Tag: Bradford City

7th January 2012- FA Cup Third Round, Watford 4 Bradford City 2

Watford raced into an early lead through Troy Deeney but were pegged back by James Hanson’s strike as the Bantams proved more than a match for their hosts in the opening stages. But Marvin Sordell’s 10th goal of the campaign sent Sean Dyche’s men in with the half-time advantage before Forsyth’s double secured their place in the fourth round, despite Nahki Wells’ late consolation.

This is how games against lower division opposition are supposed to pan out, of course, but we’ve made it look considerably harder than this in the past.  From the opening minutes when Marvin Sordell made space for a cross far too easily and Troy Deeney headed in unmarked at the far post, this was never in doubt.

More games from 7th January at https://oldwatford.com/tag/jan7

18th October 2003- New Division One, Watford 1 Bradford City 0

Scott Fitzgerald’s fourth goal of the season gave Watford a deserved victory against their fellow Division One strugglers. The Hornets dominated but had to wait until the 61st minute for the breakthrough when Fitzgerald converted Micah Hyde’s cross.

It would be very easy indeed to get carried away by this most comprehensive of victories. We shouldn’t, for it is impossible to escape the fact that Bradford were utter drivel, barely bothering to turn up for a match that quickly became almost farcical. Before kickoff, you looked over to the Vic Road end to pick out a few meagre handfuls of away supporters, clustered like flea-bitten regulars around the bar of a particularly dingy, long-forgotten backstreet pub. After kickoff, you realised that travelling hundreds of miles to watch such a sorry bunch might not come top of your things-to-do list either. They were simply dreadful.

27th October 2001- New Division One, Bradford City 4 Watford 3

There I was chatting to some familiar faces in the crowd, looking around to see which other familiar faces I could see, when I remembered that I perhaps better look at the players warming up and see who was playing. “This is odd,” I thought, “There’s a few faces I don’t recognise”. Then I looked around to see if I could work out who wasn’t playing. No Gayle (not too surprising), no Noble (slightly surprising), no Gifton (surprising), no Hyde (absolutely flabbergasting). I had heard nothing of injuries to Hyde, Gifton and Noble. Conspiracy theories ran riot. Had Noble gone back to Arsenal? What on earth was happening?

The team was announced with numbers from 1 to 16, in direct conflict to the numbers they had on their shorts. This resulted in Hughes wearing shirt number 4 with shorts numbered 10, and Helguson in shirt number 10 wearing shorts with number 18.

9th October 2001-League Cup Third Round, Watford 4 Bradford City 1

The week before this game was played Watford player Paolo Vernazza was stabbed at his home by a burglar as reported here by The Guardian.

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 BSAD report:The word “ravishing” was suggested to describe our fourth goal, and that’ll do nicely.

The 100 Greatest Watford Wins- No.85: It was the glimmers of hope like this that made Gianluca Vialli’s ill-fated season as Watford manager so much harder to take. From the start, the Italian looked poorly suited to the rough and tumble of the second tier. The cashmere sweater and fat tie knot looked out of place in a division that’s always been more suited to hob-nail boots and workman’s overalls.

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More games from 9th October at https://oldwatford.com/tag/oct9/