BSAD report: This is a long way from being a crisis, still some distance from being a slip-up of any consequence. But the fact remains that we haven’t played at all well for the first sixty or seventy minutes of our last two League games and, as a result, have had to rescue draws with slightly desperate comebacks. It’s obvious that we’re good enough to beat sides like York City, yet on Saturday we failed to work out how to beat them.
BSAD: In a season crammed full of joyful moments, one more for the list of fond memories. Anyone who’s visited these pages regularly over recent months will know of my boundless admiration for Richard Johnson, a player who’s sweated blood and oozed class for Watford since the end of last season. So there will be few more heart-warming scenes than this – a terrace of fans belting out “Johnno, there’s only one Johnno” as our hero, wearing a smile so wide he’s probably done himself an injury, is hugged by his team-mates. At f***ing last.
BSAD report: Perhaps it’s necessary to point out that any criticism of Watford players or management contained in this match report is mere tedious quibbling which is best ignored. Any Watford fan who hasn’t spent the weekend gazing contentedly at page 325 of CEEFAX or a Sunday paper casually left open at the league tables is clearly the kind of joyless urchin that helps to keep Ocean f***ing Colour b****** Scene out of the dole office.
The game was played 24 hours after the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales where Elton John had performed a reworked version of ‘Candle in the Wind’. He came to the game and was given a standing ovation before kick-off.
BSAD report: There’s been a lot of talk about “putting football in perspective” during recent days, most of it well-intentioned but misguided. I doubt if any of us have so many moments of unbridled joy in our lives that we can afford to pick and choose – those occasional flash-gun instants of ecstasy that football can produce amid the monotony are not devalued by context.
Taken from the programme on 16th September 1997- League Cup Second Round First Leg, Watford 1 Sheffield United 1