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Watford boss welcomes new publicans
After pulling the first pint (above) at the pub’s official re-opening, he told John and Christine Wheldon: “As this public house is very close to watford FC there is going to be a lot of talk about the team and players and I take it that if you get any criticism from people you will refuse to serve them!”
The pub has been modernised by the Benskin brewery at a cost of £120,000. The public bar is decorated with action photographs taken at Watford’s home and away matches.
Among guests at the lunchtime opening was Taffy Davies, former Watford player and publican of the Red Lion from 1950 to 1976.
The reception was attended by Benskin and Watford FC directors and staff.
[From the Watford Observer of October 17, 1980
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