Watford thumped Southampton in their first ever away game in the top flight 32 years ago today

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Sport

Saturday, August 31, 1982

The Hornets' first away trip in the top flight took them to the Dell where Southampton were put to the sword 4-1.

Playing a 4-2-4 formation, goals from Gerry Armstrong and Ross Jenkins plus a brace from Nigel Callaghan did the damage.

Southampton boss Lawrie McMenemy, later a colleague of Graham Taylor's on the England coaching staff, concded that first division teams "are not used to facing that kind of pressure".

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

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9:42am Sun 31 Aug 14

tommy gunn says...

Boy do I remember that game. I was on holiday in Bournemouth and together with my 7 yr old son went to the game. The Dell was a great old ground for vocal encouragement for the home team and quite intimidating for visiting teams. When the players came out the usual chant of ' who the f...... hell are you' rang out when the Horns entered the stadium , they soon found out who we were that day.!
Boy do I remember that game. I was on holiday in Bournemouth and together with my 7 yr old son went to the game. The Dell was a great old ground for vocal encouragement for the home team and quite intimidating for visiting teams. When the players came out the usual chant of ' who the f...... hell are you' rang out when the Horns entered the stadium , they soon found out who we were that day.! tommy gunn
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7:22pm Sun 31 Aug 14

bornyellow says...

The great talent of Callaghan....what a player
The great talent of Callaghan....what a player bornyellow
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9:47am Mon 1 Sep 14

watford4ever says...

What a great result that was, we were all over them!
What a great result that was, we were all over them! watford4ever
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