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Trevor How

Defender Trevor joined Watford as a schoolboy in 1971, and was given his debut in early 1975 by Mike Keen. He was part of the squad under Graham Taylor that won promotion out of Division Four and Division Three in consecutive seasons.

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Jimmy Gilligan

Striker Jimmy played in the FA Youth Cup winning side in 1982 and went on to play and score for the first team in the First Division and Europe. He was also later on the club’s coaching staff.

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Marvin Sordell

Academy graduate Marvin established himself in 2010-11, partnering Danny Graham in a young Watford team under Malky Mackay. His form persuaded Bolton Wanderers to pay £3m for his services on transfer deadline day in January 2012.

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Jordan Parkes

Former youth trainee Jordan had a long association with the club from the age of eight, representing England at youth level and making his first-team debut while still a trainee. He made a single league appearance before joining Barnet in 2010.

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Paul Robinson

Local lad Paul came through the youth system at Watford and made his debut in a local derby with Luton Town. He went on to win two promotions with the club.

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Peter Kennedy

Northern Ireland international Peter joined Watford in the summer of 1997. Despite playing in a wing-back role, he finished top scorer in 1997-8 as the club gained promotion to Division One.

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Allan Nielsen

Allan became Watford’s record signing in 2000, joining from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.5 million. He went on to play under three different managers in this three seasons at the club.

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Tom Walley: Enjoy the Game Interview

The players who made a career after graduating from Tom Walley’s school of hard work cannot speak highly enough of him. As we sat and talked about football, I could see that he could be terrifying and inspiring in equal measure. It was a scattergun conversation, his north Wales accent has barely faded, and I opted to let him just talk so I could see what gems he came out with.

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Richard Jobson: Enjoy the Game Interview

Richard Jobson was the only signing Watford made the season after winning promotion to the First Division in 1982. He joined from non-league Burton Albion in the October, and went on to enjoy a long career in the game.

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Jimmy Gilligan: Enjoy the Game Interview

In March 2009, I headed to Barking to meet a man who scored Watford’s first goal in Europe. Having coached at a professional level, I wondered whether Tom Walley’s methods would be accepted today.

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