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Dirty Dozen : Middlesbrough 04/04/2021

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.

“Dirty Dozen” is a feature that I write for the match programme;  mindful that the programme might be enjoying a slightly lower readership than is normal, I’m reproducing the pieces that were in the corresponding home programme prior to away games for the rest of the season (with the club’s permission).

Format is simple – twelve questions, how many do you know the answers to?

Feel free to enter your responses or scores in comments but I won’t be marking them. Answers at the top of the comments.

  1. Boro spent the 2016/17 season in the Premier League; who was the only player to find the net in the two encounters between Watford and Boro that season?
  2. Boro striker Britt Assombalonga is one of three ex-Hornets to have represented the Democratic Republic of Congo at senior level. Name the other two.
  3. The Hornets drew at the Riverside at the end of the 1999/2000 Premier League season. Can you name the only other two stadia where away points were earned in that difficult campaign?
  4. A vital win at Vicarage Road in April 2015 proved significant in progressing Watford to automatic promotion and condemning Boro to the play-offs, where they would lose the final to Norwich. But who were the two sides who lost the play-off semi-finals?
  5. Three members of Watford’s starting eleven that day were not destined to play for the Hornets in the Premier League. Name them.
  6. Boro signed Willie Falconer and Paul Wilkinson from the Hornets in 1991. Of which Football League club was Wilkinson briefly manager last season?
  7. On the last day of the 2005/06 season, Middlesbrough fielded an almost entirely local-born side against Fulham in the Premier League. 15 of the 16-man squad hailed from the Middlesbrough area – which three of them would go on to play for the Hornets later in their career?
  8. Boro were relegated from the top flight in 1981/82, the same season that saw the Hornets promoted the the highest tier for the first time. Which other two clubs were relegated with Boro, and who was promoted with the Hornets?
  9. Which two players were red carded during this fixture in February 2014?
  10. Which current Hornet scored the only goal of the game in this fixture in 2009?
  11. Watford secured their first Premier League win of the 2006/07 season against Boro at Vicarage Road in early November. Which Watford player found the net after an own goal from which Boro centre-back had opened the scoring?
  12. The only FA Cup tie between today’s teams was a 1-0 victory for the Hornets at Ayresome Park in January 1924. Which later Watford boss led the line for the visitors that day?


1. Matt Rowson - 04/04/2021

1. José Holebas
2. Michel Ngonge and Dodi Lukebakio
3. Anfield and Hillsborough
4. Brentford and Ipswich
5. Tommie Hoban, Gabriele Angella, Dániel Tőzsér
6. Bury
7. Danny Graham, Adam Johnson, Josh Walker
8. Leeds and Wolves went down, Luton and Norwich came up
9. Samba Diakité and Ben Gibson
10. Tom Cleverley
11. Ashley Young and Jonathan Woodgate
12. Fred Pagnam

2. Mike Peter - 04/04/2021

Three wholly correct (1, 6, 10), 2/3 right on 5 and 7, 1/2 right on 3 and 4.

Matt Rowson - 04/04/2021

I make that 5.333… good work

3. David - 04/04/2021

No. 7 is possibly one of the greatest questions ever asked.

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