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7th December 2019- Premier League, Watford 0 Crystal Palace 0

Martin Atkinson

Relive our coverage of Watford’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace

Watford held to goalless stalemate by Crystal Palace

Mixed feelings for Hayden Mullins after Watford draw with Crystal Palace

Watford players rated in draw with Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson optimistic about Watford’s prospects under Nigel Pearson

The Premier League’s lowest-scoring teams Watford and Crystal Palace played out a disappointing goalless draw at Vicarage Road.

New head coach Nigel Pearson was watching from the stands as caretaker boss Hayden Mullins oversaw duties from the dugout for the second game running.

Pearson spoke to the Watford players in the dressing room before kick-off and the interim manager, Hayden Mullins, admitted his leadership qualities were evident immediately. “That’s one of the reasons why the club have appointed him because they know that about him, they know his pedigree, he’s a top manager and he’s got a good group of players to work with,” he said

There’s a “new broom” air about the place which didn’t really come when Quique returned, partly because he was an old broom in any case and partly because we were still reconciling ourselves to the knowledge that we needed a new broom at all.  The new broom himself passes in front of the Rookery before kick-off en route from the Black Seats in the Upper GT to being presented to the crowd in front of the SEJ stand.  He looks less like the formidable, intimidating ex-centre back of our mind’s eye than he does an accountant… smart suit, specs, and smaller somehow than he should be?  Either way, looking convincing whilst being introduced to the crowd will only take him so far in the job he’s taken on but he does this compellingly enough – I’m cheaply bought, and a raise of both fists to the Rookery with gritted teeth is more than enough.  Good luck to him.

As it was Watford’s “Rainbow Laces” match, there was a rainbow carpet welcoming all to the Hornet shop and there were Premier League representatives handing out laces to passing fans.

At the end of another eventful week in the world of Watford, Jon is joined by Colin, Mike and Jas who try and sum up the last tumultuous few days. The boys try to work out what new Head Coach Nigel Pearson has to do in order to kickstart the great escape, and also run the rule over the performances against Leicester and our old friends Crystal Palace.

7th December 2009-Championship, Watford 3 Queens Park Rangers 1

After 268 appearances and eight years on from his debut Lloyd Doyley had never scored for Watford, until this game.

Independent, 8 Dec 2009
Daily Telegraph, 8 Dec 2009
Evening Standard, 8 Dec 2009

The club even printed t-shirts to mark the occasion.

Lloyd did score again in 2012 at Bolton. In total he made 395 appearances for Watford scoring 2 goals. His final appearance came in the Boxing Day defeat at home to Wolves in 2014.

7th December 2002- New Division One, Derby County 3 Watford 0


BBC Sport: Lee Morris, Chris Riggott and Deon Burton scored as Derby brushed aside Watford at Pride Park.

BSAD report: Derby’s attacks, when they came, were based largely on the pace of their two wide strikers. Morris, however, was largely subdued by Doyley in the first forty-five who covered his man reasonably well. Christie, on the other side, was most effective in drawing a couple of significant bookings. No Spotters’ Badges for guessing the culprits… Robinson first, for an unnecessary and costly hack, and The Jamie Hand Booking second, for a tug as the England U21 striker threatened to escape. Both of our aggressors’ contributions were restricted from then on.


7th December 1987- Soccer Six Championship (at G-Mex Centre, Manchester)

The tournament was played over three nights but we were only involved in the first. We won our group drawing with Newcastle and beating Oxford before losing to Group B winners Manchester United on penalties. I’ve no idea why the programme front cover featured an Umbro Watford kit from the 1980’s but it’s a nice touch. However I don’t remember our socks having yellow diamonds so maybe it was a generic Umbro image.

Action from all three night was featured on the BBC’s Sportsnight programme, but I can only find footage of our game against Newcastle on YouTube.


Lionel Birnie recalled the tournament in an article for When Saturday Comes in 2001 (a typo in the article mistakenly identifies the year as 1986).

The glory days of televised indoor tournaments

Steve Wilson wrote an article about Soccer Six for the same magazine in 2009.

Six appeal