BSAD report: That the team playing in yellow and black wasn’t Watford took a bit of getting used to, for me and the linesman alike it seemed, for there were a number of questionable offside decisions, and non-decisions, early in the game.
Tag: Oxford United
BSAD 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.
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
Watford Observer, 9th August 1996
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.