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The people of Watford.

My school was in Wealdstone. But because it was one of London’s last Catholic grammar schools, its catchment area was huge – stretching all the way from Kilburn to Watford. Lots of pupils journeyed in from Watford, and they were slightly different from the rest of us. It was as though they came from a very proud and independent nation. Watford was – still is – a thriving town and the first real separate place north of London. Watford had its own brewery, its own theatre, a famous nightclub called Bailey’s but most importantly its own football team. In 1984, with Elton John as chairman, they reached the FA Cup final but lost 2-0 to Everton. 35 up-and-down years later, they’re back in the FA Cup final. Once again, in common with all my Watford ex-classmates, my fingers are crossed. Too obvious to play an Elton John track. This one, from 1984, is far more suitable.

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