Watford stunned promotion-chasing Swansea City 37 years ago today

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Saturday, May 7, 1977

Managerless since the departure of Mike Keen six weeks previously and with little to play for, the Hornets travelled to the Vetch Field to face Swansea City.

The home side required wins in their final two games to guarantee promotion to the third division and so were stunned to find themselves four goals down at the interval; Alan Mayes (twice), Keith Mercer and Ross Jenkins were the scorers, with Bobby Downes inflicting much of the damage down the left flank.

Jeremy Charles pulled a goal back in the second half for the Swans, who would have to wait 12 months for promotion behind the Hornets.

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

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11:11am Wed 7 May 14

gloryhornet4 says...

That was no a bad attacking line up.
That was no a bad attacking line up. gloryhornet4
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6:53pm Wed 7 May 14

The Swavesey gent' says...

I was at that game - very good day out - the natives weren't too impressed with our first half showing.... There's lovely init
I was at that game - very good day out - the natives weren't too impressed with our first half showing.... There's lovely init The Swavesey gent'
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11:51am Thu 8 May 14

gloryhornet4 says...

The Swavesey gent' wrote:
I was at that game - very good day out - the natives weren't too impressed with our first half showing.... There's lovely init
Even 37 years ago we were not able to avoid letting our half time lead slip a bit.
[quote][p][bold]The Swavesey gent'[/bold] wrote: I was at that game - very good day out - the natives weren't too impressed with our first half showing.... There's lovely init[/p][/quote]Even 37 years ago we were not able to avoid letting our half time lead slip a bit. gloryhornet4
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