Graham Taylor was a little "surprised" by the approach of Watford's pre-season opponents 17 years ago today

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Watford FC News

Saturday, July 26, 1997

Finnish side FC Rips provided unusually aggressive opposition for a pre-season friendly.

The match referee failed to penalise two violent challenges on Steve Talboys and Tommy Mooney, both in the penalty area, but a Peter Kennedy 30-yarder and a Mooney scissor-kick sealed what the Watford Observer described as "one of the more satisfying results of pre-season".

Manager Graham Taylor commented: "As I say it was a big game for them, but as for their approach it surprised me a little bit."

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

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