Fans' efforts rewarded as Watford hit five to beat Rotherham United

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Saturday, February 8, 1969

Rotherham United, managed by former Watford forward Jimmy McAnearney, were the visitors to Vicarage Road.

An appeal had led to supporters turning up at the ground to clear the pitch and the terraces of snow; they were rewarded for their endeavours by a 5-1 victory in front of TV cameras with Walter Lees coming off the bench to score his first two goals for the club.

A dozen tarpaulins and 285 bales of straw had been laid on the pitch to ensure the game went ahead.

Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day

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10:29am Sat 8 Feb 14

BazEndean says...

This was my first ever WFC game, aged 6, and I met Stewart Sculliion, who didn't actually play. The game was on Match of the Day that evening, but that was past my bedtime.
This was my first ever WFC game, aged 6, and I met Stewart Sculliion, who didn't actually play. The game was on Match of the Day that evening, but that was past my bedtime. BazEndean
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11:37am Sat 8 Feb 14

Poppet Bear says...

Remember the match and the score but not who scored. Watched it again on TV later.
Remember the match and the score but not who scored. Watched it again on TV later. Poppet Bear
  • Score: 1

11:45am Sat 8 Feb 14

gloryhornet4 says...

BazEndean wrote:
This was my first ever WFC game, aged 6, and I met Stewart Sculliion, who didn't actually play. The game was on Match of the Day that evening, but that was past my bedtime.
Yes it was on MOTD not because the Beeb wanted to show but because all 8 fa cup games and all bar 4 league games fell to the snow. Watford's game was off on Thursday but back on thanks to Furphy covering pitch with straw it was back on prov on Friday.

One camera hastily sent from Shepherds Bush on top of a van in the hospital.

Tom Whalley with a belter from the left wing left the keeper watching.

Well done Furphy but shame on the league who initially wanted to fine Rotherham for not getting their team sheet in half an hour before kick off. Roth arrived at 2.53 and the game thus started late.
[quote][p][bold]BazEndean[/bold] wrote: This was my first ever WFC game, aged 6, and I met Stewart Sculliion, who didn't actually play. The game was on Match of the Day that evening, but that was past my bedtime.[/p][/quote]Yes it was on MOTD not because the Beeb wanted to show but because all 8 fa cup games and all bar 4 league games fell to the snow. Watford's game was off on Thursday but back on thanks to Furphy covering pitch with straw it was back on prov on Friday. One camera hastily sent from Shepherds Bush on top of a van in the hospital. Tom Whalley with a belter from the left wing left the keeper watching. Well done Furphy but shame on the league who initially wanted to fine Rotherham for not getting their team sheet in half an hour before kick off. Roth arrived at 2.53 and the game thus started late. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 2

11:54am Sat 8 Feb 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Poppet Bear wrote:
Remember the match and the score but not who scored. Watched it again on TV later.
Not sure. But I think

Endean 2. On 37. 74

Lees 2. On 83. 89

Whalley 85

Rotherham 75


No need to tell me I need to get out more. I know.
[quote][p][bold]Poppet Bear[/bold] wrote: Remember the match and the score but not who scored. Watched it again on TV later.[/p][/quote]Not sure. But I think Endean 2. On 37. 74 Lees 2. On 83. 89 Whalley 85 Rotherham 75 No need to tell me I need to get out more. I know. gloryhornet4
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