Month: August 2002

26th August 2002- New Division One, Watford 5 Coventry City 2

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BBC Sport

Watford’s Danny Webber – on loan from Manchester United – inspired a five-goal demolition of hapless Coventry City at Vicarage Road.

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BSAD report: Personally, I would’ve been quietly pleased with a point. A return to stability, to steady progress towards wherever-we’re-hoping-to-end-up. A draw, especially if we’d managed to score in the process, would’ve been all right, really. Not too bad. We would’ve been slightly reassured after the savage defeat at Fratton, and could’ve looked forward with renewed semi-enthusiasm to a season of predictable results, mid-table comfort, steady improvement. For now, I’m content with looking to the long-term, always understating short-term hopes.

100 Greatest Watford Wins- No.91: The Coventry game was live on Sky and despite the turmoil in the background the Hornets managed to put on a five-star show for the cameras. Webber’s movement was exemplary. He caused problems for Calum Davenport and Steve Walsh and forced the Sky Blues player-manager, Gary McAllister, to change his formation to protect his hapless defenders.

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17th August 2002-New Division One, Watford 3 Wimbledon 2

The side we played that day were really an embryonic MK Dons.  In May the FA had given the go ahead for the then owners of Wimbledon to relocate the club to Milton Keynes, although they wouldn’t actually move for another year.  In response the supporters of Wimbledon re-launched the club as AFC Wimbledon and by the time of this game were already playing in the Combined Counties League which explains the rather empty away end.

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Lets just pretend Tommy Smith doesn’t fall over whilst celebrating Allan Nielsen’s goal.

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Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 22.52.13BSAD report:When else do I get to write a match report that can be as biased and as blinkered as I like, safe in the knowledge that there were no opposition fans present to offer conflicting witness statements?

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Taken from 26 Aug 2002 Watford v Coventry City programme

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More games from 17th August at https://oldwatford.com/tag/aug17/

13th August 2002- New Division One, Watford 0 Millwall 0

Personally, I feel involved again. Apart from anything else, we worked really, really hard last night, and it was nigh on impossible to feel detached when faced with the possibility that all that effort might not be rewarded in some small way. An imperfect performance, perhaps. An almost embarrassingly honest and willing one too, however, and you felt that a Millwall winner and consequent fury from the stands might be too much for a open, slightly vulnerable, increasingly hearts-on-sleeves team to cope with. In short, it mattered quite a lot, more than it has for a while.

3rd August 2002-Nigel Gibbs Testimonial, Watford 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1

This was Nigel’s second testimonial match. The first was on 4th August 1993- Nigel Gibbs Testimonial, Watford 1 Queens Park Rangers 1

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BSAD report: We all needed this, I think.  A very Watford day, really. Much as the occasion was in honour of Nigel Gibbs, a very Watford person, the benefit was shared with typical generosity. Here, we brought a traumatic summer to an end, we thumped the full stop key to halt a particularly complicated, grammatically-chaotic sentence. And it felt, well, all right again.