Tag Archives: Oct4

4th October 2023- Championship, Sunderland 2 Watford 0


Official site: Match dashboard

BBC: Sunderland continued their fine form in the Championship as they inflicted a third straight defeat on Watford, a day after boss Valerien Ismael signed a contract extension.

Sky: Watford’s miserable night got worse with three minutes remaining when substitute Ryan Andrews was given a straight red card for a reckless tackle on Jack Clarke on halfway.

Watford Observer: RECAP: Sunderland 2 Watford 0

Everyone may be on the same page – but currently it’s grim reading

Ismael locked players in to get answers – and he wasn’t accepting excuses

Not all players acknowledging fans at Sunderland is ‘unacceptable’ says Ismael

Fran’s Watford Blog: There were loud boos from the travelling Hornets and some in the crowd got rather animated as they expressed their displeasure, so much so that the stewards got involved.  It was another frustrating loss.  Based on possession and chances it had been an even game, but the Hornets were undone by poor defending and being wasteful with their chances.  There was an argument that we were unlucky to go behind in the first half as we had been on top and should have had a penalty just before they scored the first.  But you can’t defend like that and expect to get something out of the game, and we never looked like getting back into it once the second goal went in.  I do worry about Ismaël’s insistence on the players playing out from the back as they are clearly not comfortable doing so.  Hoedt, in particular, looks to be in a complete panic while looking for a pass.  That doesn’t help anybody’s confidence.


4th October 2014-Championship, Watford 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1

Scan 69
Scan 70
Scan 71
Scan 72
Scan 73
Scan 74
Scan 75
Scan 76
Scan 77
Scan 78
Scan 79
Scan 80
Scan 81
Scan 82
Scan 83
Scan 84
Scan 85
Scan 86

BBC image report

SKY image report

BHappy image report:A word for the new Community Stand, part-opened for the first time.  Thank goodness.  Thank the Pozzos.  At long last after so many missed opportunities.  ig might miss the Main Stand, but once you’ve said goodbye to something, you know, you want it to go, you want it to be replaced.



4th October 2008- Championship, Watford 2 Preston North End 1

Watford came back from a goal down to earn a win over Preston thanks to Tommy Smith’s 50th goal for the club.

A quite ridiculously open game of football that looked like delivering many more goals at each end. Due in no small part to our formation – going 4-4-2 without John Eustace in midfield was always going to be a high risk strategy. We had enough to make it pay off; all six of our “attacking” players had good afternoons.

4th October 1997-New Division Two, Luton Town 0 Watford 4

Scan 139
Scan 140
Scan 141
Scan 142
Scan 150
Scan 151
Scan 152
Scan 153
Scan 154
Scan 155
Scan 156
Scan 157
Scan 158
Scan 159
Sunday Telegraph, 5 Oct 1997
Sunday Mirror, 5 Oct 1997
Bedfordshire on Sunday, 5 Oct 1997
Daily Telegraph, 6 Oct 1997
Daily Mirror, 6 Oct 1997

BSAD report:It’s having to start to write reports like this which make you long for a word which can reproduce the sound which those present in the Oak Road End at Kenilworth Road made on Saturday 4th October 1997 after Peter Kennedy slammed home our fourth goal.

 BSAD report:In a twinkling of an eye, the past ten years was forgotten, consigned to the history books as meaningless statistics on a page. All of a sudden what mattered was Luton on an October afternoon and a mighty Watford team.

Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 12.09.39
Screen Shot 2018-09-06 at 12.09.11
3rd October 2009-Championship, Watford 0 Cardiff City 4
Obviously the score shown above is incorrect!

4th October 1994- League Cup Second Round Second Leg, Tottenham Hotspur 2 Watford 3 (Tottenham won 8-6 on aggregate)


BSAD imageBSAD report: Watford led another remarkable match three times and were always on the brink of opening up the crucial two-goal lead, at which point it felt like anything could happen. In many ways, that sense of anticipation made a mere 3-2 at White Hart Lane feel like something of an anticlimax. Had Ian Walker been sent off and Gary Porter not missed that first leg penalty, a comeback really would’ve been on the cards.

Screen Shot 2018-09-26 at 14.09.11