Watford beat Leeds United in the Championship play-off final eight years ago today

On this date in Watford FC's history

On this date in Watford FC's history

First published in Watford FC News

Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Hornets hammered an out-of-sorts Leeds United 3-0 at the Millennium Stadium in the Championship play-off final.

With manager Aidy Boothroyd and several senior players having arrived at Watford from Leeds, considerable bad blood existed between the sides that had threatened to boil over in a ferocious encounter at Elland Road the previous February.

The following season would see Leeds relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time in their history.

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

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8:10am Wed 21 May 14

Hornet Cornet says...

I was there I was there !! We drove down from Newcastle upon Tyne, me and the now-missus wearing Watford tops, the car broken down at Leeds M1 j47, Leeds fans were hooting at us, even the Traffic Police grimaced at us, the AA man took the engine of the Mercedes A Class apart, found the problem, put it back together, we got going again, the M42 was shut so we took a different route, eventually got to Cardiff, couldn't find a car park, then found a car park which cost £10 but we didn't have the cash, the car park attendant saw the state we were in and let us off paying, the windows of the car were stuck in the down-position and there was nowt we could do about it, then we ran around like headless chickens, the wife had a small asthma attack and we got to the stadium bang on half time. Don't think I'll be forgetting that day any time soon.

ha ha

HC
I was there I was there !! We drove down from Newcastle upon Tyne, me and the now-missus wearing Watford tops, the car broken down at Leeds M1 j47, Leeds fans were hooting at us, even the Traffic Police grimaced at us, the AA man took the engine of the Mercedes A Class apart, found the problem, put it back together, we got going again, the M42 was shut so we took a different route, eventually got to Cardiff, couldn't find a car park, then found a car park which cost £10 but we didn't have the cash, the car park attendant saw the state we were in and let us off paying, the windows of the car were stuck in the down-position and there was nowt we could do about it, then we ran around like headless chickens, the wife had a small asthma attack and we got to the stadium bang on half time. Don't think I'll be forgetting that day any time soon. ha ha HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 5

10:07am Wed 21 May 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
I was there I was there !! We drove down from Newcastle upon Tyne, me and the now-missus wearing Watford tops, the car broken down at Leeds M1 j47, Leeds fans were hooting at us, even the Traffic Police grimaced at us, the AA man took the engine of the Mercedes A Class apart, found the problem, put it back together, we got going again, the M42 was shut so we took a different route, eventually got to Cardiff, couldn't find a car park, then found a car park which cost £10 but we didn't have the cash, the car park attendant saw the state we were in and let us off paying, the windows of the car were stuck in the down-position and there was nowt we could do about it, then we ran around like headless chickens, the wife had a small asthma attack and we got to the stadium bang on half time. Don't think I'll be forgetting that day any time soon.

ha ha

HC
There is a Easyjet fly on the wall episode of two LUFC supporters who had not heard of the 24 hour clock when booking their flights. When they got to Bristol for their 8.00 ish flight home they found it had left in the morning. They tried to get a friends to drive them home at great expense as one of them thought he would be sacked if he missed work the next day. Seems they had no friends willing so they paid through the nose for a taxi.

Seems HC you were not alone. Even Elton missed a game when one of his umpteen cars broke down. That was a promotion season as well.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: I was there I was there !! We drove down from Newcastle upon Tyne, me and the now-missus wearing Watford tops, the car broken down at Leeds M1 j47, Leeds fans were hooting at us, even the Traffic Police grimaced at us, the AA man took the engine of the Mercedes A Class apart, found the problem, put it back together, we got going again, the M42 was shut so we took a different route, eventually got to Cardiff, couldn't find a car park, then found a car park which cost £10 but we didn't have the cash, the car park attendant saw the state we were in and let us off paying, the windows of the car were stuck in the down-position and there was nowt we could do about it, then we ran around like headless chickens, the wife had a small asthma attack and we got to the stadium bang on half time. Don't think I'll be forgetting that day any time soon. ha ha HC[/p][/quote]There is a Easyjet fly on the wall episode of two LUFC supporters who had not heard of the 24 hour clock when booking their flights. When they got to Bristol for their 8.00 ish flight home they found it had left in the morning. They tried to get a friends to drive them home at great expense as one of them thought he would be sacked if he missed work the next day. Seems they had no friends willing so they paid through the nose for a taxi. Seems HC you were not alone. Even Elton missed a game when one of his umpteen cars broke down. That was a promotion season as well. gloryhornet4
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12:42pm Wed 21 May 14

MainStandShambles says...

A match to remember for me too but in happier way.

My wife and i were in Lindos on the island of Rhodes, we watched the match on a shady bar terrace with beers in hand surrounded by some very (over) confident Leeds fans.

It was very amusing seeing their noisy bravado being slowly punctured as each goal went in. We didn't need to overdo our celebrations but i don't think they appreciated our ear to ear grins as they slunk out after the final whistle. A great memory.
A match to remember for me too but in happier way. My wife and i were in Lindos on the island of Rhodes, we watched the match on a shady bar terrace with beers in hand surrounded by some very (over) confident Leeds fans. It was very amusing seeing their noisy bravado being slowly punctured as each goal went in. We didn't need to overdo our celebrations but i don't think they appreciated our ear to ear grins as they slunk out after the final whistle. A great memory. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 3

5:39pm Wed 21 May 14

gloryhornet4 says...

MainStandShambles wrote:
A match to remember for me too but in happier way.

My wife and i were in Lindos on the island of Rhodes, we watched the match on a shady bar terrace with beers in hand surrounded by some very (over) confident Leeds fans.

It was very amusing seeing their noisy bravado being slowly punctured as each goal went in. We didn't need to overdo our celebrations but i don't think they appreciated our ear to ear grins as they slunk out after the final whistle. A great memory.
Loved Jay's bullet header.

Ash cheating a throw in for Sully's own goal.

Marlon skidding for the pen. Hendo scoring it so no nervous finish.

Bar to ourselves at 3-0.
[quote][p][bold]MainStandShambles[/bold] wrote: A match to remember for me too but in happier way. My wife and i were in Lindos on the island of Rhodes, we watched the match on a shady bar terrace with beers in hand surrounded by some very (over) confident Leeds fans. It was very amusing seeing their noisy bravado being slowly punctured as each goal went in. We didn't need to overdo our celebrations but i don't think they appreciated our ear to ear grins as they slunk out after the final whistle. A great memory.[/p][/quote]Loved Jay's bullet header. Ash cheating a throw in for Sully's own goal. Marlon skidding for the pen. Hendo scoring it so no nervous finish. Bar to ourselves at 3-0. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 2

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