Televised football was still a relative novelty in the late Eighties. There were perhaps a dozen matches screened each season and to have a game picked by either BBC or ITV was something of an honour.
Everton were in the hunt for their second league championship in three seasons and Watford were in the middle of an FA Cup run.
Adrian Heath gave the Toffees the lead in the first half and Watford looked like they were suffering stage fright.
The Hornets were a different side in the second half and goals from Mark Falco and Luther Blissett gave them a memorable win over the champions-elect. Of Watford’s eight seasons in the top flight, this was one of only two occasions that they managed to beat the side that went on to win the title – the other time was against Liverpool in 1983.
Blissett’s equaliser was an instinctive header. Somehow he connected with a vicious volley from Nigel Gibbs that was going well off target. Falco tapped in the winner five minutes from time.
Blissett’s goal was his 157th for the club. He was chasing Tommy Barnett’s record of 160, which had stood since 1939. He got his 161st goal in the 4-3 defeat at Charlton in April.
Watford Coton, Bardsley, Rostron, Richardson, Sims, McClelland, Blissett, Barnes, Falco, Porter, Sinnott (Gibbs)
Manager Graham Taylor
Scorers Blissett, Falco
Everton scorer Heath
Why was this match chosen? Coming from behind to beat the champions-elect in front of the TV cameras.
How do I feel about this game's inclusion now? These sort of games were the ones that made being in the top flight so memorable. On their day, the Hornets could beat anyone.