Thursday, May 28, 1931

Ken Furphy was born in Stockon-on-Tees, County Durham.

Recruited as a player-manager to replace Bill McGarry in 1964, Furphy presided over Watford's first promotion to the second division in 1969 and the club's first FA Cup semi-final a year later.

Having been hamstrung by a lack of funds he left for Blackburn Rovers in 1971 and later managed Pele at New York Cosmos.

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