Richard Johnson scored a spectacular winner to fire Watford to victory at Carlisle United 17 years ago today

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Sport

Saturday, August 16, 1997

Watford undertook their first trip to Carlisle for 19 years and returned with all three points after two second-half goals.

Peter Kennedy got on the end of Gifton Noel-Williams' cross to head home his first competitive goal for the Hornets and Ronny Rosenthal, on his league debut for the club, rolled a free kick back for Richard Johnson to strike an extraordinary clincher from 35 yards.

The two sides were to depart the third tier in opposite directions at the end of the campaign.

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

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