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9th August 2014- Championship, Watford 3 Bolton Wanderers 0


BBC SportTroy Deeney, Matej Vydra and substitute Fernando Forestieri were on target as Watford eased to victory over Bolton.

sky Having been separated following the play-off final defeat when Vydra joined West Bromwich Albion on loan from Udinese, the Czech international was reunited with Troy Deeney and both players scored in the first half.

FranThe final whistle went to great applause from the home fans.  We had been masterful in the first half and, even if Bolton got back into it a bit in the second, it was a convincing win.  Even better than that, we had quality all over the pitch.  It was a joy to witness.  The horror show that was the end of last season is now a distant memory.  I’m really trying not to be over-optimistic, but I can’t help feeling that this could be a very exciting season indeed.


9th August 2008- Championship, Crystal Palace 0 Watford 0


BHappy imageWe discussed before the game the possibility that we’d lowered our expectations to such a point that we couldn’t fail to be impressed by every tackle, would revel in every successfully won corner kick. So it proved… this was vibrant, positive, imaginative stuff. Kinda punchless, but so much much better than feared.

Hornblogger Maybe I went with very low expectations but we were fantastic. All the fight, passion and desire that had been lacking in pre-season and, I guess, in the last 9 or so miserable months was back and flowing through the whole team.

Watford ObserverWatford played some inventive and eye-catching football in the Championship opener and all that missing was a killer instinct in front of goal.


9th August 2005- Championship, Plymouth Argyle 3 Watford 3


BBC Sport Watford came back from two goals down earn a draw at Plymouth. Micky Evans had put Plymouth ahead when he nodded in an Akos Buzsaky cross before Tony Capaldi squeezed in a left-footed shot. Marlon King’s 18-yard drive pulled one back for Watford only for Paul Wotton to match his strike and restore Plymouth’s two-goal lead. But Ashley Young emerged as Watford’s hero when he curled in a free-kick and slotted in a shot to level.

BSADThere are small but significant changes to the line-up as compared to last weekend. James Chambers makes a return to the starting line-up in place of Jordan Stewart, who drops to the bench. Briefly I’m reminded of Betty’s bullish aside at the Fans’ Forum regarding his recruitment of two left-footed left-backs, but only briefly. And Gavin Mahon makes a most welcome return, if only to the bench in place of Toumani Diagouraga. Still no sign of Devaney, Griffiths or Junior, the latter absence in particular presumably of concern to the lad sitting three rows in front of us with the Brazilian’s name already emblazened across his shoulders. No Sietes either, although this doesn’t deter a boisterous bunch up the back from devoting a fair part of their repartee of new songs to the absentee Spaniard.


9th August 2003

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The 9th of August 2003 should have seen Watford play Coventry City on the opening day of the new season.  However the game was postponed after the club learned that our new loanee Jimmy Davis had tragically died in an accident on the M40 motorway.

Jimmy signed professionally for Manchester United in 1999 having been a trainee there.  He was loaned out to Royal Antwerp in 2001, Swindon Town in 2002 and joined Watford on a season long loan in July 2003.  He appeared 5 times for the Hornets in friendlies, scoring in a 4-2 win on his Watford debut at Finnish side JJK Jyvaskyla and also in a 3-0 victory at Aldershot Town.  His final appearance came in a 2-1 win over QPR at Loftus Road when he was substituted after suffering a groin injury.

This injury meant he was not part of the matchday squad for our opening game.  The evening before he had dinner with his friend Danny Webber before deciding to travel home to Manchester for a night out.  He was driving back to Watford in the early hours of Saturday morning when his car hit a truck.  He died at the scene of the accident.  At the inquest into his death it was revealed he was more than twice over the legal drink-drive limit.

Watford announced that the game against Coventry had been postponed ‘due to tragic circumstances beyond their control’ then confirmed shortly before the scheduled kick off time that Jimmy had died.

All Jimmy’s former clubs paid tribute to him in the days after his death.  Manchester United also remembered him following their 2004 FA Cup Final win against Millwall when all their players changed into shirts bearing Davis’ name and squad number for the trophy presentation.

Tributes to Jimmy in the programme from the 12th August 2003-League Cup First Round, Watford 1 AFC Bournemouth 0 (After Extra Time)

Scan 3This article remembering Jimmy appeared in the programme when Manchester United played Watford on 31 Jan 2006.

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This article appeared just after the 10th anniversary of Jimmy’s death in the programme on the 10th August 2013- Championship, Watford 6 AFC Bournemouth 1

Danny Webber remembers his friend in an article he wrote for The Guardian

Danny Webber talks to Sam Wallace of The Independent about Jimmy Davis

This article was in the programme when we played Manchester United at Old Trafford on 23rd February 2020.

On the 20th anniversary of his death Jimmy’s Mum wrote this heartbreaking article on the Manchester United website.

9th August 1997- New Division Two, Watford 1 Burnley 0

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BSAD imageBSAD report:This was a match of many good (and a few excellent) individual performances, not a game that offered vital insights into our future – chaotic but fun, essentially. If we play like that all season, most of our fans will have been reduced to dribbling lunatics by May – but, with so many new players and a ‘new’ manager, it’s only to be expected that we’ll take some time bringing everything together into a cohesive whole.

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