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10th August 2019- Premier League, Watford 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 3

Referee: Craig Pawson
Attendance: 20,245

Watford 0 – 3 Brighton and Hove Albion

Watford beaten comfortably by Brighton and Hove Albion on the opening day of the 2019/20 season

Poor Watford slump to Brighton & Hove Albion defeat

No excuses from Javi Gracia following Watford’s defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion

Watford players rated after sloppy defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion

A selection of images from Watford’s defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion

Craig Cathcart labels Watford’s defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion as a wake up call

New Brighton manager Graham Potter said his side’s winning start to the Premier League season was a “dream” as the Seagulls put three past a stunned Watford.

Watford – well below their usual standards – had no answers as Potter’s second-half substitutes Florin Andone (65) and new signing Neal Maupay (77) netted in what was a very comfortable opening day success.

If Brighton were not flawless, then Watford barely got anything right. They could not blame the swirling winds, which if anything should have played greater havoc with Brighton’s possession-based approach. After a brisk start they became maddeningly imprecise and it was no shock when they fell behind.

Watford manager Javi Gracia said: “Maybe it was a good wake-up call for the rest of the season because we have time to improve. We are disappointed today but I prefer to wait and trust that we can do better in the second game. We have time to analyse and improve. They played much better than us. And when we realised we had to play better, it was too late.”​

The ground, as is becoming traditional, looks ever smarter after a summer’s work – seats in the Rookery/SEJ corner now, and big screens mounted high on the roof of the stand at each end of the pitch.  New signings Sarr and “England international” Welbeck are presented to the crowd and hysterically received, the former making his way slowly across the pitch without breaking his applause to the stands.  There are new montages on the screens, and then Z-Cars chimes in back in it’s traditional place and the cheer as the teams enter is peppered with grins and high fives and a particularly guttural roar.  Fair play to the club for being honest and brave enough to reverse a bad decision.

The final whistle went to boos from the Watford faithful and, while the Brighton players spent some time celebrating with their fans, the Watford players disappeared pretty quickly.  But, fair play to Deeney, he did his usual lap of the pitch to applaud the fans in each stand and, despite the anger and disappointment in the crowd, he was warmly applauded for it.

Not the start of the season we dreamt of, especially after an exciting week in the transfer window. Jon, Jason and Colin start the podcast to discuss the recent transfer business, Jon shares what his Thursday was like then Jon and Jason try to figure out where the Brighton game went wrong. Finally, Mike pops by to discuss the clubs scheme to Keep the Vic Full and head to the Z-Cars Derby and seeing the snake again.

10th August 2013- Championship, Watford 6 AFC Bournemouth 1


BBC Sport Troy Deeney fired in a hat-trick as Watford thrashed newly promoted Bournemouth to go top of the table.

sky Troy Deeney hit a hat-trick as Watford hammered Bournemouth 6-1 in their Championship clash at Vicarage Road.

guardian Troy Deeney scored a second-half hat-trick as Watford demolished Bournemouth at Vicarage Road and sent a strong message to their Championship promotion rivals.

TelegraphWatford signalled their Premier League ambitions with five goals in a ruthless second half display to crush newly-promoted Bournemouth.

BHappy image Even for world-weary types like your correspondent, who prefer their battles hard-fought and their victories without any sense of entitlement, this is terribly hard to resist. It almost feels as if the anticlimax at Wembley didn’t happen; perhaps it was such a non-event, swimming in the spring heat haze, that any memories have simply evaporated and left little trace. What might’ve been a watershed moment just passed quietly into history, and here we are: the old gang, back together for another shot at the big time. Even for world-weary types, it’s a tantalising prospect.


10th August 2010-League Cup First Round, Aldershot Town 0 Watford 3

Scott Loach warmed the bench two nights running, the first at the Recreation Ground and the second at the more glamorous surroundings of Wembley Stadium.   Rene Gilmartin made his Watford debut for this League Cup game whilst Scott was an unused sub.  The following day Ben Foster withdrew from the England squad to play Hungary and Fabio Capello called Loach up as a late replacement.  He didn’t play as England won 2-1.

Keeper Scott Loach feared England call was Watford axe

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Danny Graham bagged another brace as Watford eased into the second round of the Carling Cup with victory over Aldershot. The 24-year-old striker netted twice in Watford’s opening day win at Norwich and repeated the feat against the League Two side, scoring either side of Marvin Sordell’s effort. Manager Malky Mackay made just one change from Friday’s Championship opener. Rene Gilmartin replaced Scott Loach in goal after the 22-year-old received a late call up to Fabio Capello’s England squad for Wednesday’s friendly with Hungary.

10th August 2002-New Division One, Leicester City 2 Watford 0

This was the first competitive game played at Leicester’s new Walker Stadium (now known as the King Power Stadium).

BBC Sport Brian Deane grabbed two goals as Leicester got off to a winning start at the Walkers Stadium against Watford. A 31,000 crowd raised the roof of the Foxes’ new home as last season’s Premiership basement club put their relegation woes behind them with a solid display

guardian Ah, the rituals of opening day; second-gearing on the motorway alongside caravans and cars with scarves hanging out of the windows, hope springing anew in every step of every fan wending their way to every ground. Neither ITV Digital nor a daily diet of summer scare stories can take that away.

BSADThe contrast with last season is striking, already. Whatever else went wrong yesterday, we were far more comfortable with the high tempo set by Leicester, and far less afraid of being seen to sweat and toil. We pressed hard, retrieving possession more quickly than before and occasionally forcing errors from a slightly sloppy Foxes defence. Notably, and despite a great deal of complaint about the lack of aerial threat from a lightweight attack, an eager midfield pounced on rebounds and clearances rather than allowing them to escape, thus enabling us to press forward without always retaining possession particularly well. It didn’t amount to much, perhaps. That doesn’t mean that it can’t amount to much, however.

All the Horns fans, some three thousand of them in a crowd of over 31,000 (ground capacity I’m told is 32,500) were in the north-east corner of the ground, with vociferous Leicester fans on either side – and Leicester fans occupied the areas behind both goals. Horns fans, not noted for their ability to make noise since our days in the Premiership, certainly out-sang our opponents until the goals arrived, but it’s hard creating an atmosphere from one corner of a stadium.

28th December 2002- New Division One, Watford 1 Leicester City 2

10th August 1999- Premier League, Sunderland 2 Watford 0


BBC Sport: England international Kevin Phillips scored twice to give Sunderland their first win of the season against fellow promoted team Watford.

Daily Telegraph, 11 Aug 1999
Evening Standard, 11 Aug 1999

BSAD: Again we finished a match more than matching the opposition and ending up with nothing. Sunderland had as much play as us, but the difference between the two teams was in the finishing. I’m worried already that this is going to be the story of our season. I agree with everything that GT has said about not wanting to waste money on players, but last night showed what we are missing. We work hard and create chances, but we need to finish them off. Against other teams, chances will be even harder to make, and the ones we do, we have to score.