Watford lost to Manchester United in an FA Cup third place play-off 44 years ago today

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Friday, April 10, 1970

Watford lost 2-0 to Manchester United at Highbury in front of 15,105 in an FA Cup third place play-off.

This was the first such play-off, a concept that would survive five years before being abandoned.

The match saw the competitive debut of 18-year-old striker Billy Jennings.

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

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7:34am Thu 10 Apr 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Billy Jennings was not really in the game but in 73/4 seasons he was the real deal, hanging in the air so well for headers he even beat keepers to the ball.

Sold to pay the bills for £110k.
Billy Jennings was not really in the game but in 73/4 seasons he was the real deal, hanging in the air so well for headers he even beat keepers to the ball. Sold to pay the bills for £110k. gloryhornet4
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9:50am Thu 10 Apr 14

Poppet Bear says...

I remember standing behind the goal with my parents. Good grief !!!! I had forgotten it was that long ago, oh dear !!!
I remember standing behind the goal with my parents. Good grief !!!! I had forgotten it was that long ago, oh dear !!! Poppet Bear
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2:38pm Thu 10 Apr 14

croxley46 says...

Yes, I remember going too, as a 24 year old with a mate from work. No atmosphere due to such a low turn-out. No wonder they abandoned the 3rd/4th play-off idea!
I was also at White Hart lane for the semi v Chelsea when we were hammered 5-1 on a "pitch" resembling Blackpool beach!
Yes, I remember going too, as a 24 year old with a mate from work. No atmosphere due to such a low turn-out. No wonder they abandoned the 3rd/4th play-off idea! I was also at White Hart lane for the semi v Chelsea when we were hammered 5-1 on a "pitch" resembling Blackpool beach! croxley46
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