The Watford Observer has teamed up with Watford Museum and its curator Sarah Priestley to take a journey back to the town’s past through items or places of historical significance.

Watford are heading back to the top flight and this provides the perfect opportunity to remember the club's first promotion to the Premier League under in 1999; item 34 in our 'history of Watford in 50 objects' is the Play-Off trophy.

Sarah said: "Graham Taylor had returned to manage the club for a second time and had achieved promotion from Division Two the previous season (now Division One as this was before the creation of the Championship).

"The play-offs were full of drama with Watford’s road to Wembley including a nailbiting penalty shoot-out and the final was a dream come true with Watford winning our first ever final at Wembley.

The Championship play-off trophy Watford lifted at Wembley in 1999

The Championship play-off trophy Watford lifted at Wembley in 1999

"This trophy belongs to the club and is usually on display at Watford Museum. Whilst it has been an incredible tough season for everyone with fans rarely being able to attend, the club has continued it’s great community work which has won it an English Football League Regional Community Club of the Year award. Something Graham Taylor would be proud of as well as promotion."

Watford Museum is currently closed under government restrictions but you can still pay it a virtual visit at or find the museum on Facebook and Instagram @watfordmuseum