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Dirty Dozen : Brentford 30/04/2021

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Please note that the Brentford report will not be promoted on Twitter this weekend in line with the #socialmediaboycott which you can read about here

You’ll be able to access it by heading straight to https://bhappy.wordpress.com

“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. Whose thunderous winner was decisive the last time we faced the Bees at Vicarage Road (prior to this season)?
  2. Which manager left Griffin Park to take over at Vicarage Road in August 1990?
  3. In which year did Brentford last win a league game against the Hornets?
  4. Which later Watford Player of the Season was the last player to join the Hornets from Brentford?
  5. In March 2005 the Bees signed two players from the Hornets on the same day. One was an ex-Player of the Year, the other a one-time leading scorer at Vicarage Road.  Name them.
  6. Which nicknames is older, Brentford’s Bees or Watford’s Hornets?
  7. Brentford owner Matthew Benham is majority shareholder of which European side, Champions League qualifiers in 2020/21?
  8. Four former Watford FC employees have taken charge of Brentford as either full-time or caretaker manager in the last 20 years. Name them.
  9. Which former Hornets midfielder was the Bees’ Player of the Season as they finished fifth in the table behind the promoted Hornets in 2014/15?
  10. Which Watford-born TV presenter was on Brentford’s pro books in the 1970s without making an appearance for the senior side?
  11. In April 1993, the Hornets beat the Bees 1-0 at Vicarage Road. This was the last victory in front of the Vicarage Road terrace, and relegated Brentford to the third tier.  Whose penalty was the only goal of the game?
  12. What would win in a fight between a Bumble Bee and a Hornet?

Dirty Dozen : Norwich City 20/04/2021

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“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. Watford were promoted to the top flight with the Canaries in both 2015 and 1982. Who are the only other club with whom we have been promoted more than once in our Football League history?
  2. Who won promotion medals with both Watford and Norwich City in 2015?
  3. The Hornets pulled off a surprise debut at Carrow Road on the opening day of the season in 2010. Unusually for a season opener there was only one debut in the Watford ranks. Who?
  4. The Norwich side that won 2-1 at Vicarage Road late in the 2003/04 season on their way to the Division One (second tier) title contained two players who ended their careers having scored for the Hornets against Manchester United in the top flight. Who?
  5. In 1985 City won the Milk (League) Cup. Their opponents in the final were Sunderland, who had beaten the Hornets in the quarter-final.  What remains unique about that final?
  6. Which striker, currently playing in the Spanish third tier with Herculés de Alicante, scored his only Watford goal against Norwich in the League Cup in 2013?
  7. Which midfielder, who played for the Hornets in three different divisions, was the last player to join City from the Hornets?
  8. Who made the 85th and final appearance of their Watford career at Carrow Road last season?
  9. Which two Welsh internationals were on the scoresheet when City became the first British side to beat Bayern Munich in their Olympic Stadium in 1993/94’s UEFA Cup?
  10. In which position did former City boss Mike Walker play over 100 games for Watford?
  11. Who, as manager of Norwich City, led his side on an open-top bus tour of St Albans?
  12. The only player that Watford have ever signed from Norwich City on a permanent basis is also City’s all-time record goalscorer.  What was his name?

Dirty Dozen : Luton Town 16/04/2021

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“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. Which future Hornet scored 57 goals for the then Conference Premier Hatters between March 2012 and June 2014?
  2. Derby games have been few and far between in recent years, but for how many consecutive seasons were Watford and Luton in the same division leading up to our Division Two title in 1998?
  3. Luton Town’s most capped player was sent off during Northern Ireland’s 1-0 victory over Spain during the 1982 World Cup. Name him, and the then Hornet who scored the only goal of the game.
  4. For how many seasons were away fans banned from Kenilworth Road during the late eighties?
  5. In which year did the Hatters most recently move from a predominantly white to orange home shirt?
  6. Which two ex-Hornets were joint leading scorers for the Hatters during the 2007-08 season?
  7. Hatters boss Nathan Jones played in Scarborough’s final league game during a loan spell in 1999. Which Watford legend came on as Jones was replaced as part of a double sub in the second half, and who was in charge of the Carlisle United side masterminding the great escape that relegated Scarborough thanks to keeper Jimmy Glass’ notorious late strike?
  8. Which former Luton and Premier League full back has this season come out of retirement to play for Ashton Town at the age of 40?
  9. In May 1983 David Pleat’s Hatters brought a full-strength side to Vicarage Road for a testimonial game four days before a relegation decider against Manchester City. Whose testimonial was it?
  10. Luton’s last league victory over the Hornets was a 4-2 victory at Vicarage Road in September 1994. Which Hornet made his only appearance for the side that day, and which long-serving Chief Executive retired on the same day?
  11. The unwelcome off-pitch events that preceded our League Cup encounter here 18 years ago meant that a planned minute’s silence was cancelled. What would that minute’s silence have commemorated?
  12. The first League encounter between today’s sides took place at Cassio Road in 1921, and finished 1-0 to Watford.  The only goal was scored by our first full international, a Welsh striker.  What was his name?

Dirty Dozen : Middlesbrough 04/04/2021

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“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?

Dirty Dozen : Rotherham United 16/03/2021

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“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. Millers boss Paul Warne has been in charge since 2016. Which two ex-Hornets were among the five men to take charge at Rotherham during that calendar year?
  2. Which summer saw Rotherham most recently prepare for a season in the same division as the previous?
  3. Which two players did Watford sign from Rotherham in January 2007? They are the most recent sales of outfield players by the Millers to a Premier League club.
  4. The last time we played Rotherham at Vicarage Road prior to this season five years ago, Slavisa Jokanovic combated the Millers’ aerial threat by playing four centre-backs across the back. Name them.
  5. Who scored the Hornets’ last goal at Millmoor?
  6. Under which manager did Hornets legend Lloyd Doyley play three games for the Millers after leaving Vicarage Road?
  7. For which club did Millers’ coach Matthew Hamshaw score a memorable goal to help knock Gianluca Vialli’s Hornets out of the League Cup at the fifth round stage in 2001?
  8. Which surname was shared by Hornets goalscorers in League wins at Rotherham ten years apart in 2004 and 2014?
  9. Which former England U21 international midfielder was the last player to join Rotherham from the Hornets in a permanent deal?
  10. Which two Hornets, in 1996/97 and 2001/02, were awarded the club’s Goal of the Season award for strikes against the Millers?
  11. Ian Bolton memorably scored from his own half in this fixture in January 1982. Which former England international and TV celebrity was player-managing the Millers at the time?
  12. The only Rotherham goalscorer in our last seven meetings with the Millers was striker Martin Butler in a 1-1 draw at Millmoor in 2004. For which side had Butler scored a penalty to knock the Hornets out of the League Cup in 1998, and which future Hornet had scored the decisive goal in the first leg of that tie?

Dirty Dozen : AFC Bournemouth 26/02/2021

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“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. The Cherries were promoted from the fourth tier to the top flight under Eddie Howe. Did they achieve this feat in fewer, more or the same number of seasons as Graham Taylor’s Hornets 30-ish years earlier?
  2. Watford accumulated 210 points during our five recent years in the Premier League. How many did the Cherries manage over the same period?
  3. Of the ten Premier League encounters between Bournemouth and Watford in the last five seasons, how many resulted in home victories?
  4. The leading scorers in Premier League games between the two sides each have five goals. Name the Hornet and the Cherry who reached these totals.
  5. Which manager oversaw third tier Bournemouth’s 1984 FA Cup victory over Manchester United?
  6. Who did Bournemouth beat on the final day of the 2014/15 season to secure the Football League Championship title as the Hornets drew with Sheffield Wednesday?
  7. Which long-serving Hornet missed a penalty in a shoot-out at Dean Court in his second appearance for the club in the League Cup in 1995? The visitors, nonetheless, won the shoot-out 6-5.
  8. Troy Deeney’s hat-trick helped the Hornets to a 6-1 victory over the newly-promoted Cherries here in 2013. This was the first Watford hat-trick at Vicarage Road since 1996, a calendar year in which four Watford hat-tricks were scored at home. Which teenage striker scored three of them?
  9. Who is the only member of the Cherries’ squad to have scored a competitive goal against the Hornets last season, and which team did he score it for?
  10. The two closest Championship rival stadiums to Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium are both approximately 60 miles away. Name them.
  11. Which three current members of the Bournemouth squad have been capped for the full England side?
  12. Which Hornet scored his first League goal for the club against Bournemouth in a fourth division tie at Vicarage Road in 1977, and would make one of his final outings in Sofia in the UEFA Cup six years later?

Dirty Dozen : Blackburn Rovers 24/02/2021

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“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. Former Hornet Danny Graham left Rovers in the summer of 2020 to rejoin Sunderland. Which three clubs did Graham play for on loan during his previous spell with the Black Cats before joining Rovers?
  2. Rovers were promoted to the top flight under Kenny Dalglish in 1992 and would win the Premier League title three years later. But which two members of the promoted Rovers squad already had League Championship medals?
  3. Rovers’ Bradley Dack scored a controversial winner as Gillingham put the Hornets out of the League Cup in 2016. Which Hornet, making his last appearance for the club that night, would join Rovers on loan three days later?
  4. Rovers were the Hornets’ first play-off opponents in 1989, progressing on away goals after both semi-final legs finished level. Who beat Rovers in the final, and which now BBC pundit scored the decisive extra-time goal in the second leg?
  5. Which former Rovers midfielder became Watford boss two days after our last match at Ewood Park?
  6. Two recent visits to Ewood Park twelve months apart in October 2012 and October 2013 both finished 1-0 to the home side. Which current Championship striker scored the only goal of each game?
  7. Who scored the Hornets’ winner as Aidy Boothroyd’s side recorded a rare Premier League victory at Vicarage Road in January 2007?
  8. Which two Hornets were dismissed late in the first half of Rovers’ visit in February 2001 – and which referee dished out the cards?
  9. Other than Rovers, which two clubs were part of both the first Premier League season in 1992/93 and the first Football League season in 1888/89?
  10. Which current Championship keeper started all but one of Rovers’ league games as they returned to the second tier at the first attempt in gaining promotion from League One two years ago?
  11. Which full back won over 100 international caps and played in over 600 senior club games including over 200 for Rovers, but managed only ten minutes as a sub for the Hornets in 2014?
  12. Who became the only loan signing of Graham Taylor’s first spell in charge at Vicarage Road when arriving from Blackburn in September 1977?

Dirty Dozen : Preston North End 15/02/2021

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“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. Which current Premier League manager took up his first management position at Preston in 1998 aged 34, having turned out for the club at centre-back for the previous six years?
  2. Watford’s first manager had been the leading goalscorer in Preston’s “Invincibles” double-winning side of 1888/89. What was his name?
  3. Name the striker, sold by Watford to Preston in 2013, who would score 50 goals for the Lilywhites over the next two season.
  4. Watford, then in the Division 3 (South), beat second tier Preston 1-0 in an FA Cup 3rd Round replay in January 1950 in front of 27,000. Which Preston talisman, whose penalty had salvaged a draw in the original match four days earlier, missed the replay with tonsilitis?
  5. A league cup tie at Deepdale in August 2015 saw a changing of the guard at Vicarage Road. Which three Hornets debuted in that game, and which three were making their final outings for the side?
  6. In which decade did the Hornets last sign a player from Preston North End?
  7. The 2005/06 season would see the Hornets earn promotion to the Premier League, but began with a home defeat to the Lilywhites. Which striker, who would score 8 goals in 13 games against the Hornets, scored the visitors’ opener?
  8. Adam Thompson scored the first goal of his fledgling career to earn a 2-2 draw with Preston at Vicarage Road during our last League encounter here in February 2011. Which Championship side did he leave to join Leyton Orient at the end of January?
  9. The Hornets most recent League encounter with Preston prior to this season was on the last day of the 2010/11 season. How many years later did the relegated Lilywhites win their next Championship game after triumphing 3-1 at here?
  10. The above game was the last in charge for which Watford manager, and which slightly surprising Championship record did his 14th-placed Hornets hold that season?
  11. On the last day of the 1997/98 season the Hornets memorably beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage. Who did Preston beat 2-1 at Deepdale to mean that the Hornets won the Division Two title?
  12. Which domestic achievement do Preston share with Wolves, Burnley, Sheffield United and Portsmouth?

Dirty Dozen : Coventry City 05/02/2021

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“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. Which two players scored their first senior goals for the Hornets in the League Cup encounter between Watford and Coventry last season
  2. Watford were the only League side to beat City in the FA Cup between January 1985 and January 1990. Which non-League side knocked the Sky Blues out of the 1988/89 competition?
  3. At which three stadiums have City played home games over the past decade?
  4. Later a Hornets captain, John Eustace was made City’s club captain by Gordon Strachan before sustaining a serious knee injury. How old was he at the time?
  5. The most recent League encounter between Watford and Cov prior to this season was a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road in March 2012. Which prolific Championship striker made his League debut in that game, managing 60 minutes for the Hornets?
  6. Robbie Keane played his last game in Sky Blue at Vicarage Road in May 2000. Who scored the only goal of that game, and which club did Keane join that summer?
  7. City beat the Hornets 5-0 in a League Cup Quarter Final replay at Highfield Road in December 1980, ending a run that had seen the Hornets knock out Southampton and European Champions Nottingham Forest. Which future Hornet was amongst the scorers for City?
  8. Watford keeper Steve Sherwood memorably scored direct from a drop kick at Highfield Road in January 1984. But who was the City keeper beaten by Shirley’s strike in a 2-1 Watford win?
  9. Which current Premier League midfielder spent four years with City after joining from Rangers in 2012?
  10. The opening day defeat to City at the start of the 1983/84 season saw the official opening of what Vicarage Road landmark?
  11. City famously won the FA Cup in 1987, beating a Spurs side that had beaten the Hornets in a Villa Park semi-final. Which member of City’s cup winning side had been part of the Plymouth team beaten by Watford in a semi at the same venue three years earlier?
  12. Which striker scored his last goal for the Hornets at the Ricoh Arena in April 2009?  He had been signed from Győri ETO three years earlier who he rejoined for a third spell last summer.

Savile Rogue Scarf Competition Results 24/11/2014

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Many thanks to all those who entered our competition to win a Savile Rogue Watford scarf.   The objective was to name a Watford player past or present who had played competitively for each of the clubs in the Premier League and each of the other clubs in the Championship.  Beyond that, the winning entry would be the one whose 43 named players made the fewest number of Southern League, Football League and Premier League appearances for Watford between them.  (One for the anoraks, I appreciate.  I’ll try to come up with a more inclusive comp if we get this gig again….)

No player’s name could be used against more than one club, and each player used must have appeared in at least one competitive game both for Watford and for the team in question.

24 entries were received, of which 18 successfully put a name to each of the 43 slots.  Of these, the most winning entry in terms of Watford appearances was again received from Anders Flatas whose nominations made only 47 league starts for the club between them;  Anders defends his title, and having declined a scarf last year on the basis of no UK address is more than entitled to this year’s prize if we can navigate that obstacle… I’ll be in touch, sir. Commiserations to Paul Baxter, an honorable second for the second year running, and third place David Moore who beat traditional comp heavyweight Jem Whiteley into fourth.

After much fiddling around with spreadsheets I managed to beat Anders’ score by two appearances, but must confess to having employed the combined expertise of the entries, the composition of which is also detailed below, rather than doing the legwork on my own (are you mad?).  However this is only one possible avenue to this score… the insertion of Cliff Powell for Gary Plumley at Cardiff, for example, being one equivalent variant.

The most frequent error in entries was duplication… Scott Loach and Nigel Jemson just two names to have been allocated to two clubs simultaneously by entrants.

Other errors can loosely be categorised as either:

  • Naming a player against a team for whom he never played competitively
  • Leaving a team blank
  • In very few cases, putting a player down with no association with the club in question.

Been as generous as I can be re spelling…  happy to discuss or explain any queries, but please be polite… 🙂

So for those with an insatiable appetite for such data, enjoy:

Full Results Table

Club-by-Club Summary

Full Club-by-Club Listing

Player List in order of Most Nominations plus Detail!

Alphabetical player listing (for confirming your score!)

Note that both the Club-by-Club summary and the full Club listing are a little distorted by the occasions on which a player was nominated next to two clubs – since only valid entries are counted, the discarded lower entry in the team list is arbitrarily missing.

You can get a 10% discount off any Savile Rogue order using the HAPPY14 discount code.

That is all..