Tag: Malcolm Allen

2nd February 2010- Championship, Watford 3 Sheffield United 0

Poor defending contributed to the Blades’ defeat as Tom Cleverley took advantage of sloppy play to open the scoring before half-time. Heidar Helguson capitalised on more slack defending from the visitors to score the second before Don Cowie completed the scoring from a free-kick.

How very badly did we need to play against a side as accommodating as the Blades. For twenty minutes we looked quite tentative, and then… it wasn’t merely a matter of noting that our opponents weren’t as good as their position suggested. More that a United side comprised of a pick-and-mix of second tier journeymen (many of them ours…) scrawled this in large, difficult to miss paint-spray all over their penalty area every time a ball went anywhere near it. Nonetheless, it took an unchallenged flap from Mark Bunn and a couple of unexploited free headers before we realised that this was there for the taking, and took it increasingly confidently.

5th February 2005- Championship, Watford 2 Gillingham 0

We will rarely play worse and still win, which is merely proof that it’s impossible to guarantee that your plans will succeed and, therefore, that you might as well at least try to enjoy the process as well as the product. Gillingham made their own luck, as the saying goes, and it turned out all burnt from too long in the oven. Shame. We owe them, naturally, and I’m sure that the club is preparing a DVD of past encounters for anyone who felt even a slight twinge of embarrassment as Chris Eagles flicked the second into the bottom corner in the last minute. They’d have done it to us, so it qualifies as self-defence.

Once upon a time, there was a match that showed everything that was fabulous about Watford Football Club in 2005. The game flowed, the crowd roared, the result was a smile-inducing triumph and the entire squad and fanbase could hold their heads high with pride at what the team had achieved. The end. This, however, was not that match.


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16th September 1986-Division One, Watford 1 Manchester United 0


The 100 Greatest Watford Wins- No.46: The story of a teenage striker coming off the bench to score the winner against Manchester United is the stuff of schoolboy dreams. Iwan Roberts was 18 years old, six feet three, but still feeling his way, hoping he had what it took to become a professional. As a lad from north Wales, he was one of Tom Walley’s boys, which meant that life was all about hard work and discipline.


27th April 1985- Division One, Watford 2 Stoke City 0

English Division One (old) Table »
Arsenal 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Aston Villa 5-2 Queens Park Rangers
Chelsea 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Coventry City 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
Everton 3-0 Norwich City
Ipswich Town 0-0 Liverpool
Leicester City 1-0 Nottingham Forest
Manchester United 2-2 Sunderland
Newcastle United 2-1 Southampton
Watford 2-0 Stoke City
West Ham United 0-0 Luton Town

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