Tag: Ben Foster

13th May 2007- Premier League, Watford 1 Newcastle United 1

This was an emotional day for those in Watford’s goal. Ben Foster played the final game of his two season loan spell from Manchester United. He was substituted in the 90th minute for Alec Chamberlain who came on for the last game in a career that spanned 25 years and 678 appearances, over 250 of them for Watford. The one minute cameo made Alec the second oldest Premier League player ever at 42 years 327 days only beaten by Manchester City’s John Rudge who was 43 when he played for them in 1995. Alec continued to work at Vicarage Road as a goalkeeper coach until 2017. Ben Foster, of course, would return to Watford in 2018.

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BBC SportWatford said farewell to the Premiership by drawing with Newcastle in a match marred by an injury to England striker Michael Owen.

BHappy imageThe final one-word match report of the season is:

Cheerio.

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17th February 2007- FA Cup Fifth Round, Watford 1 Ipswich Town 0

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BBC SportDamien Francis broke Ipswich Town’s defiance with a late winner in this FA Cup fifth-round tie at Vicarage Road.

guardianFor Watford the mixed double of reaching an FA Cup final while being relegated remains a possibility although on the evidence of this error-strewn fifth-round victory over Ipswich their chances of staying in the Cup are only marginally better than their prospects of remaining in the Premiership, and those are slim indeed.

TelegraphJoe Mercer used to say, when captain of Arsenal, that any true professional should be at the point of exhaustion by the final whistle. No team I have recently seen more epitomised this maxim than Ipswich when undeservedly losing to Watford.

BHappy imageYour one-word match report:  Ropey.

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17th April 2006- Championship, Watford 2 Ipswich Town 1

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Darius Henderson scored a goal in each half to earn promotion hopefuls Watford their first win in five matches.

Just before the full-time whistle, it was announced that Aidy Boothroyd would like the fans to stay behind for a few minutes after the game for a special word… What actually transpired was a practice penalty shoot out: a team of yellow against a team of red. Aidy asked the crowd to boo and create a “hostile” atmosphere which was fun, to say the least. I won’t list all the takers but Marlon King scored (top right corner, unsaveable), Theo Robinson scored (just like Marlon, could be good that kid), Gavin Mahon missed (which could be a blessing), Matthew Spring scored (after being treated to a chorus of “scum, scum, scum” followed by his usual song), Alec Chamberlain missed (a very unpopular result) and some others scored, some missed. Yellow won.