11th January - 1st March 2003 at Watford Museum
GOAL-DEN YEARS, 1996-2001
Re-live the highlights of Graham Taylor's second period in charge of Watford Football Club through this exhibition of memorabilia and memories

See your shirt in lights!

We can't guarantee to make you famous, but your WFC memorabilia might get the chance to be! The museum has had an urgent plea for help from the director of the Apollo Theatre Company. They're looking for a scarf and 1996 Watford shirt to use in their upcoming production of 'Elton John's Glasses' in Portsmouth. The play with be on at the New Theatre Royal from 30th July to 2nd August. If you're interested, please contact them direct at geoffrey@pyeman75.freeserve.co.uk.

Get the party started at Watford Museum!

Watford Museum is supporting the Club's ambition to turn Villa Park yellow for the FA Cup Semi-Final with a free Pre-Match Party from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 12th April 2003.

Fans of all ages are invited down to the museum to get in the party spirit and join in free activities including banner-making, nail painting and the traditional cutting up of Yellow Pages for confetti.

The museum, which is situated at 194 Lower High Street, is also being decorated by fans to mark the occasion.

If fans would like to get involved or can assist with materials, please contact Sarah Jones, Heritage Officer at Watford Museum by telephone: 01923 232297 or e-mail: sarahjo@watford.gov.uk or Fuzz Chaudry at farzana_chaudry@hotmail.com.

Supporters' book raises thousands for the Trust

The editors of the recently-published You Are My Watford book are delighted to announce that the total money raised for the Watford Supporters Trust is �5,780.61. (And they have no idea where the sixty-one pence came from either!)

The book, which was produced by the Blind, Stupid and Desperate and Look at the Stars fanzines in conjunction with Watford Museum, featured hundreds of contributions from supporters, including former and current players and club staff. As well as a huge number of enthusiastic comments from supporters, the book received positive coverage far and wide, from Time Out magazine via the big screen at Vicarage Road to a Tranmere Rovers website!

Approximately 1,100 copies of You Are My Watford were printed and it took little more than a month for the book to sell out entirely. All profits have been donated to the Supporters Trust, and the cheque will be presented to Acting Trust Chairman Harry Rowson at half-time during the game against Stoke City on Saturday 22nd March.

You Are My Watford co-editor Colin Payne said, "We've been amazed and thrilled by the success of the book, which has exceeded all of our expectations. We'd like to thank the countless people involved who have contributed articles, helped with advice and publicity, sold it on street corners...and, of course, bought it in such large numbers. It's been a real team effort, and very much in the spirit of Watford Football Club."

Acting Trust Chairman Harry Rowson said, "The money that has been raised for the Trust from the sale of this book represents the largest single donation to date. But that is not all. The people who have contributed to the book have, I believe, enjoyed themselves in reliving and recounting past and present passions; the fans who snapped the book up so eagerly are sharing the joy. As a Trust, we are very grateful for the support, and hope that other fans will come up with further creative and enjoyable ideas."

Competition winners

The winners of the competition on the "Blind, Stupid and Desperate" site to win two "Goal-den Years" posters, signed by Graham Taylor, are Pete Bradshaw and Jim Rogers. Well done to you both, and thanks to everyone who entered.

Thank you from Watford Museum!

Watford Museum would like to thank everyone who contributed to the "Goal-den Years" and all the fans who came to see the exhibition. Over 1,800 visited the exhibition in the seven weeks "Goal-den Years" was on display!

The feedback has been very positive and Watford Museum is planning more projects about football in the future. Look out for details or contact Sarah Jones (SarahJo@watford.gov.uk) if you have a suggestion or comment.

The last week!

A reminder that the "Goal-den Years" exhibition has less than one week to run - the closing date is Saturday 1st March, when Watford are at home to Nottingham Forest. So do hurry!

A thousand visitors

Over one thousand visitors saw the "Goal-den Years" exhibition in its first four weeks of opening. More continue to visit, including Nick Wright and family - his goal at Wembley in the Play-Off Final was one of the highlights of the 1996-2001 era and features prominently in the exhibition. The exhibition continues until 1st March 2003, so there's still plenty of time to come down and have a look around.

Meanwhile, the last box of the "You Are My Watford" book is disappearing from the Museum shop at a remarkable rate. If you're still without a copy, this really is your last chance! And if it's already on your bookshelf, watch this space for an announcement about a hefty donation to the Supporters Trust in the near future.

You Are My Watford

Stocks of You Are My Watford are starting to run low! The book, which was produced by Watford Museum in cooperation with the "Blind, Stupid and Desperate" and "Look at the Stars" fanzines to raise money for the Watford Supporters Trust, has been receiving hugely positive reviews from all quarters. You can read some of the reaction here.

Copies will be on sale in Vicarage Road before Saturday's game against Rotherham, so do make sure that you pick one up on your way past. If you're visiting the Museum to see the exhibition, you'll be able to buy a copy from our shop, or you can order a copy by mail here. But don't leave it too long!

Launch photos

As you'll see, we've added some of Simon Devon's photos from the opening night of the exhibition on the right of this page. Click on the photos for enlarged versions.

Auction and raffle update

Watford Museum have provided a rare signed football for the latest Watford Supporters Trust auction. The ball dates from Graham Taylor's first era and was given to the museum to auction for a good cause. To view the auction, click here.

Meanwhile, Watford's Civic Mayor is delighted with the �100 raised in a raffle at the official opening of the exhibition on Monday 13th January. Watford fan Steve Brister donated the prize of a signed Graham Taylor t-shirt with proceeds going to the Mayor's Charity, Carers in Hertfordshire.

Lots of visitors...and a late arrival!

The second "Goal-den Years" exhibition is proving to be just as popular as the first, with hundreds of visitors coming to the Museum to see exhibits including trophies, players' memorabilia...and a late arrival in the shape of Harry Hornet! The exhibition runs until 1st March, so there's still plenty of time to pop down and see it all for yourself.

Special view

On Monday, one hundred and sixty people attended a special view of the second "Goal-den Years" exhibition. Most of the guests were those who had supported and contributed to the exhibition and to the "You Are My Watford" book, including Alec Chamberlain, Nigel Gibbs, Graham Simpson, Tim Shaw, Oli Phillips, Terry Challis and Graham Taylor, who officially opened the exhibition.

The evening was another great success, with many fans looking forward to returning to see the exhibition again and many leaving with signed copies of the book. Thanks to everyone who came and made it such an enjoyable evening.

Exhibition opens!

The "Goal-den Years" exhibition opens its doors to the public! Two whole galleries of memories, images and memorabilia, plus a chance to pick up your copy of 'You Are My Watford'. For information on opening times and directions to the museum, click here.

Nigel Gibbs comes up trumps again!

After some amazing contributions to the first exhibition, Nigel Gibbs has lent another amazing collection of objects for the second exhibition, including his own photos, a hand-written team sheet, a Division Two Champions Champagne bottle, playing shirts...and his letter from the FA about his booking in the Playoff semi-final against Birmingham!

See Watford players 'Stripped' at Watford Museum

Jane Parr's acclaimed photographic exhibition 'Stripped' is now on display at Watford Museum. With 'no kit, no pitch, just Hornets', Jane, who is better know for her spectacular sports photographs for the Watford Observer, uncovers an unseen side to Watford Football Club's players.

Originally displayed in the Harlequin Centre, the exhibition has now arrived at the museum to coincide with the 'Goal-den Years' exhibition about Watford Football Club that opens on the 11th January 2003. Both exhibitions will be on display until 1st March 2003.

You Are My Watford

Watford fanzines Blind, Stupid and Desperate and Look at the Stars have been working with Watford Museum to produce a very special new book in aid of the Watford Supporters Trust.

The book, entitled You Are My Watford, is the result of asking more than a hundred fans to choose the five things that make Watford Football Club special for them. As well as dozens of views from the terraces and stands, it includes contributions from Alec Chamberlain, Allan Smart, Tommy Smith and Nick Wright.

All profits from the book will be donated to the Supporters Trust. On sale for a mere �8 from the 11th January 2003, the book will be available from Watford Museum, from street sellers before home matches, and by mail order. For more information, go to www.bsad.org/book or e-mail book@bsad.org.

In safe hands!

Watford's goalkeeper, Alec Chamberlain, is lending his support to Watford Museum's "Goal-den Years" exhibition. He is loaning shirts and gloves from the Premiership season to the massive collection of Watford Football Club memorabilia that will go on display at the museum in January.

Other great loans include the remains of a Harry the Hornet rocket made for BBC2's "Technogames" by Watford fan Neville Styles. The museum has also received stories, photos and souvenirs from the era 1996 to 2001, with the exhibition set to be even bigger than the first successful "Goal-den Years" exhibition.

Exhibition co-ordinator, Sarah Jones, would like to thank the club and fans for the support the museum has received, "the success of Goal-den Years is down to the enthusiasm of fans and the club. With such great exhibits and contributions, this is one event Watford fans won't want to miss".

To whet your appetite further, you can read Mike Vince's memories of what that glorious day at Wembley meant to Graham Taylor by clicking here.


"Goal-den Years" supporter and Watford Observer photographer Jane Parr has an exhibition of "intimate portraits of Watford's finest", featuring candid black and white photos of more than twenty of the Hornets' squad, at the Harlequin Shopping Centre in Watford from 9th to 24th December. To see the exhibition flyer, click here.

New memories

On the memories page, you can read about two very different meetings with Graham Taylor - Cllr. Tim Williams remembers speaking at Graham's Investiture as a Freeman of the Borough, while the Shattock family describes a very special photo shoot.

Supporters Trust auction

Watford Museum is helping to raise funds for the Watford Supporter's Trust by donating for auction a pair of tickets to the official opening of the 'Goal-den Years' exhibition. You can visit the auction here.

Steve Palmer gets shirty!

Former Watford star Steve Palmer has made a huge contribution to the next 'Goal-den Years' exhibition - the loan of a set of fourteen shirts from the 1997/98 Second Division Championship season! The shirts were presented to Steve by Watford Football Club in recognition of a unique achievement. That season, he wore all fourteen shirt numbers, and even temporarily replaced Alec Chamberlain as Watford's 'number one'.

Now at Queens Park Rangers, Steve was contacted about the exhibition by Watford Football Club, who have been providing invaluable help to the museum. In addition to the shirts, Steve has also contributed the team sheet from the game against Bournemouth in April 1998 - his first, and probably last, appearance as a goalkeeper!

Watford FC joins in

Watford Football Club are providing their support again for the second exhibition. The club are helping to publicise the exhibition and giving Watford Museum unlimited access to their archives. After lending the Watford Observer Clock for the first exhibition, they're determined to track down some special exhibits for the second!

Watford Museum go for a Football Double

They thought it was all over after the first 'Goal-den Years' exhibition - but the popular look at Watford Football club's fortunes under the leadership of Graham Taylor is set to return.

From the 11th January to the 1st March 2003, Watford Museum will be focusing on Graham Taylor's second period in charge from 1996 to 2001. Fans who have a memento to lend or a story to tell are urged to get in touch and become part of this unique football double.

The first Goal-den Years display, focusing on the years from 1977 - 1987, was a phenomenal success. Graham Taylor himself was among the celebrities who attended the opening and the website attracted stories, memories and mementos from Watford fans across the world. The result was the biggest ever exhibition about the club.

Ian Grant, co-editor of Watford supporters' website "Blind, Stupid and Desperate" said, "BSaD was delighted to be involved in the first 'Goal-den Years' exhibition, which offered a unique opportunity for all kinds of Watford supporters to celebrate a very special part of the club's history. It was a superb success, and we're looking forward to helping to make the second exhibition just as memorable."

For more information or to get involved, please contact Sarah Jones, Heritage Officer at Watford Museum by telephone: 01923 232297, e-mail: sarahjo@watford.gov.uk.

To coincide with the exhibition, Ian Grant has created this new website. You can also have a look at the website for the first exhibition by clicking here.

To join Watford Museum's mailing list for information on special events, workshops or football-related activities, call Sarah on 01923 232297 or click here.


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The museum is decorated by fans before the Semi-Final against Southampton.

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Sarah Jones and Graham Taylor find some old silverware at the exhibition launch night. Photo by Simon Devon.

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Visitors pack the galleries at the launch night. Photo by Simon Devon.

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Graham Taylor parts with a tenner for his copy of You Are My Watford. Photo by Simon Devon.

You Are My Watford, a new book which will be launched to coincide with the exhibition, will raise money for the Watford Supporters Trust.

Lift off! Neville Styles' Harry the Hornet rocket reaches for the stars!

Nigel Gibbs with the Watford Observer clock. Photo by Jane Parr.