Monthly Archives: July 2005

30th July 2005- Alec Chamberlain’s Testimonial Match, Watford 1 Charlton Athletic 2

A Francis Jeffers penalty and a Danny Murphy free-kick ensured victory for Charlton in a testimonial for Watford goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain.

BSAD image BSAD report: Reading the souvenir programme once again impressed on me the wisdom of his signing, for a relative pittance, and how often his steadying presence has helped us.

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Taken from the programme on 31st July 2015- Friendly, Watford 0 Sevilla 1

27th July 2005- Friendly, Dulwich Hamlet 1 Watford XI 2

This game was part of the ‘fee’ agreed when we signed Dulwich player Omari Coleman in 2004. However by the time we played them Coleman had already been shown the door and joined Lincoln City (see Editor’s notes for more info)

It was fairly clear that Watford had designated this as a contractual obligation match that they didn’t really need to bother about. Aidy wasn’t there, of course, so Keith Burkinshaw was in charge for the evening. No-one from the Watford camp managed to hand in a team sheet before the match, which didn’t impress the Dulwich PA man. It also made life rather difficult for the travelling Hornets, as when the team finally emerged from the tunnel it appeared to consist of ten young lads plucked from the checkout counter at the next-door Sainsbury’s, plus Paul Devlin.

6th August 2005- Championship, Watford 1 Preston North End 2

16th July 2005- Friendly, Boreham Wood 0 Watford 3

6th August 2005- Championship, Watford 1 Preston North End 2

Borehamwood Times: A crowd of 860, swelled by a large following from Watford, enjoyed the pre-season opener at Meadow Park. Three quick-fire goals at the start of the second half, including two inside a minute for French striker Hameur Bouazza explained the scoreline.

12th July 2005- Jimmy Davis Memorial Match, Redditch United 0 Watford 3

6th August 2005- Championship, Watford 1 Preston North End 2

As the game closes, Jimmy Davis’ family and friends congregate around a presentation table. The Brummie wearing a Watford shirt who said hello on the way in turns out to be Jimmy’s mate, the guy responsible for arranging this tribute match. Cyrille Regis has showed up too – he always looked as big as a house on the telly, but is much slighter and shorter than he is in my mind’s eye. He awards a grinning Junior the man of the match award, and then steps aside for Danny Webber to present medals and the trophy to his erstwhile teammates.