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28th August 2010- Championship, Watford 0 Leeds United 1

BBC SportLeeds captain Richard Naylor hit the winner in his 450th career appearance to end Watford’s unbeaten start to the season in a poor game at Vicarage Road.

skyLeeds United made it back-to-back Championship victories as captain Richard Naylor struck to end Watford’s unbeaten start to the season.

BSAD imageThe sort of game, frankly, that I was dreading in the summer. Leeds weren’t particularly better than us – but they were bigger, stronger and, crucially, one goal up for most of the game.

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21st May 2006- Championship Playoff Final, Leeds United 0 Watford 3

BSAD image “Anything is possible.”  It’s the best phrase of the day, undoubtedly. And it comes from, if you like, the best man. Anything is possible. Not anything’s possible, a shrug of the shoulders to say that, hey, it just might rain five pound notes tomorrow. That’s not Adrian Boothroyd. No, take out the apostrophe: anything is possible. A defiant, substantial statement of intent. A summary of the man, perhaps.

BSAD image You’re not taking it all in. Not really. You can’t.  And why should you? The events you’ve just witnessed don’t happen to lowly Watford. You’re standing in someone else’s dreamland, a fantasy world of yellow and red confetti – delight, delirium and disbelief are the dominant emotions.

BBC Sport Watford booked their place in the Premiership with a convincing victory over Leeds in a frantic play-off final.

guardian Kevin Blackwell could never have imagined the implications of his coach Adrian Boothroyd joining Watford last year. After little more than 14 months in charge the man whose appointment was greeted by supporters at Vicarage Road with concern, bewilderment and general unease yesterday etched his name in the club’s history and confirmed his status as one of the brightest young managers in English football when he secured promotion to the Premiership at the expense of his former mentor.

Mighty Might Whites report

Yorkshire Evening Post-Ten years after play-off final defeat how knock-on effect cost Leeds more than £30m

9th April 2005- Championship, Watford 1 Leeds United 2

Aidy Boothroyd’s first programme notes.

BSAD image I was there, obviously. But less so, much less so. That’s not to suggest that I didn’t fully appreciate that this was a vital match for Watford Football Club, nor that I didn’t applaud a courageous, occasionally inspired, and much less deeply flawed team performance that rose to the occasion and deserved to take more from it than mere encouragement. I saw it all, with nose pressed up against the glass, conscious of everything and yet not part of it. When we scored, I heard myself saying “Yes!” and felt myself rising to my feet; the instincts that would’ve done those things in a reactive blur don’t seem to be working properly. I saw it all, and felt only echoes, remote tremors.

Why? I don’t know. This is new to me, all new. What I do know is that, like so many amazing things that happen in football stadia, the total support demanded by Graham Simpson requires the suspension of disbelief. It needs the conjuring up of an “us” from so much that has so little in common; an “us” that encompasses the stands, the dressing room and the directors’ box to become a football club rather than just a PLC with employees and customers. But you can’t put all of that on hold for three weeks – three weeks of exercising absolute power and authority, of claiming leadership, of seizing complete responsibility – then expect to resume where you left off. “Us” is for fifty-two weeks of the year, or not at all. And you can’t generate genuine belief in a long-term plan for survival and eventual prosperity, then demand the same belief in a new approach when you suddenly change your mind.

English League Championship Table »
Brighton and Hove A 1-1 Leicester City
Cardiff City 0-2 Wigan Athletic
Derby County 3-1 Stoke City
Gillingham 1-0 Burnley
Millwall 4-3 Crewe Alexandra
Nottingham Forest 0-3 Plymouth Argyle
Rotherham United 1-2 Preston North End
Sheffield United 3-2 Queens Park Rangers
Sunderland 1-2 Reading
Watford 1-2 Leeds United
West Ham United 3-0 Coventry City

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10th November 1992-League Cup Third Round, Watford 2 Leeds United 1

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BSAD imageBSAD report: Trevor Putney did the only good thing he ever did for Watford in my opinion and planted the free kick on Holdsworth’s head, who proceeded to cushion a header past a surprised Lukic. Who cared about the poor Leeds marking, for Holdsworth’s goal sparked a first class terrace mental. 

OzWhiteLUFC report:The Watford game was the last time that Eric Cantona wore a Leeds shirt. His last European game ended in defeat at the hands of Rangers, his last League game was an ignominious 4-0 drubbing at Maine Road by Manchester City and the final ignominy was his miserable game at Watford, all in the space of seven days.

Pages below taken from programme on 14th November 1992-New Division One, Watford 0 Portsmouth 0

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