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Watford appointed a former England international as manager 51 years ago today
5:30am Saturday 28th June 2014 in Sport
Friday, June 28, 1963
Former England international Bill McGarry was confirmed as Watford's new manager in succession to Ron Burgess.
The appointment followed a bidding war with McGarry's previous club Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, who had ultimately failed to match Watford's final offer which reportedly made McGarry the highest paid manager in the third division.
The disgruntled Cherries subsequently demanded a "fat fee" for McGarry's playing contract, which was refused, forcing the manager's retirement as a player. "I do not think I am worth a fee," he explained to the Watford Observer.
Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day
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