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Dirty Dozen : AFC Bournemouth 26/02/2021

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.
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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

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.
6 comments

“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

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.
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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

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.
15 comments

“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

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.
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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..

Competition: Win a Cashmere Watford scarf from Savile Rogue 07/11/2014

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.
35 comments

Once again, Savile Rogue have very kindly offered BHaPPY readers the chance to win one of the world’s finest cashmere football scarves in Watford colours.

Savile Rogue scarves (it says here…) give a nod to football terraces of yesteryear, shunning in-your-face logos and cheap nylon in favour of a traditional bar design and the comfort, quality and warmth of top grade wool.

Watford scarf 2Watford scarf 3To get your hands on the “faithful” version of the Watford scarf, here’s the deal…

Listed below the are the names of all the (other) clubs in the top two divisions in England.

You need to copy and paste these lists into the comments column below, and next to each enter the name of a Watford player past or present who has also turned out for the team in question in at least one competitive match.

  • No player can be used more than once
  • The winner is the entrant who fills the most slots – in the event of a tie, the winner will be the entrant whose listed players have STARTED THE FEWEST GAMES in Premier League, Football League or Southern League games for Watford (prior to the game with Derby County on Nov 22nd).  If there is still a tie, the earlier entrant wins.
  • Please enter player names in the format  J.Barnes .
  • Loans at Watford or at other club are fine, as long as the players concerned featured in at least one competitive game for each.

Entries close at midnight on  Saturday November 22nd.

Note that Savile Rogue are only able to dispatch the prize to a UK address.

Entries will not be published until the closing date.  Note that your own entry may appear automatically below the post on submission but this will not be generally viewable.

That is all.

PREMIER LEAGUE

Arsenal

Villa

Burnley

Chelsea

Palace

Everton

Hull

Leicester

Liverpool

ManCity

ManU

Newcastle

QPR

Southampton

Stoke

Sunderland

Swansea

Tottenham

WBA

WestHam

CHAMPIONSHIP

Birmingham

Blackburn

Blackpool

Bolton

Bournemouth

Brentford

Brighton

Cardiff

Charlton

Derby

Fulham

Huddersfield

Ipswich

Leeds

Middlesbrough

Millwall

Norwich

NForest

Reading

Rotherham

SheffWed

Wigan

Wolves

Savile Rogue Scarf Competition Results 22/12/2013

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.
2 comments

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 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 had scored the largest number of Southern League, Football League and Premier League goals for Watford between them.

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.

35 entries were received, of which 16 successfully put a name to each of the 43 slots.  Of these, the most prolific entry in terms of Watford goals was received from Anders Flatas whose nominations racked up 1962 goals between them;  Anders wins the scarf… I’ll be in touch, sir. Commiserations to Paul Baxter, an honorable second, and third place Jem Whiteley, last year’s winner, who put in another strong showing.

See below for a link to the full results table. Luther (WBA or Bournemouth), Ross (Palace) and Cliff (Arsenal or Charlton given that Ross takes Palace) should have been straight in, and then it was a matter of rotating Wilko, Danny Graham, Marlon, Heidar, Mooney, Tommy Smith and the others in many different permutations.

After much fiddling around with spreadsheets I didn’t take any pleasure at all in beating Anders’ score by one goal, the composition of which is also detailed below.  However this is only one possible avenue to this score… the insertion of Tommy Jones for Wilf Rostron appears to be the critical non-rotational difference, although Anders could reasonably claim a moral victory by dint of including Wilf in his selection (with due respect to the late Mr.Jones).  Many congrats if you can improve on the optimum claimed… rest assured that I’m past caring.

The subtlest of errors in nominations was the naming of a player who was once signed, or had a trial with the club in question but never made the stipulated competitive appearance.  This invalidates nominations for Nathaniel Chalobah at Chelsea, Len Dunderdale at Sheffield WednesdayAlan Mayes at Q.P.R. and Stewart Scullion at Charlton Athletic.

Other errors can loosely be categorised as either:

  • Putting a player’s name against two clubs (the second of which, arbitrarily, is invalidated)
  • 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 will now be returned to your normal program…

Competition: Win a Cashmere Watford scarf from Savile Rogue 11/12/2013

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.
63 comments

Once again, Savile Rogue have very kindly offered BHaPPY readers the chance to win one of the world’s finest cashmere football scarves in Watford colours.

Savile Rogue scarves (it says here…) give a nod to football terraces of yesteryear, shunning in-your-face logos and cheap nylon in favour of a traditional bar design and the comfort, quality and warmth of top grade wool.

To get your hands on a Watford scarf, here’s the deal…

Listed below the are the names of all the (other) clubs in the top two divisions in England.

You need to copy and paste these lists into the comments column below, and next to each enter the name of a Watford player past or present who has also turned out for the team in question in at least one competitive match.

  • No player can be used more than once
  • The winner is the entrant who fills the most slots – in the event of a tie, the winner will be the entrant whose listed players have SCORED THE MOST GOALS in Premier League, Football League or Southern League games for Watford (prior to this Saturday’s game with Sheffield Wednesday).  If there is still a tie, the earlier entrant wins.
  • Please enter player names in the format  J.Barnes .
  • Loans at Watford or at other club are fine, as long as the players concerned featured in at least one competitive game for each.

Entries close at midnight on  Saturday December 21st.

Note that Savile Rogue are only able to dispatch the prize to a UK address.

Entries will not be published until the closing date.

That is all.

PREMIER LEAGUE

Arsenal

Villa

Cardiff

Chelsea

Palace

Everton

Fulham

Hull

Liverpool

ManCity

ManU

Newcastle

Norwich

Southampton

Stoke

Sunderland

Swansea

Tottenham

WBA

WestHam

CHAMPIONSHIP

Barnsley

Birmingham

Blackburn

Blackpool

Bolton

Bournemouth

Brighton

Burnley

Charlton

Derby

Doncaster

Huddersfield

Ipswich

Leeds

Leicester

Middlesbrough

Millwall

NForest

QPR

Reading

SheffWed

Wigan

Yeovil

Savile Rogue Scarf Comp Results 30/11/2012

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.
2 comments

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 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 had started the largest number of Southern League, Football League and Premier League games for Watford between them.

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.

62 entries were received, of which 37 successfully put a name to each of the 43 slots.  Of these, the most prolific entry in terms of Watford appearances was received from Jem Whiteley whose nominations racked up 8986 appearances between them;  Jem wins the scarf… good work Jem, if you could reply to this posting with your address details I’ll pass them on to Savile Rogue.

See below for a link to the full results table.  A prerequisite for a good score was remembering Luther Blissett’s brief loan at West Brom under Steve Perryman; kudos too to those who remembered Andy Hessenthaler spending an odd loan under Peter Taylor at Hull after he resigned as Gillingham’s player-manager, or David Holdsworth’s one league cup run out for Bolton.  Beyond that it was a matter of deciding where to most profitably slot the likes of Bobby Downes, Neil Cox, Tommy Smith and Tommy Mooney – many appearances for the Hornets, and with spells at many other candidate clubs besides.

The optimum score, I believe, was 9110, the composition of which is also detailed below.  However this is only one possible avenue to this score… the mathematical complexity of the problem is suggested by the fact that Jem’s entry and the Optimum version linked below contain the same names against Aston Villa, Huddersfield, Cardiff, Derby, Stoke and QPR… but in a completely different configuration.  Many congrats if you can improve on the optimum claimed… rest assured that I’m past caring.

The subtlest of errors in nominations was the naming of a player who was once signed, or had a trial with the club in question but never made the stipulated competitive appearance.  This invalidates nominations for Tommy Mooney at Aston Villa, Nathaniel Chalobah at ChelseaAlec Chamberlain at Everton, both Tommy Barnett and Danny Drinkwater at Manchester UnitedJason Drysdale at Newcastle United and both Andy Hessenthaler and, the most frequent error, Stewart Scullion at Charlton Athletic (thanks Trefor…).

Other errors can loosely be categorised as either:

  • Putting a player’s name against two clubs (the second of which, arbitrarily, is invalidated)
  • Leaving a team blank
  • In very few cases, putting a player down with no association with the club in question.

In one case Burnley had been deleted from the list altogether.  Was tempted to award bonus points for this, but decided that this was possibly against the spirit of the exercise.  I will publish all entries as comments to the previous post (if you submitted a revised entry your earlier post has been deleted).  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.  Also, the club-by-club list only lists one name as the most popular pick, even in the event of a tie.  Sorry about that, could have sorted but need some kip…

That’s about it, except to confirm that Savile Rogue have specified a discount code for BHaPPY readers…. specifying the discount code HAPPY at the checkout will get you 10% of all purchases.  The Watford scarf in question can be found here.

You will now be returned to your normal program…

Competition: Win a Cashmere Watford scarf from Savile Rogue 23/11/2012

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.
82 comments

Once again, Savile Rogue have very kindly offered BHaPPY readers the chance to win one of the world’s finest cashmere football scarves in Watford colours.

Savile Rogue scarves (it says here…) give a nod to football terraces of yesteryear, shunning in-your-face logos and cheap nylon in favour of a traditional bar design and the comfort, quality and warmth of top grade wool.

To get your hands on a Watford scarf, here’s the deal…

Listed below the are the names of all the (other) clubs in the top two divisions in England.

You need to copy and paste these lists into the comments column below, and next to each enter the name of a Watford player past or present who has also turned out for the team in question in at least one competitive match.

  • No player can be used more than once
  • The winner is the entrant who fills the most slots – in the event of a tie, the winner will be the entrant whose listed players have started the largest combined number of Premier League, Football League or Southern League games for Watford (prior to this Saturday’s game with Blackpool).  If there is still a tie, the earlier entrant wins.
  • Please enter player names in the format  J.Barnes .
  • Loans at Watford or at other club are fine, as long as the players concerned featured in at least one competitive game for each.

Entries close on  Thursday November 29th.

Note that Saville Rogue are only able to dispatch the prize to a UK address.

Entries will not be published until the closing date.

That is all.

PREMIER LEAGUE

Arsenal

Villa

Chelsea

Everton

Fulham

Liverpool

ManCity

ManU

Newcastle

Norwich

QPR

Reading

Southampton

Stoke

Sunderland

Swansea

Tottenham

WBA

Wigan

WestHam

CHAMPIONSHIP

Barnsley

Birmingham

Blackburn

Blackpool

Bolton

Brighton

BristolC

Burnley

Cardiff

Charlton

Palace

Derby

Huddersfield

Hull

Ipswich

Leeds

Leicester

Middlesbrough

Millwall

NForest

Peterborough

SheffWed

Wolves