While they have a deep squad and players of Premier League quality, others who have been similarly resourced have made a hash of bouncing back at the first attempt. Indeed only 16 clubs had done it in nearly 30 seasons of the Premier League and the Hornets are now the 17th. The Hornets know first hand just how difficult it is, having finished fourth in 1989, ninth in 2000/01 and and sixth in 2007/08 when previously falling out of the top flight. You can end up being in the Championship wilderness for many seasons if you don't get it right first time.
Thankfully, the club don't have to worry about that and the planning, as well as the partying, can now begin. There is no doubt everyone deserves it after the year and a bit we've all been through.
It was only 24 hours short of being six years to the day that promotion from the Championship was clinched last time and this one looked and felt very different. For a start it was secured on the pitch, rather than on the team bus back from Brighton, and this time it was in the team's hands. Beat Millwall and the job was done – and that's exactly what they did.