Jim Bonser became Watford's chairman 66 years ago today

On this date in Watford FC's history

On this date in Watford FC's history

First published in Latest Sport

Tuesday, June 3, 1958

Jim Bonser was elected chairman of Watford FC in succession to T. Rigby Taylor who had resigned the previous month complaining of feeling "...too old and tired, disappointed and disillusioned".

Fellow director Cecil White acknowledged that Lancashire-born Bonser had "...taken on a considerable task at a time when the club's fortunes are at a low ebb".

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

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9:44am Tue 3 Jun 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Bonser out!
Bonser out! gloryhornet4
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4:13pm Tue 3 Jun 14

micksolly says...

To be fair he was in charge when we first ever got in to the second tier of English football. Also if my memory is correct used the transfer money from the sale of Denis Bond to fund the East Stand extension RIP Jim you played your part in the history of our great club.
To be fair he was in charge when we first ever got in to the second tier of English football. Also if my memory is correct used the transfer money from the sale of Denis Bond to fund the East Stand extension RIP Jim you played your part in the history of our great club. micksolly
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2:26pm Wed 4 Jun 14

gloryhornet4 says...

micksolly wrote:
To be fair he was in charge when we first ever got in to the second tier of English football. Also if my memory is correct used the transfer money from the sale of Denis Bond to fund the East Stand extension RIP Jim you played your part in the history of our great club.
Watford were in danger of going belly up when he came in.

He had the foresight to know to secure the 150 year on the ground and buy a new stand.

Then it went all wrong when he trimmed the budget to make the club pay its way. The problem was he needed to bring other people on to the board and he then saw the club as his baby. No one was going to have a say.

Only when his bluff was called about - if anyone wants to buy the club I won't stand in the way - he did not expect Elton John to take him at his word and after a behind the scenes power struggle and endless excuses that EJ was not suitable he finally accepted it was time to step down.

A good guy but a good guy who stayed around about 6 years too long.
[quote][p][bold]micksolly[/bold] wrote: To be fair he was in charge when we first ever got in to the second tier of English football. Also if my memory is correct used the transfer money from the sale of Denis Bond to fund the East Stand extension RIP Jim you played your part in the history of our great club.[/p][/quote]Watford were in danger of going belly up when he came in. He had the foresight to know to secure the 150 year on the ground and buy a new stand. Then it went all wrong when he trimmed the budget to make the club pay its way. The problem was he needed to bring other people on to the board and he then saw the club as his baby. No one was going to have a say. Only when his bluff was called about - if anyone wants to buy the club I won't stand in the way - he did not expect Elton John to take him at his word and after a behind the scenes power struggle and endless excuses that EJ was not suitable he finally accepted it was time to step down. A good guy but a good guy who stayed around about 6 years too long. gloryhornet4
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2:36pm Thu 5 Jun 14

micksolly says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
micksolly wrote: To be fair he was in charge when we first ever got in to the second tier of English football. Also if my memory is correct used the transfer money from the sale of Denis Bond to fund the East Stand extension RIP Jim you played your part in the history of our great club.
Watford were in danger of going belly up when he came in. He had the foresight to know to secure the 150 year on the ground and buy a new stand. Then it went all wrong when he trimmed the budget to make the club pay its way. The problem was he needed to bring other people on to the board and he then saw the club as his baby. No one was going to have a say. Only when his bluff was called about - if anyone wants to buy the club I won't stand in the way - he did not expect Elton John to take him at his word and after a behind the scenes power struggle and endless excuses that EJ was not suitable he finally accepted it was time to step down. A good guy but a good guy who stayed around about 6 years too long.
Forgot about the lease and Benskins.
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]micksolly[/bold] wrote: To be fair he was in charge when we first ever got in to the second tier of English football. Also if my memory is correct used the transfer money from the sale of Denis Bond to fund the East Stand extension RIP Jim you played your part in the history of our great club.[/p][/quote]Watford were in danger of going belly up when he came in. He had the foresight to know to secure the 150 year on the ground and buy a new stand. Then it went all wrong when he trimmed the budget to make the club pay its way. The problem was he needed to bring other people on to the board and he then saw the club as his baby. No one was going to have a say. Only when his bluff was called about - if anyone wants to buy the club I won't stand in the way - he did not expect Elton John to take him at his word and after a behind the scenes power struggle and endless excuses that EJ was not suitable he finally accepted it was time to step down. A good guy but a good guy who stayed around about 6 years too long.[/p][/quote]Forgot about the lease and Benskins. micksolly
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