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Watford's first spell in the top flight came to an end 26 years ago today
5:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014 in Sport
Saturday, April 23, 1988
With Watford's scheduled opponents Arsenal due to play in the League Cup final the next day, the Hornets were without a fixture.
The date with Arsenal at Highbury had actually been brought forward and Watford had gained their customary victory over the Gunners through a Rick Holden goal the previous week.
This proved to be insufficient to stave off relegation, and Steve Harrison's side could only watch on as a win for Charlton Athletic over Newcastle United and West Ham's draw with Coventry City confirmed the end of Watford's first spell in the top flight.
Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day
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