BSAD report: That the team playing in yellow and black wasn’t Watford took a bit of getting used to, for me and the linesman alike it seemed, for there were a number of questionable offside decisions, and non-decisions, early in the game.
The first team squad travelled to Colchester and lost 2-1 in a game played at the same time.
This was the game in which Jay DeMerit, appearing for Northwood, so impressed Ray Lewington that he was taken on a two week trial which led to him being offered a season long contract at Vicarage Road. He never actually got to make a competitive appearance for Northwood.
Within two and a half years Jay had scored one of the goals in the Playoff Final at the Millennium Stadium which promoted Aidy Boothroyd’s side to the top flight, was playing regularly in the Premier League and captained Watford for the first time in December 2006 in the home game with Reading.
For the programme see 12th July 2004- Copa De Ibiza Semi Final- SD Portmany XI 1 Watford 4
The programme was ahead of its time and said we were two time FA Cup Finalists although its clairvoyant powers were let down slightly by claiming that along with 1984 our other appearance was in 1970.
Referee Mr P Walton took the recent FIFA edict that there should be no more than six substitutions in a friendly a little far and with both sides wanting to make more changes than were officially allowed he abandoned the game at half time. Replacement officials had to be found before the second half continued as an ‘exhibition match’.