Lloyd Doyley becomes eighth Watford player to make 350 regular season league appearances in Crystal Palace draw

Watford Observer: Lloyd Doyley challenges Yannick Bolasie in Friday night's draw against Crystal Palace. Picture: Action Images Lloyd Doyley challenges Yannick Bolasie in Friday night's draw against Crystal Palace. Picture: Action Images

Lloyd Doyley joined a very select Watford club on Friday night when he took to the field against Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road.

The defender made the 350th league appearance of his career in regular season games in the 2-2 draw, meaning he became just the eighth player to achieve that landmark in the club’s Southern League, Football League and Premier League history. However, once Doyley's play-off appearances are added, he now stands on 354.

There are not enough games remaining in the season for the 30-year-old to overtake the next player on the list, Johnny Williams, who made 374 league appearances from 1964 to 1975, by the end of the current campaign. But a look at club historian Trefor Jones’ website, www.watfordfcarchive.com, shows Doyley is now 50 appearances away from becoming the fifth Watford player to reach the 400-mark, alongside Luther Blissett (415), Duncan Welbourne, Nigel Gibbs (both 411) and Gary Porter (402).

One milestone that Doyley does have within his sights this season though, is his 400th league and cup appearance for the Hornets.

The London-born player is currently 11th on that list with 391, with legendary striker Ross Jenkins’ 398 his next target.

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12:48pm Sun 10 Feb 13

bonserout says...

There are very few managers that actually improve the performance of a player. Graham Taylor was one , but I think the transformation in lloyd this rear is nothing short of remakable. Well done LLoyd and GFZ.
There are very few managers that actually improve the performance of a player. Graham Taylor was one , but I think the transformation in lloyd this rear is nothing short of remakable. Well done LLoyd and GFZ. bonserout
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1:33pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Hornets number 12 fan says...

I did think LD would have trouble adapting to the New Watford Style of play but Ive been pleasantly surprised that he has become a far better player under Zola Well Done Lloyd,Gianfranco and the coaches.
I did think LD would have trouble adapting to the New Watford Style of play but Ive been pleasantly surprised that he has become a far better player under Zola Well Done Lloyd,Gianfranco and the coaches. Hornets number 12 fan
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1:48pm Sun 10 Feb 13

BigRussMalta says...

Lloyds a legend at ours,an absolute pro in every department and a role model for every ypung footballer out there.respect ;-)
Lloyds a legend at ours,an absolute pro in every department and a role model for every ypung footballer out there.respect ;-) BigRussMalta
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1:50pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Guy Bov says...

A magnificent servant of the club. A truly honest pro who you can depend on to produce the goods time and time again. Well done Lloyd..... looking forward to seeing you on MOTD next season.
A magnificent servant of the club. A truly honest pro who you can depend on to produce the goods time and time again. Well done Lloyd..... looking forward to seeing you on MOTD next season. Guy Bov
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2:06pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Holly68 says...

You"ll never beat Lloyd Doyley !
You"ll never beat Lloyd Doyley ! Holly68
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2:56pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Poppet Bear says...

Well done LD. The true spirit of Watford.
Well done LD. The true spirit of Watford. Poppet Bear
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4:07pm Sun 10 Feb 13

a1derek says...

Lloyd Doyley - Watford hero, who would have thought!
Lloyd Doyley - Watford hero, who would have thought! a1derek
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4:36pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Hampshire hornet says...

Been immense whenever the opportunity has arisen... Congrats Lloyd
Been immense whenever the opportunity has arisen... Congrats Lloyd Hampshire hornet
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4:36pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Hopemole says...

Never been a fan of Lloyd"s, although always recognised he is an honest
Player who always gives of his best. This year I have seen his improvement and his good decision making-always doing the simple and sensibile things well. A message for all of us-it's never too old to learn and develop.
Never been a fan of Lloyd"s, although always recognised he is an honest Player who always gives of his best. This year I have seen his improvement and his good decision making-always doing the simple and sensibile things well. A message for all of us-it's never too old to learn and develop. Hopemole
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5:07pm Sun 10 Feb 13

mkhornet says...

"We've got Lloydinho!"
"We've got Lloydinho!" mkhornet
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5:15pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Mohandas says...

BigRussMalta wrote:
Lloyds a legend at ours,an absolute pro in every department and a role model for every ypung footballer out there.respect ;-)
He is great Watford guy who does the business.
[quote][p][bold]BigRussMalta[/bold] wrote: Lloyds a legend at ours,an absolute pro in every department and a role model for every ypung footballer out there.respect ;-)[/p][/quote]He is great Watford guy who does the business. Mohandas
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6:19pm Sun 10 Feb 13

lutondown says...

bonserout wrote:
There are very few managers that actually improve the performance of a player. Graham Taylor was one , but I think the transformation in lloyd this rear is nothing short of remakable. Well done LLoyd and GFZ.
Got to agree. Have not always been his biggest fan, but seven ( is that right?) managers cannot be wrong.
Think he's got better under GFZ as well, Well done Lloyd credit to the game and club.
[quote][p][bold]bonserout[/bold] wrote: There are very few managers that actually improve the performance of a player. Graham Taylor was one , but I think the transformation in lloyd this rear is nothing short of remakable. Well done LLoyd and GFZ.[/p][/quote]Got to agree. Have not always been his biggest fan, but seven ( is that right?) managers cannot be wrong. Think he's got better under GFZ as well, Well done Lloyd credit to the game and club. lutondown
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6:22pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Paul Gadd says...

As Aidy once said...our black 'Zidane'
Well done lloyd....legend, mate
As Aidy once said...our black 'Zidane' Well done lloyd....legend, mate Paul Gadd
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6:25pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Johnny Ryden says...

Was it Malky McKay who remarked how many wingers get subbed playing against Lloyd? Bolaise another one on Friday!
Was it Malky McKay who remarked how many wingers get subbed playing against Lloyd? Bolaise another one on Friday! Johnny Ryden
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6:59pm Sun 10 Feb 13

cannons tours says...

a new manager comes in and thinks Lloyd is not up to the job but Lloyd being the star that he is always proves them wrong and ends up being a regular in the side go back with managers as far as you like and the point will be proved.Lloyd you are a Star keep it up and well done on 350 games.
a new manager comes in and thinks Lloyd is not up to the job but Lloyd being the star that he is always proves them wrong and ends up being a regular in the side go back with managers as far as you like and the point will be proved.Lloyd you are a Star keep it up and well done on 350 games. cannons tours
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7:00pm Sun 10 Feb 13

goldanboy says...

Still lacks that composure at times but has the pace, commitment and no nonsense attitude that we need. Managers have seen this and it makes him invaluable. When everybody around you starts passing the ball to feet you have to as well and his passing this season has improved as well as his decision making. He had a torrid time about 4 years ago as I recall, but that was probably down to our style of play which was that the defenders had to 'wallop' the ball upfront when in possession. Well done Lloyd, you've been a great servant to our club.
Still lacks that composure at times but has the pace, commitment and no nonsense attitude that we need. Managers have seen this and it makes him invaluable. When everybody around you starts passing the ball to feet you have to as well and his passing this season has improved as well as his decision making. He had a torrid time about 4 years ago as I recall, but that was probably down to our style of play which was that the defenders had to 'wallop' the ball upfront when in possession. Well done Lloyd, you've been a great servant to our club. goldanboy
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7:59pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Sammy Chung says...

Mr Reliable, prolific scorer, here's to the next 100 and the next GOAL !!
Mr Reliable, prolific scorer, here's to the next 100 and the next GOAL !! Sammy Chung
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8:20pm Sun 10 Feb 13

stevyweavy says...

This season you very rarely feel worried when he is near the ball and opposition do not like playing against him. Has the possibility and time to get to number one in appearances
This season you very rarely feel worried when he is near the ball and opposition do not like playing against him. Has the possibility and time to get to number one in appearances stevyweavy
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8:41pm Sun 10 Feb 13

watford1881 says...

He does the nitty horrible stuff which up until now has largely gone unnoticed throughout his time at the club.. Lloyd if fit should always be in the starting 11 for me.. He knows the Watford way.. He is true class & still improving too..... Get to the prem maybe England could be calling...... COYH........
He does the nitty horrible stuff which up until now has largely gone unnoticed throughout his time at the club.. Lloyd if fit should always be in the starting 11 for me.. He knows the Watford way.. He is true class & still improving too..... Get to the prem maybe England could be calling...... COYH........ watford1881
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8:49pm Sun 10 Feb 13

micksolly says...

Johnny Ryden wrote:
Was it Malky McKay who remarked how many wingers get subbed playing against Lloyd? Bolaise another one on Friday!
He has proved them wrong time and time again, my son has met him and said he is a really nice genuine bloke, well thought of at the club. Well done Lloyd a Watford legend.
[quote][p][bold]Johnny Ryden[/bold] wrote: Was it Malky McKay who remarked how many wingers get subbed playing against Lloyd? Bolaise another one on Friday![/p][/quote]He has proved them wrong time and time again, my son has met him and said he is a really nice genuine bloke, well thought of at the club. Well done Lloyd a Watford legend. micksolly
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9:07pm Sun 10 Feb 13

lutondown says...

watford1881 wrote:
He does the nitty horrible stuff which up until now has largely gone unnoticed throughout his time at the club.. Lloyd if fit should always be in the starting 11 for me.. He knows the Watford way.. He is true class & still improving too..... Get to the prem maybe England could be calling...... COYH........
What exactly is the Watford way?
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: He does the nitty horrible stuff which up until now has largely gone unnoticed throughout his time at the club.. Lloyd if fit should always be in the starting 11 for me.. He knows the Watford way.. He is true class & still improving too..... Get to the prem maybe England could be calling...... COYH........[/p][/quote]What exactly is the Watford way? lutondown
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9:29pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Hampshire hornet says...

It's the A41 merging onto the A1 out of London
It's the A41 merging onto the A1 out of London Hampshire hornet
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9:35pm Sun 10 Feb 13

stewbyhorn says...

Lloyd is a real honest guy, he's adapted his style of play for 7 managers and has proved many people wrong, I've had the pleasure of meeting him on many occasions and he's always spent time with my boys and he's a real top bloke, here's to the next 100 games.
Lloyd is a real honest guy, he's adapted his style of play for 7 managers and has proved many people wrong, I've had the pleasure of meeting him on many occasions and he's always spent time with my boys and he's a real top bloke, here's to the next 100 games. stewbyhorn
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10:12pm Sun 10 Feb 13

palmeris60 says...

391 appearances is correct but i'm pretty sure 354 are league appearances which means Lloyds 350 game was at Middlesbrough.
391 appearances is correct but i'm pretty sure 354 are league appearances which means Lloyds 350 game was at Middlesbrough. palmeris60
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10:32pm Sun 10 Feb 13

rogeruk says...

Lloyd sweats blood for Watford what more can you say? A true watford legend and a fabulous role model for all footballers at any level.

Congratulations Lloyd.
Lloyd sweats blood for Watford what more can you say? A true watford legend and a fabulous role model for all footballers at any level. Congratulations Lloyd. rogeruk
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8:31am Mon 11 Feb 13

northofwatfordpete says...

He is the one Watford player I could never see playing for another club.
He is the one Watford player I could never see playing for another club. northofwatfordpete
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8:35am Mon 11 Feb 13

lutondown says...

Hampshire hornet wrote:
It's the A41 merging onto the A1 out of London
Thanks for clearing that up, thought for a minute it might of meant bunch of Moany fans with squeaky voices.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet[/bold] wrote: It's the A41 merging onto the A1 out of London[/p][/quote]Thanks for clearing that up, thought for a minute it might of meant bunch of Moany fans with squeaky voices. lutondown
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9:16am Mon 11 Feb 13

gloryhornet4 says...

BigRussMalta wrote:
Lloyds a legend at ours,an absolute pro in every department and a role model for every ypung footballer out there.respect ;-)
Another one club man perhaps from youth to retirement, like Nigel Gibbs.

Like Nigel - get your coaching badges so you can stay in football.
[quote][p][bold]BigRussMalta[/bold] wrote: Lloyds a legend at ours,an absolute pro in every department and a role model for every ypung footballer out there.respect ;-)[/p][/quote]Another one club man perhaps from youth to retirement, like Nigel Gibbs. Like Nigel - get your coaching badges so you can stay in football. gloryhornet4
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10:14am Mon 11 Feb 13

exeterhornet says...

Why is it that whenever I see or hear the words Lloyd Doyley, a smile breaks out on my face?
I think originally it was a sort of "Aaaaaaah, bless him" moment but now its based on the fact that he is the ultimate pro, who lacks the cynicism and arrogance of the modern game, who is devoted to our club and because he is a rarity in this day and age and that is he is a true gentleman. Without doubt, in decades to come he will be reveered amongst the all yime greats and favourites of our beloved club.

Lloyd, I salute you sir
Why is it that whenever I see or hear the words Lloyd Doyley, a smile breaks out on my face? I think originally it was a sort of "Aaaaaaah, bless him" moment but now its based on the fact that he is the ultimate pro, who lacks the cynicism and arrogance of the modern game, who is devoted to our club and because he is a rarity in this day and age and that is he is a true gentleman. Without doubt, in decades to come he will be reveered amongst the all yime greats and favourites of our beloved club. Lloyd, I salute you sir exeterhornet
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10:21am Mon 11 Feb 13

exeterhornet says...

Sorry, my fingers are too fat - I keep hitting the y instead of the t. I meant of course "all time greats"
Sorry, my fingers are too fat - I keep hitting the y instead of the t. I meant of course "all time greats" exeterhornet
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11:21am Mon 11 Feb 13

Stoney77 says...

Modern day WFC legend. Hope he makes it to 500.
Modern day WFC legend. Hope he makes it to 500. Stoney77
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