Elton John – Bennie and the Jets
For those of us who grew up in the commuter town of Watford in the 1970s and 1980s, Elton John has a significance in our lives far removed from the usual associations of tantrums and tiaras. In 1973 he became the President of Watford FC, and then in 1976 the Chairman of the club. Recruiting a young Graham Taylor into the role of manager, a heady decade of success for the club followed, with top flight football (finishing runners up to Liverpool in 1982/3), an FA Cup final and a run in the UEFA Cup.
Quite frankly, it scarred me with an optimism about possibilities in football that will never again be fulfilled as the sporting world has moved on quite dramatically. To think that for most of the period Elton was high as a kite says something. Although I'm still to this day not sure what…
Number one on my birthday in 1974: David Essex – Gonna Make You a Star
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