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Watford's FA Cup final, 30 years on
Watford Football Club met Everton in the FA Cup final 30 years ago today.
Although the Hornets lost the match in 1984, the 2-0 defeat remains one of the most significant days in the club's history.
Looking back on the occasion, team captain Les Taylor told the Watford Observer: "I’m still the only player to lead Watford out at an FA Cup final.
"That day meant a great deal to me personally and the medal did as well."
Les Taylor leading the team
Wilf Rostron had been due to captain the Hornets at Wembley but he was forced to sit out after being sent off in a league game against Luton Town.
The second goal in the match was particularly controversial as Hornets fans felt Andy Gray had fouled goalkeeper Steve Sherwood after heading the ball from his hands.
Mr Taylor said: "On the day I had a really good game. Most of our best chances fell to me. The only thing that spoiled it was I didn’t score.
"Everton scored after 20 minutes but we had quite a few chances and not bad chances. Their second goal in the end was a bit controversial.
Watford fan Andy Wainwright
Mr Taylor added: "But for a club like Watford to have the run we had from the bottom division to the top division and play in Europe, it was the height of my career.
"And to be captain in the FA Cup final was tremendous and a great honour. They are great memories.
"The fans remember that day and when I come back, it’s one of the memories of a lifetime that you don’t forget."
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