since....75 years, I think he deserves a medal the sniper
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4:54pm Tue 15 Apr 14

CARDIFFHORN says...

That was the first and last time I went in the pond!,,
That was the first and last time I went in the pond!,, CARDIFFHORN
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8:19pm Tue 15 Apr 14

gloryhornet4 says...

the sniper wrote:
I was at that game with my Dad and brother,I was 8 and my brother 6,we all still go together and now sit in the Rookery, the ol' man is now 82 ,he watched the Hornets for the first time when he was 7 and has watched them ever since....75 years, I think he deserves a medal
Good on you all. Nice to hear all about true supporters, which clubs like Man U fill find out next season that they don't have that many.
[quote][p][bold]the sniper[/bold] wrote: I was at that game with my Dad and brother,I was 8 and my brother 6,we all still go together and now sit in the Rookery, the ol' man is now 82 ,he watched the Hornets for the first time when he was 7 and has watched them ever since....75 years, I think he deserves a medal[/p][/quote]Good on you all. Nice to hear all about true supporters, which clubs like Man U fill find out next season that they don't have that many. gloryhornet4
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