He began coming to this stadium as a child. Then as a star he bought Watford and helped the club advance to where it is now. No wonder Elton John was honoured with the newest stand being named after him.
It was an exceptional matchday at Vicarage Road. On Saturday the Sir Elton John Stand was opened. Aside the club crest, the singer’s name was written on the roof. And on the back wall of the stand lyrics of “Your song”, which reflect gratitude the club shows to Elton John.
The star was also guest of honour at the Wigan game (won 2:1). Ahead of the fixture he entered the field with his partner and sons and gave a speech, clearly fighting emotions. "When I was six years old I used to come and stand over there," he added, pointing to what used to be the cinder bank in the south-west corner of the ground. He also assured to raise his sons to support Watford.
"I never thought I'd ever have a stand named after me. I never thought I'd sit in a stand!" he quipped, an acknowledgement of just how much he achieved for the Hornets after taking over as chairman in 1976.
Elton John was Watford owner for a total of 14 years and played crucial role in the club progressing from 4th league to the top. Another hero of late 1970s and early 1980s was Graham Taylor, the manager employed by Elton John. Taylor was honoured in similar fashion on Nov 29, having the west stand renamed after him.
The newest stand at Vicarage Road holds 3,100 people and is thus the smallest. It replaces the old Main Stand, very last one remaining from the original structure opened in 1922.