Re: Watfraud's new badge
Posted by RADSB on 12/6/2019, 10:16:10, in reply to "Re: Watfraud's new badge"
I'm having a battle with them atm about the 1881 nonsense. This is my justification for 1898 - |
"The 1881 date is incorrect. The Watford Observer of the 7th May 1898 clearly shows that two local clubs amalgamated to form a new club -
“When three-parts of the season was gone, there were whispers of the advantages of amalgamation of the two clubs. That the principle was right few disputed, and the question narrowed itself down to a few minor difficulties. It was ascertained that the executive on both sides regarded the suggestion favourably, and joint meetings of the officials were arranged. The proposals took a definite shape, and very soon amalgamation was a thing accomplished. It was decided, however, that each club should finish off its fixtures. Next season the Watford club will play on the Cassio-Road ground, and one of the chief ideas of the amalgamation is to have a second team of sufficient strength to be an attraction while the first string is engaged elsewhere. The details of the amalgamation scheme we have already given in these columns. Generally speaking, then, the local football season which has just closed has been a most important one. It has witnessed two steps which have marked fresh epochs - the adoption of professionalism and the amalgamation of West Herts and Watford St. Mary’s.”
The full F.A. council met in May 1898 and as reported at the time “permission was given to Watford St. Mary’s and West Herts to take the name of Watford Football Club , the two clubs having amalgamated.” The F.A. would clearly have been asked to make this decision and would have wanted the requisite evidence and approval from both clubs officials before putting the matter before the full council.
So directly from May 1898 you have evidence that the two sets of officials met, negotiated and agreed amalgamation which the F.A. approved and the Watford Observer reported. Regrettably, the word "amalgamation" has been replaced by the word "absorption" by those close to the club. This gives the impression that West Herts absorbed Watford St. Mary's. They did not. This wrongful replacement of the word "amalgamation" was done with the intention of making West Herts history go back to 1891 and then back to 1881 when their predecessors, Watford Rovers, are said to be formed. The suggestion has also been made that Watford St. Mary's went bust. They did not. They folded because of the amalgamation with West Herts. Here it is important to note that West Herts full title was "West Herts Club and Ground" - it was a sports club which also had teams playing rugby, cricket, lacrosse and so on. West Herts therefore did not fold as Watford St. Mary's did. The insult to the memory of the men of Watford St. Mary's is therefore a great one - 5 of their players played for the new club of Watford F.C. including the first black player, John Cother."