Month: February 2003

15th February 2003-FA Cup Fifth Round, Sunderland 0 Watford 1

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Watford piled on the agony for Sunderland boss Howard Wilkinson as they dumped the Premiership strugglers out of the FA Cup at The Stadium of Light.

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This was always going to be A Good Day. Irrespective of the result, a big cup tie away at a fine stadium against a Premiership club with a big travelling support guaranteed… and this allied with the assurance that this Watford side so very rarely lets you down when it comes to effort and application. All valid arguments in answering the “Why on earth do you do this?” question that many will have faced last week.

100 Greatest Watford wins- No.72: ‘Someone was smiling on us that day,’ says Ray Lewington. A twice-taken penalty by Tommy Smith was enough to give Watford victory and plunge the Stadium of Light into darkness.

More games from 15th February at https://oldwatford.com/tag/feb15

8th February 2003- New Division One, Watford 1 Rotherham United 2

Goals from central defenders Martin McIntosh and Chris Swailes completed Rotherham’s second-half comeback to abruptly end Watford’s run of three consecutive wins.

There have been a few more daydreams than usual this week. Since that magnificent victory over West Brom and that vital win at Coventry, it’s been easy to let the imagination wander a little. You can piece together a run of results to leave us in the playoff places, then toy with the possibilities from there onwards. You can plan a famous cup success at the Stadium of Light, then a kind draw in the quarter final…and then, well, who knows? And, implicitly, you can use all of the above to conjure up emotive, powerful images from yesteryear, both recent and beyond.

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https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-division-2/08-february-2003/