It's 15 years to the day since Watford claimed a historic win at Liverpool

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Sport

Saturday, August 14, 1999

Watford their first win of the season and earned their first league points in the city of Liverpool with a win 1-0 win at Anfield thanks to a Tommy Mooney strike.

A display of furious intensity, coupled with a memorable performance from deputy goalkeeper Chris Day, won the day against a side that, as the travelling Hornets' songs indirectly observed, had had an awful lot of money spent on it that summer.

It would be two days short of 12 months before the Hornets won another game away from Vicarage Road.

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

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8:58am Thu 14 Aug 14

gloryhornet4 says...

If Tommy had not been crocked by a dreadful tackle by a certain Chelsea player and ran most of the season with Smart and late recruit Heidar we might have picked up a few more wins.

Tommy missed most of the season and we won 6 league games. Oddly Tommy still featured in a few won games and clean sheet games.
If Tommy had not been crocked by a dreadful tackle by a certain Chelsea player and ran most of the season with Smart and late recruit Heidar we might have picked up a few more wins. Tommy missed most of the season and we won 6 league games. Oddly Tommy still featured in a few won games and clean sheet games. gloryhornet4
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4:10pm Thu 14 Aug 14

tommy gunn says...

Can't say I remember much about the game, the goal of course , and you'll never walk alone also the home crowds recognition of a fine Watford performance , very sporting.
Can't say I remember much about the game, the goal of course , and you'll never walk alone also the home crowds recognition of a fine Watford performance , very sporting. tommy gunn
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12:39am Fri 15 Aug 14

Roger Joslyn says...

.....and the liverpool taxi drivers commenting when the Watford players got off the team coach at Anfield "Like lambs to the slaughter" (in a liverpudlian accent of course!)
.....and the liverpool taxi drivers commenting when the Watford players got off the team coach at Anfield "Like lambs to the slaughter" (in a liverpudlian accent of course!) Roger Joslyn
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9:26am Fri 15 Aug 14

No Wheels says...

I took my mate from South America to the game, a life-long Liverpool supporter who had never gone to Anfield before. I'm not sure it was the introduction to Anfield he had spent his while life dreaming about... To be fair, his loyalties were slightly mixed, since he had gone with me to most of the games from the end of the run-in to promotion, including the three play-off games, and we had won every game (on aggregate if not on the day). I used to call him the Talisman... He did his magic for the run-in games, the play-offs, and Wembley, plus the victories over Liverpool and Chelsea, and sadly announced his retirement for financial reasons as we walked to Highbury, where the magic finally ran out 4 minutes from the end..... I should have bought him a season ticket and handcuffed him to his seat...
I took my mate from South America to the game, a life-long Liverpool supporter who had never gone to Anfield before. I'm not sure it was the introduction to Anfield he had spent his while life dreaming about... To be fair, his loyalties were slightly mixed, since he had gone with me to most of the games from the end of the run-in to promotion, including the three play-off games, and we had won every game (on aggregate if not on the day). I used to call him the Talisman... He did his magic for the run-in games, the play-offs, and Wembley, plus the victories over Liverpool and Chelsea, and sadly announced his retirement for financial reasons as we walked to Highbury, where the magic finally ran out 4 minutes from the end..... I should have bought him a season ticket and handcuffed him to his seat... No Wheels
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