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30th September 2014-Championship, Watford 2 Brentford 1

Oscar Garcia resigned for health reasons two days before this game. Billy McKinlay took over as the Hornets Head Coach.

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BBC image report: A superb strike from Matej Vydra gave Billy McKinlay a victory over Brentford in his first game as Watford boss.McKinlay was only named Hornets head coach on Monday, following Oscar Garcia’s decision to step down for health reasons.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-16-59-05 report: Watford’s Matej Vydra gets Billy McKinlay off to a winning start

BHappy image report: another chance for Odion Ighalo to show us what he could do. Word from Granada was that he was hugely popular despite not having the best goalscoring ratio, and it’s easy to see why on both counts.

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19th October 2013- Championship, Watford 2 Derby County 3

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Derby took the lead three times at Watford as they recorded their second successive Championship victory under new manager Steve McClaren.

The match got off to a pulsating start with both sides scoring inside the opening 12 minutes, Fernando Forestieri equalising after Jamie Ward’s opener.

The best aspect of this season thus far from our point of view has been the entertainment value.  Twelve league games in, plus three in the League Cup… how many have been anything less than gripping?  (Even if, admittedly, some of that excitement has been our own doing in situations where you’d prefer dull defensive competence).  The opening fifteen minutes or so here were suitably mundane…  Derby’s notorious vulnerability at corners was manifest and Essaid Belkalem ghosted in (or as close as a monstrous Algerian can get to “ghosting”) at the far post.  He should have scored.  Two minutes later and Jamie Ward, half Belkalem’s size and with what looked a tougher heading chance, outjumped his marker to put the Rams ahead from Bryson’s brilliant cross.  Another five minutes and Fernando’s levelled it again with a gorgeous dink.  Same old, same old. 

12th April 2011- Championship, Watford 2 Norwich City 2

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BHappy image For anyone worried that the season might fizzle out, a properly tasty game of football. Any mention of officials in the first thunk is inevitably followed by a tirade…but this is the exception, for Mr A Taylor’s contribution, while sometimes inconsistent and occasionally slightly bewildering, should be heartily applauded by all card-carrying members of the Campaign for Real Tackling.

BBC Sport Norwich’s automatic promotion push was dealt another blow as they were held to a draw at Watford.

sky  Norwich’s quest for promotion was dealt another blow after a 2-2 draw at Watford saw them slip out of the top two in the Championship.

English League ChampionshipTable »
Barnsley0-1Queens Park Rangers
Derby County2-1Leeds United
Doncaster Rovers1-1Preston North End
Ipswich Town3-3Middlesbrough
Leicester City1-1Crystal Palace
Millwall0-0Bristol City
Nottingham Forest2-0Burnley
Portsmouth0-3Coventry City
Scunthorpe United0-2Reading
Sheffield United0-2Cardiff City
Swansea City1-1Hull City
Watford2-2Norwich City
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13th December 2008- Championship, Watford 2 Coventry City 1

John-Joe O’Toole’s winner after 72 minutes gave new Watford boss Brendon Rodgers a second successive victory

The rain.  I’m not complaining;  we played the conditions much more effectively than Cov and it was a remarkably positive showing from both sides in the circumstances.  But… it didn’t seem likely that the game would finish, as late as the end of the first half.  Bonus marks to Chris Coleman for stopping short of Walker (R)’s plausible enough prediction in his post-match comments.

More games from 13th December at https://oldwatford.com/tag/dec13

11th May 2008- Championship Playoff Semi-Final First Leg, Watford 0 Hull City 2

I haven’t done the research but I think we must have set a record of being the only club to ever achieve our lowest league attendance of the season in the first leg of a playoff game.  We had attracted over 15,000 to every other league game in 07/08 but our terrible form of just one win in 14 games which saw us scrape into the playoffs meant only 14,713 turned up. In comparison 18,535 attended the first leg against Birmingham in 1999, the third highest home crowd of the 98/99 season.

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BBC SportGoals from veteran pair Nicky Barmby and Dean Windass put Hull within sight of the Championship play-off final.  Watford had a goal harshly disallowed in the fourth minute and fell behind shortly after when Fraizer Campbell set up Barmby to sidefoot home.

skyTo make matters worse for Adrian Boothroyd’s men, skipper John Eustace was given a straight red card after a second-half scuffle.

BHappy image Yes, okay, so we lost.  And we can’t defend.  And, well, Dean Windass.  But that was rather fun wasn’t it? 

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