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Luther Blissett

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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Darren Ward

Darren Ward

Central defender Darren made his debut as a 17 year old in a derby game against Luton Town. Despite a serious injury in 1997, he regained fitness to become a regular in the 1999 Premiership team and in Division One the following season.

Trevor How Watford

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.

Leigh Bromby

Leigh Bromby

Yorkshireman Leigh was a deadline day signing from Sheffield United in 2008 as Aidy Boothroyd looked to bolster a team looking for promotion.

Steve Terry

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.

Stephen Glass

Stephen Glass

Midfielder Stephen joined from Newcastle United on a free transfer in 2001. He went on to score a memorable goal in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Burnley in 2003.

Paolo Vernazza

Paolo Vernazza

Talented midfielder Paolo joined Watford from Arsenal in 2000, and made nearly 100 appearances over a three and a half year spell at the club.

Neil Cox

Neil Cox

Neil joined Watford in their debut season in the Premier League and became Club Captain during a rocky financial period for the club.

Andy Rankin

Andy Rankin

Goalkeeper Andy joined the Hornets in 1971 from boyhood club Everton and went on to make one short of 300 appearances for the club during a nine-year spell.

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Dave Bassett: Enjoy the Game Interview

Many supporters blame Dave Bassett for dismantling Graham Taylor’s team almost overnight and setting the course for relegation and ten years in the doldrums, and with good reason. But there are two sides to every story and I was keen to hear Bassett’s. He admitted his mistakes and, like anyone, tried to mitigate where he could and I found his account of his biggest mistake fascinating.

John Barnes

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.

Richard Hill

Richard Hill: Enjoy the Game Interview

Richard Hill was Graham Taylor’s last signing for the club before leaving for Aston Villa. His Watford career was brief. As the fourth interview for Enjoy The Game, it is often the bit-part players who have the clearest view of the drama taking place centre stage.

Charlie Palmer

Charlie Palmer: Enjoy the Game Interview

The first interview conducted by phone was with defender Charlie Palmer who broke into the team at the start of the 1983-84 season but then lost his place to David Bardsley. I had thought that Palmer would be a peripheral figure in the story but it was an honest, frank and insightful interview.

Glyn Hodges

Glyn Hodges: Enjoy the Game Interview

Another trip to the north-west meant I could schedule a couple of interviews back-to-back. First up I travelled to Manchester City’s training ground to speak to Glyn Hodges. He was fun to listen to the first person I spoke to who had not signed for Taylor and so his perspective on Bassett’s takeover was interesting.