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2nd May 2015- Championship, Watford 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1

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Watford denied Championship title by late Sheffield Wednesday leveller

Watford missed out on the Sky Bet Championship title after Bournemouth won 3-0 at Charlton and the Hornets were held to a 1-1 home draw by Sheffield Wednesday.

Atdhe Nuhiu’s stoppage-time strike saw Sheffield Wednesday secure a dramatic draw against Watford to deny them the Championship title. Matej Vydra’s headed the hosts in front during a dominant first-half display.

As for the supporters… similarly, perhaps Watford’s best ever season in this regard (cap doffed again to the 1881) doesn’t deserve to be remembered for the cretin whose pitch invasion interrupted Wednesday’s free kick, for the vermin responsible for flares who deserve bans from the ground, for the vanity of those who decided that invading the pitch was more important that having a reason to invade the pitch.  Ed Perchard has penned a wordier assassination of these imbeciles in In the Wolf’s Mouth but in any case, choking as the narrowness of the margin was these were all irritants.  None should be used as excuses for our failure to put Wednesday away.

As Wednesday won a deep free-kick, the crème-de-la-crème of unneeded intrusions – some pissed-up toss pot waddling into the penalty area, waved through by the hundred lurking stewards – took the attention of the players when it was needed most.

What happened next came as no surprise, though maybe it did to those idiots crowding round the goal line before the final whistle had been blown. With a hint of offside the ball made its way to the back post. A header back across goal wasn’t cleared, and with Wednesday’s first shot on target they found the back of the net and with Bournemouth winning their game, this meant that Watford would no longer be champions.

I have to say that, while I am all for pitch invasions when the game is over, it was disappointing to see how many people were more concerned with getting selfies on the pitch than with the result of the game.  I felt totally deflated and, talking to many people afterwards, that was a common feeling.  Eventually the pitch was cleared and the players came out.  Jon Marks interviewed a number of them on the pitch and eventually reached Troy Deeney who said how p*ssed off he was but then launched into a chant of “Watford FC” which brought a smile back to my face.

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26th October 2002- New Division One, Watford 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0

 

BBC SportHeidar Helguson’s fourth goal of the season put the pressure back on Sheffield Wednesday’s under-fire boss Terry Yorath as they slumped to a fifth away defeat of the season.

BSAD imageAt some point during the second half, a familiar (but nameless, here at least) face and occasional BSaD contributor returned to his seat in the Rookery and proudly announced that he’d just been Harry Hornet for the afternoon. Which explains why Harry was looking distinctly trim and athletic as he ambled around the touchline, and why said familiar face had suddenly disappeared earlier on. “I had to do it just once,” he said, and you could see the logic in that.

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13th October 2001- New Division One, Watford 3 Sheffield Wednesday 1

BBC SportWatford picked up their first win in five league matches at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday at Vicarage Road.

BSAD imageBSAD report: Perhaps it’s a little premature, but there’s a sense that this is the start of something…and it doesn’t necessarily matter if it’s not the start of a period of dazzling success. There are more fundamental things, really. Many have felt isolated and alienated as the new era has jolted into motion, failing to identify with an unfamiliar, anonymous team. As a fan, there’s been little to hold onto. Now, with Gifton Noel-Williams and Tommy Smith returning to stunning form, Micah Hyde running the midfield, Neil Cox back in favour, and the emergence of distinctive, committed figures among the new signings (David Noble, Stephen Glass, and Filippo Galli), it feels a whole lot less like watching a daytime soap opera.

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18th March 2000- Premier League, Watford 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0

A late goal from Allan Smart gave Watford the points in this battle between the Premiership’s worst two sides. 

It only takes a second to score a goal. It only takes a goal to win a game. It only takes a win to make my day….And it would only have taken a few more days like this to make a season.

It’s tempting to write only about the last ninety seconds of this game. Watford played beautifully, Smart scored early thanks to a splendid assist from star forward Tommy Smith, then we defended stoutly and resolutely for the arduous and seemingly endless remainder of the game, displaying the excellent teamwork that has often been lacking, etc., etc.

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