May 10, 1961,
July 1st 1981
Watford supporters saw me at my very best. I loved Watford, I played more games for them than anyone else
Few would question the standing of Tony Coton as Watford's greatest every goalkeeper.
He started his 19-year career with a penalty save in the first minute of his professional debut for Birmingham City in 1980 and Graham Taylor parted with £300,000 to bring the keeper to Vicarage Road in 1984. During six years with the Hornets he played 291 times.
Despite conceding five against Everton on his Watford bow, Coton went on to lift the Player of the Season trophy an unprecedented three times before a £1m move to Manchester City in 1990, where he received the same honour twice. To this day, Watford fans are struggle
He left City in 1996 after 196 outings and short spells followed with Manchester United and Sunderland, but injury forced his retirement soon after. He subsequently returned to Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson’s goalkeeping coach for a decade and after spells scouting for Wigan and Bolton, Coton is now Aston Villa’s head of goalkeeper recruitment.