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25th March 2014- Championship, Watford 3 Blackburn Rovers 3

Referee: Darren Sheldrake
Attendance: 13,921

An injury-time header from Rudy Gestede secured a point for Blackburn at Vicarage Road, denying Watford a seventh straight home win.

So, this is all a bit weird. For the first time in twenty-odd years, I’m visiting – definitely feels like visiting – Vicarage Road with almost no context in which to place the game I’m about to see. Last time around, a little person’s lifetime ago, it was all George Thorne and Diego Fabbrini and getting stuffed at home by Yeovil; our habit of wandering around with immaculate hair and shoelaces undone had, inevitably, led to us plunging head-first towards the bottom of a steep flight of stairs. All of last season’s joie de vivre had gone, leaving only the witless confusion of that ridiculous, disastrous second half against Leeds, the pivotal moment of Gianfranco Zola’s reign. It wasn’t any fun.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2014-03-25
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-championship/25-march-2014/

25th August 2013- Championship, Watford 1 Nottingham Forest 1

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BBC SportNottingham Forest returned to the top of the Championship despite a sweet strike by Watford’s Lewis McGugan denying his former side victory.

TelegraphBoth are little men with big ambitions but there the similarity ends. Gianfranco Zola is urbane and mild-mannered, Billy Davies fierce and feisty. And it remains true that teams naturally reflect their managers.

IndependentThe curse of the ex-player came back to haunt Nottingham Forest at Watford, but it could not stop them reclaiming top spot.

guardianForest weathered the sort of second-half fightback that is becoming Watford’s custom and would have had maximum points again but for the high-class save, low to his right, with which Manuel Almunia kept out Ishmael Miller’s goalbound shot.

BHappyIn my head, we always draw one-all with Forest.  It’s kind of an unwritten rule.  Not strictly true in reality of course; nonetheless a glimpse at the record books reveals ten such outcomes in the last 30 league encounters spanning almost 30 years. It feels as if I’ve seen at least that many.

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More games from 25th August at https://oldwatford.com/tag/aug25/

29th March 2013- Championship, Watford 3 Burnley 3

http://watford.fcdb.info?id=5057

Sam Vokes rescued a point for Burnley in injury-time as Watford missed the opportunity to move into the top two.

A mistake by 22-year-old Matthew Briggs allowed Sam Vokes to make it 3-3 as Burnley manager Sean Dyche’s first return to Watford since being controversially sacked by them ended happily for him.

And so we welcomed Sean Dyche back to a very different club. We applauded him warmly, and quite rightly; he applauded us, which was typically decent of him. And he stood on the touchline with Ian Woan, pointing and shouting and looking as if he’d never left. And then we went our separate ways again. And now we’re here, you wouldn’t change it, would you?

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2013-03-29
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-championship/29-march-2013/