Watford paid their second highest fee in history at that point to sign a player from Stoke City 61 years ago today

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Monday, June 29, 1953

Watford paid their second highest transfer fee to that point in recruiting 29-year-old Roy Brown from Stoke City for over £5,000.

Signed as a forward, Brown scored 21 goals in his first season but later moved back to centre-half, both positions employing Brown's aerial prowess to good effect.

He was one of the few black professionals of his era but not the first to play for Watford, the Cother brothers beating him by more than 50 years.

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

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