Nigel Gibbs made his final first-team appearance for Watford 12 years ago today in Gianluca Vialli's last match as Hornets boss

On this date in Watford FC's history

On this date in Watford FC's history

First published in Sport

Sunday, April 21, 2002

Gillingham were the visitors to Vicarage Road in the final game of the 2001/02 season.

The game was to be both the last in charge for manager Gianluca Vialli, and the last first-team appearance of Nigel Gibbs' prodigious Watford career.

The long-serving full-back was applauded onto the pitch by both sets of players, including visiting manager Andy Hessenthaler, for an eight-minute cameo that saw him extend his own record by appearing in a league game in 18 different seasons for the club.

In scoring the most memorable goal of a 3-2 defeat, Anthony McNamee became the 19th player to score a league goal for the club that season, also a new record.

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

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