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'Jockeys' by Terry Challis
27th October 2010
The unknown Terry Challis

An exhibition of much-loved Watford Observer cartoonist Terry Challis's art will be on show at Watford Museum from 4th to 27th November.

A selection of the paintings and drawings left behind after Terry passed away last year are to go on display in an exhibition entitled "The Unknown Terry Challis".

Alongside these paintings will be a selection of the many cartoons he had published, for fans to re-acquaint themselves with his humour and sideways take on the world of footie and the 90 minutes of joy or despair that he had witnessed and recorded that Saturday with his close friend, the journalist, Oli Phillips from the press box at Vicarage Road.

What visitors to this exhibition will see is a range of paintings from a prolific and naturally talented artist, with some pieces that will be known and familiar to many, ranged along side new and surprising works that have not been exhibited before. Terry Challis left an extensive body of work as his legacy from a lifetime of observing and capturing the world around him on paper, canvas and board and his love of humanity and ordinary people pursing their lives with humour and everyday drama is reflected in this show that will surprise and please his fans and visitors old and new.

29th May 2006:
Say 'thank you' to Alec

Alec Chamberlain's testimonial season at Watford came to a fitting end on the pitch with his son, Ryan, leading the team out before the magnificent play-off win at the Millennium Stadium. As a gesture of thanks to a great servant of the club, fans would like to present him with an acknowledgement of what he has meant to the Watford faithful.

You can visit the "Blind, Stupid and Desperate" website to sign your name and leave a short message to say 'Thank you' to Alec for entertaining us over ten wonderful years. The museum will be sending a message itself, after all of the generous help and support that we've received from Alec in recent years.

12th May 2006:
Playoff final build-up

To celebrate the Hornets' appearance in the Playoff Final on 21st May, and to soothe the nerves ahead of the trip to Cardiff, we'll be holding a special Playoff Party on Saturday 20th May between 12.00 and 5.00pm. Activities will include banner-making, craft activities, nail painting, and, of course, cutting up of Yellow Pages confetti.

All Watford fans are welcome to join us, especially if you come bearing Yellow Pages! If you'd like to help, please contact Sarah at sarah@watfordmuseum.org.uk.

23rd April 2006:
Send your "good luck" message to the Golden Boys

Prior to Watford's appearance in the 1999 play-off final, a message went out on the Internet asking for messages of encouragement for the team. As a result of this, over a thousand messages were received from Watford fans located all over the world. These messages were then displayed on a six metre long, full colour banner. One copy of the banner was presented to the team in the week prior to the final. Another copy was taken to Wembley, where Hornets fans met up for a photo shoot before the game.

Following the astounding success of this good luck message, the venture had to be repeated for Aidy and the Watford team of 2006...only bigger and better!

So, here's your chance to show the Golden Boys of 2006 that you care and give them your support on the final leg of the road to Cardiff. Messages may be left at www.bsad.org/banner.html.

25th May 2005:
Share your memories of the Goal-den Years

As part of our online exhibition covering Graham Taylor's second spell in charge of the club, you can read Alec Chamberlain's memories of his most famous hours in a Watford shirt. Alec will soon be celebrating ten years at the club with a testimonial season; you can find out more from his website at www.alecchamberlain.com.

Why not join Alec and contribute your memories to the website? We've created two online exhibitions to follow on from the original Goal-den Years exhbitions at the museum, so that you can send us your memories of the two most famous periods in the club's history: 1977 to 1987 and 1996 to 2001.

16th May 2005:
Have dinner with Graham Taylor!
Leaflet containing information about the Watford Supporter Trust Grand Dinner: click to enlarge (JPG file, 95k)

The Watford Supporters Trust has announced a Grand Dinner on Thursday 11th August at the Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club, with Graham Taylor as guest speaker.

As well as a three course meal and a chance to meet GT, the evening also includes entertainment from an impressionist, a raffle and an auction.

Tickets for the event are �30 and are available from tickets@watfordsupporterstrust.com or by phoning Elaine on 07966 622150. For more information, see the leaflet or the Supporters Trust website.

26th April 2005:
Alec Chamberlain launches his official site

Watford legend - and Goal-den Years contributor - Alec Chamberlain has launched his new official website, which can be found at www.alecchamberlain.com. Among many other things, the site features a diary, the thoughts of fellow professionals and fans, and an absolutely huge picture gallery.

Having served the club for an eventful ten years, Alec has recently been rewarded with a testimonial season, which kicks off with a game between the Hornets and Charlton Athletic on 30th July. Watford Museum would like to congratulate Alec on this fantastic achievement.

6th January 2005:
Happy New Year!

Everyone at Watford Museum would like to wish you a very happy New Year! There'll be even more happening on the Goal-den Years website in 2005...and, as ever, you'll be able to play your part. For now, why not explore and contribute to our 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road' and Main Stand online exhibitions?

20th December 2004:
Travel back in time

Digital Ink, who used to run the official Watford Football Club website, have kept their work online for posterity. At www.waswatford.co.uk, you can explore events from 1996 to 2000, including a fully searchable news archive. Enjoy your trip back in time!

13th December 2004:
New galleries added to the Yellow Brick Road exhibition

Courtesy of Pete Bradshaw, two new galleries have been added to the 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road' exhibition. You can follow the story of a trip to see November's game with Derby County at Vicarage Road, via a beer festival at West Herts Sports Club. And then you can share an away day too, heading up to Elland Road for the game with Leeds United. As if that wasn't enough, you can also hear about the personal touches that make Sarah Jones' matchdays special.

It's easy to contribute to the online exhibitions, so why not have your say like Pete and Sarah?

5th December 2004:
Follow the Yellow Brick Road

It's Saturday, and the Hornets are at home. You're on the way to the match with that familiar feeling of anticipation...and trepidation too sometimes! But first, a visit to your favourite pub, your habitual pre-match chippy, your friendly programme seller, or your regular newsagent....

What really sets matchday in motion for you? What are the sights, sounds and smells around Vicarage Road that always fire your footballing imagination? Watford Museum is celebrating your matchday experience with a new online exhibition, and we want your contributions!

The 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road' exhibition is part of the museum's massive new 'Goal-den Years' website, devoted to the history of Watford Football Club. As well as reading the thoughts of other supporters and viewing galleries of photos, you can add your own contributions to the exhibition from the comfort of your own keyboard!

24th November 2004:
Explore the Main Stand

As part of our new series of online exhibitions, you can explore the dusty romance of the Main Stand at Vicarage Road. It's been closed to spectators since the summer and it's awaiting replacement by more modern facilities, but it retains an ancient charm all of its own. Have a look for yourself, and contribute your own thoughts!

10th May 2004:
Send your 'good luck' message to the Golden Boys!

As you can see, there have been a few changes around these parts! The new Goal-den Years website will play host to all of Watford Museum's football-related activities, from the sites devoted to the original exhibitions to brand new online exhibitions to which you will be able to contribute your own memories and memorabilia.

Enjoy the site...and look out for the launch of the first online exhibitions soon!