As so often with Brendan Rodgers, the reality was greyer than the eye-catching press release. If Vicarage Road was ever able to summon up a tabloid-friendly “hate mob”, then someone’s evidently mislaid the pitchforks and flaming torches in the years since; the lurid pre-match hype conjured up some exciting images – heads on spikes for goalposts, that kind of thing – but it’s remarkably hard to get genuinely angry about a dull, stumpy man in a raincoat. He’s not got a career in pantomime to fall back on, put it that way.
Extensive highlights with familiar graphics and foreign commentary.
Short highlights with commentary from John Motson
100 Greatest Watford wins- No.7: A fortnight earlier, Watford’s introduction to European football had brought a mild sense of disappointment. The team bore little resemblance to the one that qualified for the Uefa Cup. Luther Blissett, Ross Jenkins and Gerry Armstrong had all gone. Pat Rice’s legs had gone. Ian Bolton was not the same player he had been. Graham Taylor had no choice but to throw teenagers in at the deep end. The likes of Charlie Palmer, Richard Jobson and Gilligan played in West Germany.
Taken from the programme on 19th October 1983-UEFA Cup Second Round First Leg, Watford 1 Levski Spartak Sofia 1
Taken from the programme on 18th August 2001-New Division One, Watford 3 Rotherham United 2
Taken from 28th September 2013-Championship, Watford 1 Wigan Athletic 0 programme
More games from 28th September at https://oldwatford.com/tag/sep28/
This was the first ever floodlit game played at the County Ground.