Category: 80s

Paul Wilkinson

Striker Paul joined Watford in 1988 and was top scorer in each of his three seasons at the club He also made four appearances in a brief loan spell in 1995.

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Rod Thomas

Rod came through the youth system at Watford and was highly rated youngster. He made his debut aged 17 at Arsenal in the old First Division.

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Rick Holden

Winger Rick was signed in 1988 when Watford were in the old First Division. He stayed for a year and a half before joining Oldham Athletic in 1989.

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David Holdsworth

Central Defender David came through the youth ranks at Watford, playing in the 1985 FA Youth Cup final. He made his debut in 1988 and played more than 250 games for the club.

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Glyn Hodges

Welsh international Glyn joined Watford in 1987 and spent two and a half years at the club winning the 1988-9 Player of the Season award.

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Trevor Senior

Striker Trevor was signed by Dave Bassett having been the record goalscorer for Reading but struggled to recreate the form in a Watford shirt.

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Gary Plumley

Goalkeeper Gary played just the one game for Watford, the 1987 FA Cup Semi-Final against Tottenham Hotspur, covering for the injured Tony Coton and Steve Sherwood.

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Iwan Roberts

Striker Iwan came through the youth system and made his debut aged just 17. His first ever goal was the winner against Manchester United.

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Malcolm Allen

Welshman Malcolm progressed through the youth ranks, captaining the team in the 1985 FA Youth Cup Final and making his first team debut later that year.

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Colin West

Colin was a deadline day signing in 1985 from Sunderland and went on to be top scorer for the Hornets the following season.

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John McClelland

Northern Ireland international defender John signed for Watford in 1984 and won the Player of the Season award twice, and was also the third player inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

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Tony Coton

Goalkeeper Tony spent six years at the club, winning the Player of the Season award a record three times. He was the second player inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

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Gary Porter

Sunderland born midfielder Gary came through the youth ranks and made his Watford debut in December 1983. He stayed with the club until 1997.

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Nigel Gibbs

Nigel made his playing debut in 1984 in the UEFA Cup and spent his entire playing career at Watford winning Player of the Season award in 1992. He also spent a period on the coaching staff of the club.

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Worrell Sterling

Winger Worrell progressed through the youth ranks and made his debut in at Old Trafford in 1983. He remained at the club until 1989.

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Richard Jobson

Richard gave up his university degree course to join Watford in 1982, signing from non-league Burton Albion. He left for Hull City in 1985, and went on to have a twenty year career in the game and briefly returned to Watford in 2000.

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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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Pat Rice

Northern Ireland international defender Pat signed for Watford in 1980, becoming club captain and helping secure the club’s first promotion to the top flight.

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Gerry Armstrong

Striker Gerry joined Watford while in the Second Division in 1980. The Northern Ireland international went on to score the club’s first ever goal in the top flight.

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Les Taylor

Midfielder Les joined the club from Oxford United in 1980 and captained the team in the FA Cup Final in 1984.

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Nigel Callaghan

Talented right winger Nigel came through the youth team and made his debut in 1980. He left the club in 1987 but made a brief return on loan in 1991.

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Kenny Jackett

Kenny came through the youth ranks and played for Watford between 1980 and 1990 before retiring with a knee injury. He then held various coaching roles at the club, including managing the first team for one season.

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Steve Terry

Centre-half Steve came through the youth system and made his debut in 1980. He went on to play in Europe and the FA Cup Final for the club.

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Eric Steele

Goalkeeper Eric joined Watford in 1979 and spent five years at the club, initially as first choice but then as back-up to Steve Sherwood.

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Wilf Rostron

Sunderland born Wilf Rostron was signed in 1979 as a left-winger. He moved to full-back and went on to win the Player of the Season award two seasons in a row.

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Steve Sims

Central defender Steve enjoyed two spells with the club between 1978 and 1987 including playing and captaining the side in Europe.

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Ian Bolton

Defender Ian was signed from Notts County in 1977 and was described by Graham Taylor as his best ever buy. He played in all four divisions for the club as well as in the UEFA Cup.

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Steve Sherwood

Goalkeeper Steve played in all four divisions, Europe and the Cup Final for Watford and spent ten seasons at the club.

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Luther Blissett

Luther had three playing spells at the club was Watford’s first million pound player, was first team coach and the first inductee into the club’s Hall of Fame.

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Ross Jenkins

Striker Ross joined Watford in 1972 from Crystal Palace. He went on spend 11 years at the club including playing in all four divisions.

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