And so the curtiain came down on another season, the 122nd in the club's history and one of the most remarkable and curious.
This campaign, which has seen the Hornets score three fewer away from home than relegated Wycombe and head into mid February nine points off the top and yet get promoted with something to spare, will take some explaining to the grandkids, especially when you tell them only three games had fans in attendance, and even then it was only 2,000 each time.
It was therefore probably entirely predictable, given the exhaustive nature of a campaign that ebbed and flowed throughout, that this final game fell flat and didn't match the fine display of pyrotechnics that greeted the players as they walked out. Although it caught fire in the last half hour, it felt like the last day of term at school. It was perhaps no wonder when the Hornets made six changes to the side that lost to Brentford last week while Swansea withdrew key players on 65 minutes with the play-offs very much in mind.