Tag: Apr28

28th April 2001- New Division One, Watford 1 Tranmere Rovers 1

GT’s last home game in charge.

BBC Sport Allan Nielsen, Graham Taylor’s most expensive signing at £2.3m, spared the former England manager’s blushes at his Vicarage Road farewell.  The Danish international popped up in the last minute to head an equaliser but the point salvaged is not enough to keep Watford’s play-off hopes alive.

BSAD image Long ago, the script was written for Graham Taylor’s last match at Vicarage Road. One final wave of galloping attacks to see off already-relegated opponents. One last thumping victory, in the thrilling style of so many before it. Hat-tricks for Tommys Mooney and Smith to celebrate their end-of-season awards for best player and young player respectively. And, in the final minute of injury time, the seventh goal to crown it all, an astonishing, crashing-off-the-crossbar blast from thirty yards by the returning Richard Johnson.

BSAD image He was more what we came to see than a relegated bunch of fighters, and an unquantifiable bunch of mid- to upper-table wanderers who represent what, if not why, he’s leaving behind by retiring. His direction was where we were looking, as a game that barely registers in the mind even this soon after its conclusion played itself into oblivion. When he showed up in the dugout, we asked for a wave, since chanting something along the lines of “Graham, give us a year or two more, we’re worthy, and by the way, thanks for making us all stand apart from whatever crowd we’ve found ourselves in from the age of [your age in 1977] to now” is just unfeasible.

English Division One Table »
Barnsley 0-1 Bolton Wanderers
Birmingham City 1-0 Grimsby Town
Crewe Alexandra 1-3 Preston North End
Crystal Palace 0-2 Wolverhampton Wndrs
Fulham 1-1 Wimbledon
Norwich City 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Nottingham Forest 0-1 Gillingham
Queens Park Rangers 0-3 Stockport County
Sheffield United 2-0 Burnley
Watford 1-1 Tranmere Rovers
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Huddersfield Town

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28th April 1998- New Division Two, Watford 2 AFC Bournemouth 1

The game where Steve Palmer wore the number one jersey and started in goal.  He swapped with Alec Chamberlain (who was no.4) after the first few seconds.  In the final fixture away at Fulham Palmer wore the number nine shirt meaning he became the first and only player in Football League history to have worn every number from 1-14 during a season.

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BSAD imageBSAD report: At last. We’ve been waiting for this – something recognisable as a celebration, something that feels a bit like the “old Watford” many of us fell in love with. Hurrah!

Who Ate All The Pies: STEVE PALMER WEARS EVERY SINGLE WATFORD SQUAD NUMBER IN SPACE OF ONE SEASON

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More games against AFC Bournemouth at https://oldwatford.com/tag/afc-bournemouth/