However the success was not to last and the club were relegated twice in five years, before the turning point of their history occurred in 1976 when singer, shareholder and lifelong fan Elton John became Chairman and appointed a young Graham Taylor as manager the following year.
In 1982 Watford reached the top flight for the first time in their history. Prominent players of the day included Wilf Rostron, Luther Blissett, John Barnes and Ross Jenkins. They finished their debut season as runners up to champions Liverpool to qualify for the UEFA Cup the following season.
Lewington was sacked to supporters disgust in 2005 despite leading The Hornets to a League Cup semi final, to be replaced by Aidy Boothroyd. The jeers soon turned to cheers as he helped saved the side from relegation before securing promotion the following season after a play off victory over Leeds United. Star players of the day were Marlon King, Jay DeMerit, Malky Mackay and Ashley Young.
Jokanović departed in the summer of 2015 to be replaced by the Spaniard Quique Flores, who took the side to a mid table finish and the FA Cup semi-final before being replaced by Walter Mazarri in May 2016.
After parking up and having a McDonalds for lunch (this in a time when they weren't everywhere and definitely not in Scarborough!) before heading to the ground. This was in the good old days when you could just turn up at a top flight game and pay at the turnstile to stand up.
Watford 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Saturday 3rd August 2002) Nigel Gibbs Testimonial Match (att: over 10,000)
Both of us would ideally liked to have found a cash machine. There was none between the Metropolitan line station and the stadium. Crowds were gathering and for reasons best known to ourselves we went inside and hoped there would be a machine inside. Of course there wasn't!
Several Games as a Vicarage Road Steward during the 2003-04 Season