Month: February 1997

11th February 1997- Football League Trophy Quarter Final (South), Watford 2 Bristol City 1

Being a Vicarage Road end junkie I rarely get the chance to sit in the Rous Stand. So as it was only 6 pounds, we had decided to treat ourselves to a superior view. There is no argument that the atmosphere in the Rous is not as good as Vic end, but you can see everything that is going on from the Rous. And you really see how bad the refs are!!

It would be fair to say that my attitude to the Auto Windscreen Shield is ‘any result, apart from a draw, is fine’. It is, as we’re ceaselessly reminded, a competition with a final at Wembley – well, pardon me for being picky but the Second Division playoff final is also at Wembley and would be accompanied by a prize worth winning. So I can’t work up any enthusiasm for this – it’s a pointless tournament and a distraction from the more important business of gettting promotion. All of which makes the possibility of extra time and penalties too hideous to contemplate. I mean, what am I supposed to do? Leave the game regardless, something I’ve never done even when we’ve been 12-0 down with nine players sent off and two minutes to go, and get back to Brighton at a reasonable hour? Set a time limit in the hope that someone will score the ‘Golden Goal’ and then go in the middle of extra time if necessary? Stay for the whole caboodle and risk spending the night at Gatwick?

8th February 1997- New Division Two, Brentford 1 Watford 1

These days taking less time to get to a Watford match than it does to get to work is a luxury for me. Living in Hounslow this game is the easiest to get to, and after the long journey of Wednesday it was nice not to have to leave my house until about ten minutes past two. Even though the game wasn’t as good as our encounter with Man City, it was enjoyable enough to keep me on the edge of my seat for most of the game. However, this produced a problem. Being on the edge of my seat meant nearly resting my chin on the head of the bloke in front. In addition it meant bashing my shins on the back of this guys seat. Yep you’re right…. roll up roll up, come and see another ground where you’ve barely got any room to sneeze. I won’t go on about it, I’ve said it before. But I’m sure a lot of you out there know what I’m talking about. It just makes you realise how lucky we are down at the Vic.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=1997-02-08
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-division-2/08-february-1997/