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Put together courtesy of a gigantic archive of newspapers owned by the same company, our Watford Football Book focusses entirely on the chosen club. Inside, it’s chock-full with reprints of original reports beginning in the early part of the 20th century.
Beginning in 1920 with the club’s entry into the Football League, this football book goes on to chart Watford’s best moments, not least that incredible climb from the Fourth to the First Division. It's an impressive look back on the team since they were founded in 1881.
This Watford Football Book charts the club’s finest moments, including the incredible rise under Graham Taylor that saw the ‘Orns climb from the Fourth Division in 1977 to the First in 1982. Finishing as runners-up in ’83 and competing in Europe the following year marked the club’s apex, along with a Cup final appearance in ’84.
Since then, Watford has continued to enjoy success, including two stints in the Premier League – both of which are covered in depth. Plus, there’s the chance to recount the contributions of club greats, including Luther Blissett, Tommy Mooney and Nigel Gibbs.
Take a look at the contents to see what the book has to offer...
The book is available with a variety of presentation options, with the recipient’s Name and a Message printed on the certificate on the title page.
All the articles are printed on luxury paper, produced from fully licensed scans from the original newspapers. The books are always updated with the latest season and bound by hand in a hardback book.
The binding process takes four craftsmen/women over an hour to create each book by hand. To make the books even more exceptional, there are special editions with extra personalisation, available below.
Some of the editions are available with colour content and pictures from 2006 onwards. As well as the original black and white content, editions offering colour content and colour pages will include the colour content where available.
This Personalised Football Book is 'Tabloid' size 38 x 31cm, available in a selection of smart, high-quality covers. All reports in this book are taken from The Daily Mirror.
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Watford FC was formed in 1881. The club reached the Second Division in 1969 and the Hornets enjoyed the beginnings of a golden era in the late 1970s. Pop star and boyhood Watford fan, Sir Elton John, became Chairman of the Hornets in 1976. He invested large amounts of money in the club and appointed Graham Taylor as manager at the beginning of the 1976-1977 season. The pair would forge a great working relationship, which was vital for the Hornets’ quick progression. Watford rose from the Fourth Division to the First Division between 1977 and 1982. Remarkably, the Hornets then went on to finish their first ever top flight season in second place. Watford competed in Europe during the following season and reached the final of the FA Cup in 1984. Elton John and Graham Taylor left their respective positions at the club in 1986 and Watford’s good form departed with them. Both men returned for a second period at Watford FC in the late 1990s. The Hornets reached the Premiership in 1999, having spent eleven years outside of the top flight.
A Watford Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Hornets. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Watford Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Watford memorabilia collection.
This Watford Football Book opens with a 7-1 win over Northampton in 1920. It goes on to cover a selection of great games through the decades of the 20th Century and many highlights from the present era.
Top stories in this Watford Football Book include the Hornets’ incredible 10-1 win over Lowestoft in 1926, the 6-1 annihilation of Reading in 1937, the shock away win in the 1950 FA Cup third round over then mighty Preston North End and the fantastic 7-1 defeat of Crystal Palace in 1954. The Watford Books also feature the brilliant 1-0 win over Liverpool in the 1970 FA Cup sixth round, plus the famous 1-2 away win over Manchester United in the 1978 League Cup. Read about the 7-1 humiliation of Southampton in the 1980 League Cup Final, as Watford overcame the odds to pull back a four goal deficit from the first leg to win on aggregate in extra time. The Gift Books revisit the thrill of Watford's rise in fortunes under the management of Graham Taylor and Chairmanship of Elton John. The Hornets’ went from minnows in the 1970s to First Division stardom in the 1980s. The Watford Book features key matches from this period of success, incorporating the emotional 1984 FA Cup final against Everton and numerous top scoring results, such as the 8-0 defeat of Sunderland in 1982, the 0-4 away victory against Leeds United in 1984 and the 5-0 win over West Ham in 1985.
More recent coverage includes the appointment of Aidy Boothroyd as Manager in 2005 and promotion to the Premiership in 2006.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into the Hornets’ history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition for a collector of Watford memorabilia.
If you are a collector of Watford memorabilia or looking for other Watford gifts, why not consider our Watford Calendar or Watford Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Hornets’ key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Watford fans. Other Watford presents include Framed Newspaper Reprints and unique Watford Mugs.