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8th August 2015- Premier League, Everton 2 Watford 2

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BBC SportArouna Kone’s late equaliser earned Everton a point at home to Premier League newcomers Watford.  Mexican Miguel Layun fired Watford ahead on the half-volley in the first half after Everton failed to clear.

skySubstitute Arouna Kone’s late equaliser earned Everton a 2-2 draw and spoiled Watford’s hopes of a fairytale win on their return to the Premier League at Goodison Park.

TelegraphWhen referee Mike Jones blew the half time whistle, the booing inside Goodison Park was so thunderous that the stadium’s public address system was activated to full blast immediately; the noise on the terraces being masked by One Direction, a noise of a very different kind.

BHappy imageThe old “will take time to gel” thing drifts from being a source of concern to a reason to be excited in the wake of the opening fixture. Because there were deficiencies, several of them actually, and yet we went and got a result despite them in a challenging away game, twice taking the lead in the process. 

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8th August 2009-Championship, Watford 1 Doncaster Rovers 1

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BBC Sport Malky Mackay was denied a winning start as Watford boss after Doncaster striker James Hayter cancelled out Danny Graham’s early strike.

sky Watford’s ideas of a dream opener were quickly quashed as they drew 1-1 at home to Doncaster.

TelegraphDoncaster manager Sean O’Driscoll refused to blame the match officials but he believed his side were denied a legitimate goal during their 1-1 draw at Watford.

BHappy imageFizzle. It should, of course, be remembered that there have been less auspicious starts than this to very auspicious seasons; we all crave answers, but these early season games often raise still more questions instead. It was a bit of a non-alcoholic beer of a match: the same fizz as the bottle’s cracked open, but some bite missing from what’s inside.

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(taken from Watford v Blackpool programme 22nd August 2009)

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8th August 2006- Friendly, Watford 1 Inter Milan 1

BBC SportWatford drew at home to Italian champions Inter Milan in Tuesday night’s friendly at Vicarage Road.

BSAD imageIt’s the middle of the night. I’m sitting in my seat in the Rookery holding my two month old daughter and there’s nobody else in view, the lights are out, the stadium is pitch black. It ought to be cold but it isn’t. Suddenly my boss appears next to me. “What are you doing here? You should be at work” .

Vital Watford: Aidy Boothroyd`s side continued their Premiership preparations by extending their pre-season unbeaten run to five matches after holding Italian giants Inter Milan to a draw.

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Taken from the programme on 31st July 2015- Friendly, Watford 0 Sevilla 1

8th August 1998- Division One, Portsmouth 1 Watford 2

IndependentTHE EDITOR of Portsmouth’s club programme, Chimes, was indulging in some mischievous wish-fulfilment with the premature publication of the First Division table in his opening-day issue. In the absence of any points won or goals scored, Pompey appeared in 15th place while, by dint of name alone, Watford were in the relegation zone, above West Brom and Wolves.

BSAD imageSomewhere in my head, there’s a long list of things that I want to do before I pass away. Predictably, most of them are completely unattainable – I’ll never write a novel, I’ll never paint a whole train carriage, I’ll never beat five defenders and drill a shot past the keeper. I can dream, though.

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Taken from the programme on 18th August 1998-League Cup First Round Second Leg, Watford 1 Cambridge Utd 1 (Cambridge won 2-1 on aggregate)