Tag: May8

8th May 2005- Championship, Watford 1 West Ham United 2

Helguson scored his 20th goal of the season but it was not enough to prevent Watford slipping to an eighth home defeat of the season and sending West Ham into the play-offs.

On the last day of the season, the result itself is more often than not largely irrelevant. The last time that the last game of the regular season might have been remotely important was during the game against Grimsby in 1999. We won and made the play-offs… as it turned out, had we lost we’d have made them anyway. In 1998, famously, Jason Lee’s scuffed shot won us the title, but we were already promoted some time earlier. The last time that the final game of the regular season had a direct bearing upon which division we operated in during the following campaign was 1994, when we’d have needed to have lost by two goals to Palace at Selhurst Park to have been relegated.

8th May 1994- New Division One, Crystal Palace 0 Watford 2

100 Greatest Watford Wins- No.86: This was supposed to be Crystal Palace’s day. The Eagles had already won the title and were on their way to the Premier League. The Palace players were presented with the trophy and medals before the kick-off. It was also the last time the old Holmesdale Road terrace would look out on a Palace match before it was replaced by a new stand, so there was a carnival atmosphere in this often surly part of south London.

8th May 1982- Division Two, Watford 3 Leicester City 1

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English Division Two (old) Table »
Barnsley 3-0 Queens Park Rangers  
Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday  
Cambridge United 4-0 Charlton Athletic  
Cardiff City 0-1 Crystal Palace  
Chelsea 1-2 Luton Town  
Newcastle United 4-2 Wrexham  
Norwich City 2-0 Leyton Orient  
Oldham Athletic 1-1 Derby County  
Rotherham United 4-1 Blackburn Rovers  
Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Grimsby Town  
Watford 3-1 Leicester City

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