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23rd February 2013- Championship, Watford 2 Derby County 1

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BBC SportWatford moved up to second in the Championship as striker Matej Vydra scored his 20th goal of the season.

BHappy imageLloyd Doyley was simply born to play in that role on the right of a three, Nyron Nosworthy retains the happy habit of belting the ball into outer space when the need arises, Joel Ekstrand has evidently decided that he wants to be like them more than he wants to be like Neuton, which is the right choice.

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20th September 2008-Championship, Watford 2 Reading 2

The ‘Ghost Goal’ game where Stuart Attwell awarded a goal to Reading on the strength of his Assistant Referee Nigel Bannister telling him he thought he’d seen the ball cross the goalline despite being the only one in the whole ground to think so. It was awarded as a John Eustace own goal.

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Watford were denied a win by a late penalty – and a farcical decision to allow an earlier goal to stand. Linesman Nigel Bannister flagged for a Reading goal instead of a corner after John Eustace challenged Noel Hunt and, incredibly, a goal was awarded.

BHappy image report: Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. What a completely mental decision.

Phantom goal will haunt rookie referee

Tilehurst End: Random Royal Moments: That Ghost Goal At Vicarage Road


31st January 2002- New Division One, Preston North End 1 Watford 1

Daily Telegraph, 1 Feb 2002
Guardian, 1 Feb 2002
Evening Standard, 1 Feb 2002

A Thursday night in Preston! What an attractive prospect! Amazingly, 313 Watford fans braved the distance and the fact that recent form had decreed that this was a banker of a home win.

Not for the first time this season, there was confusion among the five hundred or so Watford faithful when the line-up was announced. It appeared that Gifton would be playing up-front on his own with support from Jermaine Pennant. However it quickly became clear that no-one had communicated this to Gifton as he spent most of the time hovering on the half-way line down the left hand side. It was usually David Noble who was Watford’s furthest player upfield.

Almost forty games has passed and with the exception of forty-five minutes against ten-man Wimbledon, we are still looking as unfamiliar with ourselves as we did at Maine Road.


3rd April 1999- New Division One, Watford 2 Tranmere Rovers 1

The game that started the run in to the playoffs. Just look how far behind Wolves we were in the table even after this game.

Sunday Mirror, 4 Apr 1999
Sunday Mercury, 4 Apr 1999
Sunday Telegraph, 4 Apr 1999
Sunday People, 4 Apr 1999

BSAD report: Renowned literary academic AC Bradley once wrote of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” that it is “too huge for the stage”. In other words, attempting to squeeze such an absolutely immense, overwhelming spectacle – storms, insanity, rage, evil, revenge, forgiveness, redemption – into a theatre is like trying to trap a hurricane in a matchbox.

You could say much the same of the concluding twenty minutes of Watford versus Tranmere. “Too huge for a football pitch” – lawless carnage that refused to recognise the touchline as any kind of barrier, spilling over into the dugouts, the dressing rooms, and the stands.

English Division OneTable »
Barnsley2-1Sheffield United
Bradford City3-0Grimsby Town
Bristol City2-0Port Vale
Norwich City0-1Crystal Palace
Oxford United0-0Bolton Wanderers
Queens Park Rangers1-1Huddersfield Town
Stockport County0-0Bury
Sunderland3-0West Bromwich Albion
Swindon Town0-6Ipswich Town
Watford2-1Tranmere Rovers
Wolverhampton Wndrs2-0Portsmouth
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