Brian Owens scored a bizarre wind-assisted goal for Watford against Tranmere Rovers 45 years ago today

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Tuesday, March 11, 1969

Chasing promotion to the second division for the first time, the Hornets entertained Tranmere Rovers at Vicarage Road.

Goals from Barry Endean and Tom Walley helped Watford gain another valuable two points but the most memorable strike of the evening came from long-serving defender Brian Owen.

His shot was blocked by a defender and ballooned above the crossbar towards the back of the Rookery; Rovers' goalkeeper Jim Cumbes, also a fast bowler for Surrey at the time, jogged behind the goal to retrieve the wayward ball only to be caught out as it stalled in the wind, dropped on the line and bounced off the hard ground into the roof of the net.

The goal was Owen's last for the Hornets before leaving for Colchester at the end of the following season.

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

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6:32am Tue 11 Mar 14

CARDIFFHORN says...

I was there but sure he wasn't a defender?
I was there but sure he wasn't a defender? CARDIFFHORN
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7:41am Tue 11 Mar 14

micksolly says...

So was I amazing goal I think Brian was classed in those days as a 'Utility' player as he played in various positions
So was I amazing goal I think Brian was classed in those days as a 'Utility' player as he played in various positions micksolly
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8:29am Tue 11 Mar 14

DavidM says...

micksolly wrote:
So was I amazing goal I think Brian was classed in those days as a 'Utility' player as he played in various positions
I was there too, and he often played out wide on the left as he was very left footed. I have a vague memory that he was an England Youth international.
[quote][p][bold]micksolly[/bold] wrote: So was I amazing goal I think Brian was classed in those days as a 'Utility' player as he played in various positions[/p][/quote]I was there too, and he often played out wide on the left as he was very left footed. I have a vague memory that he was an England Youth international. DavidM
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