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10th April 2010- Championship, Watford 1 Plymouth Argyle 0

Heidar Helguson’s second-half strike boosted Watford’s survival hopes to keep Plymouth mired five points from safety in the Championship drop zone.

 It’s difficult to overstate the value of that result. The final reappraisal of our situation outside the pub at lunchtime returned unerringly to the conclusion that the game was make or break… and we won the game. We won the damn game. A win on a Saturday for the first time since November, and defeats for the precarious looking Sheffield Wednesday, Palace, Scunny…. as it turns out, defeat of any realistic magnitude would have seen us still outside the relegation zone, but wondering where three points were going to come from and with Plymouth back in touch. We’re not safe yet by a long chalk… but can afford to be bullish once again. Thank goodness.

10th April 2004- New Division One, Watford 2 Crewe Alexandra 1


Happily for us, none of our other rivals in the unseemly melee at the foot of the first division made the blindest bit of difference to their chances of survival during our two weeks of Millwall-induced inactivity. Crewe, who are very much still one of those clubs in trouble, arrived at The Vic for the first of three fixtures which given the all round closeness of the battle, are not so much “winner takes all” as “winner takes a small step away from trouble but still get to look over their shoulders anxiously”. With mouth-watering trips to Burnley and Rotherham to follow, a win was not so much desired as down right essential to our prospects. Small steps maybe, but ones we have to take.


10th April 1999- New Division One, Watford 2 Bolton Wanderers 0

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BSAD imageBSAD report: Back in GT’s heyday, there was never any question of waiting to find out what the opposition was going to do. No polite introductions. So it was here – while Bolton were courteously allowing the game to settle into a pattern, we rudely elbowed them out of the way and hurled ourselves lemming-like at their goal. Within a minute, Mooney sent Wright sprinting through, only for Banks to charge from his line to clear – that was not to be the last time that the Bolton keeper saved his team-mates.

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10th April 1970-FA Cup Third Place Playoff, Watford 0 Manchester United 2 (played at Highbury)

One of the more unusual matches we’ve been involved in.  The FA used to put on a game the evening before the FA Cup Final which was usually an England v Young England exhibition game.  This was scrapped in favour of a World Cup style Third Place Playoff in 1970 so as the losing semi-finalists ourselves and Manchester United played the first ever match to decide third place in front of a crowd of 15,105 at Highbury.

The third placed side were awarded with tankards.  Bobby Charlton and Alex Stepney are the only players ever to collect an FA Cup winners medal, a losers medal and a third placed tankard.

The 1971 game in which Stoke City beat Everton 3-2 at Selhurst Park only attracted a crowd of 5,031 although the teams involved and choice of ground probably didn’t help. The idea was revised and future games were at the home of one of the teams involved, bizarrely after the final had actually been played. The 1972 and 1973 games were held at the beginning of the following season in August.  Birmingham became the first side ever to win an FA Cup match on penalties when they beat Stoke 4-3 after a 0-0 draw at St.Andrews in 1972.  The following year Wolves won 3-1 at Arsenal.   The game was scrapped after the 1974 playoff in which Burnley beat Leicester 1-0 at Filbert Street in front of 6,458 five days after Liverpool had beaten Newcastle at Wembley in the final.

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Taken from the programme on 5th January 2002- FA Cup Third Round, Watford 2 Arsenal 4

Taken from the programme on 31st January 2007- Premier League, Manchester United 4 Watford 0

6th April 2012- Championship, Watford 0 Blackpool 2