Five Of The Best: Watford’s World Cup Connections – Watford FC

A legendary Watford centre-half, who played over 230 times in yellow, John McClelland enjoyed the privilege of going to two World Cups with his country Northern Ireland during the 1980s. His first appearance came throughout the 1982 Globe Cup in Spain, where McClelland helped his side top the opening group stage, which included a famous 1-0 victory over the hosts.

After qualifying for the second round of the group phase, North Ireland just missed out to France, who would eventually finish fourth in the tournament. Despite the exit, defensive general McClelland featured inside every minute of every match, helping his side keep two clean sheets and record their second-best finish at the competition.

McClelland might also travel to Mexico for that 1986 Planet Cup, and despite not making an appearance while at the tournament, the ex-Hornet would be made captain of their national part following the conclusion of the competition while still with Watford.

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