Home & Away | Everton
Saturday August 28, 1982, First Division
It was Watford’s first game in the old First Division. Graham Taylor’s men took their first steps on the way to finishing as runners-up with two goals from two Northern Irishmen and a clean sheet.
Gerry Armstrong tapped in from close range in the 21st minute, before a mistake from Neville Southall allowed Pat Rice to score his first and only goal for Watford in the second-half.
The goalkeeper caught the ball from Rice’s free-kick and stepped backward over the line, and between the referee and the linesman the goal was given.
Hornets XI: Sherwood (GK), Rice, Jackett, Bolton, Rostron, Callagahan (Taylor), Lohman, Blissett, Barnes, Armstrong, Jenkins.
Toffees XI: Southall (GK), Borrows, Higgins, Wright, Bailey, King, McMahon (Richardson), Sheedy, Heath, Johnson, Sharp.
Saturday August 8, 2015, Premier League
We come full circle – this was the first game of the Golden Boys’ Premier League campaign under Quique Sanchez Flores.
Miguel Layún opened Watford’s account for the season, scoring on the half-volley. Everton then equalised through Ross Barkley, but the Hornets pushed on and found another goal in the shape of Odion Ighalo, performing his trademark scoop and bamboozling John Stones and Phil Jagielka before slotting the ball into the back of the net.
Arouna Kone levelled the game just three minutes later to deny Watford an opening day win, but the Hornets' faithful went home happy after a spirited showing at Goodison.
Toffees XI: Howard (GK); Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway (Koné, 63); McCarthy, Barry; Mirallas (Oviedo, 77), Barkley, Cleverley; Lukaku (Naismith, 90+1).
Hornets XI: Gomes (GK); Nyom, Prödl, Cathcart, Holebas; Capoue, Behrami (Watson, 79); Anya, Layún (Paredes, 59), Jurado (Ighalo, 74); Deeney.