Monthly Archives: April 1996

23rd April 1996- New Division One, Watford 6 Grimsby Town 3
Daily Telegraph, 24 Apr 1996
Evening Standard, 24 Apr 1996

BSAD imageIt says a lot about a performance when you come away from a game in which you’ve scored six goals feeling a bit disappointed. Grimsby were there for the taking and we could have made it towards double figures with a bit more luck and confidence.
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20th April 1996- New Division One, Luton Town 0 Watford 0

The most important local derby for years and, perhaps inevitably, it ends in massive anticlimax. We may be able to take some consolation from the fact that Luton’s season has been as bad as ours but the knowledge that we’ll have to visit this hellhole of an away end (where there’s so little legroom you can’t even sit in the seat you’ve paid stlg 12.50 for) next season doesn’t exactly fill my heart with joy.

16th April 1996- New Division One, Watford 4 Reading 2

I don’t know where to start, to be honest. As Kate said in her Southend report, there are some games where you go home wondering why the bloody hell you bother travelling the length and breadth of the country to watch over-paid footballers under-achieving. Then, only occasionally, they come up with something like this and you’re jumping around like a nutter, screaming and shouting in utter jubilation and thinking that maybe it is all worthwhile after all.

13th April 1996- New Division One, Watford 5 Port Vale 2

The big news before the game was that Hessy wasn’t in the side and instead young David Conolly (he’s only 18 or so – God I feel old) was wearing the number 4 shirt. To be totally honest this had ‘Grim Disaster’ written all over it, especially considering Vale’s recent good form. 

6th April 1996- New Division One, Watford 1 Portsmouth 2

I guess the honeymoon’s over, then. Portsmouth are a grim, tedious side and yet we were simple not good enough to overcome them. In a scrappy game that was crying out for someone to put their foot on the ball and think about things, we should no signs of class or composure. Ramage was elsewhere.

That effectively ends all hope. We only have one game to redeem our entire season. If we beat Scum, and bring them down with us, it will almost be worth it. A bit of straw-clutching here…