From memory, dashing off to check it wasn't a wind-up, and crashing out a few sentences of copy to catch the first edition, made me late to intercept cycling royalty Sir Bradley Wiggins, who was presenting one of the awards and had agreed to a 10-minute interview backstage.
If McKinlay, now 52 and one of David Moyes' assistants at West Ham, was bewildered by the turn of events in the autumn of 2014, he wasn't the only one.
Ultimately, Watford were vindicated because Jokanović led them to promotion on an exhilarating run-in, but we should be thankful that the Scot's eight-day reign yielded four points from two games. Without those four points, the Hornets would have finished outside the automatic promotion places.
And for all the cheap shots aimed at Watford by outsiders over their changes of personnel in the hot-seat, Billy McKinlay will always be able to say he left with an unblemished record.