Fifteen years ago today Watford reached the play-off final at Wembley following a nerve-shredding victory at Birmingham City

On this date in Watford FC's history

On this date in Watford FC's history

First published in Latest Sport

Thursday, May 20, 1999

Having taken a one-goal lead in the home leg of the Division One play-off semi-final with Birmingham City, it took only two minutes at St Andrew's for Dele Adebola's scruffy goal to level the tie on aggregate.

A monumentally competitive match ensued, played out to deafening encouragement from both sets of supporters.

Watford's cause was abetted by the second-half dismissal of former Hornet David Holdsworth, but Alec Chamberlain was the hero of the evening.

An extraordinary save from Michael Johnson's header in injury time was the highlight; there followed two saves in the subsequent penalty shoot-out from another ex-Hornet, Paul Furlong, and from Chris Holland, the latter securing passage to the final at Wembley Stadium.

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

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9:35am Tue 20 May 14

tonupchris says...

In my top 5 away days of all time
In my top 5 away days of all time tonupchris
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9:45am Tue 20 May 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Far less talent in that side than now play for Watford - but they played as a team and got promoted.

No late goal conceded.
Far less talent in that side than now play for Watford - but they played as a team and got promoted. No late goal conceded. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 5

11:55am Tue 20 May 14

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

Intense and intimidating atmosphere. We really had to dig deep to get through. Such amazing feelings and celebrations when Chamberlain saved that last penalty. One of the best experiences following Watford.
Intense and intimidating atmosphere. We really had to dig deep to get through. Such amazing feelings and celebrations when Chamberlain saved that last penalty. One of the best experiences following Watford. Only 2 Ross Jenkins
  • Score: 5

1:34pm Tue 20 May 14

gloryhornet4 says...

After penalty no. 15 my brother decided he could not stand the pressure anymore and turned the radio off in his car to go in doors.

To be greeted by the door being opened and the news that Chambers had saved the 16th penalty.
After penalty no. 15 my brother decided he could not stand the pressure anymore and turned the radio off in his car to go in doors. To be greeted by the door being opened and the news that Chambers had saved the 16th penalty. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 2

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