It may seem unlikely now but when Watford won promotion Division Two for the first time in the club’s history only 19 players were used in that 1968/69 season.

Having built a side that was founded on hard work, organisation and a strong defence, Ken Furphy’s side edged out Swindon Town to win the Division Three title to reach the second tier where they were to stay for three seasons.

Having looked back at Furphy’s time at Vicarage Road last week, the Watford Treasury team has again been digging through our picture archives to offer a reminder of many of those players who took the club to new heights in the Football League.

One of the most important members of that side was Johnny Williams, whose death was announced on Friday at the age of 73.

The full-back sits ninth on the club’s all-time appearance list, having made 419 appearances for the club between 1964 and 1975.

The four other players involved in that historic season who are not pictured are Barry Dyson, Bernie Lewis, Mike Packer and Roy Sinclair.

St Albans & Harpenden Review: The infuential captain who could play in defence or midfield, Keith Eddy was an ever-present in the team and remains one of the standout figures in the club's historyThe infuential captain who could play in defence or midfield, Keith Eddy was an ever-present in the team and remains one of the standout figures in the club's historySt Albans & Harpenden Review: Barry Endean became a Vicarage Road cult hero after spearheading the rise to Division Two, finishing as top scorer with 18 goalsBarry Endean became a Vicarage Road cult hero after spearheading the rise to Division Two, finishing as top scorer with 18 goalsSt Albans & Harpenden Review: Another key figure in the promotion side, hard-working forward Terry Garbett contributed a vital ten goals in his 40 appearancesAnother key figure in the promotion side, hard-working forward Terry Garbett contributed a vital ten goals in his 40 appearancesSt Albans & Harpenden Review: Brian Garvey was a key figure in defence, making 33 appearances during the seasonBrian Garvey was a key figure in defence, making 33 appearances during the seasonSt Albans & Harpenden Review: Rodney Green was a big centre forward and Watford won all of the five games in which he scored in the 1968/69 campaignRodney Green was a big centre forward and Watford won all of the five games in which he scored in the 1968/69 campaignSt Albans & Harpenden Review: A busy midfielder, Richard 'Dixie' Hale was a key member of the side and missed only six league games during the campaignA busy midfielder, Richard 'Dixie' Hale was a key member of the side and missed only six league games during the campaignSt Albans & Harpenden Review: Walter Lees had to wait for his opportunities in the season but the defender was to play his part in securing promotion, making 15 of his 17 appearances from February onwardsWalter Lees had to wait for his opportunities in the season but the defender was to play his part in securing promotion, making 15 of his 17 appearances from February onwardsSt Albans & Harpenden Review: Watford-born Roy Low was primarily a member of the supporting cast, making only six league startsWatford-born Roy Low was primarily a member of the supporting cast, making only six league startsSt Albans & Harpenden Review: Brian Owen had a long career at Vicarage Road and scored four goals in 31 league appearances in the promotion seasonBrian Owen had a long career at Vicarage Road and scored four goals in 31 league appearances in the promotion seasonSt Albans & Harpenden Review: Stewart Scullion was the player who brought the individual flair to the otherwise largely workmanlike side, scoring six times in the 43 games he was involved inStewart Scullion was the player who brought the individual flair to the otherwise largely workmanlike side, scoring six times in the 43 games he was involved inSt Albans & Harpenden Review: Goalkeeper Bert Slater played the first four games but then lost his place to Micky WalkerGoalkeeper Bert Slater played the first four games but then lost his place to Micky WalkerSt Albans & Harpenden Review: Micky Walker moved to Vicarage Road from York City in September 1968 and made the goalkeeper's berth his own that seasonMicky Walker moved to Vicarage Road from York City in September 1968 and made the goalkeeper's berth his own that seasonSt Albans & Harpenden Review: A strong and determined wing-half and the third league ever-present in the side, Tom Walley went on to become a great youth coach responsible for the succession of young players that emerged during the club's golden era in the 1980sA strong and determined wing-half and the third league ever-present in the side, Tom Walley went on to become a great youth coach responsible for the succession of young players that emerged during the club's golden era in the 1980sSt Albans & Harpenden Review: Duncan Welbourne was one of three ever-presents in the side and the tough-tackling wing-half or full-back went on to break Tommy Barnett's club appearance recordDuncan Welbourne was one of three ever-presents in the side and the tough-tackling wing-half or full-back went on to break Tommy Barnett's club appearance record