Month: May 1999

31st May 1999- New Division One Playoff Final, Bolton Wanderers 0 Watford 2

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BSAD image We’ve only gone and bloody done it! We’ve only gone and bloody done it!

If you care, then this is for you. If you froze your privates off at Torquay in the Auto Windscreen Shield, then this is for you. If you kept the faith when it seemed that nothing but oblivion awaited us, then this is for you. If you’re one of the hundreds of exiles, physically far afield but heart forever abandoned in the lost property at Vicarage Road, then this is for you. If you’re as helplessly in love with this wonderful team as I am, then this is for you. Victory at Wembley, Watford in the Premiership. For all of us.

For Graham Taylor, more than anyone.

BBC Sport Goals from Nick Wright and Allan Smart sent Watford soaring into the Premiership after back-to-back promotions.

guardian Minute by minute report

Watford Observer In pictures: Graham Taylor and Watford FC’s 1999 play-off final success

20th May 1999- New Division One Playoff Semi Final Second Leg, Birmingham City 1 Watford 0 (After Extra Time, Aggregate score 1-1, Watford win 7-6 on penalties)

 

BBC Sport Watford are a Wembley win away from a return to the top flight they left 11 years ago after a dramatic spot-kick win at St Andrew’s.

BSAD image Last night is incomprehensible, even with the aid of a notebook. Just absolutely gargantuan. My brain is currently refusing to process all the information for fear of overload, but my heart knows the score. Which is probably why I nearly started crying when we appeared on the news this morning – one of those moments when realisation hits, and you can do nothing but crumple. This may not be the most coherent report I’ve ever written.

Birmingham Mail: Blues suffer agony of Hornet’s sting

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16th May 1999- New Division One Playoff Semi-Final First Leg, Watford 1 Birmingham City 0

BSAD image Real life is something to stumble haphazardly through, the bits of my brain that are supposed to be occupying themselves with useful stuff daydreaming of Wem-ber-lee instead. Real life is Saturday and Saturday is a daze, having queued in Occupation Road for tickets to the away leg from half past ten on Friday night and got no nearer to sleep than ten minutes with my eyes closed. Real life is what awaits in the summer, which might start as soon as Thursday (and that’s a frightening thought). Real life is not Watford, so it’s nothing that I’d be interested in.

Independent WEMBLEY IS beckoning Watford – but Graham Taylor is refusing to look. The Watford manager was reluctant to acknowledge yesterday that victory in the first leg of the First Division play-off semi-final had improved his team’s chances of reaching the twin towers for the first time since the 1984 FA Cup final.

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