Watford claimed an unlikely win 37 years ago today but manager Mike Keen was already heading for the exit

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Saturday, April 16, 1977

Huddersfield Town were the visitors to Vicarage Road in a fourth division fixture.

The first-half dismissals of Tony Geidmintis and Alan Mayes left the home side up against it, but two goals from leading scorer Keith Mercer yielded an unlikely victory, goalkeeper Steve Sherwood keeping a clean sheet on his home debut.

The watching crowd cheered "Keen in" in recognition of the team's spirited showing, not knowing that manager Mike Keen had already been relieved of his duties.

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

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9:37am Wed 16 Apr 14

gloryhornet4 says...

I was told the late Mike Keen was looking at the pitch and appeared to be in disbelief as the final whistle.

The season ended with a 4-1 win at Swansea.

The same players he relied upon to keep his job could perform, but Elton wanted Watford out f the Fourth Div without delay.
I was told the late Mike Keen was looking at the pitch and appeared to be in disbelief as the final whistle. The season ended with a 4-1 win at Swansea. The same players he relied upon to keep his job could perform, but Elton wanted Watford out f the Fourth Div without delay. gloryhornet4
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2:04pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Poppet Bear says...

GT arrived and the rest is history !!!
GT arrived and the rest is history !!! Poppet Bear
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5:03pm Wed 16 Apr 14

MainStandShambles says...

Wow, i can't believe it's 37 years ago.

Along with my fellow vice presidents i heard the news of Mike Keen's sacking before kick off. It wasn't entirely unexpected but still seemed a shock.

The match itself is one of the most memorable in my 50 years of supporting the Hornets and the atmosphere was crackling loud as we had to beat the ref aswell as Huddersfield.
Wow, i can't believe it's 37 years ago. Along with my fellow vice presidents i heard the news of Mike Keen's sacking before kick off. It wasn't entirely unexpected but still seemed a shock. The match itself is one of the most memorable in my 50 years of supporting the Hornets and the atmosphere was crackling loud as we had to beat the ref aswell as Huddersfield. MainStandShambles
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