Watford beat Manchester United 5-1 29 years ago today, two days after doing the same to Tottenham Hotspur

On this date in Watford FC's history

On this date in Watford FC's history

First published in Watford FC News

Monday, May 13, 1985

Watford took on Manchester United at Vicarage Road in their last home game of the 1984/85 season.

United were sitting second in the table - Everton had already secured the title - and were due to play the new champions in the FA Cup final the following weekend.

United's preparation was not ideal, as a brace for Nigel Callaghan plus goals for Colin West, Luther Blissett and Kenny Jackett saw them well beaten before Kevin Moran's injury-time consolation.

The Hornets were ending the campaign with a flourish having won by the same 5-1 scoreline at White Hart Lane two days earlier, but a sour footnote was provided by the fractured skull sustained by Blissett in a collision with United keeper Gary Bailey.

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

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10:28am Tue 13 May 14

gloryhornet4 says...

If the club listen to some excellent advice from supporters, in particular the need to employ players who know the English game and stop experimenting with surplus to requirement hand outs from QPR - we may beat the over paid and over rated MUFC 5-1 again before long.

Not much of an achievement I know as some of their squad in the mid 1970's.
If the club listen to some excellent advice from supporters, in particular the need to employ players who know the English game and stop experimenting with surplus to requirement hand outs from QPR - we may beat the over paid and over rated MUFC 5-1 again before long. Not much of an achievement I know as some of their squad in the mid 1970's. gloryhornet4
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11:23am Tue 13 May 14

micksolly says...

They were the most amazing times, might be a bit difficult to do it again but then I never thought we would see the East Stand rebuilt. You orns :-)
They were the most amazing times, might be a bit difficult to do it again but then I never thought we would see the East Stand rebuilt. You orns :-) micksolly
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3:48pm Tue 13 May 14

MainStandShambles says...

micksolly wrote:
They were the most amazing times, might be a bit difficult to do it again but then I never thought we would see the East Stand rebuilt. You orns :-)
I agree with you there Mick, they were amazing times indeed.

I'm still ambling through Lionel Birnie's great book 'Enjoy the Game' the story of the eighties. There are so many tit-bits of information and background stories that we weren't aware of at the time and to read about the inside stories of games such as the two mentioned here. A must read for any Hornets fan of this vintage.
[quote][p][bold]micksolly[/bold] wrote: They were the most amazing times, might be a bit difficult to do it again but then I never thought we would see the East Stand rebuilt. You orns :-)[/p][/quote]I agree with you there Mick, they were amazing times indeed. I'm still ambling through Lionel Birnie's great book 'Enjoy the Game' the story of the eighties. There are so many tit-bits of information and background stories that we weren't aware of at the time and to read about the inside stories of games such as the two mentioned here. A must read for any Hornets fan of this vintage. MainStandShambles
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8:29pm Tue 13 May 14

Watfordhog says...

MainStandShambles wrote:
micksolly wrote:
They were the most amazing times, might be a bit difficult to do it again but then I never thought we would see the East Stand rebuilt. You orns :-)
I agree with you there Mick, they were amazing times indeed.

I'm still ambling through Lionel Birnie's great book 'Enjoy the Game' the story of the eighties. There are so many tit-bits of information and background stories that we weren't aware of at the time and to read about the inside stories of games such as the two mentioned here. A must read for any Hornets fan of this vintage.
Just ordered it from Amazon thanks to your post.They were indeed amazing times!
[quote][p][bold]MainStandShambles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]micksolly[/bold] wrote: They were the most amazing times, might be a bit difficult to do it again but then I never thought we would see the East Stand rebuilt. You orns :-)[/p][/quote]I agree with you there Mick, they were amazing times indeed. I'm still ambling through Lionel Birnie's great book 'Enjoy the Game' the story of the eighties. There are so many tit-bits of information and background stories that we weren't aware of at the time and to read about the inside stories of games such as the two mentioned here. A must read for any Hornets fan of this vintage.[/p][/quote]Just ordered it from Amazon thanks to your post.They were indeed amazing times! Watfordhog
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11:46pm Tue 13 May 14

MainStandShambles says...

Nice one Watfordhog, i hope you enjoy the book as much as i have.

Happy days indeed.
Nice one Watfordhog, i hope you enjoy the book as much as i have. Happy days indeed. MainStandShambles
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