Tag: Famous victories

13th March 2016-FA Cup Sixth Round, Arsenal 1 Watford 2

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imgres.png Watford stunned FA Cup holders Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium to book their place in the semi-finals at Wembley.

sky.png  Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura goals dump holders out of FA Cup

BHappy image It’s 4pm.  We’ve opted against the scrum for the tube in favour of a leisurely walk in the sunshine back to Kings Cross.  There’s a workman painting a doorway on Caledonian Road, the Kinks’ “Sunny Afternoon” rumbles out of his radio.  It’s a perfect soundtrack for what is a necessary but overlooked feature of stunning days like this one… the dazed post-match taking-it-all-in thing.

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25th April 2015- Championship, Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Watford 2

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Because the game was played at 12.15pm we had to wait for the 3pm kick offs to finish before it was confirmed we’d been promoted.  The players found out whilst on the coach going back to Watford.

BBC SportWatford clinched promotion to the Premier League after they beat Brighton and other results went their way.

skyMiddlesbrough slumped to a 4-3 defeat at Fulham and Norwich could only draw 1-1 at Rotherham, sealing Watford’s return to the top flight after an eight-year absence.

guardianWatford’s lunchtime win on the south coast put them four points clear of the chasing pack thanks to Troy Deeney’s first-half goal and a stoppage time second from the substitute Matej Vydra.

BHappy imageFootball is about waiting for moments that might never arrive, about playing them through in your imagination over and over, about being there to see if it happens…and then finding Matej Vydra taking what seems like an age to control the ball, threatening to let that moment slip away, and then sliding it calmly into the bottom corner before the whole world turns yellow and red and inside out and upside down.

The Watford Observer produced a supplement marking the Hornets promotion which included several pictures from the game and the celebrations that followed.

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12th May 2013- Championship Playoff Semi-Final Second Leg, Watford 3 Leicester City 1 (Watford won 3-2 on aggregate)

BHappy image If you’ve come for a calm, balanced perspective on things you’ve come to the wrong place.  Surely nobody with a vested interest is capable of anything approaching objectivity this evening, in the context of the quite extraordinary last eight days…  your best qualified candidate for this is in Cornwall, of all places, so you’re stuck with me.  And just a few hours ago I was shuffling up a dazed Occupation Road with a bouncing six year old proclaiming that we were “definitely going to win the final.  For certain.  If they score a hundred goals, we’ll score a thousand….”.  That result, for one, is no longer in doubt, but don’t expect cold analysis here. We’re far too far gone for that.

BBC Sport Troy Deeney scored Watford’s aggregate winner in an extraordinary finish to their Championship play-off semi-final against Leicester.  Twenty seconds after Anthony Knockaert had a debatable penalty saved at the other end, Deeney thumped in a shot.

Telegraph Watford put themselves within touching distance of the Premier League after an extraordinary climax to their Championship play-off semi-final, which was decided by Troy Deeney’s 97th-minute goal.

guardian A quite astonishing finish to this play-off semi-final second leg saw the game swing from apparently certain success for Leicester to a Watford victory in less than 20 seconds.

English League Championship Play-Offs Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Watford 3-1 Leicester City (3-2)

10th November 2012- Championship, Leeds United 1 Watford 6

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Watford thrash nine-man Leeds United 6-1 at Elland Road

BBC SportLeeds United slumped to an embarrassing home defeat and are now without a win in six league games after Watford scored six goals at Elland Road.

skyWatford’s army of loan rangers ran riot at Elland Road with a 6-1 victory Leeds United in the Championship on Saturday.

guardianNeil Warnock admitted he lost interest in this game after seeing his midfielder Rodolph Austin suffer a suspected broken leg during his Leeds side’s thrashing by Watford.

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