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Paul Atkinson: Enjoy the Game Interview

Paul Atkinson came on as a second half substitute in the FA Cup Final, but never played for the first team again. A mixed Vicarage Road career that started with a transfer tribunal asking Watford to pay a higher-than-anticipated fee and a broken ankle in his first friendly game for the club. I was interested to hear the point of view of a player who had not fitted into Graham Taylor’s side.

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John Barnes: Enjoy the Game Interview

If you saw John Barnes play you’ll be hard pushed to think of a more naturally gifted individual to wear a Watford shirt. Barnes was the one who got the crowd on the edge of their seat, or on tiptoes, whenever he got the ball. We met one Tuesday afternoon and it was an interesting chat but I felt like I was not really getting much beneath the surface.

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Keith Pritchett: Enjoy the Game Interview

Keith Pritchett was the team’s left-back when Graham Taylor arrived in 1977 and he played all but one game in the Fourth Division title-winning season. Then he was locked in a battle with Steve Harrison, and an injury midway through the 1981-82 promotion season cost him his place to Wilf Rostron. Pritchett was working in football in New Zealand and so I planned to get up very early one morning to catch him on the phone.

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