It was Watford’s first game in the old First Division and Graham Taylor’s men took their first steps en route to a runners-up spot with a 2-0 win thank to goals from Northern Irishmen Gerry Armstrong and Pat Rice.
Armstrong tapped in from close range in the 21st minute and Rice was awarded a goal without even realising it when Neville Southall carried his 'mis-hit' free-kick over the line.
"It was a lucky one," the former captain told watfordlegends.com.
"We’d been doing this thing whereby we were driving balls in at head high so there was pace on the ball for people to attack. I remember hitting this one and I mis-hit it. I turned away and I was looking up in the stand thinking, ‘You prat!’ Next thing I hear the cheers and the ref is pointing to the centre spot having given a goal. Neville’s [Southall, the Everton goalkeeper] caught it and stepped back over the line as he landed. Never in a million years did I mean it."
It was Rice's first and only goal for Watford, a club that took many by surprise with their second-place finish. Having left Arsenal for Vicarage Road in 1980, he spent four years at the club where his experience was vital in their push for promotion from the Second Division and charge up the top flight.