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20th December 2003- New Division One, Watford 1 Stoke City 3

Ade Akinbiyi scored twice to help Stoke complete a superb comeback at Watford. Heidar Helguson had put the Hornets ahead as early as the fourth minute, but on-loan defender Gerry Taggart levelled just 11 minutes later with a firm header.

Good taste precludes me from attempting to compare it with the worst of this and other managers’ reigns, but we can’t have seen much worse for a while, especially given the importance of the fixture and, no offence, the quality of the opponents. As we’ve discovered in recent weeks, victories can turn into draws and draws can turn into defeats by the merest playful twist of fate. Results are fragile things, easily changed by accident as well as design. None of that applies here, though. Stoke didn’t need a late goal. We were beaten, and by a margin that ought to embarrass us into a considerable and immediate improvement.

With five minutes to go, we decided we’d seen enough. “When did you last leave the game before the final whistle?” I asked a twenty-year season ticket holder as we walked back to the car. “Can’t remember – a long time ago,” came the sullen reply.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2003-12-20
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-division-1/20-december-2003/

13th September 2003- New Division One, Watford 3 Millwall 1

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BBC Sport

A moment of madness by Millwall’s Kevin Muscat helped Watford on their way to their first League win of the season.  Muscat conceded a penalty, and was sent off, for stamping on Danny Webber in the Millwall area in first-half injury-time.

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BSAD report: The concern about our start to the season, therefore, was not so much that the results themselves might prove to be disastrous. And it certainly wasn’t that the performances suggested that nine months of thankless struggle were inevitable. There was – is – nothing that can’t be salvaged, apart from the still dreadful events of 9th August.

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Taken from the programme on 12th September 2015- Premier League, Watford 1 Swansea City 0

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https://oldwatford.com/2006/03/25/25th-march-2006-championship-watford-0-millwall-2/

12th August 2003-League Cup First Round, Watford 1 AFC Bournemouth 0 (After Extra Time)

The first game we played after the tragic death of Jimmy Davis.

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BBC SportWatford won this Carling Cup first-round clash against Bournemouth after extra time at a sombre Vicarage Road.

guardianWatford fans came to pay their respects to Jimmy Davis, who died in a car crash on Saturday, and the football seemed almost irrelevant. But after 108 minutes of stalemate, on came Scott Fitzgerald to slide in at the far post and, with his first touch, settle the tie.

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21st April 2003- Championship, Watford 2 Derby County 0

http://watford.fcdb.info?id=4554

From an unseasonably cold Valley Parade to a sunny Vicarage Road in a matter of forty-eight hours, the other side of the end of season coin was very much in evidence before the kick-off. On paper, the fixture was just as meaningless as the encounter at Bradford. However, Watford’s end of season run-in does have a little more meaning than a glance at the league table would have you believe. Our current position doesn’t do justice to the effort this team has put into the season and three home games in the last four allow Watford the chance to rectify that. Furthermore, there are the ghosts of Villa Park that need exorcising. A good Watford win would do much to restore the feel-good factor that’s prevailed for much of this campaign.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2003-04-21
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-division-1/21-april-2003/

4th March 2003- New Division One, Watford 0 Preston North End 1

Graham Alexander’s penalty earned Preston a win against a Watford side who have now gone five league games without a victory.

Dear Gaffer
Please can I be captain? Please please please please please. I promise not to start any fights, or owt. Please please please please please.
Please,
Dychey.

https://www.soccerbase.com/matches/results.sd?date=2003-03-04
https://www.11v11.com/league-tables/league-division-1/04-march-2003/