As the teams came out for the second half, Chris Day took his place in the goal in front of the travelling ‘Orns to a tremendous reception. This baffled the chap behind us, so we had to explain that he used to play for us. I was shocked to realize that he left 12 years ago. Where does the time go?
This was the game in which Jay DeMerit, appearing for Northwood, so impressed Ray Lewington that he was taken on a two week trial which led to him being offered a season long contract at Vicarage Road. He never actually got to make a competitive appearance for Northwood.
Within two and a half years Jay had scored one of the goals in the Playoff Final at the Millennium Stadium which promoted Aidy Boothroyd’s side to the top flight, was playing regularly in the Premier League and captained Watford for the first time in December 2006 in the home game with Reading.
News Shopper report:
A late Ronnie Green goal gave the Ks the scalp of First Division Watford at Kingsmeadow on Saturday. Tommy Smith and Dominic Foley spurned opportunities to score for Watford, before Peter Barnsby headed Kingstonian into a surprise 70th minute lead, getting first run on the defence to convert a James Pinnock free-kick. Substitute Jason Norville fired home Watford’s equaliser two minutes later, following good work by Simon Patterson and Neil Cox, but it was the home side who had the last laugh with five minutes remaining when Ronnie Green sprinted clear of the visiting defence to slide a low shot past Alec Chamberlain.