Tottenham take on Watford in the Premier League on Saturday – but it’s been a heck of a while since the Hornets claimed three points from their London neighbours.
Marathonbet dusted off the history books to see what on earth was happening in the world the last time Watford beat Spurs… A slender 1-0 win at Vicarage Road in November 1987.
1 – Liverpool were making huge strides to win the league
The likes of John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and John Aldridge were helping defy doubts as to whether Liverpool could challenge for honours after Ian Rush’s departure to Juventus. In November, Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners of the Merseyside derby after goals from Steve McMahon and Beardsley.
2 – The nation was recovering from the Great British Storm of 1987
Batten down the hatches! 120mph gales batter the British south coast from Kent and Sussex to Hampshire, Dorset and Cornwall. The storm caused substantial damage over much of England, bringing down an estimated 15 million trees and numerous deaths.
3 – Arsene Wenger was down the job centre…
after being sacked as manager at Ligue 1 outfit Nancy. He soon bagged himself a job at AS Monaco and won the club the league championship the following year.
4 – Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom…
And probably still celebrating the Conservative Party’s third General Election victory on the bounce. She became the first PM since the 2nd Earl of Liverpool in 1820 to lead a party into three successive election victories.
5 – Digging began to link England to France under the Channel
A good haul of Three Lions fans heading to France for this year’s European Championships will probably be using the Eurostar to get there – and they can thank the folk from 1987 for getting the project off the ground in December of that year.