Monthly Archives: April 2004

24th April 2004- New Division One, Watford 1 Norwich City 2

Newly-promoted Norwich moved another step closer to clinching the Division One title with goals from Damien Francis and Leon McKenzie. Debutant Dominic Blizzard set up a tense finale with a late header that ended Norwich’s 401-minute shut-out.

They didn’t know whether to celebrate or to worry. There were nearly 5,000 Norwich fans here, another 6,000 watching a beam-back at Carrow Road and more than 3,000 had turned up to watch a midweek reserve game and listen to the closing minutes of Crystal Palace’s victory over Sunderland that had confirmed City’s promotion to the Premiership.

So, this was someone else’s day. Appropriately, it was largely someone else’s game too…which isn’t to say that we were massively outclassed, merely that only the last ten or fifteen minutes suggested that the result wasn’t an inevitability. A bit of a disappointment, then, for it would’ve been lovely to have kept this little run going, building up some proper momentum at last. In the end, we’ll just have to be content with the knowledge that this could really have mattered, and hurt.
24th April 2010- Championship, Watford 3 Reading 0

10th April 2004- New Division One, Watford 2 Crewe Alexandra 1

Happily for us, none of our other rivals in the unseemly melee at the foot of the first division made the blindest bit of difference to their chances of survival during our two weeks of Millwall-induced inactivity. Crewe, who are very much still one of those clubs in trouble, arrived at The Vic for the first of three fixtures which given the all round closeness of the battle, are not so much “winner takes all” as “winner takes a small step away from trouble but still get to look over their shoulders anxiously”. With mouth-watering trips to Burnley and Rotherham to follow, a win was not so much desired as down right essential to our prospects. Small steps maybe, but ones we have to take.