Youth Team Sub
Oct 5, 2018, 8:48 AM
Team(s): Luton Town
With respect, that makes no sense. If Watford St. Mary’s had become defunct then West Herts would have simply asked the F.A. to approve a name change. As I have already stated, in May 1898 the full F.A. council met and as reported at the time “permission was given to Watford St. Mary’s and West Herts to take the name of Watford Football Club , the two clubs having amalgamated.” The F.A. would clearly have been asked to make this decision and would have wanted the requisite evidence and approval from both clubs officials before putting the matter before the full council.
Re: [wint&kidd] The Watford Treasury: a visual history of a football club
More evidence from 1898 comes from the Watford Observer of the 7th May 1898 -
“when three-parts of the season was gone, there were whispers of the advantages of amalgamation of the two clubs. That the principle was right few disputed, and the question narrowed itself down to a few minor difficulties. It was ascertained that the executive on both sides regarded the suggestion favourably, and joint meetings of the officials were arranged. The proposals took a definite shape, and very soon amalgamation was a thing accomplished. It was decided, however, that each club should finish off its fixtures. Next season the Watford club will play on the Cassio-Road ground, and one of the chief ideas of the amalgamation is to have a second team of sufficient strength to be an attraction while the first string is engaged elsewhere. The details of the amalgamation scheme we have already given in these columns.
Generally speaking, then, the local football season which has just closed has been a most important one. It has witnessed two steps which have marked fresh epochs - the adoption of professionalism and the amalgamation of West Herts and Watford St. Mary’s.”
So directly from May 1898 you have evidence that the two sets of officials met, negotiated and agreed amalgamation which the F.A. approved and the Watford Observer reported. No mention of absorption. No mention of the premature demise of Watford St. Mary’s. “Amalgamation” has clearly been surgically removed from history. The duo of imposters “absorption” and its sidekick “demise” (of Watford St. Mary’s) have been inserted to open the door firstly to the 1891 formation claim and then to the 1881 claim. Where did this duo come from? Ask yourself where you read it.
Armed with this evidence I hope you understand why I opened this discussion with the question about marking the 120th anniversary of the formation of Watford F.C.. I am not a Luton fan trolling as you assumed. I am on the committee of Hatter’s Heritage (LTFC’s Historical Society), I have disputed Stoke City’s 1863 claim, busted many Luton Town myths, busted the date of the first penalty kick, was the first to unravelled the mysteries of the six yard box, assisted many other club historians, contributed to books, magazines, the historical football kits website, rediscovered many old photos and built up a decent website on Victorian football history - so I am not picking on Watford F.C. - I am picking on skewed history and the disrespect shown to the men of Watford St. Mary’s. It is a pity that I appear to be the only person willing to defend their honour and memory.