Tag: Lloyd Doyley

1st November 2014- Championship, Watford 3 Millwall 1

The 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of World War One was commemorated at this game. Our change shirt for the season was based on our kit from 1914 and was worn specially at the game. Before kick off The Last Post was played followed by two minutes silence which turned into applause during which all those in the Rookery Stand held up foil banners to make an enormous display of a poppy on a black and white background.

Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary   Goals: 1  2  3

Watford moved two points clear at the top of the Championship with victory over Millwall at Vicarage Road.

The afternoon got under way with a poignant remembrance commemoration, which involved the Rookery end of the ground being transformed into a giant poppy as more than 6,000 foils were held aloft.

Martyn Woolford had fired the visitors into an early lead, but Matej Vydra equalised before Daniel Tozser gave the Hornets the lead shortly before the interval. Slavisa Jokanovic’s men were largely comfortable in the second half and made sure of the points when Gianni Munari netted a third.

So perhaps stability doesn’t equal success after all. Watford may be on their fourth manager of the season but they are also on top of the Championship after coming from behind to win and maintain Slavisa Jokanovic’s unbeaten start as the latest incumbent of the home dugout.

It’s been a little while since I was last here; the usual excuses apply. I’ve missed two managers in that time…but if I’m honest, I’ve quietly enjoyed our little spell as the division’s in-joke. No better way to remind ourselves of how far we’ve come under these owners than to wipe the egg from our faces and have a look in the mirror; the in-joke within the in-joke is that far from being the next basket-case to trouble When Saturday Comes’ “Clubs in Crisis” page, we appear to be thoroughly good shape. The point is emphasised by the pre-match remembrance display, indicative of an administration that’s doing significantly more than the bare minimum and is being solidly backed by fans as a consequence. (That’s hardly the main purpose, of course, but there’s no shame in feeling proud of good intentions.)

10th August 2013- Championship, Watford 6 AFC Bournemouth 1

BBC Sport Troy Deeney fired in a hat-trick as Watford thrashed newly promoted Bournemouth to go top of the table.

sky Troy Deeney hit a hat-trick as Watford hammered Bournemouth 6-1 in their Championship clash at Vicarage Road.

guardian Troy Deeney scored a second-half hat-trick as Watford demolished Bournemouth at Vicarage Road and sent a strong message to their Championship promotion rivals.

TelegraphWatford signalled their Premier League ambitions with five goals in a ruthless second half display to crush newly-promoted Bournemouth.

BHappy image Even for world-weary types like your correspondent, who prefer their battles hard-fought and their victories without any sense of entitlement, this is terribly hard to resist. It almost feels as if the anticlimax at Wembley didn’t happen; perhaps it was such a non-event, swimming in the spring heat haze, that any memories have simply evaporated and left little trace. What might’ve been a watershed moment just passed quietly into history, and here we are: the old gang, back together for another shot at the big time. Even for world-weary types, it’s a tantalising prospect.

 

5th August 2012- Lloyd Doyley’s Testimonial, Watford 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1

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Watford Observer Live coverage of Lloyd Doyley’s testimonial between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur.

BHappy image A decent turnout for a pre-season game, it’s reasonable to suppose that few were left on the edge of their seats by the spectacle. That’s what pre-season games are like of course, the pace tends to be rather lacking irrespective of the score or the standard… but limited as the excitement was, we acquitted ourselves reasonably well in the first half.

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Taken from the programme on 11 August 2012-League Cup First Round, Watford 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0 (After Extra Time)

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Taken from the programme on 31st July 2015- Friendly, Watford 0 Sevilla 1

13th August 2011-Championship, Watford 0 Derby County 1

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sky A superb strike from Steve Davies early in the second half was enough to give Derby a 1-0 win at Watford in the Championship on Saturday.

BHappy imageBHappy Report: For all the excitement of the season’s first home game, and with it a bunch of new kids to pick on or befriend, it takes about ten minutes for a certain weary familiarity to set in. Derby hang around the division like one of those odd jobs – the wonky cupboard door in the kitchen, the bit of painting in the spare room, the wisteria in need of a trim – that would only take half an hour but that you never quite get around to sorting out. In the latter case, the wisteria growing up the front of our house has got so carried away by the summer’s heady blend of sunshine and rain that anyone standing on our front steps for longer than a minute or two is liable to become so entwined that they may never escape. And that’s your introductory metaphor.

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22nd August 2009-Championship, Watford 2 Blackpool 2

BBC SportGary Taylor-Fletcher scored to make it four draws from four Championship games for Blackpool.

skyWatford twice threw away the lead against Blackpool on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw.

BHappy imageAfter a relatively quiet start, a really tremendous game of Championship football, culminating in a breathless, nerve-wracking final twenty minutes of end-to-end mayhem. None of which should distract the coaching staff from taking a clear, sober look at the reasons why we didn’t win it…and that isn’t to ignore the part played by an enterprising Blackpool side with chances a-plenty, merely to recall that there was a point when it looked like we were going to put them to the sword.

FTRE imageI left Vicarage Road both disappointed and satisfied all at the same time. It’s one of those weird feelings you can have as a football fan. Let’s get the disappointment out the way first. It came from the final score line – Watford 2-2 Blackpool. With Watford going a head twice in the game we gifted Blackpool their goals.

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15th December 2007- Championship, Watford 0 Plymouth Argyle 1

This was the first game played after Watford’s Sierra Leonean midfielder Al Bangura had his application for leave of stay in the UK turned down.  He was initially cleared to stay in early 2007 but the Home Office appealed the decision on a legal technicality and won meaning Bangura would have to return to his homeland which he’d fled when he was just 15.

The club organised a protest against the decision at half time during the game against Plymouth.  Al himself addressed the crowd alongside the then Watford chairman Graham Simpson, and Watford MP Claire Ward.  Four days later the Home Office announced Bangura would be allowed to stay whilst he appealed against the decision and applied for a work permit.

On 14th January 2008 he was awarded the work permit and allowed to remain in the UK.

BBC imageBangura loses deportation hearing

Watford lost their place at the top of the Championship after David Norris’s 89th-minute winner earned Plymouth three vital points at Vicarage Road.

guardian Watford player to be deported, asylum tribunal rules

Norris strikes and Argyle add to Boothroyd’s blues

BHappy image Matt Rowson’s thoughts on the home office decision not to allow Al Bangura leave of stay in the UK.

5 thunks from the Plymouth game.

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