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 penultimate item in our 'history of Watford in 50 objects' is the first title won by Watford FC in its history more than 120 years ago - and presented again 60 years later after another successful season.

The museum's volunteer archivist Christine Orchard said: "This silver rosebowl was presented to the Hornets when they won the Southern League, Second Division title, for the 1899-1900 season.

"It was presented again, this time by the club’s directors and officers to club chairman Jim Bonser to commemorate the winning of promotion to the Football League Division Three in the 1959-60 season - this is detailed in the plaque below the rosebowl.

"It was eventually put up for auction and purchased by the museum with support from Watford FC, an anonymous fan, and a company who lost a bet that Watford would be promoted in 2015.

"It is the oldest Watford FC trophy and on display with more recent promotion trophies at the museum."

Watford Museum has now reopened to the public. Admission is free but book first – call 01923 232297 or email For more information, visit