May 12, 2006

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Nostalgia Editor

The clamour for tickets will begin tomorrow (Saturday,May 13) among delighted fans eager to see if a memorable season can be completed in a manner few would have believed possible ten months ago.

Watford safely negotiated the second leg of their play-off semi-final to leave them just 90 minutes away from the Premiership and Graham Simpson has called on supporters to recreate the "electric" atmosphere from Tuesday night when they flock to the Millennium Stadium to see the Hornets winner-takes-all clash with Leeds United on Sunday, May 21.

Around 16,000 Hornets fans created incredible noise levels at Vicarage Road as they roared their team to a successful conclusion of their tie with Crystal Palace.

And many of those same supporters will be logging on or picking up the phone tomorrow morning to buy a ticket when they go on sale to season ticket holders.

But the big-match atmosphere certainly left an impression on the chairman, who said on Wednesday: "Last night I can honestly say I don't recall ever seeing the whole of the stadium like that.

"I've been coming since 1959 and OK, maybe my memory's a little bit faded from a long time ago, but certainly when I used to bring my boys in the 80's I don't remember ever seeing it like that. It was quite extraordinary.

"I want to say a real big thank you because I made impassioned pleas, and I know Aidy did as well, and it just seemed that the East Stand, the Rous and the Vicarage Road End all joined in with the Rookery and we drowned the Palace fans, we completely drowned them. It was fantastic."

[Posted online at the Watford Observer website on May 12, 2006]

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