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HALL OF FAME: Page Speech & Photos

Posted: Wed 08 May 2013
Author: Club Journalist

Acceptance speech and career photos of the Hornets’ latest Hall of Fame inductee Robert Page

LEGENDARY ex-Watford skipper Robert Page thanked the club’s supporters and some notable former ‘Orns after being inducted into the Hall of Fame at the End of Season Awards Dinner on Sunday (May 5).

The former centre half picked up his award from Luther Blissett at the Shendish Manor event – and joins the Hornets’ record goalscorer as well as Tony Coton, John McClelland, Tommy Mooney, Les Taylor, David James, Ian Bolton, Nigel Gibbs, Duncan Welbourne and Ross Jenkins on the prestigious list.

Page turned out for the Golden Boys 254 times in an eight-year spell, having graduated from the club’s youth team, and as club captain led Watford to two successive promotions as Graham Taylor’s men rose from the third tier to the Premiership – where he picked up the club’s ‘Player of the Year’ trophy.

Scroll through a selection of photos from Page’s time at Vicarage Road above and click HERE for more on the ex-Wales international.

Page’s Hall of Fame acceptance speech has been printed below:

"I was 11-years-old when I first came to the club. I came up from the valleys in South Wales and Tom Walley was a massive influence on my career.

“If it wasn't for the likes of Tom, Kenny Jackett and Graham Taylor then I wouldn't be stood here receiving this award tonight, nor would I have had the playing career and now the coaching career that I am finding myself doing. So I owe a massive amount of gratitude to them.

“When I came to the club Watford was dependent on it's youth policy. I could have gone to other clubs, I remember Tottenham offered me a five-year deal at the time but for me it wasn't about that. It was about coming to a club that depended and relied on their youth policy.

“Watford did that. I think seven of the first team at the time were developed from the youth team. The likes of David James, Jason Drysdale, Jason Soloman and Barry Ashby for example. These were players that were playing in the first team from the youth team, so that was a major reason why I came to Watford.

“Somebody told me earlier that I am the only captain to walk up the Wembley steps and lift a trophy – well in three weeks’ time I’m hoping that somebody in this room will also be doing that!

“That certainly, other than playing for my country, was up there with the best day of my life. 

“I'd like to thank the fans because they have always been brilliant to me whenever I have come back to Vicarage Road and given me a great reception, and thank everyone for this award."