What do you remember about the first Watford match you attended? Perhaps you were fortunate to be at one of the club’s most famous results, or witnessed a memorable goal? Or maybe your stand-out memory is something completely unrelated to what happened on the pitch; a sight or a smell that sticks with you to this day.

We asked you to sharer your memories of the first Watford game you attended after Peter Morgan recalled his in this week’s Watford nostalgia feature from YBR! Yellow Black & Red!

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The first Watford match I attended

"What was the first Watford game you attended? What do you remember of the day and match itself? Tell us your recollections and we may publish your recollections in print and/or online"

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John Pascoe

What was the first Watford match you attended? Please specify whether home or away and date of game if possible
Watford 3 Aston Villa 0 in September 1969. My grandfather took me.

What are your memories of the day and the game itself?
Two things: being sat on the advertising hoardings at the front and being astounded that the woman next to me knew all the players by their first names!

Pete Ongley

What was the first Watford match you attended? Please specify whether home or away and date of game if possible
My first game was in December 1967 we played and beat Grimsby Town 7 - 1. The left back for Grimsby on that day was a young man called Graham Taylor. I didn't get a program on the day but managed to get one on ebay years later and got it signed by the great man himself at a shareholders meeting. He chuckled when I reminded him of the result....

What are your memories of the day and the game itself?
I don't remember much of the game but I remember thinking it was always going to be like that - little did I know about the ups and downs of being a "hornet". I was 10 and my brother Michael, 9. I remember getting a train from Carpenders Park to Watford High Street and just following the crowd. I also remember how dark it was by the time the game had finished. We were both hooked by the football bug after that.

Lee Harvey

What was the first Watford match you attended? Please specify whether home or away and date of game if possible
My first game was when we played in Blue, 3rd Division South, v Crystal Palace.

What are your memories of the day and the game itself?
Standing on the side by what in those days was a metal fence, like in a park. Where I was standing the fence was loose at the top and a thumped clearance with the old fashioned heavy balls hit the fence and the fence hit me in the mouth. I got over it but don't remember the final score.

Chris Marshall

What was the first Watford match you attended? Please specify whether home or away and date of game if possible
Easter Monday 30th March, 1959: that was my first experience of Vicarage Road, a Division 4 match versus Hartlepools (sic).

What are your memories of the day and the game itself?
It was the first season of the newly formed lowest division and Watford’s last in blue and white kit. I was 8 years old and I went with my dad. We drove in our ancient Austin Ascot, parked in Harwoods Road, queued separately at the adults’ and boys’ turnstiles set in a corrugated iron perimeter fence and stood on the Vicarage Road end terracing in what I now know was a 6,480 crowd. I dimly recall the long narrow building housing a huge urinal, being perched on a box to get a decent view, and definitely missed the first goal having arrived a few minutes late. So my first goal was a Johnny Meadows’ penalty and we went on to win comfortably, 4-1. Johnny was the player I remember but the programme records Cliff Holton was at centre half with Johnny to his left and George Catleugh to the right in a traditional three-man midfield. Bobby “Dinger” Bell was at right back. Cliff, George and Bobby I saw many times over the next few seasons. Sammy Chung was in the squad but didn’t play on this occasion: however, he did run a training session for my school team a year or so later. He didn’t spot any talent but it was good to meet him and he was a player I liked, especially when he played alongside the cultured and dapper centre half Vince McNeice. This was an exciting afternoon and laid the foundations for the subsequent 61 years of very active support: some of this time I lived in Watford, walking to matches, but for the last 48 years I have commuted to home and some away games from Brighton.

Geoffrey Eric Self

What was the first Watford match you attended? Please specify whether home or away and date of game if possible
Home to Norwich in the late 1940s - harris right back, jones left back

What are your memories of the day and the game itself?
Watford lost 2-3. When Watford scored a gentleman under the Main Stand threw his straw hat in the air. Dad played for Spurs reserves in the 1930s as an amateur. He wouldn't sign professional as he had safe job with Dunlop. Arsenal and Spurs players used to meet at a pub in Epping Forest after a training run and Dad became good friends with Eddie Hapgood. When Eddie became Watford manager he asked Dad to do some scouting. On away match days I used to travel with the team in the coach but I was never allowed to go to Millwall.

TONY BARTON

What was the first Watford match you attended? Please specify whether home or away and date of game if possible
I can remember a match in 1947 or 8 against Southhampton. Our goalkeeper collected the ball from a back pass, he then kicked it very low out of the penalty area, a Southampton player went forward on his knees, the ball was headed by this player still on his knees and the ball went into the Watford net. Talk about luck . I bet the Southampton player didn't think so. Who was he? This was a home game. I went with my cousin Colin, his father was Buster Brown, the pre-war right-back.

What are your memories of the day and the game itself?
I can remember nothing more. We were playing in blue tops and white shorts. I am now 85 and still a great supporter (until I die ). TONY BARTON

David Cox

What was the first Watford match you attended? Please specify whether home or away and date of game if possible
The first game of the 1970-71 season vs Blackburn Rovers.

What are your memories of the day and the game itself?
Tom Walley scored both goals with low left-foot thunderbolts from the edge of the area as we won 2-1 and I was hooked for life. My last game was Newcastle last Saturday.

Gerry Howe

What was the first Watford match you attended? Please specify whether home or away and date of game if possible
SATURDAY 2nd APRIL 1960 Home match vs Aldershot. 1-3

What are your memories of the day and the game itself?
I was just 11, football mad, had been captivated by Watford's FA Cup run to the 5th round, and especially remember my Dad going "WOW" when we beat Birmingham 2-1 in the 3rd Round. I was recovering from a broken leg at the time (playing football for my school) so it was about 3 months later my Dad took me to Vicarage Road for my first game; we stood on the rail in front of that old bit of terrace next to the cafe on the end of the main stand. But guttingly, we lost 1-3, Tony Gregory scored for us, Bobby Howfield (2) for Aldershot and spoiled the party. The result was a big shock, a huge disappointment for a 11-year-old's first game, but it was our last defeat that season. We went on an amazing run after that to 4th place and promotion. But I was captivated by Cliff Holton from that day onwards (the Troy Deeney of his day). Being on the railings, I recall hearing Bobby Bell being called "Dinger" by his teammates and probably for that reason, he became a 2nd favourite of mine (behind Big Cliff) after that. I was allowed to attend with a friend for the next 2 home games where the results were far better, 4-2 vs Chester and 5-0 vs Gateshead. with a Holton hat-trick in each game, on consecutive days at Easter! Now THAT was exciting. Big Cliff scored 48 goals and Denis Uphill 36 I think in Division 4 that year. Amazing numbers. So that was it. Hooked for life with Watford FC. And now at 72 and living over 100 miles away, but still a season ticket holder and loving it. Truly, Watford Till I Die.

Steve Fleming

What was the first Watford match you attended? Please specify whether home or away and date of game if possible
Watford v Gillingham in 1968, if I remember right . Keeper was Bert Slater who retired to be replaced by Mickey Walker . I only went to Watford because I could not afford to get to Chelsea but was hooked on my first game . Great club with a true local sprit , even before GT arrived and doubled up all our good points . WTID .

What are your memories of the day and the game itself?
Beef burgers from a pan of hot water . Vinegary ketchup !

Johanne De Luca

What was the first Watford match you attended? Please specify whether home or away and date of game if possible
My first Watford game and first ever football match was in 1975 , I was eleven years old and they were playing Tottenham in a friendly, not sure of the actual date , maybe pre season.

What are your memories of the day and the game itself?
My Dad took me and he hates football but knew I was a Tottenham supporter too , since the age of seven. We sat in the stands and I seem to remember on the way in we bumped into my Dad's cousins who had something to do with the club , just not sure what their role was . Watford lost one nil, but I will always remember my first ever match , I was a bit overwhelmed by it all . Many years later I became a Watford season ticket holder so will always be in my heart as a Local Watford girl . Dad never went to another match. He doesn’t know what he is missing , such a universal sport for everyone.