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Watford secured their highest league finish 31 years ago today after beating Liverpool in Bob Paisley's final game
5:30am Wednesday 14th May 2014 in Sport
Saturday, May 14, 1983
Watford hosted re-crowned Champions Liverpool in the final game of their first season in the top flight in front of a crowd of more than 27,000.
Midfielder Martin Patching, who was in the process of retiring from the game due to chronic knee ligament damage, skinned Alan Hansen to score a memorable opener. Luther Blissett added an untidy second at the start of the second half before Liverpool, managed by Bob Paisley for the last time, clawed back a consolation through Craig Johnston's mishit cross.
Celebration greeted both news of Manchester United's defeat at Notts County, confirming Watford's runners-up spot and, more surprisingly, news of Luton Town's victory at Maine Road, this securing their survival.
Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day
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