The disastrous 1971-72 season. The squad pose for their customary preseason photograph at the Vicarage Road end. They are: Back row left to right: Colin Franks, Keith Eddy, Walter Lees, John Pearce and Ray Lugg Middle row left to right: Roy Sinclair, William Jennings, Johnny Williams, Mike Walker, Larry McGettigan, Duncan W & Mike Packer Front row left to right: Charlie Woods, Jimmy Lindsay, Tom Walley, David Butler, Kenny Owen & John Farley. George Kirby had taken over Ken Furphy inheriting most of his players like Roy Sinclair and others scouted by his north east connections such as young striker John Farley. Furphy had departed for Blackburn while the talisman of the time Stewart Scullion whose shoes Sinclair failed to fill had left for Sheffield United although he had scored the goal that had propelled the team into the Second Division. The season was a disaster with two five nil away defeats at Blackpool and Sunderland and a run of ten consecutive losses between mid December and late February. The club finished rock bottom despite a last day draw against the champions of the Second Division Norwich City. Tom Walley left the sinking ship for Orient in December and was not replaced. Colin Franks and Keith Eddy at the heart of midfield left for Sheffield United at the seasons end. A whole group of players from the team eventually ended up at Colchester United. These were Mike Walker, Johnny Williams, Mick Packer and Jimmy Lindsay. Bill Jennings was Division Three top scorer and the POTY two seasons later for us before moving to the Hammers where he picked up an FA Cup winners medal. Oddly enough Watford were knocked out in the first round that year by the U's featuring those ex-Hornets Of the team pictured several are no longer with us. They are Johnny Williams, Roy Sinclair, Duncan Welbourne and Larry McGettigan who passed away at the tragically young age of just forty one.