4th May 1991- Division Two, Oxford United 0 Watford 1

This victory ensured we avoided relegation, something which had looked unlikely from the beginning of September when we slipped into the bottom three. Other than for a brief period over Christmas we remained there until 27th April.


BSAD imageSo onto Oxford and three thousand five hundred fans piled down the M40 for a date with destiny.

Wearing the white away shirts, the Horns scrapped for everything and, with James in goal, one always felt we had a reasonable chance if he didn’t drop a clanger. I remember little of the game until about the sixtieth minute. The Horns won a corner, the cross came in and Paul Wilkinson (surely one of the better strikers to play for the Horns, even if he didn’t know the offside rule) smashed the ball home.

100 greatest100 Greatest Watford wins- No.20: Watford had been dead and buried for most of the season. Few were in any doubt they were on their way back to the lower divisions for the first time since 1979.

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“It was a great day,” said Wilkinson, now 55. “It was such a relief to get that result as we didn’t have the best of seasons and we were on a slippery slope. But we’d been on a little bit of a run and had a bit of confidence that we could get a result.”

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