Watford's FA Cup final, 30 years on

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Watford Football Club met Everton in the FA Cup final 30 years ago today.

Although the Hornets lost the match in 1984, the 2-0 defeat remains one of the most significant days in the club's history.

Looking back on the occasion, team captain Les Taylor told the Watford Observer: "I’m still the only player to lead Watford out at an FA Cup final.

"That day meant a great deal to me personally and the medal did as well."

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Les Taylor leading the team

Wilf Rostron had been due to captain the Hornets at Wembley but he was forced to sit out after being sent off in a league game against Luton Town.

The second goal in the match was particularly controversial as Hornets fans felt Andy Gray had fouled goalkeeper Steve Sherwood after heading the ball from his hands.

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Mr Taylor said: "On the day I had a really good game. Most of our best chances fell to me. The only thing that spoiled it was I didn’t score.

"Everton scored after 20 minutes but we had quite a few chances and not bad chances. Their second goal in the end was a bit controversial.

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Watford fan Andy Wainwright

Mr Taylor added: "But for a club like Watford to have the run we had from the bottom division to the top division and play in Europe, it was the height of my career.

"And to be captain in the FA Cup final was tremendous and a great honour. They are great memories.

"The fans remember that day and when I come back, it’s one of the memories of a lifetime that you don’t forget."

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10:38am Mon 19 May 14

Hornet Cornet says...

I always hated Andy Gray when I was young and still despise him now. Shame we didn't win eh. Sad Songs say so much.....
I always hated Andy Gray when I was young and still despise him now. Shame we didn't win eh. Sad Songs say so much..... Hornet Cornet
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10:39am Mon 19 May 14

andyandyandy says...

Didn't they have colour photography in 1984?
Didn't they have colour photography in 1984? andyandyandy
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11:13am Mon 19 May 14

hogweed says...

I was there. No way that goal would have stood today.

Hog out
I was there. No way that goal would have stood today. Hog out hogweed
  • Score: 10

11:20am Mon 19 May 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Still remember the faces of the usual Saturday afternoon shoppers with their shopping trollies at Northwood station, blissfully unaware there was a cup final on, being greeted with 100s of WFC fans chanting and pointing at them " sing when you're shopping, you never sing when you're shopping..." Great day, such a shame about the result and that cheating **** heading the ball out of SS's hands.
Still remember the faces of the usual Saturday afternoon shoppers with their shopping trollies at Northwood station, blissfully unaware there was a cup final on, being greeted with 100s of WFC fans chanting and pointing at them " sing when you're shopping, you never sing when you're shopping..." Great day, such a shame about the result and that cheating **** heading the ball out of SS's hands. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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11:22am Mon 19 May 14

the sniper says...

Mr. Taylor this Mr. Taylor that...come on WO he's Les Taylor!!!
Losing Wilf Rostron cost us the game.2nd goal always a free kick. Watford had the chances to be 3 up before Everton scored, hard to believe its 30 years ago.Lets hope a final appearance is not to far in the future maybe a Championship/FA Cup double next season?....Well we can dream can't we?...lol
Mr. Taylor this Mr. Taylor that...come on WO he's Les Taylor!!! Losing Wilf Rostron cost us the game.2nd goal always a free kick. Watford had the chances to be 3 up before Everton scored, hard to believe its 30 years ago.Lets hope a final appearance is not to far in the future maybe a Championship/FA Cup double next season?....Well we can dream can't we?...lol the sniper
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11:27am Mon 19 May 14

Linda Geddes says...

It was a brilliant day despite the result. I remember standing on the platform at Wembley station with Everton fans on the opposite platform singing "We won the cup, we won the cup, you ain't" and the Watford fans singing back "We've got jobs, we've got jobs, you ain't!!" Pretty childish but hilarious at the time!
It was a brilliant day despite the result. I remember standing on the platform at Wembley station with Everton fans on the opposite platform singing "We won the cup, we won the cup, you ain't" and the Watford fans singing back "We've got jobs, we've got jobs, you ain't!!" Pretty childish but hilarious at the time! Linda Geddes
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12:15pm Mon 19 May 14

Harrydownunder says...

Barnesy could have scored the fastest cup goal since jackie milburn, first goal was offside and second a blatant foul!

Not that I am still bitter and twisted 30 years on!
Barnesy could have scored the fastest cup goal since jackie milburn, first goal was offside and second a blatant foul! Not that I am still bitter and twisted 30 years on! Harrydownunder
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12:20pm Mon 19 May 14

Harrydownunder says...

Have a read of the Everton report. Apparently Gray got to the ball before Steve Sherwood!

http://m.evertonfc.c
om/history/fa-cup-fi
nal-1984.html
Have a read of the Everton report. Apparently Gray got to the ball before Steve Sherwood! http://m.evertonfc.c om/history/fa-cup-fi nal-1984.html Harrydownunder
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12:37pm Mon 19 May 14

BobT44 says...

My overriding memory of the final was upset...upset that Wilf Rostron wasn't able to play, and upset because I'm sure he would have contributed to a different game and to a different outcome.

Here we are 30 years later and I still feel the same about Wilf and I still detest Andy Gray and his smug, ugly, sexist face!!
My overriding memory of the final was upset...upset that Wilf Rostron wasn't able to play, and upset because I'm sure he would have contributed to a different game and to a different outcome. Here we are 30 years later and I still feel the same about Wilf and I still detest Andy Gray and his smug, ugly, sexist face!! BobT44
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12:51pm Mon 19 May 14

Hornet Cornet says...

hogweed wrote:
I was there. No way that goal would have stood today.

Hog out
I don't think it should've stood even then me old fruitcake.
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: I was there. No way that goal would have stood today. Hog out[/p][/quote]I don't think it should've stood even then me old fruitcake. Hornet Cornet
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1:13pm Mon 19 May 14

rayman01 says...

Spent previous evening drinking with a true blue scouser. Great camaraderie. Pity we played Everton just as they started a marvellous run. All agreed second goal should not have been given. Les Taylor true legend. The amount of work from Les, wilf, Jan Lohman, kenny and other midfielders is often overlooked. Oh happy days. Luv the Horns!
Spent previous evening drinking with a true blue scouser. Great camaraderie. Pity we played Everton just as they started a marvellous run. All agreed second goal should not have been given. Les Taylor true legend. The amount of work from Les, wilf, Jan Lohman, kenny and other midfielders is often overlooked. Oh happy days. Luv the Horns! rayman01
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2:53pm Mon 19 May 14

Surbiton says...

Great banter with the Everton fans on the underground. Not he best day for Elton to release "Sad Song". Thought that was a bad omen then and so it proved. Remember Luther coming out onto the pitch to a great reception. Oh how we could have done with his skills! Glad we got there anyway, a very proud moment in the clubs history.
Great banter with the Everton fans on the underground. Not he best day for Elton to release "Sad Song". Thought that was a bad omen then and so it proved. Remember Luther coming out onto the pitch to a great reception. Oh how we could have done with his skills! Glad we got there anyway, a very proud moment in the clubs history. Surbiton
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6:18pm Mon 19 May 14

chadderton orn says...

I was 19 and only been at my new job a week, my boss called me into is office fearing being sacked. He told me to sit down and pushed this ticket towards me and asked did i want to go. this was 3 days before the final.His brother had something to do with Oldham a f c. I could have kissed him. May have stud with the Everton fans i did not care loved the day.I stayed loyal to my boss for 12 years They have both since died and i will never forget that moment . I have the program, ticket & shirt in a frame on my stairs as a reminder
I was 19 and only been at my new job a week, my boss called me into is office fearing being sacked. He told me to sit down and pushed this ticket towards me and asked did i want to go. this was 3 days before the final.His brother had something to do with Oldham a f c. I could have kissed him. May have stud with the Everton fans i did not care loved the day.I stayed loyal to my boss for 12 years They have both since died and i will never forget that moment . I have the program, ticket & shirt in a frame on my stairs as a reminder chadderton orn
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6:33pm Mon 19 May 14

micksolly says...

Yes Wilf was a big loss and their right winger gave us loads of problems ( Steven I think). Also I think the occasion got to us a bit and we were almost happy just to be there but Everton wanted it more. Great day though amazing times thanks GT and Elton.
Yes Wilf was a big loss and their right winger gave us loads of problems ( Steven I think). Also I think the occasion got to us a bit and we were almost happy just to be there but Everton wanted it more. Great day though amazing times thanks GT and Elton. micksolly
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7:36am Tue 20 May 14

BC Hornet says...

I talked to Andy Gray about that "goal" in the mid '90s. He bought me a beer — quite obviously guilty as charged; no further questions m'lord.
I talked to Andy Gray about that "goal" in the mid '90s. He bought me a beer — quite obviously guilty as charged; no further questions m'lord. BC Hornet
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6:14pm Tue 20 May 14

bornyellow says...

Missed it, I was 13 and had to go to my uncles wedding....I still have not forgiven him for choosing that day to get married....one of his mates said ..cheer up they will be back in the final again"...I know now that he was a Spurs fan having a laugh...LoL.
Missed it, I was 13 and had to go to my uncles wedding....I still have not forgiven him for choosing that day to get married....one of his mates said ..cheer up they will be back in the final again"...I know now that he was a Spurs fan having a laugh...LoL. bornyellow
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