Watford beat West Ham United 5-0 29 years ago today

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Tuesday, April 2, 1985

Kicking off a spectacular late run of form that pushed the Hornets away from the relegation zone and into mid-table, West Ham were dispatched 5-0 at Vicarage Road.

An error by Hammers' keeper Tom McAlister allowed Les Taylor to open the scoring with what proved to be his final goal for the club.

Luther Blissett added two more before the break including a 25-yarder that was to win the club's Goal of the Season award.

John Barnes scored the fourth and Colin West completed the rout on his home debut.

A further 22 meetings and nearly 22 years were to pass before Watford beat West Ham again.

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

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10:03am Fri 4 Apr 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Shameful going so long without beating that lot.

Not as if they fielded a player they did not own or had an owner that lost his wad as Icelandic banks went under or had a sponsor that went belly up.
Shameful going so long without beating that lot. Not as if they fielded a player they did not own or had an owner that lost his wad as Icelandic banks went under or had a sponsor that went belly up. gloryhornet4
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10:13am Fri 4 Apr 14

gloryhornet4 says...

I was listening on the radio from Bicester and all you could get there were Midlands clubs - but that day I got a sports/music station that was about to play a record but stopped to announce Luther equalised and as the record finished said he had scored again.

Luton's skipper Horton who earlier tried to pretend he did not rate Watford said after the game there was nothing they could do to prevent Watford being all over them.

The Hatters were back at Vic Rd at the end of the season for Ross Jenkins testimonial. They had to beat Man City to stay up. GT had to get on the tannoy asking Watford fans to show respect to our guests who chose not to pull out of the game to prepare for the Saturday game.

Chants like "you're going to Newport" etc. quite funny but GT was right. The only decent thing the Hatters have ever done in their history. They lost 4-0.
I was listening on the radio from Bicester and all you could get there were Midlands clubs - but that day I got a sports/music station that was about to play a record but stopped to announce Luther equalised and as the record finished said he had scored again. Luton's skipper Horton who earlier tried to pretend he did not rate Watford said after the game there was nothing they could do to prevent Watford being all over them. The Hatters were back at Vic Rd at the end of the season for Ross Jenkins testimonial. They had to beat Man City to stay up. GT had to get on the tannoy asking Watford fans to show respect to our guests who chose not to pull out of the game to prepare for the Saturday game. Chants like "you're going to Newport" etc. quite funny but GT was right. The only decent thing the Hatters have ever done in their history. They lost 4-0. gloryhornet4
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