1982–83 Watford F.C. season

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1982–83 season
ChairmanEngland Elton John
ManagerEngland Graham Taylor
StadiumVicarage Road
First Division2nd
FA CupFifth round
League CupThird round
Football League TrophyQuarter-final
Top goalscorerLeague:
Luther Blissett (27)

Luther Blissett (33)

During the 1982–83 English football season, Watford F.C. competed in the Football League First Division, after being promoted from the Second Division the previous season. Under Graham Taylor's management, Watford finished second in the First Division – their highest ever league finish.[1] As a result, Watford qualified for European competition for the first time.[2] Luther Blissett finished the season as the division's top scorer, with 27 league goals.[3]


Squad at end of season

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Steve Sherwood
England GK Eric Steele
England DF Ian Bolton
England DF Paul Franklin
England DF Richard Jobson
England DF Charlie Palmer
England DF Neil Price
England DF Wilf Rostron
England DF Steve Sims
England DF Steve Terry
Wales DF Kenny Jackett
No. Position Player
Northern Ireland DF Pat Rice
England MF John Barnes
England MF Nigel Callaghan
England MF Martin Patching
England MF Les Taylor
Netherlands MF Jan Lohman
England FW Luther Blissett
England FW Jimmy Gilligan
England FW Ross Jenkins
England FW David Johnson
Northern Ireland FW Gerry Armstrong


  1. ^ Pickard, Michael (25 June 2010). "Les Taylor recalls 1984 final". Watford Observer. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Graham Taylor factfile". The Guardian. 29 March 2001. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  3. ^ Ross, James M. (15 July 2011). "English league leading goalscorers". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 8 February 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Birnie, Lionel (2010). Enjoy the Game – Watford FC, The Story of the Eighties. Peloton Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9567814-0-6.
  • Phillips, Oliver (2001). The Golden Boys: A Study of Watford's Cult Heroes. Alpine Press Ltd. ISBN 0-9528631-6-2.
  • Jones, Trefor (1998). Watford Season by Season. T.G. Jones. ISBN 0-9527458-1-X.
  • Jones, Trefor (1996). Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. T.G. Jones. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1.
  • Phillips, Oliver (1991). The Official Centenary History of Watford FC 1881–1991. Watford Football Club. ISBN 0-9509601-6-0.