Tag: Aug23

23rd August 2014- Championship, Watford 4 Leeds United 1

Watford won the clash of the Championship’s two Italian-owned clubs as they overcame nine-man Leeds United.

So, here we are, four games in, three wins and one defeat, and the manager’s job on the line. Notably, the pressure comes from inside rather than outside; these are questions being asked by the players rather than the fans. There’s no sense of mutiny around Vicarage Road, nothing more than a familiar impatient tetchiness, common to all modern football grounds. But you look at that squad – a winning squad, for pity’s sake – and you can’t see any structure at all.

When I entered the ground, Macca was being interviewed by Luther.  What a joy to listen to my two all-time favourite players chatting.  When they finished, I made my way around to the Lower Rous to give Don a bag that he had left in the West Herts.  As I reached the disabled area, Don was coming to greet me and pointing rather urgently behind me.  I turned and there was John McClelland looking exactly as he did in the 80s.  I immediately turned into a gibbering star struck fan.  I managed to blurt out that I’d loved watching him play and went to shake his hand and found myself being warmly hugged.  It is quite possible that my feet will never touch the ground again.

23rd August 2005-League Cup First Round, Watford 3 Notts County 1

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BBC SportAshley Young headed the Hornets ahead and Hameur Bouazza’s neatly slotted penalty made it 2-0 after Young was crudely brought down by Julien Baudet.

BSAD imageBSAD reprot: The ‘Orns got off to what is becoming a customary bright start once the initial meet and greet stuff had finished and the ball was allowed to meet the turf. In an enjoyable difference from the usual pattern of these sort of games, we got an early lead and never looked back.

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23rd August 1997- New Division Two, Watford 3 Brentford 1

BSAD imageBSAD report: Y’know, there was a time not so very long ago when writing one of these reports involved little more that topping and tailing the handful of noteworthy incidents with a few bits of my usual waffle. It seems that those days are gone – you could write a book about this game, such was the richness and potency of football on offer.

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Taken from There’s only one Graham Taylor

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