Month: April 1999

27th April 1999- New Division One, Port Vale 1 Watford 2

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Stupendous. As stupendous as only the sixth straight win that takes us roaring into a playoff place can be. Are you watching, Wanderers? Scratch that, we know they’re watching – the thought of Wolves and Bolton fans returning from the pub last night, bringing up CEEFAX page 309, cursing loudly, then flicking over to 325 for a terrified glance at the league table was one of the evening’s many joys.

100 Greatest Watford Wins- No.54: The tension was unbearable. At times, Watford’s fans could simply not watch – and not just because the setting sun behind the Vale Park was blinding. A week earlier, the game had been postponed after heavy rain during the afternoon. Now it was on, Watford knew victory would take them into the play-off zone with just two games left.

24th April 1999- New Division One, Watford 2 Crystal Palace 1

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BSAD imageBSAD report: Five straight wins, and we’re exploring the chance of ultimate possibility for all it’s worth. Everything stems from belief – once we started believing it was possible, it became so. To the extent where the weekend’s other results mean that we just have to win three more games to reach the playoffs.

It’s a lot to ask. Thrillingly, though, we’re rising to the challenge. Whether we go out or not, this is still a blaze of glory.

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10th April 1999- New Division One, Watford 2 Bolton Wanderers 0

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BSAD imageBSAD report: Back in GT’s heyday, there was never any question of waiting to find out what the opposition was going to do. No polite introductions. So it was here – while Bolton were courteously allowing the game to settle into a pattern, we rudely elbowed them out of the way and hurled ourselves lemming-like at their goal. Within a minute, Mooney sent Wright sprinting through, only for Banks to charge from his line to clear – that was not to be the last time that the Bolton keeper saved his team-mates.

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3rd April 1999- New Division One, Watford 2 Tranmere Rovers 1

The game that started the run in to the playoffs. Just look how far behind Wolves we were in the table even after this game.

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BSAD report: Renowned literary academic AC Bradley once wrote of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” that it is “too huge for the stage”. In other words, attempting to squeeze such an absolutely immense, overwhelming spectacle – storms, insanity, rage, evil, revenge, forgiveness, redemption – into a theatre is like trying to trap a hurricane in a matchbox.

You could say much the same of the concluding twenty minutes of Watford versus Tranmere. “Too huge for a football pitch” – lawless carnage that refused to recognise the touchline as any kind of barrier, spilling over into the dugouts, the dressing rooms, and the stands.

100 Greatest Watford wins- No.22: What had looked at one stage so promising had fizzled out and faded away. After an extraordinary 18 months, Watford had finally run out of steam. It was bound to happen. The progress had been so rapid. The group of players assembled in the Second Division would probably need to be strengthened for a full-on push for the Premiership. Still, it was fun while it lasted.  Having been third in the table on Boxing Day, Watford’s gallop had slowed to a canter. Now they were struggling to trot.  February and March had been little short of disastrous. Just one win in eight games, at QPR, had seen them slip to eighth in the table. They were now seven points adrift of the play-offs. The lights weren’t out, quite, but they had dimmed considerably.

English Division OneTable »
Barnsley2-1Sheffield United
Bradford City3-0Grimsby Town
Bristol City2-0Port Vale
Norwich City0-1Crystal Palace
Oxford United0-0Bolton Wanderers
Queens Park Rangers1-1Huddersfield Town
Stockport County0-0Bury
Sunderland3-0West Bromwich Albion
Swindon Town0-6Ipswich Town
Watford2-1Tranmere Rovers
Wolverhampton Wndrs2-0Portsmouth
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