Whilst Watford’s trophy cabinet doesn’t hold a candle (in the wind) to other premiership clubs, they’re still standing thanks to the support of a world famous musician.
Lifelong Watford supporter and international super star Elton John became club chairman in 1976 and declared an ambition to take the team into the First Division.
Soaring through the leagues like a rocket man, Watford climbed from bottom place in the lowest division of The Football League to top position in the highest division in just 7 years. They then started the 1982–83 season with four league wins from the opening five fixtures but were unable to maintain a title challenge, eventually finishing the season second behind Liverpool, which ensured UEFA Cup qualification for the following season.
Bradford (Park Avenue) VS Watford
|13 Feb 1932||Watford v Bradford Park Avenue||L||1-0||FA Cup|
|04 Oct 1958||Watford v Bradford Park Avenue||L||2-1||League Division Four|
|21 Feb 1959||Bradford Park Avenue v Watford||D||1-1||League Division Four|
|24 Aug 1959||Bradford Park Avenue v Watford||D||1-1||League Division Four|
|01 Sep 1959||Watford v Bradford Park Avenue||L||1-0||League Division Four|
|02 Dec 1961||Bradford Park Avenue v Watford||D||1-1||League Division Three|
|21 Apr 1962||Watford v Bradford Park Avenue||W||0-2||League Division Three|
|02 Oct 1962||Watford v Bradford Park Avenue||L||3-2||League Division Three|
|10 Oct 1962||Bradford Park Avenue v Watford||W||1-0||League Division Three|