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3rd February 2016- Premier League, Watford 0 Chelsea 0

Referee: Mike Dean
Attendance: 20,910

Heurelho Gomes’s superb one-handed save from Costa’s header denied Chelsea victory late on. The draw moves Chelsea up to 13th on 29 points, while Watford are four points and four places better off.

After the interval, Holebas hit the side-netting from the left angle after a fine one-two with Capoue, moments after Troy Deeney had driven the ball a couple of yards wide of Courtois’ post.

In previous failed campaigns, these games have been like cup ties in which we might pull off a giant-killing, something to take with us back downstairs. Here, the announcement of the Chelsea teamsheet – him, him, him, him, him, him, him, him, him, him and him, with the other ones on the bench – might’ve led you to expect similar, whatever the league table might say. But none of that: as the game settled down into a pattern, it was our pattern, our style, that increasingly held sway.

3rd February 2007- Premier League, Watford 0 Bolton Wanderers 1


Nicolas Anelka’s second-half strike was enough for Bolton to battle past bottom side Watford at Vicarage Road.

Rotherham is not an obvious place to dig for salvation in the Premiership. They are bottom of League One. But last month’s recruits, Will Hoskins and Lee Williamson, did not look out of place in Watford’s colours. It said as much about their new club as the normally voluble Aidy Boothroyd could manage afterwards.

At the finale, two men in black overcoats stood on the sidelines. Neither exuded happiness, but Sam Allardyce at least could claim relief, having bagged his first win in five weeks. After a triumphant December yielded a manager-of-the-month award and five straight league wins, a dreadful January ensued for the Bolton manager with just two points in four games. And Vicarage Road was hardly a popular destination for Bolton, 12 visits had previously brought just one win. For Aidy Boothroyd’s side, a win, as always, was needed. There were the eight new signings to justify and the small matter of scraping the side off the bottom of the table. Preceding the midweek Manchester United whipping, Watford had managed two wins on the trot and were hoping to continue their handiwork.

Independent, 4 Feb 2007
Sunday Telegraph, 4 Feb 2007

Today’s match report is: Ugly.


3rd February 2001- New Division One, Sheffield Wednesday 2 Watford 3

The Observer, 4 Feb 2001

The game didn’t start as much as detonate, and for the first forty-five minutes we were carried away by a torrent of action. Only two sides playing inventive attacking football and defending like goons can generate excitement like this.

It’s hard to explain: the football dumb, simple, slapstick, shambolic but this is better, for me, than eking out a Coventry existence in the Premiership where only your mistakes make any headlines. My team have got silly weaknesses, but…well…so have I. I quite like it that way.


3rd February 1969-FA Cup Fourth Round Replay, Watford 0 Manchester United 2

The game was postponed from Tuesday 28th January.  The crowd of 34,099 is our highest ever home attendance.

The Guardian, 4 Feb 1969
Daily Telegraph, 4 Feb 1969
Evening Standard, 4 Feb 1969
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