The Rubin Kazan team lined up wearing the highest numbers that I have ever seen in a football match. As the captains met for the pre-match formalities, which included swapping pennants, the referee was heard to ask if there was a spare pennant for him. Deeney dutifully went back to the Watford staff to relay the referee’s request.
As the game closes, Jimmy Davis’ family and friends congregate around a presentation table. The Brummie wearing a Watford shirt who said hello on the way in turns out to be Jimmy’s mate, the guy responsible for arranging this tribute match. Cyrille Regis has showed up too – he always looked as big as a house on the telly, but is much slighter and shorter than he is in my mind’s eye. He awards a grinning Junior the man of the match award, and then steps aside for Danny Webber to present medals and the trophy to his erstwhile teammates.
The programme was ahead of its time and said we were two time FA Cup Finalists although its clairvoyant powers were let down slightly by claiming that along with 1984 our other appearance was in 1970.