Tag: Watford

Video of the Day: Watford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, January 1981

The late 1970s and early 1980s were an exciting time to be a Watford supporter. Under the stewardship of Graham Taylor, the Hornets had been promoted from the Fourth Division in 1978 and had managed a second successive promotion a year later, and while the club’s upward ascent had stalled slightly in the second tier of the English league system, by the time of the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in 1981 it was comfortably positioned in a mid-table position in the Second Division and still looking in an upward direction. The 1980/81 season would finish with Watford...

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Watford Exploit Chelsea’s Winter of Discontent

‘Twas the season to be jolly, and the mood in The Rose pub, a brisk five minute walk from Stamford Bridge, was somewhat more sanguine than press reports might have led us to believe it would be. The mood of Chelsea supporters had doubtless been lifted by the ongoing travails of Manchester United, whose lunchtime defeat at Stoke City was being met with smirks of recognition and not a little relief that attention towards their deficiencies was being a little more equitably distributed as the year comes to its end, yet still the lunchtime conversation was largely about what...

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All Aboard The Managerial Merry-Go-Round… Again

It has, dare we say it, been a tetchy two or three days for the managers of England’s football clubs. Even a breed of people that live their entire lives with a metaphorical axe suspended precariously over their heads will have offered an extra shudder at the events of last three days, which have resulted in the departure of three of their brethren from their positions, and such is the instability of the manager of any club these days that those that remain in work may well even find themselves unable to offer so much as a whispered, ‘There but for the grace of God go I’ tonight. If the form book is anything to go by, there, regardless of the grace of God, they are most likely to go in something like the short to medium term. To begin, then, at the top of the football food chain. Tottenham Hotspur may not have been the champions of England since John F Kennedy was the president of the United States of America, but modern football pays little attention to long-term trends. Spurs spent their Gareth Bale transfer window before they’d even sold that player, and the sheer volume of new recruits at White Hart Lane meant that Andre Villa Boas was always likely to face an uphill struggle in order to placate both the directors and supporters of the...

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Watford: ‘Bankrupt Baz’ Gets Banned

Of all the chancers to take their chance with English club football in recent years, Laurence Bassini/Bazini may even have been the chanciest of the lot. Championship high-flyers Watford are currently living through altogether different controversies, as their loan-heavy team challenges for a Premier League place, thanks more than most else to their status as a ‘nursery’ side of sorts for Serie A club Udinese. But the sins of Watford’s recent past nearly came back to haunt them this week, as the true nature of Bassini’s club ownership was exposed by the publication of the Football League’s Football Disciplinary Committee (FDC) “determinations.” “Bankrupt Baz”, as he is referenced in his – possibly not self-penned – Wikipedia profile, was once a “client” of the execrable Keith Harris’s investment bank Seymour Pierce (and who here is surprised at Harris’s link to this grubby tale?). And he was offered ownership of Blackburn Rovers in 2010, which was a lucky escape for Blackb…ah… Last month Bassini was found guilty of “misconduct” and “banned from owning or holding any position of authority in any football club for three years” by the FDC investigating “two financial transactions in 2011 which occurred during (his) tenure as owner and director” of Watford. Watford also breached three League regulations but the FDC deemed a “registration embargo” to be “a just and proportionate penalty,” rather than the points deduction...

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