Watford beat Tranmere Rovers to begin play-off charge

On this date in Watford FC's history

On this date in Watford FC's history

First published in Sport

Saturday, April 3, 1999

Watford entertained Tranmere Rovers at Vicarage Road in a first division match.

Having followed up promotion from the third tier the previous season with a positive start to the campaign, the Hornets' season had faltered badly in the run-up to this game.

As David Kelly gave the visitors a second-half lead in a drab encounter, Watford were sliding towards mid-table and out of play-off contention. John Aldridge's Rovers, however, were an aggressive, confrontational side.

A Peter Kennedy equaliser preceded the controversial dismissal of midfielder Richard Johnson, a decision encouraged by Aldridge, and both Watford's team and supporters seemed to wake from their stupor.

A chaotic final 20 minutes saw Watford finish with nine men but claim victory through a Michel Ngonge follow-up to Kennedy's weak penalty.

The Hornets went on to drop just two points in their last eight regular-season games to seal a play-off spot and ultimately promotion.

Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day

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8:31am Thu 3 Apr 14

Poppet Bear says...

Brilliant and the rest is history. GT still rules ok !!!
Brilliant and the rest is history. GT still rules ok !!! Poppet Bear
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9:28pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Apsley Ralph says...

Starting on Saturday bring back the M People tune and the guy in the pink shirt!
Starting on Saturday bring back the M People tune and the guy in the pink shirt! Apsley Ralph
  • Score: 2

11:35pm Thu 3 Apr 14

micksolly says...

Be nice if history could repeat itself you orns
Be nice if history could repeat itself you orns micksolly
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