Tuesday, September 2, 1980
Having gone down 4-0 to Southampton at the Dell in the first leg of their League Cup second round tie, few gave the Hornets much chance of salvaging more than pride in the second leg despite the absence through injury of Kevin Keegan.
By half-time the home side were two up through Malcolm Poskett and Ray Train. Martin Patching added a third, but a Steve Sims own goal with less than 20 minutes remaining appeared to end any hopes of a comeback.
Within a minute, however, Chris Nicholl fouled Ross Jenkins in the penalty area and Ian Bolton converted the spot kick. Jenkins himself made it 5-1, and when Charlie George hit the bar with a late screamer the game went into extra-time.
Teenage substitute Nigel Callaghan added a sixth before Poskett rounded Katalinic for his second to complete an extraordinary 7-1 scoreline.
Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book,Watford FC On This Day