Tag: Martin Patching

28th April 2001- New Division One, Watford 1 Tranmere Rovers 1

GT’s last home game in charge.

BBC Sport Allan Nielsen, Graham Taylor’s most expensive signing at £2.3m, spared the former England manager’s blushes at his Vicarage Road farewell.  The Danish international popped up in the last minute to head an equaliser but the point salvaged is not enough to keep Watford’s play-off hopes alive.

BSAD image Long ago, the script was written for Graham Taylor’s last match at Vicarage Road. One final wave of galloping attacks to see off already-relegated opponents. One last thumping victory, in the thrilling style of so many before it. Hat-tricks for Tommys Mooney and Smith to celebrate their end-of-season awards for best player and young player respectively. And, in the final minute of injury time, the seventh goal to crown it all, an astonishing, crashing-off-the-crossbar blast from thirty yards by the returning Richard Johnson.

BSAD image He was more what we came to see than a relegated bunch of fighters, and an unquantifiable bunch of mid- to upper-table wanderers who represent what, if not why, he’s leaving behind by retiring. His direction was where we were looking, as a game that barely registers in the mind even this soon after its conclusion played itself into oblivion. When he showed up in the dugout, we asked for a wave, since chanting something along the lines of “Graham, give us a year or two more, we’re worthy, and by the way, thanks for making us all stand apart from whatever crowd we’ve found ourselves in from the age of [your age in 1977] to now” is just unfeasible.

English Division One Table »
Barnsley 0-1 Bolton Wanderers
Birmingham City 1-0 Grimsby Town
Crewe Alexandra 1-3 Preston North End
Crystal Palace 0-2 Wolverhampton Wndrs
Fulham 1-1 Wimbledon
Norwich City 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Nottingham Forest 0-1 Gillingham
Queens Park Rangers 0-3 Stockport County
Sheffield United 2-0 Burnley
Watford 1-1 Tranmere Rovers
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Huddersfield Town

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2nd September 1980-League Cup Second Round Second Leg, Watford 7 (Seven) Southampton 1 (After Extra Time, Watford won 7-5 on aggregate)

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Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 22.52.13BSAD report: After the fourth went in we all went absolutely apeshit

100 greatest100 Greatest Watford wins- No.10: In football, you can never give up hope. If you don’t believe in the impossible, what’s the point in playing?

The club chose to mark the scoreline by releasing a commemorative pen.


This was featured in From The Rookery End’s ‘WFC in 100 objects’

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Taken from the programme on 13th September 1980-Division Two, Watford 2 Preston North End 1

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Taken from the programme on 19th September 2009- Championship, Watford 3 Leicester City 3

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More games from 2nd September at https://oldwatford.com/tag/sep2/