Monthly Archives: August 2000

28th August 2000- New Division One, Watford 4 Sheffield United 1

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BBC SportDespite being without two of their most expensive signings and influential players, Watford romped to victory over Sheffield United at Vicarage Road.

BSAD imageBSAD report: Four-one to the Golden Boys. Fond memories of similarly convincing scorelines against Swindon, Crewe and Stockport two years ago, back when life seemed so simple, the sun was always shining and Gifton was fit. Back when it was possible to be relaxed and happy as a game went into injury time, when it was conceivable that we might possess better individuals and score better goals than our opponents. With all due respect to Sheffield United, our first encounter with a recognisably run-of-the-mill First Division side was a singularly nostalgic experience.

Another BSAD report: What an afternoon. The framework of the Wimbledon game having been laid, we put out a team that played as fluently as any for two years. And without Nielsen, or Wooter, or Johnno, or Kennedy. My God, we’re a squad.

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17th September 2005- Championship, Watford 2 Sheffield United 3

26th August 2000- New Division One, Wimbledon 0 Watford 0
Daily Telegraph, 28 Aug 2000
Guardian, 28 Aug 2000

BSAD: Saturday at Selhurst Park was as far removed from Tuesday at Vicarage Road as you could possibly imagine. Having been nothing less than shambolic in drawing against Cheltenham in midweek, this was our first glimpse of the Watford that we’ve come to know and love. Determined, disciplined and thoroughly deserving of a point, there was no hiding the effects of what must’ve been some, erm, lively discussions in recent days. More, at last there were indications that we might be a side that’s capable of dictating play rather than merely reacting to it, something that will be absolutely vital in the months to come. Yep, this was extremely encouraging – and entertaining – stuff. As visits to Selhurst go, it was nigh on heavenly.

19th August 2000-New Division One, Watford 1 Barnsley 0

BBC SportIt was a case of third time lucky for Watford boss Graham Taylor as his side snatched victory three minutes from time when Barnsley looked to be heading for a well-earned point at Vicarage Road.

BSAD image Three BSAD reports

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12th August 2000- New Division One, Huddersfield Town 1 Watford 2

BBC Sport: Tommy Smith helped Watford to their first away victory since August 1999 at Huddersfield Town – and three precious points in the quest to make an immediate return to the Premiership.

Sunday Telegraph, 13 Aug 2000

BSAD: So there’s no real feeling of excitement until the players emerge, the two goalkeepers followed by the rest of the squad and greeted by a huge ovation from an eager travelling support. Things are still relaxed, mind you – the McAlpine is far removed from the hype and general insanity of the Premiership, particularly in the way that the PA announcer rattles through the two teams in a dreary monotone, barely pausing to allow the two sets of fans to cheer their heroes. We provide our own pre-match build-up instead, rattling the roof with a rendition of “Elton John’s Taylor-made Army” that begins rustily, gathers pace and ends at full pelt.