Watford suffered their first top-flight defeat at Manchester City 32 years ago today

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Sport

Saturday, September 4, 1982

Watford's first top-flight defeat came at Maine Road, where an early injury sustained by Joe Corrigan left defender Bobby McDonald in the Manchester City goal for more than half the game.

The 22 shots at goal recorded by the visitors included only six on target, and Graham Taylor drily observed that "If you put a cardboard cut-out in goal and shoot straight at him he'll look adequate."

Dennis Tueart's goal put City top of the table, but fortunes would be reversed at the end of the season as Watford finished second, City being relegated on the final day.

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

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8:44pm Fri 5 Sep 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Yes Nigel Callaghan broke Joe Corrigan's cheek bone in that game.
Yes Nigel Callaghan broke Joe Corrigan's cheek bone in that game. gloryhornet4
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