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Watford Football Club

By (author) William A. Powell
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Published: 22nd Aug 2002
Dimensions: w 194mm h 263mm
ISBN-10: 0750929049
ISBN-13: 9780750929042
Barcode No: 9780750929042
This pictorial history of Watford Football Club features over 200 black-and-white photographs. It covers the origins of the club as far back as 1881 and describes how it moved from Cassio Road to Vicarage Road in 1922, its present home ground in the town. The author describes the many great personalities that have represented the club through the years: the founder Henry Grover, Jack "Darkie" Cother, Frank Hoddinott, Charlie White, Skilly Williams, Stuart Scullion and Billy Jennings. In the club's "glory years", it was under manager Graham Taylor and its chairman was Elton John. During this time, it climbed from Division 4 Champions (1977 / 78) to its highest football-league position - second place in Division 1 (1982 /83). The book covers the UEFA Cup run of 1983 / 4 and the subsequent FA Cup Final appearance against Everton, as well as the players who represented the club during that period, including Ross Jenkins, John Barnes, Heidar Helguson, Nick Wright and Tommy Smith. In 1997/98, Watford were crowned Division 2 Champions and were duly promoted to Division 1. In 1998/99, the club finished fifth in Division 1 and was granted a play-off position, winning the play-off final in Wembley on 31 May 1999. This meant that Taylor had led the club to the top flight of English football for the second time in 17 years. The club is now aiming to regain its Premiership status under the management of Gianluca Vialli Watford.

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