Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Everything I know is wrong

I’ve started reading Lionel Birnie’s excellent, evocative book Enjoy The Game, and I’ll post a proper review when I finish it. On the train home this evening, I started the chapter which tells the story of the legendary 7-1 League Cup win against Southampton, and when I got to the bit when Nigel Callaghan talks about looking up at Vicarage Road after he scored his goal and seeing a bus stopped there with everyone on the top deck celebrating, I suddenly found I had something in my eye…

But here’s the thing. For as long as I can remember, I’ve told everyone who cared to listen that when Watford achieved that epic win, we were in the Third Division. That’s how I’ve always remembered it, and I’m rather taken aback to find out now that we were actually in our second season in the Second Division at the time. I wonder what else I’ve been wrong about all these years?


kev adams said...

In my memory of the mid to late 60s QPR were indeed local rivals. I recall being somewhat wary of getting the train from Carpenders Park to the High Street because of the chance of falling foul of marauders in blue and white, and the High Street Station on the way home afterwards was a lary place to be.
I remember the song 'We all p**s in a blue and white pot' to the tune of Yellow Submarine.
Also in the promotion season 68-69 when we ran head to head with Swindon, we did get fixated on them as not quite so local at all, really, rivals.

TimT said...

I believe Hitler had something to do with the rivalry with QPR. I read somewhere that after World War Two, a lot of bombed-out West Londoners were rehoused on the newly-built estates of Oxhey, so by the 60s there were lots of second-generation Rangers fans living just a mile or so from Vicarage Road. Hence the aggro.