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.

BSAD imageBSAD 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 greatest100 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 One Table »
Barnsley 2-1 Sheffield United
Bradford City 3-0 Grimsby Town
Bristol City 2-0 Port Vale
Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace
Oxford United 0-0 Bolton Wanderers
Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Huddersfield Town
Stockport County 0-0 Bury
Sunderland 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
Swindon Town 0-6 Ipswich Town
Watford 2-1 Tranmere Rovers
Wolverhampton Wndrs 2-0 Portsmouth

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