Updated with pictures: Watford beat Plymouth Argyle 30 years ago today to reach the FA Cup final

On this date in Watford FC's history

On this date in Watford FC's history

First published in Watford FC News
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PICTURES: Relive the match with our gallery of pictures by clicking here.

Saturday, April 14, 1984

Watford beat a hugely spirited Plymouth Argyle 1-0 in the sunshine at Villa Park to secure passage to their first FA Cup final.

Argyle had progressed beyond the fifth round for the first time and were struggling in the third division.

A tense game was settled by a 13th-minute goal from centre forward George Reilly, who got the better of his marker and former Cambridge United colleague Lindsay Smith to convert John Barnes' ferocious left-wing cross.

Manager Graham Taylor conceded: "Over the 90 minutes we were fortunate to win."

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

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11:52am Mon 14 Apr 14

Poppet Bear says...

Fantastic memories !!!!
Fantastic memories !!!! Poppet Bear
  • Score: 4

2:03pm Mon 14 Apr 14

watford1881 says...

Best diving header I've seen.. Proper footballers.. When men were men... Minus the tight shorts.....
Best diving header I've seen.. Proper footballers.. When men were men... Minus the tight shorts..... watford1881
  • Score: 2

2:43pm Mon 14 Apr 14

CARDIFFHORN says...

watford1881 wrote:
Best diving header I've seen.. Proper footballers.. When men were men... Minus the tight shorts.....
No Barry Endeans v's Liverpool best diving header.
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Best diving header I've seen.. Proper footballers.. When men were men... Minus the tight shorts.....[/p][/quote]No Barry Endeans v's Liverpool best diving header. CARDIFFHORN
  • Score: 2

4:25pm Mon 14 Apr 14

neilhorn says...

Plymouth battered us that day, we where out on our feet and then they had a shot in the last minute - in all the way then bobbled past the post (bumpy pitches in those days). Those where the days when the FA Cup meant everything
Plymouth battered us that day, we where out on our feet and then they had a shot in the last minute - in all the way then bobbled past the post (bumpy pitches in those days). Those where the days when the FA Cup meant everything neilhorn
  • Score: 3

6:53pm Mon 14 Apr 14

gloryhornet4 says...

CARDIFFHORN wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Best diving header I've seen.. Proper footballers.. When men were men... Minus the tight shorts.....
No Barry Endeans v's Liverpool best diving header.
Yes Barry's header was the better - I was behind the goal and it looked like a feeble header as he just got to the ball but if it was Fatty Lawrence could only flap at the ball as he was too large to get airborne that well and after that goal was dropped and only played one more game for Scousepool.

Anyway George - fab goal and badly needed as Watford were not firing well after beating Brum in the 6th round.
[quote][p][bold]CARDIFFHORN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Best diving header I've seen.. Proper footballers.. When men were men... Minus the tight shorts.....[/p][/quote]No Barry Endeans v's Liverpool best diving header.[/p][/quote]Yes Barry's header was the better - I was behind the goal and it looked like a feeble header as he just got to the ball but if it was Fatty Lawrence could only flap at the ball as he was too large to get airborne that well and after that goal was dropped and only played one more game for Scousepool. Anyway George - fab goal and badly needed as Watford were not firing well after beating Brum in the 6th round. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 1

7:19pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Surbiton says...

If only Wilf Rostron hadn't been suspended. Qe might of made a game of it. A proud but also painful day.
If only Wilf Rostron hadn't been suspended. Qe might of made a game of it. A proud but also painful day. Surbiton
  • Score: 2

7:29pm Mon 14 Apr 14

cliff46 says...

We were living in the West Country at that time so my sons and I drove up to Villa Park via the M5 etc. Our car with its scarves etc on display was surrounded by cars and coaches transporting thousands of Plymouth supporters and we received good natured abuse and moons throughout the journey.
To the Plymouth supporters great credit they were just a good natured on the way home, even at the services.
It was a great great day.
We were living in the West Country at that time so my sons and I drove up to Villa Park via the M5 etc. Our car with its scarves etc on display was surrounded by cars and coaches transporting thousands of Plymouth supporters and we received good natured abuse and moons throughout the journey. To the Plymouth supporters great credit they were just a good natured on the way home, even at the services. It was a great great day. cliff46
  • Score: 2

9:34pm Mon 14 Apr 14

harrowboy says...

cliff46 wrote:
We were living in the West Country at that time so my sons and I drove up to Villa Park via the M5 etc. Our car with its scarves etc on display was surrounded by cars and coaches transporting thousands of Plymouth supporters and we received good natured abuse and moons throughout the journey.
To the Plymouth supporters great credit they were just a good natured on the way home, even at the services.
It was a great great day.
Football from a different era!
Have fond memories of away games in the 70/80's with fantastic banter amongst the fans.
Missed the Endean goal against Liverpool as I was crammed into the NW corner and had an eighteen stone, 6 ft 4 ins scouser in front of me. His mate was the spitting image of Ken Dodd & kept us in fits of laughter throughout the game. Great times which we will not see again!!
p.s just realised that tomorrow night is the 53rd anniversary of my first game at the Vic!!!
[quote][p][bold]cliff46[/bold] wrote: We were living in the West Country at that time so my sons and I drove up to Villa Park via the M5 etc. Our car with its scarves etc on display was surrounded by cars and coaches transporting thousands of Plymouth supporters and we received good natured abuse and moons throughout the journey. To the Plymouth supporters great credit they were just a good natured on the way home, even at the services. It was a great great day.[/p][/quote]Football from a different era! Have fond memories of away games in the 70/80's with fantastic banter amongst the fans. Missed the Endean goal against Liverpool as I was crammed into the NW corner and had an eighteen stone, 6 ft 4 ins scouser in front of me. His mate was the spitting image of Ken Dodd & kept us in fits of laughter throughout the game. Great times which we will not see again!! p.s just realised that tomorrow night is the 53rd anniversary of my first game at the Vic!!! harrowboy
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12:38pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Sahorn says...

CARDIFFHORN wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Best diving header I've seen.. Proper footballers.. When men were men... Minus the tight shorts.....
No Barry Endeans v's Liverpool best diving header.
Both excellent headers and great days

but

the VERY best diving header for sheer power, grace, leap, technique, direction - and jaw dropping, gob smacking unbelievability just has to be Lloydinos vs QPR ..
[quote][p][bold]CARDIFFHORN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Best diving header I've seen.. Proper footballers.. When men were men... Minus the tight shorts.....[/p][/quote]No Barry Endeans v's Liverpool best diving header.[/p][/quote]Both excellent headers and great days but the VERY best diving header for sheer power, grace, leap, technique, direction - and jaw dropping, gob smacking unbelievability just has to be Lloydinos vs QPR .. Sahorn
  • Score: 1

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