Month: August 1999

24th August 1999- Premier League, Watford 0 Aston Villa 1

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BBC SportDefender Mark Delaney scored his first goal for Aston Villa as the Midlands side saw off Graham Taylor’s Watford to move alongside Manchester United at the top of the Premiership.

BSAD imageBSAD report: Watching Watford last night was like sticking your head in a jet engine and blasting all your worries away. It felt bloody fantastic.  Yeah, we lost. I know.  We were also, I’d argue, as magnificent as we’ve been at any point in the last couple of years.

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Taken from the programme on 14th September 1999- League Cup Second Round First Leg, Watford 2 Wigan Athletic 0

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Taken from the programme on 16th September 2006- Premier League, Watford 0 Aston Villa 0

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More games from 24th August at https://oldwatford.com/tag/aug24/

 

21st August 1999- Premier League, Watford 1 Bradford City 0

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BSAD imageBSAD report: Familiar ground, then.

In reality, the whole “WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE!” celebration extended no further than awkward greetings between two people who used to be at the same school but never really had anything in common. Initial pleasantries followed by edgy silences, not a memorable occasion.

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More games from 21st August at https://oldwatford.com/tag/aug21/

 

14th August 1999-Premier League, Liverpool 0 Watford 1

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BBC SportNew boys Watford underlined Liverpool’s defensive frailties again as they pulled off a shock victory at Anfield.

BSAD imageSeveral BSAD reports

100 greatest100 Greatest Watford wins- No.6: For Mooney, this was the realisation of a childhood fantasy. ‘The last time I’d even been to Anfield was as a kid, wearing a Liverpool tracksuit, on the stadium tour,’ he says. ‘To go there wearing the number nine shirt was incredible. This was everything I’d wanted to do.’

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Taken from programme on 21st August 1999- Premier League, Watford 1 Bradford City 0

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More games from 14th August at https://oldwatford.com/tag/aug14/

 

7th August 1999- Premier League, Watford 2 Wimbledon 3

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BBC SportWatford were given tough introduction to the Premiership by Egil Olsen’s Wimbledon.

IndependentAS THE sun set on last season’s opening afternoon Graham Taylor, the Watford manager, stood on the touch line at Fratton Park, wearing shorts and a smile, after his freshly-promoted team had beaten Portsmouth with the help of an outrageous own goal. Newly promoted once more, Taylor was left content after his enthusiastic side contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of a draw with a similarly comical self-inflicted blow.

BSAD imageBSAD report: At Vicarage Road, excitement crackles in the air like static. For a spine-shivering moment loitering in Occupation Road, I can vividly recall the mood before our First Division debut against Everton all those years ago. This feels the same, and it’s impossible to believe that we’re anything other than invincible. I hadn’t been aware of waiting for the Premiership kickoff – life seems full to overflowing right now, summer seemed too short – but suddenly impatience overwhelms everything.

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