Former Watford and Tranmere Rovers player Roy Sinclair has died

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The funeral of former Watford player Roy Sinclair was held yesterday following his death at the age of 68.

The midfielder was at Vicarage Road from 1969 to 1972 and the Watford Observer’s former assistant editor Oliver Phillips, who was Hornets correspondent at the time, recalls: “Roy was an £11,000 buy from Tranmere Rovers in 1969, as manager Ken Furphy sought to push home Watford’s successful and first-ever promotion to the second tier. It was his highest transfer investment up to that time and not a very successful one.

“Roy had skill and could work hard, but he was not as mobile as the man he was bought to replace, Dixie Hale, who as the supporters had it, was ‘here there and *!#@!!!!* everywhere’.

“Roy made only 50 appearances for Watford despite participating in four seasons. He failed to make a real impression in midfield under Furphy and was injured, loaned and generally out of favour under George Kirby in the infamous 1971/72 campaign after which he was given a free transfer.

“An engaging individual, his claim to Watford fame is that in his second appearance for the Hornets he hit the winning goal to clinch promotion, the shot coming down off the bar. After the pitch invasion, presentation of the champagne-swigging players in the directors’ box, Plymouth claimed the ball did not cross the line, but who the hell was listening.

“Sadly for the player, it was downhill all the way and he also missed out on the subsequent FA Cup run to the semi-final in 1970, mainly through injury, after which he never made an impact.”

The Liverpool-born player joined Tranmere as a teenager in 1962 and helped the club to win promotion from the fourth division to the third in the 1966/67 season. A favourite with the Prenton Park fans, he scored 18 goals in 166 appearances before moving to Vicarage Road.

Following his departure from Vicarage Road, Sinclair moved to America and played for a number of clubs before retiring from the game in 1981.

He went on to become head coach of Seattle University but after returning to this country, was a regular guest at the club where he first made his name.

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12:09pm Thu 24 Jan 13

londomollari says...

The highlight of his Watford career was his first handfull of games. Furphy was brilliant at forming a good team from free transfers and rejects but Sinclair, a big investment at the time, sadly failed.
My sympathy to his family and friends.
The highlight of his Watford career was his first handfull of games. Furphy was brilliant at forming a good team from free transfers and rejects but Sinclair, a big investment at the time, sadly failed. My sympathy to his family and friends. londomollari
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12:15pm Thu 24 Jan 13

laddie hornets says...

He scored the goal which took Watford into the Second Division for the first time in 1969, and for that moment he is part of Watford's history!
He scored the goal which took Watford into the Second Division for the first time in 1969, and for that moment he is part of Watford's history! laddie hornets
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12:32pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Sahorn says...

laddie hornets wrote:
He scored the goal which took Watford into the Second Division for the first time in 1969, and for that moment he is part of Watford's history!
Agree with that.
68 is too young and I trust our 'Family Club' was represented in some way.

Is there any news on the health of Ken Furphy? I'm sure it would be appreciated by the many fans who witnessed that successful era.
[quote][p][bold]laddie hornets[/bold] wrote: He scored the goal which took Watford into the Second Division for the first time in 1969, and for that moment he is part of Watford's history![/p][/quote]Agree with that. 68 is too young and I trust our 'Family Club' was represented in some way. Is there any news on the health of Ken Furphy? I'm sure it would be appreciated by the many fans who witnessed that successful era. Sahorn
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1:09pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Eastsussexhornet says...

A fairly negative obituary. Shame. One would have thought that they could have made it a little more upbeat.
A fairly negative obituary. Shame. One would have thought that they could have made it a little more upbeat. Eastsussexhornet
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2:29pm Thu 24 Jan 13

craig239 says...

When he hit that shot he became a Watford Legend. He was not a failure. Thank you Roy for making 20 odd thousand people so happy! and yes it was over the line!
God speed thanks for being responsible for putting this amazing football club in the second tier of the football league for the first time in its history!
God Bless
When he hit that shot he became a Watford Legend. He was not a failure. Thank you Roy for making 20 odd thousand people so happy! and yes it was over the line! God speed thanks for being responsible for putting this amazing football club in the second tier of the football league for the first time in its history! God Bless craig239
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2:43pm Thu 24 Jan 13

JonBoy says...

RIP Roy Sinclair. I was on the pitch that day we won promotion.
RIP Roy Sinclair. I was on the pitch that day we won promotion. JonBoy
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3:16pm Thu 24 Jan 13

3Lions4Ever says...

Eastsussexhornet wrote:
A fairly negative obituary. Shame. One would have thought that they could have made it a little more upbeat.
Totally agree. This is not a time to focus on the negative aspects of a career that had a positive influence, however small, on the fortunes of Watford Football (i.e. scoring the goal that got us promotion!).

RIP Roy. You were a true 'Orn.

My thoughts are with Roy's family
[quote][p][bold]Eastsussexhornet[/bold] wrote: A fairly negative obituary. Shame. One would have thought that they could have made it a little more upbeat.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. This is not a time to focus on the negative aspects of a career that had a positive influence, however small, on the fortunes of Watford Football (i.e. scoring the goal that got us promotion!). RIP Roy. You were a true 'Orn. My thoughts are with Roy's family 3Lions4Ever
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3:41pm Thu 24 Jan 13

andyhooked says...

craig239 says...
2:29pm Thu 24 Jan 13

When he hit that shot he became a Watford Legend. He was not a failure. Thank you Roy for making 20 odd thousand people so happy! and yes it was over the line!
God speed thanks for being responsible for putting this amazing football club in the second tier of the football league for the first time in its history!
God Bless”

Thanks Craig! I was there but did not dance in the pond as some did. Bless you Roy and you have left some of us so happy with that important goal V
craig239 says... 2:29pm Thu 24 Jan 13 When he hit that shot he became a Watford Legend. He was not a failure. Thank you Roy for making 20 odd thousand people so happy! and yes it was over the line! God speed thanks for being responsible for putting this amazing football club in the second tier of the football league for the first time in its history! God Bless” Thanks Craig! I was there but did not dance in the pond as some did. Bless you Roy and you have left some of us so happy with that important goal V andyhooked
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4:04pm Thu 24 Jan 13

micksolly says...

Rip roy must say I can't remember him scoring that goal but I do remember him as being a very stylish player.
Rip roy must say I can't remember him scoring that goal but I do remember him as being a very stylish player. micksolly
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4:26pm Thu 24 Jan 13

craig239 says...

Yes the Evening Echo carried pics of the Pond dancers!!
Its abit tough, Not many people when they die get an Obitaury Very Injury prone didn't play much. Probably a waste of money for the size of the Fee!!!!
Shame on you Watford Observer.
Roy Rest in Peace Mate ( was that shot 35 yards Outside the box)
Yes the Evening Echo carried pics of the Pond dancers!! Its abit tough, Not many people when they die get an Obitaury Very Injury prone didn't play much. Probably a waste of money for the size of the Fee!!!! Shame on you Watford Observer. Roy Rest in Peace Mate ( was that shot 35 yards Outside the box) craig239
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6:39pm Thu 24 Jan 13

CARDIFFHORN says...

JonBoy wrote:
RIP Roy Sinclair. I was on the pitch that day we won promotion.
I was on the pitch and the Pond!!!
[quote][p][bold]JonBoy[/bold] wrote: RIP Roy Sinclair. I was on the pitch that day we won promotion.[/p][/quote]I was on the pitch and the Pond!!! CARDIFFHORN
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11:28pm Thu 24 Jan 13

londomollari says...

londomollari wrote:
The highlight of his Watford career was his first handfull of games. Furphy was brilliant at forming a good team from free transfers and rejects but Sinclair, a big investment at the time, sadly failed.
My sympathy to his family and friends.
Looked back at my posting and realised it was, unintentionally, negative, for which I apologise. He will always be remembered for the 'promotion' goal, which I remember him scoring. He will always be a Watford legend for that.
I, too, was on the pitch that evening.
[quote][p][bold]londomollari[/bold] wrote: The highlight of his Watford career was his first handfull of games. Furphy was brilliant at forming a good team from free transfers and rejects but Sinclair, a big investment at the time, sadly failed. My sympathy to his family and friends.[/p][/quote]Looked back at my posting and realised it was, unintentionally, negative, for which I apologise. He will always be remembered for the 'promotion' goal, which I remember him scoring. He will always be a Watford legend for that. I, too, was on the pitch that evening. londomollari
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8:10am Fri 25 Jan 13

northofwatfordpete says...

A photo from the archives would have been good. Worth a read on Wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Roy_Sinclai
r
A photo from the archives would have been good. Worth a read on Wiki: http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Roy_Sinclai r northofwatfordpete
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8:33am Fri 25 Jan 13

northofwatfordpete says...

Not much info on the Tranmere Rovers site but at least a picture as I remember him:http://www.tranm
ererovers.co.uk/news
/article/roy-sinclai
r-150113-598890.aspx
Not much info on the Tranmere Rovers site but at least a picture as I remember him:http://www.tranm ererovers.co.uk/news /article/roy-sinclai r-150113-598890.aspx northofwatfordpete
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11:44am Fri 25 Jan 13

JonBoy says...

If I remember correctly he wasn't too tall, dark and very hairy. Has to go down as a legend for that goal alone.
If I remember correctly he wasn't too tall, dark and very hairy. Has to go down as a legend for that goal alone. JonBoy
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