Watford sold Billy Jennings to West Ham United for a then club record fee 40 years ago today

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Sport

Tuesday, September 3, 1974

Billy Jennings was sold to West Ham United for £110,000, almost doubling the club's record received transfer fee and only £5,000 short of the Hammers' own record outlay at the time.

Disgruntled supporters complaining bitterly of an early end to Watford's promotion hopes in the Watford Observer and they were right - Mike Keen's men were relegated to the fourth division at the end of the season.

Keen, however, defended the sale, explaining that Jennings had been promised the option of leaving on receipt of an acceptable offer when an earlier approach from Portsmouth had been rejected.

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

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8:26am Wed 3 Sep 14

Wisbech Hornet says...

I remember this so well, we were doing really well in the league and in with a shout for promotion, along come West Ham and bye bye Billy. We get relegated to Div4 Billy plays in the FA Cup Final!
Bonser out!!!!!
I remember this so well, we were doing really well in the league and in with a shout for promotion, along come West Ham and bye bye Billy. We get relegated to Div4 Billy plays in the FA Cup Final! Bonser out!!!!! Wisbech Hornet
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10:07am Wed 3 Sep 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Should have had caveat like the Pozzos - if the valuation is met.

A player that scores 29 in a season - wait for more offers.

Bonser - a one man democracy so selling was always on the cards.
Should have had caveat like the Pozzos - if the valuation is met. A player that scores 29 in a season - wait for more offers. Bonser - a one man democracy so selling was always on the cards. gloryhornet4
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11:55am Wed 3 Sep 14

MainStandShambles says...

I loved Billy Jennings as a player. He wasn't the tallest of strikers but he had that rare knack of being able to 'hang' in the air when the ball was coming over.

He would invariably head the ball back across the keeper aswell making it appear to pass behind the custodian on the line.

Good memories.
I loved Billy Jennings as a player. He wasn't the tallest of strikers but he had that rare knack of being able to 'hang' in the air when the ball was coming over. He would invariably head the ball back across the keeper aswell making it appear to pass behind the custodian on the line. Good memories. MainStandShambles
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