Monthly Archives: November 2000

25th November 2000- New Division One, Watford v Burnley- Match postponed

About an hour before kick off the heavens opened and the Vicarage Road pitch, which was three years in to its stint of having to cope with Saracens as well as ourselves, was completely deluged.  Shortly after 3pm it was announced the referee had deemed the pitch unplayable.  The rearranged game didn’t take place until April and a new programme was issued.

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A few weeks later in Issue 23 of the fanzine ‘The Yellow Experience’ an American fan  told of how he had travelled 5500 miles for the game.

More games from 25th November at

18th November 2000- New Division One, Watford 2 Preston North End 3

Watford slumped to their third successive defeat as Preston completed the double over the two leading clubs in the First Division.

Welcome back to the real First Division. The place where life sometimes kicks you in the teeth. And, if life doesn’t do it, the Tranmere midfield will.

“Not quite crisis time yet” (Radio 5). Thank goodness for that, then.

We played some of our best positive football in ages in this game, our attacking moves were sharp, our finishing strong. And yet we were also offering vacant possession of most of the pitch to any enterprising North Ender who happened along and fancied a piece. At first they tended to happen along three or four a minute, since their industriousness put us to shame. And then, when they saw our shapeless generosity, our lack of stomach for a scrap, they all fancied a piece.

11th November 2000- New Division One, Tranmere Rovers 2 Watford 0

BBC Sport: Watford stumbled to their second defeat in five days but they could have few grumbles against a Tranmere side who dominated for long periods

Daily Telegraph, 13 Nov 2000

BSAD: Having lost our unbeaten league record in the week, we could probably have done without following that defeat with a trip to Prenton Park. The place is as cold and unforgiving as the numbing wind that seems to make an appearance whenever we go up there. More pointedly, our apathetic defending of crosses into the box against Sheffield didn’t augur well for an encounter with this lot. Rovers are not a great football team, but they are combative and competitive and more than capable of upsetting any visitors that are tired, off-form, or misshapen. And frankly we were all of those things.

7th November 2000- New Division One, Watford 1 Sheffield Wednesday 3

Fast-improving Sheffield Wednesday brought Watford’s 15-game unbeaten start to the season to a grinding halt with a shock win at Vicarage Road.

It had to happen sooner or later, obviously.