The Family Terrace opened at Vicarage Road 31 years ago today as Watford lost their season opener against Coventry City

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Sport

Saturday, August 27, 1983

Watford entertained Coventry City at Vicarage Road in the first game of the 1983/84 season.

Goals from John Barnes and Richard Jobson couldn't prevent a 3-2 defeat.

The club had lost three senior strikers - Luther Blissett, Ross Jenkins and Gerry Armstrong - over the close season and had signed the first of the new guard, George Reilly, three days earlier; he was to debut the following Tuesday.

The day also saw the opening of the Family Terrace, funded by a campaign the previous season that had included manager Graham Taylor running the London Marathon.

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

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