Month: August 2005

23rd August 2005-League Cup First Round, Watford 3 Notts County 1

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BBC SportAshley Young headed the Hornets ahead and Hameur Bouazza’s neatly slotted penalty made it 2-0 after Young was crudely brought down by Julien Baudet.

BSAD imageBSAD reprot: The ‘Orns got off to what is becoming a customary bright start once the initial meet and greet stuff had finished and the ball was allowed to meet the turf. In an enjoyable difference from the usual pattern of these sort of games, we got an early lead and never looked back.

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20th August 2005- Championship, Watford 3 Burnley 1

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BBC SportMatthew Spring scored on his debut as in-form Watford secured victory against patched-up Burnley at Vicarage Road.

BSAD imageBSAD report: At long last, we’re seeing the results of spending some proper money on the squad: some of Adrian Boothroyd’s early work might’ve been for die-hard fans only, but recent additions have been unquestionably tremendous. There remains much work to be done on the training ground, of course…but the last two-and-a-half games have offered more than mere promise for the future, and we’re likely to be spared a repeat of the Vialli fiasco, waiting for months for cold water to “gel”. That’s not to say that we yet have enough strength in depth; it is, however, to applaud the manager for delivering the quality that he promised throughout the summer clear-out.

Another BSAD report: From the moment Malky Mackay and Ade Akinbiyi emerged side by side from the players’ tunnel at 2.56pm and, incredibly, Akinbiyi delivered a two-handed bar-room push to Malky’s chest like Mackay had just been chatting up Ade’s girlfriend, you absolutely knew, no question, that this was Family Day. Certainly it reminded me of parts of my family, and I’d be surprised if we’re all that different from most of you out there.

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More games from 20th August at https://oldwatford.com/tag/aug20/

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

BBC Sport Preston got their Championship campaign off to a winning start after coming from behind at Watford.

BSAD image Four match reports including: Like the first discovered alien lifeform, this one is going to be prodded and poked, stared at and x-rayed, questioned and interrogated. Its every molecule will be examined, checked, recorded. By the time that we’ve finished with Watford versus Preston North End, there’ll be nothing left but a small puddle of purple goo.