Three Watford Football Club legends marked the 20th anniversary of one of the most special days in the club’s history by helping to raise nearly £6,000 for the fight against paediatric heart disease.
Alec Chamberlain, Steve Palmer and Nigel Gibbs were all part of the squad that clinched promotion to the Premier League in 1999 with a stunning play-off final win over Bolton Wanderers, and they teamed up at West Hertfordshire Golf Club last month to play in Watford Plant Hire’s golf day.
Richard Johnson joined them later and they all took part in an impromptu Q&A after the dinner to give fans a unique insight into the story behind that unforgettable season.
“It was a privilege to be asked to play by Mark Southam and Henry Peters in the golf day.” said Gibbs who has made more league appearances for the Hornets than anyone else. “It’s clearly a charity close to their hearts and it was great to be able to play a small part in the success of the day. It was fitting to mark 20 years since that play-off final win by spending the day with Chambo, Palms and Jonno and by talking to so many Watford fans afterwards about that special time in the club’s history. Events like that just reinforces what a great club it is and how special the fans are.”
An auction and a raffle enabled the directors at Watford Plant Hire to hand over a cheque for £5,886 to Samantha Sherratt, Director of Raise, the charity for West Hertfordshire Hospitals.
“The kind-hearted staff at Watford Plant Hire put heart and soul into the planning for this golf day and guests clearly had a wonderful time,” she said. “The paediatric team at Watford General would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved; what an amazing amount to raise for using in the fight against heart disease in babies and children.”