Monthly Archives: September 2000

26th September 2000- League Cup Second Round Second Leg, Watford 0 Notts County 2 (After Extra Time, 3-3 on aggregate, Watford won on the away goals rule)

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BSAD image BSAD reports: Even having been there to witness it, it seems barely possible that this can have been worse than the first leg against Cheltenham. But it was. Much worse. An absolute abomination, a performance that rotted away before your very eyes. Jesus.

This was a slippery slope of a game, often literally, which started out brightly, with plenty of early forward insurgencies and more than competent defensive work. But as the minutes began to crawl by, the Curse of Worthington enveloped Vicarage Road, sucking the life from our fine body of men, leaving them at first on a par with, and finally below, way below, their industrious but seemingly unambitious lower-league opponents.

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23rd September 2000- New Division One, Stockport County 2 Watford 3

BBC Sport: The Hornets were cruising at 2-0 when Mooney needlessly got himself sent off in the 53rd minute.

Daily Telegraph, 25 Sep 2000

BSAD: It’s a great result, obviously, and annoyance at certain aspects of the performance doesn’t change that. They might’ve been tipped for relegation by Mr Rowson and their league position might back that theory up…but Stockport looked much better than that. The home fans who were virtually unanimous in blaming the defeat on the referee really ought to look closer to home – their team did enough to have got something out of the game without the help of the officials. We did enough to help them, too.

19th September 2000- League Cup Second Round First Leg, Notts County 1 Watford 3
Evening Standard, 20 Sep 2000

BSAD: The British public reacted with their usual sense of hysteria for the second week running to ensure that the journey Northwards was less than easy. Despite the driving rain and near zero visibility, many more than expected braved the return to this once regular Hornet haunt. Our last visit to the home of the ‘pies might have been remembered for Wayne Andrews solo finale, but it was really the display by Tommy Mooney that won the game that cold Division Two evening…and, as if by magic, Mooney managed to single-handedly turn the mediocre circus of a first half into this most professional of away wins.

BSAD: When the teams came on, Ramage was given a suitable “There’s only one” chant, but virtually as soon as play started this changed to “Always cheating” shouts as he fell over…a lot.

12th September 2000- New Division One, Blackburn Rovers 3 Watford 4

This game took place in the middle of the fuel crisis. Protesters unhappy at the heavy taxation on fuel had blocked depots across the country. As a result panic buying started and on the day of the game over 3000 petrol stations were closed because they had no petrol left to sell. Therefore a trip to Blackburn by car was a risky proposition for many Hornets fans. However those who braved it were rewarded with a wonderful win.

BBC Sport: It looked bleak for Graham Taylor’s side as Rovers raced into a two-goal lead through David Dunn and Nathan Blake but they scored three times in 19 minutes – a couple from Micah Hyde and another from Heidar Helguson, to stun Rovers.

The Daily Telegraph, 13 Sep 2000
The Independent, 13 Sep 2000

Having negotiated the dangers of a sleepless night panicking at the prospect of having to ditch my car in darkest Wolverhampton (the geographical point I estimated my car would run out of fuel, assuming a steady speed of eighty miles per hour from London to Blackburn and back), we actually found that the best way to get through said crisis was to ignore it. Potentially hazardous, I concede, but somewhat necessary given the mass hysteria that seems to accompany anything vaguely out of the ordinary in this country. With Elvis Mark’s ‘billy can’ safely secured in the boot, and a gentlemen’s agreement to stop everywhere where petrol appeared to be on sale, we set off in trepidation. And, as if by magic, we arrived at Ewood Park.

…We don’t know if we’ll get home….”The spirit of Dunkirk,” Fincham said. Whatever, the spirits of fuel and transport were in our favour. Food at Toddington, fuel at Rothersthorpe, and arrival at the Fernhurst at 5pm. Four hours, not bad for V**xh*ll! The Fernhurst, a fine “Star Lodge” establishment offering ridiculously tasty food and cheap beverages. An up-market Harvester, the stuff of awayday dreams. This was to be a night to remember.

12th September 2009-Championship, Watford 1 Barnsley 0

9th September 2000- New Division One, Portsmouth 1 Watford 3

BBC Sport: Pompey twice hit the woodwork either side of Watford’s opening goal after 26 minutes from Allan Nielsen.

Sunday Telegraph, 10 Sep 2000

The key moments on Saturday all went in our favour. Some involved good fortune, particularly the two occasions when Portsmouth struck the woodwork in the first half. But, crucially, others saw us decisively seize the initiative. While we didn’t always look like we were in control, we were absolutely ruthless when it mattered – people might remember the misses, particularly Helguson’s, but they all came after the destination of the points had been determined. A winning performance, in every sense.