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17th April 2021- Championship, Luton Town 1 Watford 0

BBC Sport: James Collins came off the bench to score a penalty with his first touch as mid-table Luton Town earned a deserved derby victory over promotion-chasing Watford.

Sky Sports: Hughes sliced wide for the Hornets, who were then reduced to 10 men with two minutes remaining, full-back Kiko Femenia sent off for his second booking after pushing Kazenga LuaLua over as he chased a ball forward.

BHappy: The other thing about derby games is that they matter so much more when your team is terrible.  In the past Watford and Luton’s fortunes often rose and fell together and at times it very much felt as if all there was to play for was avoiding relegation and this.  This Luton incarnation isn’t terrible – they’re in pretty much exactly the League position you’d have predicted based on their solid but limited showing at the Vic at the start of the season.  Nonetheless, the Hornets have rather more to play for as it stands;  Luton’s survival was confirmed mathematically by this win, but effectively a done deal some time ago.  Knocking us off our perch a very much more tantalising objective for them than not being knocked off would be for us.


17th April 2012- Championship, Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Watford 2


BBC Sport: Brighton’s slim hopes of claiming a Championship play-off spot are over despite them coming from two goals down to snatch a draw with Watford. Albion were facing defeat after Sean Murray’s free-kick and a Troy Deeney penalty put the Hornets in control. But Inigo Calderon pulled one back and Will Buckley scored a late goal against his former club to salvage a point.

Sky Sports: Will Buckley completed a dramatic Brighton comeback with the equaliser as they fought back to draw 2-2 with Watford at the Amex Stadium.

BHappy: The Amex, then, is a stadium which reflects an affluent and aspirational city. In any other hands, I suspect that this would be an impressive, vaguely stylish but ultimately vacuous ground, another out-of-town fibreglass sponsordome. The choice of lucky chocolate gives it away: a Marks and Spencers Mint Truffle, for pity’s sake, bought at the station because you know there’s not a corner shop (or even a corner) within a country mile of the ground… But there’s been so much energy, so much heartache and struggle, invested in this place. Finally, they’re here; finally, this is a club that’s no longer held back by the weight of bitter history, as much a righting-of-wrongs in its own way as Wimbledon’s regained League status. The Amex is rather more than the sum of its parts…and the noise that rolls around the sweeping, sculpted roof is pretty bloody heart-warming, if you’re at all inclined towards empathy. It’s a wonderful place, frankly.


17th April 2006- Championship, Watford 2 Ipswich Town 1


Darius Henderson scored a goal in each half to earn promotion hopefuls Watford their first win in five matches.

Just before the full-time whistle, it was announced that Aidy Boothroyd would like the fans to stay behind for a few minutes after the game for a special word… What actually transpired was a practice penalty shoot out: a team of yellow against a team of red. Aidy asked the crowd to boo and create a “hostile” atmosphere which was fun, to say the least. I won’t list all the takers but Marlon King scored (top right corner, unsaveable), Theo Robinson scored (just like Marlon, could be good that kid), Gavin Mahon missed (which could be a blessing), Matthew Spring scored (after being treated to a chorus of “scum, scum, scum” followed by his usual song), Alec Chamberlain missed (a very unpopular result) and some others scored, some missed. Yellow won.

17th April 2001- New Division One, Watford 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2


Icelandic international Heidar Helguson kept Watford’s First Division play-off hopes alive with a last-gasp winner against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

So, this thoroughly bizarre, nonsensical football match. Such an oddity, in fact, that no reaction – laughter, tears, fainting, boredom, rejoicing, blind fury – would’ve been entirely inappropriate. Appropriately, then, it received the most inappropriate reaction of all…a standing ovation.

It was always going to be a strange night from the moment Robert Page almost slid the ball into his own net within seconds from kick-off with an ugly lunge trying to defend a cross.


17th April 1999- New Division One, Crewe Alexandra 0 Watford 1

Sunday People, 18 Apr 1999

BSAD: The greatest concern is perhaps that we didn’t add to our tally in the second half, resulting in a scoreline that didn’t reflect our superiority. Wright was an early, unfortunate culprit, haring in on goal and turning his defender twice before curling a shot wide.