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WFC in 100 Objects – #22 1984 FA Cup Final Bottle of Benskins Commemorative Ale

Monday 2 April 2012 by
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One of our most suggested items for the Watford in 100 Object list was a “Benskins Commemorative Ale” for Watford trip to the 1984 FA Cup final. We had so many email about the Benskins that if we collected them all we would probably have quite a drunken night on our hands. I’m just not sure the quality of the beer would be as high with them being well over 25 years old now.The picture above was sent to us by Nick Corble. Here’s his email:

Here’s my contribution for your excellent series – a picture of one of the bottles of the commemorative ale brewed by Benskins to mark the 1984 Cup Final.  

For me it’s got everything. There’s the Benskins link (they used to own the ground), the FA Cup Final (of course) and the fact that it’s adorned a shelf in every house I’ve lived in since (thus defying wives and girlfriends and a daily reminder of better days. And finally, memories of the special promotion Benskins ran at the time whereby they offered a free pint for every home goal scored that season (or something like that) – full house!

All the best, and keep up the good work Nick Corble
I’m sure that Benskins had hoped the beer would have been heavily consumed after a Cup Final win, but many bottles seemed to have been sat on a shelf like Nick’s. The Benskin brewery may have disappeared many years ago, but let’s hope there are many more chances for Watford fans to drink lots of beer in the not too distant future.

– Jon

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