Dennis Clarke has good reason to remember Huddersfield Town’s first visit to Watford.
The trusty right-back scored the first goal of his career, and one of only four in total, at Vicarage Road in September 1969.
Set up by Steve Smith, his long-range 38th-minute shot beat keeper Mike Walker – later to manage Everton – and dipped under the bar to reward Town’s first-half dominance.
Watford, however, levelled through future Town player Barry Endean a minute before the break in the Wednesday night Second Division (now Championship) fixture, and piled on the pressure in the second half.
Clarke, who made the football record books as the first substitute in an FA Cup final (for West Brom against Everton in 1968) joined Town for £20,000 in January 1969.
The season he netted against Watford, he was one of seven ever-presents in the Ian Greaves-managed team who won promotion to the top flight as Division II champions.
He made 186 Town appearances before a £40,000 transfer to Birmingham City in September 1973, by which time Town were in Division III (now League I).
Injury forced Clarke to quit football at 27, after which he pursued a series of business interests.
Endean, a Hornets hero after scoring the goal which sunk Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the 1969-70 FA Cup, joined Town from Blackburn Rovers in March 1975.
He made 12 appearances, scoring once, leaving for Hartlepool a year later.
The first of Town’s four wins in their 11 previous league games at Watford (there have also been three draws) came in 1975-76, when both sides were in the basement division.
Brian O’Neil, with a penalty, and Terry Gray were on target in a 2-0 victory in the second match of a season which was to finish with Town narrowly missing out on promotion.
Darren Bullock, who attended last Saturday’s Championship clash with Charlton Athletic, earned Town’s 1-0 win at Vicarage Road in the second tier in 1995-96.
Peter Ndlovu, on loan from Birmingham, and Delroy Facey clinched a 2-1 triumph when Town went to Watford in their 2000-01 Championship relegation season.
And on the final day of last term, a Danny Ward hat trick and Joe Lolley’s first Town goal clinched a 4-1 success.
Watford’s stadium, which has been their home since 1922, has also staged rugby union (Saracens had a spell there) and greyhound racing.
Three sides of the ground have been rebuilt since the track was removed, with a fourth new stand now under construction.