Watford used a non-injury substitute for the first time 47 years ago today

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Watford FC News

Saturday, August 19, 1967

Debutant Dixie Hale scored as the season opened with a 2-1 defeat at home to Walsall.

Roy Low's replacement with Alec Farrell marked the first Watford performance to be deemed worthy of such dubious recognition; the use of of a substitute for reason other than injury was first permitted from this date in league fixtures.

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

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