Gillingham kicked off, the referee whistled them to a halt, Gillingham kicked off again. It was their only moment of hesitation. Less than two minutes in, and the ball arrived in the penalty area via Nosworthy and a flick from Ipoua…and suddenly the hugely impressive Sidibe was in, poking the ball past Alec Chamberlain to give Gillingham an immediate lead. And we couldn’t recover our composure…a fine move from the left five minutes later, and Saunders slid a pass across to Hessenthaler on the right of the area, stretching to fire across and narrowly wide. Immediately, Smith nearly lobbed Alec Chamberlain from long range, his effort landing on the roof of the net, and we were all over the place….
Tag: Andy Hessenthaler
Nigel Gibbs final Watford appearance and Gianluca Vialli’s last programme notes.
BSAD report: One final first team outing for Nigel Gibbs – applauded on arrival by everyone in the ground, including the Gillingham players – was worth the price of admission alone, even if he was required to spend ten minutes looking awkwardly out of place at left back. A broad grin on hitting a pass so firmly that even Anthony McNamee couldn’t catch up with it betrayed his enjoyment of the occasion, and it was an enjoyment widely shared. Nigel Gibbs has been a great player for Watford Football Club for twenty years. There need be no further explanation.
When GT took over in February we were bottom of the table with just 25 points, 7 points from safety and 10 behind ‘them up the road’. Even though we got relegated it was still some achievement to have almost doubled our points total under GT, take it down to the final day and to finish higher than them.
GT sits on the opposition bench for the first time in a competitive game at the Vic.
The top 22 clubs in the country broke away from the Football League to form the Premier League which began on this day. As a result the Football League renumbered its divisions so whereas in 1991/2 we had been in Division Two we were now in Division One, but were still in the second tier. To differentiate from what came before I’ve added the word ‘new’ to the Football League divisions we were in from 1992-2004, when they were re-branded and the second tier became known as the Championship.
Goalkeeping howlers, Malcolm Allen sent off and a penalty.
Taken from the programme on 29th August 1992-New Division One, Watford 0 Derby County 0
More games from 15th August at https://oldwatford.com/tag/aug15/