Tag: Tranmere Rovers

28th April 2001- New Division One, Watford 1 Tranmere Rovers 1

GT’s last home game in charge.

BBC Sport Allan Nielsen, Graham Taylor’s most expensive signing at £2.3m, spared the former England manager’s blushes at his Vicarage Road farewell.  The Danish international popped up in the last minute to head an equaliser but the point salvaged is not enough to keep Watford’s play-off hopes alive.

BSAD image Long ago, the script was written for Graham Taylor’s last match at Vicarage Road. One final wave of galloping attacks to see off already-relegated opponents. One last thumping victory, in the thrilling style of so many before it. Hat-tricks for Tommys Mooney and Smith to celebrate their end-of-season awards for best player and young player respectively. And, in the final minute of injury time, the seventh goal to crown it all, an astonishing, crashing-off-the-crossbar blast from thirty yards by the returning Richard Johnson.

BSAD image He was more what we came to see than a relegated bunch of fighters, and an unquantifiable bunch of mid- to upper-table wanderers who represent what, if not why, he’s leaving behind by retiring. His direction was where we were looking, as a game that barely registers in the mind even this soon after its conclusion played itself into oblivion. When he showed up in the dugout, we asked for a wave, since chanting something along the lines of “Graham, give us a year or two more, we’re worthy, and by the way, thanks for making us all stand apart from whatever crowd we’ve found ourselves in from the age of [your age in 1977] to now” is just unfeasible.

English Division One Table »
Barnsley 0-1 Bolton Wanderers
Birmingham City 1-0 Grimsby Town
Crewe Alexandra 1-3 Preston North End
Crystal Palace 0-2 Wolverhampton Wndrs
Fulham 1-1 Wimbledon
Norwich City 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Nottingham Forest 0-1 Gillingham
Queens Park Rangers 0-3 Stockport County
Sheffield United 2-0 Burnley
Watford 1-1 Tranmere Rovers
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Huddersfield Town

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3rd April 1999- New Division One, Watford 2 Tranmere Rovers 1

The game that started the run in to the playoffs.   Just look how far behind Wolves we were in the table even after this game.

BSAD imageRenowned literary academic AC Bradley once wrote of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” that it is “too huge for the stage”. In other words, attempting to squeeze such an absolutely immense, overwhelming spectacle – storms, insanity, rage, evil, revenge, forgiveness, redemption – into a theatre is like trying to trap a hurricane in a matchbox.

You could say much the same of the concluding twenty minutes of Watford versus Tranmere. “Too huge for a football pitch” – lawless carnage that refused to recognise the touchline as any kind of barrier, spilling over into the dugouts, the dressing rooms, and the stands.

English Division One Table »
Barnsley 2-1 Sheffield United
Bradford City 3-0 Grimsby Town
Bristol City 2-0 Port Vale
Norwich City 0-1 Crystal Palace
Oxford United 0-0 Bolton Wanderers
Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Huddersfield Town
Stockport County 0-0 Bury
Sunderland 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
Swindon Town 0-6 Ipswich Town
Watford 2-1 Tranmere Rovers
Wolverhampton Wndrs 2-0 Portsmouth

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