Month: October 1999

24th October 1999- Premier League, Watford 1 Middlesbrough 3

For the first time since Wimbledon, we were cannon fodder. Beaten by our own mistakes as much as mediocre opponents, slipping to unnecessary and unaffordable defeat. The drop into the bottom three is not coincidental.

There were new things to enjoy. A nice Sky studio place taking up Vic End seats and a scarily lush picture on our shiny new big screen. I tried not to watch it as I’d have preferred the corners filled in with seats but it wasn’t working. Though, as usual, they can’t show any of the replays you really want to see, sitting very low down in the Rookery I found myself lazily referring to it every time the ball went down its end. I was pleased to see there were no adverts on it, although this is probably due to the marketing department overcharging interested parties. The highlights of Chelsea were far more welcome.

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16th October 1999- Premier League, Manchester United 4 Watford 1

BBC Sport

United scored four goals in 11 minutes either side of half time, as Watford’s brave challenge was dismissed by a ruthless home side.

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3 BSAD reports including ‘There is nothing here that we’d want to take home with us, nothing to be jealous of. No grace, no elegance, no humility, no self-deprecation, no humour, no courtesy, no community, merely bloody insufferable arrogance and grotesque self-importance. The playground taunts of glory-hunters and soulless success junkies will forever echo around this wretched stadium, it will never be cleansed of the stench of winning at any price. It is one of the most horrible places I have ever visited’.

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3rd October 1999- Premier League, Watford 1 Leeds United 2

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BSAD imageBSAD report: Sandwiched between Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, it’s easy to see Leeds as something of a respite. It has as much to do with not seeing their shirts on every high street and their absence from the intolerable hype of the Champions League as anything. Above all, they’re still recognisable as a football club (fans that sing, quaint stuff like that) rather than the entertainments arm of some giant multinational – although the imminent share purchase by Sky will soon put paid to that. You get three points if you beat them, but you don’t get to parade around the office on Monday morning.

Body language, it was all in the body language. As I watched the Golden Boys warming-up, I could sense something just wasn’t quite right; they seemed sluggish and tired, the usual passion and vigor was missing. It was almost as if there was some kind of player-fan synergy going on. Some of their lethargy rubbed off onto us and some of ours onto them.

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