Month: April 1998

28th April 1998- New Division Two, Watford 2 AFC Bournemouth 1

The game where Steve Palmer wore the number one jersey and started in goal.  He swapped with Alec Chamberlain (who was no.4) after the first few seconds.  In the final fixture away at Fulham Palmer wore the number nine shirt meaning he became the first and only player in Football League history to have worn every number from 1-14 during a season.

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BSAD imageBSAD report: At last. We’ve been waiting for this – something recognisable as a celebration, something that feels a bit like the “old Watford” many of us fell in love with. Hurrah!

Who Ate All The Pies: STEVE PALMER WEARS EVERY SINGLE WATFORD SQUAD NUMBER IN SPACE OF ONE SEASON

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More games against AFC Bournemouth at https://oldwatford.com/tag/afc-bournemouth/

25th April 1998- New Division Two, Watford 0 Grimsby Town 0

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BSAD image BSAD report: If you’re after the match report, you’re going to have to do some scrolling – this is going to be a long introduction….

English Division Two Table »
Blackpool 1-0 Bristol Rovers
Bournemouth 2-1 Burnley
Brentford 2-2 Luton Town
Bristol City 2-1 Walsall
Carlisle United 1-2 York City
Northampton Town 1-0 Fulham
Oldham Athletic 2-0 Southend United
Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Gillingham
Watford 0-0 Grimsby Town
Wrexham 0-0 Preston North End
Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Chesterfield

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11th April 1998- New Division Two, Watford 1 Wrexham 0

The infamous GT ‘Deirdre Rachid’ programme notes.

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BSAD imageMy thunder has been stolen.

Over three years, I have tried my very hardest to come up with bizarre and unexpected approaches to writing about twenty-two men and a lump of inflated cow. It hasn’t been easy but I’m deeply proud of some of my more adventurous detours from the point in hand (Exhibit A: “The Accordian Player”).

I have, however, been kidding myself. It has recently become clear that, when it comes to stretching metaphors to absurd lengths and littering otherwise lucid comment with utterly irrelevant drivel, I am just a humble apprentice. Graham Taylor is the master. (Exhibit B: “Deirdre Rachid”.) Lord help us if he ever decides to write his autobiography….

But such piss-taking shouldn’t hide the truth – Graham Taylor, increasingly wayward programme notes and all, has guided Watford Football Club to success yet again. We have so much to thank him for.

This long, long season is set for a joyful finale. To be honest, as someone who didn’t even predict us to make the playoffs, I could be more bothered about the Championship. Barring absolute catastrophe, we’ve achieved our aims. As “Clap Your Hands” have eloquently put it, “The title would be the cherry on the cake…but we want the cake first.”

English Division Two Table »
Brentford 0-2 Fulham
Burnley 1-0 Bristol City
Carlisle United 3-1 Oldham Athletic
Chesterfield 2-1 Northampton Town
Gillingham 2-1 Luton Town
Plymouth Argyle 3-1 Blackpool
Preston North End 1-0 Southend United
Walsall 2-0 Millwall
Watford 1-0 Wrexham
York City 0-1 Bournemouth

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