Month: September 1981

12th September 1981- Division Two, Chelsea 1 Watford 3

The 100 Greatest Watford Wins- No.49: Once in a while a young player comes along who everyone agrees has something special that sets them apart from the rest. After winning 3-1 at Chelsea, Taylor thought to himself: ‘We may have found a jewel here.’

Kick-off and a few perplexed frowns around me. Strange line-up here. Wilf Rostron, our under-achieving midfield-ace-cum-winger is playing at full-back. Ross Jenkins is back in favour. What’s more, there is some geezer I’ve never even heard of playing up front on the wing. I ask who it is and am told that it is some young kid they found playing for Sudbury or some such place, came on as sub in the previous game and looked pretty good. Name of Barnes.