Watford prepared to take on First Division Birmingham City with a three-day trip to Margate, where they worked on stopping the threat posed by winger Harry Hooper.
They spent a lot of time running at the full-back Bobby Bell, preparing him for the potential onslaught from the fast and direct winger.
The team’s pre-match meal was steak and chips at the One Crown pub in the town. It obviously worked because after 20 minutes they were 2-0 up.
Seven minutes in, Holton bullied the Blues keeper Johnny Schofield, forcing him to fumble Micky Benning’s cross. The ball fell to Dennis Uphill who only had to force it across the line from a yard. Holton got the second himself, turning on a knock-down from Hartle to blast home one of finest goals for Watford. Although Hooper pulled one back from long-range six minutes from time, Watford reached the fourth round for the first time since 1950.
‘We had everything to gain and very little to lose,’ said Uphill. ‘We knew we had a good chance if we could get the early goal. And when we did, it proved that these First Division teams are just flesh and blood like us.’
‘I have played for the big fellows when they have been knocked out by the little clubs,’ said Holton. ‘It’s nice to be on the side of the underdogs now.’
Watford Linton, Bell, Nicholas, Catleugh, McNeice, Chung, Benning, Holton, Uphill, Hartle, Bunce
Manager Ron Burgess
Scorers Uphill 7, Holton 19
Birmingham scorer Hooper 84
Why was this match chosen? It was a cup tie that captured the imagination in the town. A look at the Watford Observer from January 1960 shows that. It was one of only five occasions Vicarage Road has officially hosted a crowd in excess of 30,000 too.
How do I feel about this game's inclusion now? Until Ken Furphy's arrival, this was arguably the greatest victory in Watford's history.