The clubhouse was at full capacity as one hundred people turned up to hear the former Watford, England and A C Milan star, Luther Blissett. Darren Henderson, who organised the event, took Blissett through his career including how he arrived with his family from Jamaica and started as an apprentice with Watford in 1974, going on to become Watford’s highest ever top scorer and moving on to A C Milan. He was selected fourteen times for England and, more recently, has been involved in speaking to schools as part of the Kick It Out campaign. He was awarded an OBE in this year’s honours list.
Luther Blissett kept the audience entertained for nearly two hours with his reminiscences and answering questions, many of them about his time at Watford. He was full of praise for Graham Taylor, his manager at the club and also a past President of Amersham Town Football Club. “The thing about Graham Taylor,” Blissett said, “is that he always told it to you straight. And that is the most important thing for a young player.” He also alluded to the famous incident when, relatively new to Italy, he was asked what he missed most about England. “Rice Krispies” was his reply.
Luther was assisted by young Kings Church Amersham FC player Freddie Henderson who read an extract from “Graham Taylor In His Own Words” and later posed with Luther Blissett with a packet of Rice Krispies ( see photo below ).
After speaking Luther Blissett stayed behind signing autographs, posing for selfies and talking with fans. Clearly Blissett remains hugely popular with Watford supporters.