Saturday, April 26, 1997

Prior to the final home game of the season, general manager Graham Taylor took to the field with a microphone to announce the return of Elton John to the club as chairman and front-man of a consortium that had bought out Jack Petchey.

"Elton's coming home!" was his closing message, rousing the crowd to euphoria.

The subsequent exchanges with champions-to-be Bury soon settled the mood, a 0-0 draw punctuated with a late penalty opportunity passed up by Tommy Mooney, mathematically ending hopes of a play-off place.

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