Month: September 2009

29th September 2009- Championship, Watford 2 Coventry City 3

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BBC SportCoventry striker Leon Best scored twice late on to help his side stage a stirring comeback and beat Watford.

BHappy imageThis was, of course, what we were always at risk of with our thin and inexperienced squad. The continued absences of Helguson, Demerit and (effectively) Severin deprive us of experience where we have little to spare; the additional absences of Ellington, Jenkins, Cathcart and (ultimately) Hodson left us looking very sparse indeed. But it’s lack of nous that’s the issue really… there’s no way that points should have been dropped from half time onwards against a lamentable Coventry City side.

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26th September 2009- Championship, Reading 1 Watford 1

This was the first and only time we faced Brendan Rodgers’ Reading side.  He quit as Hornets boss in the summer to become the Royals manager just two weeks after saying that journalists who continually linked him with the Reading job were questioning his integrity.

Watford Observer‘No contact at all’ from Reading for Brendan Rodgers

He was sacked by Reading on 16th December 2009 when they were 20th.  Under his management they only won 5 league games.

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BBC SportReading’s wait for a home league win goes on after Danny Graham scored a second-half equaliser for Watford.  One ex-Watford player, Jobi McAnuff, set up another, Grzegorz Rasiak, to give Reading an early lead.

BHappy imageLook, we weren’t there, ok? So if you’re looking for insightful thunks you’d better look somewhere else; the reasons for non-attendance shall, as ever, remain private but it should go without saying that it was fairly heavy stuff.  I’m assuming that people will want to discuss the match anyway, so do so here if you really must.

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More games from 26th September at https://oldwatford.com/tag/sep26/

19th September 2009- Championship, Watford 3 Leicester City 3

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BBC SportAn injury-time equaliser from Leicester’s Dany N’Guessan denied Watford their third straight victory in an enthralling match at Vicarage Road.

SKY imageHeidar Helguson’s returned for his first game at Watford since re-signing for The Hornets and his brace looked to have won it for the home side.

TelegraphThey may need a new central defender and a couple of midfielders at Vicarage Road, but the scriptwriter is clearly still in rude health. A game with more twists and turns than the River Colne ended with points and goals, thrillingly shared.

BHappy imageOnly one place to start. Jaysus. The level of expectation associated with Helguson’s return might have been slightly moderated by his injury-burdened last few years, but only slightly. It was still wholly unreasonable to expect him to pick up where he left off, the whirling dervish focal point of the team. As it turned out he exceeded all expectations… announcing his arrival by flying into Leicester’s goalkeeper within thirty seconds and deflecting the ball narrowly the wrong side of the post.

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More games from 19th September at https://oldwatford.com/tag/sep19/

12th September 2009-Championship, Watford 1 Barnsley 0

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BBC SportWatford made it four games unbeaten as Mark Robins’ tenure as Barnsley boss began with defeat at Vicarage Road.

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Taken from the programme on 19th September 2009- Championship, Watford 3 Leicester City 3

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