Watford played Chelsea in a testimonial for Gary Porter 20 years ago today

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Watford FC News

Wednesday, July 27, 1994

Glenn Hoddle's Chelsea were the visitors to Vicarage Road for the testimonial of long-serving midfielder Gary Porter.

The only goal of the evening came from Paul Furlong, sold by Watford for a record transfer fee earlier in the summer, who struck a right-foot shot past on-trial goalkeeper Alan Judge.

Furlong was to complete the game partnering Neil Shipperley in the visitors' attack, one of a number of strikers brought in on loan by Watford in an attempt to fill the void in their forward line the following season.

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

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9:07am Sun 27 Jul 14

MainStandShambles says...

Gary Porter was one of my all- time favourite players. He had a great left foot and could produce an explosive shot on occasions.

My stand-out memory is his hat-trick in the 4-3 comeback win against Bolton many years ago. I believe Ken Charlery scored the other goal (remember him?).

Thinking of the atmosphere in the ground that day still makes the hairs on the back of neck rise. A great game.
Gary Porter was one of my all- time favourite players. He had a great left foot and could produce an explosive shot on occasions. My stand-out memory is his hat-trick in the 4-3 comeback win against Bolton many years ago. I believe Ken Charlery scored the other goal (remember him?). Thinking of the atmosphere in the ground that day still makes the hairs on the back of neck rise. A great game. MainStandShambles
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9:08am Sun 27 Jul 14

MainStandShambles says...

PS: Does anybody know what happened to Gary Porter after he retired from playing?
PS: Does anybody know what happened to Gary Porter after he retired from playing? MainStandShambles
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9:25am Sun 27 Jul 14

daffym says...

http://www.watfordle
gends.com/Gary_Porte
r.html
http://www.watfordle gends.com/Gary_Porte r.html daffym
  • Score: 1

10:03am Sun 27 Jul 14

Glenn Roeder says...

MainStandShambles wrote:
Gary Porter was one of my all- time favourite players. He had a great left foot and could produce an explosive shot on occasions.

My stand-out memory is his hat-trick in the 4-3 comeback win against Bolton many years ago. I believe Ken Charlery scored the other goal (remember him?).

Thinking of the atmosphere in the ground that day still makes the hairs on the back of neck rise. A great game.
Yes remember that game well.

He wasn't flash but a great player of the past.

Although I did think his "There's only one Gary Poreeeeeeer" chant sounded terrible.
[quote][p][bold]MainStandShambles[/bold] wrote: Gary Porter was one of my all- time favourite players. He had a great left foot and could produce an explosive shot on occasions. My stand-out memory is his hat-trick in the 4-3 comeback win against Bolton many years ago. I believe Ken Charlery scored the other goal (remember him?). Thinking of the atmosphere in the ground that day still makes the hairs on the back of neck rise. A great game.[/p][/quote]Yes remember that game well. He wasn't flash but a great player of the past. Although I did think his "There's only one Gary Poreeeeeeer" chant sounded terrible. Glenn Roeder
  • Score: 3

10:23am Sun 27 Jul 14

Bush Hornet says...

MainStandShambles wrote:
Gary Porter was one of my all- time favourite players. He had a great left foot and could produce an explosive shot on occasions.

My stand-out memory is his hat-trick in the 4-3 comeback win against Bolton many years ago. I believe Ken Charlery scored the other goal (remember him?).

Thinking of the atmosphere in the ground that day still makes the hairs on the back of neck rise. A great game.
I remember that victory and yes GP was one of my faves from that era. Good penalty taker as well
[quote][p][bold]MainStandShambles[/bold] wrote: Gary Porter was one of my all- time favourite players. He had a great left foot and could produce an explosive shot on occasions. My stand-out memory is his hat-trick in the 4-3 comeback win against Bolton many years ago. I believe Ken Charlery scored the other goal (remember him?). Thinking of the atmosphere in the ground that day still makes the hairs on the back of neck rise. A great game.[/p][/quote]I remember that victory and yes GP was one of my faves from that era. Good penalty taker as well Bush Hornet
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Glenn Roeder says...

No disrespect to Paul Furlong as he is one of my all time favourite Watford players, but their forward line makes you realise what a different club they are now. Still remember their nasty fans when they were in the old second division with us.
No disrespect to Paul Furlong as he is one of my all time favourite Watford players, but their forward line makes you realise what a different club they are now. Still remember their nasty fans when they were in the old second division with us. Glenn Roeder
  • Score: 2

3:52pm Sun 27 Jul 14

lockerbiehornet says...

MainStandShambles wrote:
Gary Porter was one of my all- time favourite players. He had a great left foot and could produce an explosive shot on occasions.

My stand-out memory is his hat-trick in the 4-3 comeback win against Bolton many years ago. I believe Ken Charlery scored the other goal (remember him?).

Thinking of the atmosphere in the ground that day still makes the hairs on the back of neck rise. A great game.
I remember standing in the Viccy Road end that day watching people stream out of the ground with 20 minutes left as were 1-3 down, 20 minutes later Porter finished his hat-trick in a 4-3 win. What a game that was, just proves those who leave early miss out!!
[quote][p][bold]MainStandShambles[/bold] wrote: Gary Porter was one of my all- time favourite players. He had a great left foot and could produce an explosive shot on occasions. My stand-out memory is his hat-trick in the 4-3 comeback win against Bolton many years ago. I believe Ken Charlery scored the other goal (remember him?). Thinking of the atmosphere in the ground that day still makes the hairs on the back of neck rise. A great game.[/p][/quote]I remember standing in the Viccy Road end that day watching people stream out of the ground with 20 minutes left as were 1-3 down, 20 minutes later Porter finished his hat-trick in a 4-3 win. What a game that was, just proves those who leave early miss out!! lockerbiehornet
  • Score: 3

9:38pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Bush Hornet says...

Glenn Roeder wrote:
No disrespect to Paul Furlong as he is one of my all time favourite Watford players, but their forward line makes you realise what a different club they are now. Still remember their nasty fans when they were in the old second division with us.
Chelsea fans were always pretty nasty and now they're the most obnoxious of all
[quote][p][bold]Glenn Roeder[/bold] wrote: No disrespect to Paul Furlong as he is one of my all time favourite Watford players, but their forward line makes you realise what a different club they are now. Still remember their nasty fans when they were in the old second division with us.[/p][/quote]Chelsea fans were always pretty nasty and now they're the most obnoxious of all Bush Hornet
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