February 21, 1880

Watford Observer: On this day in south west Hertfordshire On this day in south west Hertfordshire

The first football match between the Watford United and the Hemel Hempstead Clubs was played at Watford on Saturday, and after a pleasant game, ended in a victory for the Watford team by one goal (kicked by C Halsey) to none. For Watford, Halsey and Hatch deserve mention, as also Balderson and Hancock for Hemel Hempstead.

[From the Watford Observer of February 21, 1880]

NOSTALGIA NOTE: It's not clear from the above whether this was football (as we know it today) or rugby. Use of the word "kicked" suggests the latter. Does anyone know?


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