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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2007, 11:20 GMT
Where are they now?

Plymouth v Watford

By Chris Bevan and Chris Charles

Whisper it quietly around Home Park but Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final clash between Plymouth and Watford is being billed as the 'Battle of George Reilly's Ear'.

A beanpole striker for the Hornets during their glory years of the early 1980s, Reilly scored the winner when Watford beat the Pilgrims 1-0 in the 1984 semi-final at Villa Park, something that one Argyle fan clearly could not forget.

George Reilly scores the winner against Plymouth at Villa Park
George Reilly scores the winner against Plymouth at Villa Park

Reilly was working as a bricklayer on a building site in 2003 when he was attacked by another worker who bit part of his right ear off before simply saying "Plymouth" by way of explanation.

George was later quoted as saying: "I can't believe someone held a grudge for that long. I know people have strong loyalties but this is taking it a bit far."

So Watford will be playing in Reilly's honour, as well as for a place in the last four, when they meet Argyle for the first time in the cup since that game 23 years ago.

Back then, under millionaire rock-star owner Elton John and manager Graham Taylor, the Hornets were enjoying the best spell in their history, having climbed from the basement of the Football League when the pair arrived in 1977 to finish runners-up in the top-flight in 1983.


Watford's young side were pushed all the way by unfancied Plymouth - who were bidding to become the first Third Division side to reach the final - but won through to set up a Wembley date with Everton, which they lost 2-0.

BBC Sport finds out what happened to the men that lined up in that semi-final all those years ago.


Graham Taylor and Elton John
Watford enjoyed plenty of success under Taylor and John
Manager - Graham Taylor Was 32 when he took charge at Vicarage Road and stayed for 10 years. Went on to have more success at Aston Villa and was appointed England manager in 1990 but his reign was not a happy one and he was sacked after failing to qualify for the 1994 World Cup finals. He then managed Wolves before returning to Watford in 1996 and led the Hornets back into the Premiership before retiring in 2001. Was tempted back by Villa for a 15-month spell as boss from 2002 to 2003 but he is now a BBC Radio Five Live pundit.

Steve Sherwood Stalwart keeper who started in Taylor's first game at Watford and finished the last but Sherwood is most famous for having the ball headed out of his hands by Andy Gray for Everton's second goal in the 1984 FA Cup final. Later played for Grimsby, Stalybridge Celtic, Gateshead and Gainsborough and he is now a financial adviser.

David Bardsley
David Bardsley Energetic right-back who played for England under Taylor while at QPR. Played for Blackpool and Northwich before running his own soccer schools then moved to America where he is director of Ajax's academy in Florida.

Neil Price
Neil Price Had been on loan at Plymouth earlier in the season and almost played for them in the Cup. Forced to retire from full-time football with a knee injury in 1986, he forged a career in non-League then moved into management with Hendon, Walton & Hersham and Hemel Hempstead. Distributes travel brochures in his family business and still watches Watford every week in his role as match summariser for BBC 3CR.

Steve Terry
Steve Terry Steve Foster was not the only 1980s centre-half to have a trademark headband. Terry's was normally a good deal dirtier too as he never shirked a challenge - he even came off in his own testimonial with a head injury. Moved to Hull and then Northampton before playing into his late 30s under Price at Walton & Hersham and also with Enfield and Billericay. Now has his own courier business and also works as a statistician for the Press Association.

Lee Sinnott Just 18 when he played this game, Sinnott was Terry's partner at the back. He went on to have a long playing career with Bradford, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, Oldham and Scarborough. Now in charge of Conference North side Farsley Celtic.

Kenny Jackett A cultured midfielder who had his playing career cut short by injury in 1990. Stayed at Vicarage Road and held several coaching positions before leaving for QPR. Became manager of Swansea in 2004 and reached the 2006 League One play-off final but stood down on 15 February. He joined Manchester City as reserve-team coach on 7 March.

Les Taylor Hard-working midfielder who Graham Taylor described as a "sniffer and a ratter". After spells with Reading and Colchester he returned to his first club Oxford in 1992 and later worked as a porter at John Radcliffe hospital in the same city. Returned to football as Oxford's Under-16 coach and he is still with the club, working as a youth development officer.

Nigel Callaghan
Nigel Callaghan A skilful - and skinny - England Under-21 right-winger who popped up on a TV documentary in the late 90s as a DJ in a Greek nightclub and claimed he could still cut it in the Premiership if he fancied it. The size of his belly suggested otherwise. Still a DJ.

John Barnes
John Barnes Scored one of England's greatest goals when he dribbled through the Brazilian defence to score at the Maracana in the summer of 1984. Barnes joined Liverpool in 1987 and won every domestic honour in 10 years at Anfield. Later played for Newcastle and Charlton before a brief and massively unsuccessful stint as manager of Celtic, famous for his side's shock cup defeat by Inverness Caledonian. Now has his own football show on Channel Five and is an ambassador for Save The Children. Barnes is also setting up his own motor racing team with Luther Blissett and Les Ferdinand.

Maurice Johnstone
Mo Johnston 'MoJo' scored 24 goals and made his Scotland debut this season. Later to become infamous for playing for Celtic and Rangers, he moved to America to end his career in prolific style with MLS side Kansas Wiz from 1996-2001 and stayed on to be assistant coach at the New York MetroStars. He is the new head coach of newly-formed Toronto FC.

George Reilly A brickie before he came into football, Reilly returned to the trade when he hung up his boots. As well as Watford, the giant Scottish striker also played for Newcastle, West Brom and Cambridge United.


Johnny Hore
Manager - Johnny Hore Enjoyed a long and successful career as a player with Plymouth and drew the short straw when he was asked to mark Pele for Santos' visit to Home Park in 1973. Hore had the last laugh as Argyle won the match 3-2. As manager, his success in the FA Cup was not matched in the league and he was sacked just seven months after taking Plymouth to within a whisker of Wembley. Went on to manage Exeter and is still involved in the game at non-league level.

Geoff Crudgington Former England schoolboy goalkeeper who was an ever-present during Plymouth's run to the semi-finals, making 326 appearances for the club in all. Now employed as Argyle's goalkeeping coach.

Gordon Nisbet
Gordon Nisbet Dependable right-back who played for the England under-23 team and chipped in with 14 goals during his lengthy stay at Home Park. These days can be found pounding the beat with the Devon & Cornwall police force.

John Uzzell Another Plymouth stalwart who clocked up more than 300 appearances for the club. The defender eventually joined Torquay in 1989 before his career was cut short by injury two years later. Uzzell is still delivering the goods in his new role as a postman.

Chris Harrison Yet another member of the '300 club', Harrison went on to play for Swansea City and later managed Saltash United before putting the brakes on football to set up his own driving school in Looe.

Lindsay Smith Versatile central defender who joined Millwall three months after Plymouth's FA Cup fairytale came to an end. Did the rounds at Cambridge United, Bury Town and Ely City and is now employed as a driver for an electrical firm in Cambridge.

Leigh Cooper
Leigh Cooper As well as sharing his name with a famous Western actor, Cooper was a rock at the back for Plymouth for several years. Moved to Aldershot in 1990 and has since combined management spells with Truro City, Saltash United and Holsworthy with a career at a training and development company in Plymouth.

Kevin Hodges
Kevin Hodges Midfielder who scored 81 goals in a club record 530 league games for the Pilgrims. Went on to manage the club between 1998 and 2000 after a spell as player and coach with Torquay United. He is now in charge of the Bristol Rovers youth team.

David Phillips Welsh international with a stinging shot who went on to play for Manchester City after starring in Plymouth's Cup run. Enjoyed a nomadic career after leaving Maine Road, with spells at Coventry, Norwich, Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield, Lincoln City and Stevenage Borough. These days combines duties as the coach of Coventry's under-14 side with his role as a summariser for BBC Wales.

Tommy Tynan
Tommy Tynan Leading scorer in Argyle's epic FA Cup campaign, who moved to Rotherham in 1985 before gravitating back to Home Park. Spells at Torquay United and Doncaster Rovers followed before Tynan began serving up shots of a different kind in his role as a publican.

Gordon Staniforth
Gordon Staniforth Former England schoolboy striker who hit 19 goals in 91 games for Plymouth prior to joining Newport County in 1985. After retiring he worked as a regional director for the PFA and youth team coach at Leeds United and is now co-ordinator at York College's Football Development Centre.

Andy Rogers Electric winger who went on to join Reading in 1985 and had spells with Southend United, Carshalton Athletic and Farnborough Town. Currently employed as a probation officer in Devon.

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