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Ex-Watford keeper Tony Coton in conversation with at 'There To Be Shot At' book launch event

Coton | “Six Unbelievable Years”


During six years on this patch Tony Coton lifted the coveted Player of the Season trophy an unprecedented three times, and that’s perhaps just one of the reasons why the ex-Watford goalkeeper says he’s still to this day greeted with a warmer welcome at Vicarage Road than at any of his other former clubs.

Speaking to before the recent launch of his new autobiography ‘There To Be Shot At’, the ex-Birmingham, Watford, Manchester City, Manchester United and Sunderland stopper admitted there remains a special place in his heart for the club at which he kept goal from 1984 until 1990.

“I had six unbelievable years at Watford, mainly down to one man. We all know who that is and he gets a mention in the book,” said Coton.

“I always get what I feel is the best reception here. I feel the warmth of the fans and the people who are still connected to the club that were working here when I was here. 

“I hold this club with such fondness, and I think I say that every time I come back.”

Now Head of UK Scouting for Aston Villa, Coton is these days an occasional visitor to Vicarage Road, and he says there’s one particular aspect of the club’s transformation which strikes him more than anything else.

“The biggest thing when you come back to The Vic is the atmosphere. The atmosphere is electric,” he said.

“I played here and the supporters were great, but they were at the Red Lion end with no roof so you lost that noise into the Hertfordshire air, but now we’ve got a great little stadium.

“It echoes around and flags are waving every home game. It really is a fantastic atmosphere and one that I’m a little bit jealous I never had chance to play in.

“I like coming back, it’s been a great start to the season, and long may it continue.”

Watch the full interview – where Coton talks more about his book as well as memories of playing for Watford – in the video above (free to view, no sign-up required).

‘There To Be Shot At’ is available from The Hornets Shop, both online HERE and in-store.


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