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.

The 38th item in our 'history of Watford in 50 objects' takes us back 37 years ago today - it's a very special rosette.

Sarah said: "Saturday, May 19, 1984 was one of the most memorable and important occasions in the history of Watford Football Club. The 1984 FA Cup Final – our first and up until recently only cup final – was an incredible occasion.

"The build up to the day was electric with shops and homes decorated and a huge amount of merchandise sold.

"Rosettes were one of the most popular items, but the rosette I’ve chosen is much larger than any other rosette and is unique as it was proudly displayed on the front of the team coach for the journey to Wembley.

"In those days, Cup Final Day was a whole day event with television coverage of every moment including the club's coach journey to Wembley Stadium (I miss those days!).

"Other television highlights included an ‘It’s a Knockout’ featuring local Mayoresses which Watford won. Sadly we didn’t win the cup final, but it was a day to treasure for Watford fans and many of us have kept our rosette from the day."

Watford Museum reopens on Saturday but you will need to book a slot to visit. To do this, call 01923 232297 or email