BSAD report: The first weeks of the season have offered a microcosm of Division One. The majority, including the sides we’ve already beaten, are charitable enough both in missing and donating chances that we have nothing to fear. Then there are the serious contenders – the teams that punish errors, the teams that have dealt with us comfortably.
(taken from Watford v Blackpool programme, 22nd August 2009)
A bit of inaudible mumbling from the PA, an unmistakable rattle of drums and it’s back. “Z Cars” returns to Vicarage Road, unheralded but still welcomed with open arms. It might well be a godforsaken wailing mess of a tune, so old and dusty and dated that no amount of revamping will ever save it, but it’s ourgodforsaken wailing mess of a tune. Which, if you think about it, is a pretty good metaphor for what supporting a football club ought to be about.
The mind boggles at what Watford can achieve this season if they can win games like this. Not so much under the cosh as buried deep beneath it for large periods of the match, the Hornets still managed to eke out a one-nil victory that puts them joint top of the first division, albeit at a stage too early to judge what their eventual league fate will be.
BSAD report: On a lighter note, I met a girl at half-time who I was at University with and hadn’t seen for three years. She is the fiancee of Nick Wright! All the best people come to Watford eventually!
Taken from 18 Aug 1998 Watford v Cambridge United programme.
THE EDITOR of Portsmouth’s club programme, Chimes, was indulging in some mischievous wish-fulfilment with the premature publication of the First Division table in his opening-day issue. In the absence of any points won or goals scored, Pompey appeared in 15th place while, by dint of name alone, Watford were in the relegation zone, above West Brom and Wolves.
Somewhere in my head, there’s a long list of things that I want to do before I pass away. Predictably, most of them are completely unattainable – I’ll never write a novel, I’ll never paint a whole train carriage, I’ll never beat five defenders and drill a shot past the keeper. I can dream, though.
Taken from the programme on 18th August 1998-League Cup First Round Second Leg, Watford 1 Cambridge Utd 1 (Cambridge won 2-1 on aggregate)