Watford FC - History Thread

Discussion in 'The Golden Years' started by Nuandy, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst First Year Pro

    That’s clearly from the mid 80s but, strangely, I don’t remember that building next to the Rookery at all. Perhaps it looks different from that angle. Was it a police control room, or something else? And was it there long?
     
  2. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    Not sure what the official use for upstairs was - but downstairs it was the ticket office. Have a vivid memory of a surreal moment that took place in that building when I went with my dad to collect the tickets for a game and Glenn Roeder was in there, talking to the girl behind the counter. As the tickets were being printed, my dad proceeded to chat to Glenn like he'd known him for years! I mooched in the corner, embarrassed!

    If you can stand to listen to Bassett, he's in that building during this interview:

     
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  3. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst First Year Pro

    No I can’t, but thanks.
     
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  4. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    That building appeared in 1985 and was there until the Rookery redevelopment in 1994.

    I remember reading somewhere it was the Police control room though oddly it didn't seem to have windows overlooking the Rookery stand itself.

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    *Correction- in the vid Jossy posted it does look like the windows went partly around the Rookery stand side.
     
  5. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    I thought they were 3 executive boxes.
     
  6. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    You are correct Otter. Found this is a programme from the time..

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    Begs the question of where the police control room was. I recall there was an open police observation areas under the scoreboard but that cant have been it surely?
     
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  7. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    Hope i dont get anyone in hot water for this (me for instance!) but this is one of the images that appears in the new Watford Treasury publication and i think it's worth the cover price all on it's own.

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    As the captions says we've just knocked Liverpool out of the cup and young skinheads are on the pitch! and what about that Graffiti.. top class!
     
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  8. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    Are you one of the young skinheads, Stevo?!!:D
     
  9. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    Nah, before my time. I was around 10 years later mind.. or at least a Rude Boy with a no.2.

    Have you ever seen a pic with the Rookery graffiti before?
     
  10. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    I haven't, no. And I've never noticed it in the footage of that game on YouTube. Might have to go back and watch loads of the old stuff and see if I can spot any more. When I'm really bored!
     
  11. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    I knew about it.. but cant recall if i'd seen pics or footage of it. Maybe just bits of it. Possibly even traces of it left into the early 80's?
    Brilliant that they cleared that part of the terrace for this pic.. and we get to see it in it's full gory. Also just shows you the times as they were ie not cleaned up by the club.
     
  12. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst First Year Pro

    I remember the graffiti being at the back of the Rookery when I first started going in 1970 (I used to stand on the terrace in front of the Shrodelles stand).
    More importantly can I reiterate how wonderful the first issue of the Watford Treasury is? I bought it before the game yesterday and have read it cover to cover. I urge all fans to get hold of a copy.
    A couple of highlights were the article about the time Watford previously wore stripes - I remembered being at the friendly when it happened, but not when it was or who against - and the amazing model of a mid-70s Vicarage Road.
     
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  13. Jossy

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    What with GT being in the news over the past few days, I stumbled across a high-res version of this well known pic without any water mark. Managed to remove some dust and scratches that had no doubt accumulated on the original over the years and also made a few tweaks to the tone and contrast:

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  14. Carpster

    Carpster Reservist

    Where can I get a copy?
     
  15. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    You can order it here, Carpster: https://thewatfordtreasury.co.uk/

    And it'll be on sale at the Vic for the Brighton game.
     
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  16. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst First Year Pro

    Is that Bobby Robson with Elton?
     
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  17. Carpster

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  18. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

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    I think this one is better.. cause it shows the Rookery roof and famous WO clock.

    Wasn't this GT's first day at the club?
     
  19. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

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  20. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst First Year Pro

  21. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    Pretty sure it was - I think there's an article from a programme on oldwatford.com where it's featured, and the double page spread has been scanned, albeit with the picture disappearing into the spine. Might even have posted it in this thread, but I'm too lazy to go back and check!

    I'm sure you won't be surprised to know that I have a high res version of your preferred picture also:):

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  22. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    Here it is, Stevo:

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    (from oldwatford.com)
     
  23. Jossy

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  24. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst First Year Pro

    I particularly remember enjoying that Friday night at Norwich.
     
  25. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    A random find on the internet:

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  26. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Yes. The tv commentator made the comment early in the game that the familiar worry for Watford that season was "where the goals were going to come from". Enter Graham & Sordell. Hopefully TD & AG will be as successful.
     
  27. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    I thought mine was more hi res tbh ;)


    Found another from the same day..

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    You've no doubt seen the other lawnmower shot but note the hut in the background here.. could that be the infamous Marie Celeste tea bar?
     
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  28. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

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  29. Jossy

    Jossy Reservist

    The Watford Treasury are posting some of their great pics via their twitter account now:
    https://twitter.com/treasurywatford

    If you isolate the image url's and add :large after .jpeg, you can access bigger versions of them (for some, not all).
     
  30. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst First Year Pro

    Interesting to see, in the Cliff Horton penalty pic (about 1960?), the old Rookery without the Watford Observer clock. Anyone know when the clock was installed?
     
  31. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

    Yes spot on. April 1960, 5-1 win over Gateshead (Holton hatrick)
    So a year or so after construction of the Rookery terrace. Ive no idea when the clock showed up but i shall endeavour to find out.
     

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