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WatfordNickname The Hornets
Web Site www.watfordfc.co.uk
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Watford Football Club was established in 1882 and were originally known as 'Watford Rovers'. They joined the Southern League in 1896 and turned professional a year later, by this time they were known as West Herts Club. In 1898 it became apparent that West Herts and another local team, Watford St. Marys would be unable to survive as separate teams. The teams merged and became known as Watford Football Club. The team got its nickname 'The Hornets' from its distinctive yellow and black strip.
Perhaps the most well known figure at the Club has been Elton John. As a lifelong fan, he joined the Board in 1973 and had two stints at the club. He is now synonymous with the club and has the title of 'Honoury Life President'.
The 80's were heady days for The Hornets; they achieved promotion to the top flight in 1982 and finished second in their first season. Under Manager Graham Taylor, the team had risen from the old division four to division one in 5 seasons. They had also reached the semi-final of the League Cup whilst in Division three. Graham Taylor had become a legend and was to have two stints at the club spanning 3 decades.
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