Monthly Archives: May 2001

6th May 2001- New Division One, Burnley 2 Watford 0

GT’s last game in charge of Watford.

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BSAD imageIt wasn’t supposed to end like this, was it? Not with a pretty comprehensive defeat against a side that is the very definition of the word “functional”. Not with ninth place, perching uncomfortably between the playoffs and the mid-table wastelands. Not with farewell waves and kisses in front of hundreds of rudely intruding Burnley fans, held back by a fragile line of police and stewards. Not with the bitterness and acrimony that surrounds the simultaneous departures of Messrs Jackett, Blissett and Walley.

Then again, it wasn’t supposed to end at all. Fairytales always conclude with “happily ever after”.

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To mark the occasion of Graham Taylor’s retirement all the Watford fan publications came together to produce a special fanzine paying tribute to our Greatest Manager.

1st May 2001- New Division One, Gillingham 0 Watford 3 and Gianluca Vialli agrees to become new Watford Manager

Those who made the journey for this essentially meaningless fixture, wedged awkwardly between two deeply emotional occasions and prior to the mind-scrambling managerial announcement, were rewarded for their efforts. Eventually. It was worth the wait.
Evening Standard, 1 May 2001
Evening Standard, 2 May 2001
Daily Telegraph, 3 May 2001
Guardian, 3 May 2001