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20th February 2023- Championship, Watford 3 West Bromwich Albion 2

WFC.Net goal commentary: 1  2  3

Attendance: 18,634

BBC Sport: Watford saw off a spirited West Bromwich Albion side in an entertaining contest at Vicarage Road to move back into the Championship play-off places.

Sky Sports: There was little sign of the drama to follow when Watford were jeered by their own support barely 10 minutes into a lifeless start at Vicarage Road, between two sides short of form and confidence.

BHappy: Slaven Bilić had intimated that it was time we started scoring a few more goals;  this was as true off the pitch as much as on it since an official crowd of 18634 failed to reflect the increasingly sparse home stands (not so the right hand side of the Vic Road End, where Albion have taken every seat).  There’s a cumulative effect of, in practice, watching successive relegation seasons and flattering to deceive in this, what should be the one fun season in two.

Fran’s Watford Blog: The Hornets opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, Gaspar played the ball across to Davis whose shot was blocked, and the ball fell to Sema who turned it in.

20th February 2016- FA Cup Fifth Round, Watford 1 Leeds United 0

Michael Oliver

Watford reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2007 after Scott Wootton’s own goal gifted them victory against Leeds.

It took Quique Sanchez Flores’ side until the 54th minute to break down their Championship opponents on Saturday, when Wootton turned Ben Watson’s cross into his own net.

It was fitting that an error-strewn cup tie should be decided by an awful own goal from Leeds defender Scott Wootton, who volleyed a harmless cross from Ben Watson into his own net shortly after half-time.

Watford had made six changes and, with their top scorer, Odion Ighalo, on the bench, their only real opportunities early on came from corners. Troy Deeney, starting behind Nordin Amrabat, headed wide in the second minute before the Uruguayan defender Miguel Britos did the same from Watson’s corner when he was given time in the Leeds penalty area. Other than those half-chances and a deflected shot from Étienne Capoue, Marco Silvestri went untested.

There’s a distinct lack of Cup fever at Vicarage Road for this one, it has to be said, where the more gormless of Watford’s support betray their long-standing desire to be Premier League wankers by trotting out the “One-nil on your big day out” chant, and gurning “who?” at Leeds subs, including Alex Mowatt who anyone paying any level of attention will have heard of.  That trick was moronic when Birmingham City were doing it to us 15 years ago, it’s now both moronic and old.

I’ve been staring at my laptop for a couple of hours now. Part of me wondering how to start this post, part of me distracted by Football League Tonight and Forestieri getting sent off and Lloyd Doyley giving away a penalty on his Rotherham debut. 

More games from 20th February at https://oldwatford.com/tag/feb20

20th February 2001- New Division One, Watford 0 Blackburn Rovers 1

Before Stuart Attwell came along to take his place at the top of the league table of Villain Refs there was a man called Rob Styles.

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BBC SportBlackburn gained three vital points in their promotion bid at the expense of rivals Watford with referee Rob Styles playing a major part in their success.

Guardian, 21 Feb 2001
Daily Telegraph, 21 Feb 2001
Independent, 21 Feb 2001
Evening Standard, 21 Feb 2001

BSAD imageThis was one of those games, where discussing the football without first discussing the officials is impossible, where the man in black dominates proceedings to such an extent that the other twenty-four participants might as well have stayed at home, where seasons are turned on decisions made by arseholes. Hence, presumably, the fact that we’ve not yet had any comment from Graham Taylor.

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20th February 1999- New Division One, Queens Park Rangers 1 Watford 2

Sunday People, 21 Feb 1999
Sunday Telegraph, 21 Feb 1999

BSAD: Not an easy game to draw conclusions from, really. All bits and pieces, few clear patterns and even fewer match-long constants. Which is fine, because I don’t much feel like worrying about what the future holds.