To help celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Watford’s move to Vicarage Road, Daily Mirror sports writer Mike Walters recalls his encounters with those who have occupied the Hornets’ hotseat.
Next up is Steve Harrison, who featured for the Golden Boys as a player before returning to Hertfordshire to manage the team between 1988 and 1990.
Dipping into his pocket, the great comedian produced a £5 note and waved it at the group of players slumped on the pavilion steps after an energetic training session.
Breaking into song – nicely in tune – Steve Harrison recited a few bars of a Frank Sinatra classic and posed the group of mainly young prospects a quiz question which left them floundering more than any tactical diagram on a flipchart.
“Right,” said Harrison. “A fiver to the first one who can tell me the name of the dog who features in the lyrics of Strangers In The Night... any offers? Anyone? Come on, the name of the dog...”
After a few seconds of blank looks and head-scratching, Harrison put the group out of their misery. “Give up? You’ll kick yourselves...”