Monday, May 11, 2009

11 May 1976 - And He Can Tell Everybody That This Is His Club

On 11 May 1978, English Fourth Division side Watford F.C. elected music superstar Elton John as chairman. A lifelong Watford supporter, John first became involved with the club's administration in 1973, when he became the club's president.

Under John's chairmanship and the work of manager Graham Taylor, Watford achieved promotion all the way to England's top flight for the 1982-83 season, where they finished in second position behind League winners Liverpool.

Their tenure in the First Division lasted for six seasons and they were relegated down to the Second Division for the 1988-89 season. They have since bounced back and forth between the top two flights. They currently play in the second flight, now known as the Coca-Cola Championship.

John, who later assumed the post of Watford's President for Life, briefly quit in November 2008 over disputes with the board. He returned to the club in January 2009, however, as a new board took over.


  1. I believe the exact date was May 15 1976 Elton was elected Chairman of Watford FC

  2. Thanks, I'll verify the date. My original source was this FIFA piece from 2006: