Taken from the programme on 31st August 1985-Division One, Watford 3 Coventry City 0
Month: May 1985
BSAD report:Although the match was effectively meaningless for Watford, there was no end-of-term feel to it. Watford tore into them and pulled the Liverpool defence to bits. West got a delicate touch to a free kick (sounds unlikely, I know) to put us 1-0 up and then as Barnes and Callaghan started swinging in the crosses, Jim Beglin got so confused he volleyed one straight into the bottom corner: 2-0 up away at Anfield at half-time! Things looked good.:
The final league table looked like this.
BSAD report: It is well known that the average fan hates Man Utd, primarily because everybody you meet seems to support them, despite their dumb look when you ask them to locate Manchester on the map or challenge them to name at least five of the current side.
100 Greatest Watford Wins- No.32:Lightning never strikes twice, they say.Well, two days after thrashing Spurs, Watford beat another of the giants 5-1. Manchester United had the perfect excuse for having an off-day. They were five days away from an FA Cup final against the league champions, Everton. But take nothing away from the Hornets. They dismantled United every bit as impressively as they had Spurs.
100 Greatest Watford Wins- No.33: May 1985 was the bleakest month in the history of English football and so it was particularly poignant that Watford, a club that symbolised everything that could be good, positive and fun about the game, were having a great time on the pitch. Watford won 5-1 at White Hart Lane playing bold, exciting football but their achievement was completely overshadowed by a tragedy at Bradford City. An old wooden stand caught fire and 56 people died. Later that month there was violence, and more deaths, at the European Cup final at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels. Football grounds were not all safe, welcoming places for supporters and the English game had serious problems.