Watford Museum is exhibiting three of Watford FC’s trophies, which best represent over 100 years of the club’s successes.
Perhaps the biggest draw is the 1999 Play-Off Final trophy, which marks Watford's first win at Wembley, under the club’s beloved manager Graham Taylor.
This trophy has been placed on long term loan to the museum by Watford FC, alongside the Division 2 Champion’s trophy from the season before.
They are a wonderful addition to Watford FC’s Victorian trophy, the Rosebowl, which was purchased for the museum last year. It was the first trophy ever won by Watford, when the club secured the Southern League Second Division title in 1900. It was bought with funding from the football club, local company Videcom, and a generous but anonymous Watford supporter.
As part of the ongoing partnership between Watford Museum and the Hornets, the football club has also donated an array of memorabilia, including team shirts, scarves and 1980s Panini stickers.
This Thursday 18 August, from 10:30am to 12:30pm, children can get even more into the spirit of the beautiful game with a trophy-making craft session at the museum, which is just £1 per child.
Watford FC’s Supporter Liaison Officer Dave Messenger said: ‘Watford Museum is one of our most valued community partners and we’re delighted to be able to further develop this relationship.’
Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill added: ‘The football club is at the heart of our town, so it is only right that we celebrate its history in our local heritage museum. Our thanks go to Watford FC for kindly lending these wonderful trophies so that as many people can see them as possible. Sport is such a powerful way to unite people.’