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Watford Football Club is an English football club based in Watford, Hertfordshire. The club was founded in 1881 and has competed in the English football league system since 1920. Their first [1] and so far only season in UEFA-sanctioned cup competition came when they reached the third round of the UEFA Cup in the 1983–84 season.

Watford F.C. Association football club

Watford Football Club is a professional football club based in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, that plays in the Premier League, the highest level in the English football league system. Founded in 1898 by the amalgamation of West Herts and Watford St. Mary's. After finishing the 1914–15 season as Southern League champions under the management of Harry Kent, Watford joined the Football League in 1920. The club played at several grounds in its early history, before moving to a permanent location at Vicarage Road in 1922, where it remains. Watford spent most of the following half century in the lower divisions of The Football League, changing colours and crest on multiple occasions.

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1983–84 UEFA Cup

Under Graham Taylor, The Hornets enjoyed their highest ever league finish in the 1982–83 season when they finished second behind Liverpool, securing qualification to the UEFA Cup the following season, alongside compatriots Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur; the latter would go on to win the competition. Watford's first opponents were 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Watford lost the first leg 3–1, however a 3–0 win at Vicarage Road saw them safely through to the second round, where they faced Levski Spartak, a Bulgarian side. A 1–1 draw in Hertfordshire was followed up with a 3–1 win after extra time in the Vasil Levski National Stadium, ensuring Watford's progress to the third round.

Liverpool F.C. Association football club in England

Liverpool Football Club is a professional football club in Liverpool, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. The club has won 5 European Cups, more than any other English club, 3 UEFA Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 18 League titles, 7 FA Cups, a record 8 League Cups, and 15 FA Community Shields.

Aston Villa F.C. Association football club

Aston Villa Football Club is a professional football club based in Aston, Birmingham, England. The club currently competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1874, they have played at their current home ground, Villa Park, since 1897. Aston Villa were one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888 and of the Premier League in 1992. Villa are one of only five English clubs to have won the European Cup, in 1981–82. They have also won the Football League First Division seven times, the FA Cup seven times, the League Cup five times, and the UEFA Super Cup once.

Nottingham Forest Football Club, often referred to as simply Forest, is a professional football club based in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England. Forest were founded in 1865 and have played home matches at the City Ground since 1898. They compete in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

The draw matched Watford with Czechoslovakian club AC Sparta Prague. [2] At home, Watford went 2–0 down in the first half however recovered to 2–2 with goals from Wilf Rostron and Jimmy Gilligan but a late winner from substitute Zdeněk Ščasný sunk the Yellows. [3] A 4–0 away defeat sealed Watford's exit as a 7–2 aggregate loss ended their European campaign.

Czechoslovakia 1918–1992 country in Central Europe, predecessor of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Czechoslovakia, or Czecho-Slovakia, was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 1 January 1993.

AC Sparta Prague Czech association football club

Athletic Club Sparta Praha, commonly known as Sparta Prague, is a Czech football club based in Prague.

John Wilfred Rostron, often known as Wilf Rostron, is an English former footballer. He started off as a left-winger but then spent most of his career as a left-back. Rostron played primarily for Watford and also featured for clubs Arsenal, Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Brentford.

Season Competition Round Opposition Score
1983–84 UEFA Cup First round Flag of Germany.svg 1. FC Kaiserslautern 1–3 (A), 3–0 (H)
Second round Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).svg Levski Spartak 1–1 (H), 3–1 (A, aet)
Third round Flag of the Czech Republic.svg AC Sparta Prague 2–3 (H), 0–4 (A)

1992–93 Anglo-Italian Cup

The revival of the Anglo-Italian Cup for the 1992–93 campaign saw Watford return to European cup competition for the first time since 1984, however it would only be a brief return, as Watford finished bottom of their group in the Preliminary Round having been beaten by Bristol City and drawing with local rivals Luton Town.

Bristol City F.C. association football club

Bristol City Football Club is a professional football club based in Bristol, England. They currently play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. Founded in 1894, they have played their home games at Ashton Gate since 1904.

South-eastern English football clubs Luton Town and Watford have been rivals since their respective formations in the late 19th century. The clubs are respectively from Luton, Bedfordshire, and Watford, Hertfordshire, and for this reason a match between the two teams is sometimes called a "Beds–Herts Derby". Another name occasionally used in the press is "M1 Derby", which comes from the M1 motorway, which passes both towns. The clubs, which were both founded during the 1880s, met competitively for the first time in the 1898–99 FA Cup. Following this they played each other regularly in the Southern League and The Football League until 1936–37, when Luton's promotion separated them in league competition until 1963–64. The animosity intensified during the late 1960s and the 1970s, and reached a peak during the 1980s, when both teams played in the top-flight First Division. Watford were relegated at the end of the 1987–88 season, while Luton followed four years later.

Season Competition Round Opposition Score
1992–93 Anglo-Italian Cup Preliminary Round Flag of England.svg Bristol City 1–0 (A)
Preliminary Round Flag of England.svg Luton Town 1–1 (H)

1993–94 Anglo-Italian Cup

The next season Watford tried again, with another entry. Again, they fell at the Preliminary Round, as Southend United topped the group, although they did manage to beat their rivals Luton. They didn't take part in the Anglo-Italian Cup again, and the tournament itself was scrapped after the 1995–96 tournament because the two leagues could not agree on dates for fixtures, [4] and due to increasing violence at matches. [5]

Southend United F.C. association football club

Southend United Football Club is a professional association football club based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. The team competes in League One, the third tier of English football. Southend are known as "The Shrimpers", a reference to the area's maritime industry included as one of the quarterings on the club badge.

The 1995–96 Anglo-Italian Cup was the last ever Anglo-Italian Cup competition. The European football competition was played between eight clubs from England and eight clubs from Italy. Italian side Genoa lifted the trophy after beating English side Port Vale 5-2.

Season Competition Round Opposition Score
1993–94 Anglo-Italian Cup Preliminary Round Flag of England.svg Luton Town 2–1 (H)
Preliminary Round Flag of England.svg Southend United 3–0 (A)

Overall record

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Cup 6 2 1 3 10 12 -2
Anglo-Italian Cup 4 1 1 2 3 6 -3
Total 10 3 2 5 13 18 -5

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