Tag: Oxford United

7th November 1998- New Division One, Watford 2 Oxford United 0

BSAD imageBSAD report: After umpteen years of spectating in the Vic Road end, a brief holiday in the Main Stand, courtesy of a loaned season ticket. For a start, rather like watching your favourite film in widescreen, it comes as something of a disorientating shock to be seeing a home game from the side. Hearing the fans roar in anticipation as a pass rolls harmlessly ten yards in front of Gifton Noel-Williams at the Rookery end is just one reminder of how perspective distorts a football match.

In When Saturday Comes Oxford United fan Martin Brodetsky described this game as his worst moment supporting The U’s.

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21st January 1997- FA Cup Third Round, Watford 2 Oxford United 0

The weather caused lots of postponements at the beginning of the year. This game was originally scheduled for 4th January, then the 14th and eventually played a week later. Even then it didn’t kick off until 8.30pm due to a floodlight failure.

Performance of the season. By a bloody mile. The quality of the opposition, more than an entire league above us, doesn’t matter – this was the best we’ve played against anyone in this campaign. Oxford were rubbish, of course, but the point is that we made them look rubbish.

More games from 21st January at https://oldwatford.com/tag/jan21

4th May 1991- Division Two, Oxford United 0 Watford 1

BSAD imageSo onto Oxford and three thousand five hundred fans piled down the M40 for a date with destiny.

Wearing the white away shirts, the Horns scrapped for everything and, with James in goal, one always felt we had a reasonable chance if he didn’t drop a clanger. I remember little of the game until about the sixtieth minute. The Horns won a corner, the cross came in and Paul Wilkinson (surely one of the better strikers to play for the Horns, even if he didn’t know the offside rule) smashed the ball home.

100 greatest100 Greatest Watford wins- No.20: Watford had been dead and buried for most of the season. Few were in any doubt they were on their way back to the lower divisions for the first time since 1979.

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