Former Watford manager Ken Furphy was born 83 years ago today

On this date in Watford FC's history

On this date in Watford FC's history

First published in Sport

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

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9:19am Wed 28 May 14

Poppet Bear says...

A memorable era.
A memorable era. Poppet Bear
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9:27am Wed 28 May 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Makes me feel old that I saw him play. He was 35 then.

A Sunday paper pundit said when KF retired from playing, that this would make the difference and "now see them go".

Promotion as Champs.

Then the long term saga of Bonser paying for a 150 year lease and a stand and leaving nothing for KF. Result KF played to grind out points. Pinnacle of 3 years in Div II 18th.
Makes me feel old that I saw him play. He was 35 then. A Sunday paper pundit said when KF retired from playing, that this would make the difference and "now see them go". Promotion as Champs. Then the long term saga of Bonser paying for a 150 year lease and a stand and leaving nothing for KF. Result KF played to grind out points. Pinnacle of 3 years in Div II 18th. gloryhornet4
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10:01am Wed 28 May 14

Sahorn says...

As I understand it, the first manager to put Watford on the footballing map.

How is his health - heard he is poorly?

Would be great for the club to invite him to a game if his health allows.
As I understand it, the first manager to put Watford on the footballing map. How is his health - heard he is poorly? Would be great for the club to invite him to a game if his health allows. Sahorn
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10:20am Wed 28 May 14

londomollari says...

Sahorn wrote:
As I understand it, the first manager to put Watford on the footballing map.

How is his health - heard he is poorly?

Would be great for the club to invite him to a game if his health allows.
Sadly, I understand he has some form of dementia, and has problems recognising/remember
ing.
A Watford hero, he took Watford up to the second level of football (todays Championship) for the first time, and somehow kept them up for two years despite having virtually no funds.
This period holds some of my fondest memories
[quote][p][bold]Sahorn[/bold] wrote: As I understand it, the first manager to put Watford on the footballing map. How is his health - heard he is poorly? Would be great for the club to invite him to a game if his health allows.[/p][/quote]Sadly, I understand he has some form of dementia, and has problems recognising/remember ing. A Watford hero, he took Watford up to the second level of football (todays Championship) for the first time, and somehow kept them up for two years despite having virtually no funds. This period holds some of my fondest memories londomollari
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12:12am Fri 30 May 14

Roger Joslyn says...

Third most successful manager in our history me thinks.....

GT, AB, KF
Third most successful manager in our history me thinks..... GT, AB, KF Roger Joslyn
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