Tag: RIP Jimmy Davis

10th August 2013- Championship, Watford 6 AFC Bournemouth 1

BBC Sport Troy Deeney fired in a hat-trick as Watford thrashed newly promoted Bournemouth to go top of the table.

sky Troy Deeney hit a hat-trick as Watford hammered Bournemouth 6-1 in their Championship clash at Vicarage Road.

guardian Troy Deeney scored a second-half hat-trick as Watford demolished Bournemouth at Vicarage Road and sent a strong message to their Championship promotion rivals.

TelegraphWatford signalled their Premier League ambitions with five goals in a ruthless second half display to crush newly-promoted Bournemouth.

BHappy image Even for world-weary types like your correspondent, who prefer their battles hard-fought and their victories without any sense of entitlement, this is terribly hard to resist. It almost feels as if the anticlimax at Wembley didn’t happen; perhaps it was such a non-event, swimming in the spring heat haze, that any memories have simply evaporated and left little trace. What might’ve been a watershed moment just passed quietly into history, and here we are: the old gang, back together for another shot at the big time. Even for world-weary types, it’s a tantalising prospect.

 

9th August 2003

The 9th of August 2003 should have seen Watford play Coventry City on the opening day of the new season.  However the game was postponed after the club learned that our new loanee Jimmy Davis had tragically died in an accident on the M40 motorway.

Jimmy signed professionally for Manchester United in 1999 having been a trainee there.  He was loaned out to Royal Antwerp in 2001, Swindon Town in 2002 and joined Watford on a season long loan in July 2003.  He appeared 5 times for the Hornets in friendlies, scoring in a 4-2 win on his Watford debut at Finnish side JJK Jyvaskyla and also in a 3-0 victory at Aldershot Town.  His final appearance came in a 2-1 win over QPR at Loftus Road when he was substituted after suffering a groin injury.

This injury meant he was not part of the matchday squad for our opening game.  The evening before he had dinner with his friend Danny Webber before deciding to travel home to Manchester for a night out.  He was driving back to Watford in the early hours of Saturday morning when his car hit a truck.  He died at the scene of the accident.  At the inquest into his death it was revealed he was more than twice over the legal drink-drive limit.

Watford announced that the game against Coventry had been postponed ‘due to tragic circumstances beyond their control’ before confirming shortly before the scheduled kick off time that Jimmy had died.

All Jimmy’s former clubs paid tribute to him in the days after his death.  Manchester United also remembered him following their 2004 FA Cup Final win against Millwall when all their players changed into shirts bearing Davis’ name and squad number for the trophy presentation.

Tributes to Jimmy in the programme from the 12th August 2003-League Cup First Round, Watford 1 AFC Bournemouth 0 (After Extra Time)

Scan 3This article remembering Jimmy appeared in the programme when Manchester United played Watford on 31 Jan 2006.

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This article appeared just after the 10th anniversary of Jimmy’s death in the programme on the 10th August 2013- Championship, Watford 6 AFC Bournemouth 1

Danny Webber remembers his friend in an article he wrote for The Guardian

Danny Webber talks to Sam Wallace of The Independent about Jimmy Davis

Jimmy remembered on the Manchester United website

 

16th October 1999- Premier League, Manchester United 4 Watford 1

BBC SportUnited scored four goals in 11 minutes either side of half time, as Watford’s brave challenge was dismissed by a ruthless home side.

BSAD image3 BSAD reports including ‘There is nothing here that we’d want to take home with us, nothing to be jealous of. No grace, no elegance, no humility, no self-deprecation, no humour, no courtesy, no community, merely bloody insufferable arrogance and grotesque self-importance. The playground taunts of glory-hunters and soulless success junkies will forever echo around this wretched stadium, it will never be cleansed of the stench of winning at any price. It is one of the most horrible places I have ever visited’.

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