Watford played their first game as the Hornets 55 years ago today

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Sport

Saturday, August 22, 1959

Watford made an inauspicious start to what would prove to be their first promotion season in more than 50 years, drawing 0-0 with Stockport County at Vicarage Road.

The game was Watford's first in their new colours of gold and black, the accompanying 'Hornets' nickname had also already been selected in a competition run by the Supporters' Club.

Dennis Uphill was among four home debutants.

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

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9:04am Fri 22 Aug 14

John Howard Norfolk says...

Yes - I was there.
I had already been watching them in blue and white in the old Third Division South when they were known as the Brewers (I think?).
It always amused me to see the ball walloped over the touch line and hitting one of the low slung lights hanging over the dog track as the lamp would swing madly for AGES!
Does anyone else remember the ground staff hooking numbers on the fence to show the half time scores at other grounds?
Yes - I was there. I had already been watching them in blue and white in the old Third Division South when they were known as the Brewers (I think?). It always amused me to see the ball walloped over the touch line and hitting one of the low slung lights hanging over the dog track as the lamp would swing madly for AGES! Does anyone else remember the ground staff hooking numbers on the fence to show the half time scores at other grounds? John Howard Norfolk
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1:02pm Fri 22 Aug 14

SamTheEagle says...

We must be about the same age John. I too remember the greyhound track (my dad used to take me occasionally) the metal numbers which hung beneath letters. You needed a programme to marry up the letter to the teams playing. Blue and white too - Bobby Bell
We must be about the same age John. I too remember the greyhound track (my dad used to take me occasionally) the metal numbers which hung beneath letters. You needed a programme to marry up the letter to the teams playing. Blue and white too - Bobby Bell SamTheEagle
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2:04pm Fri 22 Aug 14

gloryhornet4 says...

John Howard Norfolk wrote:
Yes - I was there.
I had already been watching them in blue and white in the old Third Division South when they were known as the Brewers (I think?).
It always amused me to see the ball walloped over the touch line and hitting one of the low slung lights hanging over the dog track as the lamp would swing madly for AGES!
Does anyone else remember the ground staff hooking numbers on the fence to show the half time scores at other grounds?
John/Sam,

The dog track much needed cash and meant we had to have special permission to play cup games on a Tuesday, as the dog meetings were Weds.

Everything painted black and yellow and the little wooden hut at Vic Rd end selling club goodies. Those supporters club badges - cards for fixture lists. Photos for sale of Sculli Endeani and Garbetti.

The slate numbers - died with modern technology of course.

To burst the bubble of MOTD celebrating 50 years today - I remember a senior exec the BBC saying that if they had their way they would have only shown First Div football, but they had to show two Div 3 and Div 4 games a season.

It was said as if anything outside the top flight was poo. Terrible insult to true supporters who support their local team.
[quote][p][bold]John Howard Norfolk[/bold] wrote: Yes - I was there. I had already been watching them in blue and white in the old Third Division South when they were known as the Brewers (I think?). It always amused me to see the ball walloped over the touch line and hitting one of the low slung lights hanging over the dog track as the lamp would swing madly for AGES! Does anyone else remember the ground staff hooking numbers on the fence to show the half time scores at other grounds?[/p][/quote]John/Sam, The dog track much needed cash and meant we had to have special permission to play cup games on a Tuesday, as the dog meetings were Weds. Everything painted black and yellow and the little wooden hut at Vic Rd end selling club goodies. Those supporters club badges - cards for fixture lists. Photos for sale of Sculli Endeani and Garbetti. The slate numbers - died with modern technology of course. To burst the bubble of MOTD celebrating 50 years today - I remember a senior exec the BBC saying that if they had their way they would have only shown First Div football, but they had to show two Div 3 and Div 4 games a season. It was said as if anything outside the top flight was poo. Terrible insult to true supporters who support their local team. gloryhornet4
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9:06pm Fri 22 Aug 14

John Howard Norfolk says...

Thinking back all those years - why is it we remember the defenders? Catleugh, McNeice and Chung? Bobby Bell of course.
And Freddy Bunce who I think scored an impressive own goal once. The old big size programmes on white paper were replaced with smaller ones on yellow paper. 6d each I think. At reserve games you got a single sheet for 2d. Oh yes - and lucky programme numbers announced at half time. I won once and got two tickets for the cinema.
As I got older I learned to crouch down and go through the kids turnstile to save my pocket money! I don't think the turnstile men cared much.
Thinking back all those years - why is it we remember the defenders? Catleugh, McNeice and Chung? Bobby Bell of course. And Freddy Bunce who I think scored an impressive own goal once. The old big size programmes on white paper were replaced with smaller ones on yellow paper. 6d each I think. At reserve games you got a single sheet for 2d. Oh yes - and lucky programme numbers announced at half time. I won once and got two tickets for the cinema. As I got older I learned to crouch down and go through the kids turnstile to save my pocket money! I don't think the turnstile men cared much. John Howard Norfolk
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