It's 25 years since Watford lost in the play-offs on away goals against Blackburn Rovers

On this date in Watford FC's history

On this date in Watford FC's history

First published in Latest Sport

Wednesday, May 24, 1989

After a goalless draw at Ewood Park, Watford entertained Blackburn Rovers in the second leg of a second division play-off semi-final.

An early Simon Garner goal for the visitors deflated a crowd of only 13,852 and although Neil Redfearn hit an equaliser, Rovers went through by virtue of their away goal.

Watford suffered through the absence of Player of the Season Glyn Hodges, who had missed the end of the campaign through injury.

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

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8:07am Sat 24 May 14

Hornet Cornet says...

I still remember going to this game and, despite just being a teenager, it being a very very tense game. What amazes me is that the play offs have been going so long....

HC
I still remember going to this game and, despite just being a teenager, it being a very very tense game. What amazes me is that the play offs have been going so long.... HC Hornet Cornet
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9:03am Sat 24 May 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
I still remember going to this game and, despite just being a teenager, it being a very very tense game. What amazes me is that the play offs have been going so long....

HC
Blackburn did everything possible to waste time. Knocking the ball out for throw ins and when they had set pieces, fanny about. A disgrace. In the last extra time period the ball was in play for under 5 mins.
The ref should have booked more as it was obvious and be prepared to play to 10.30.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: I still remember going to this game and, despite just being a teenager, it being a very very tense game. What amazes me is that the play offs have been going so long.... HC[/p][/quote]Blackburn did everything possible to waste time. Knocking the ball out for throw ins and when they had set pieces, fanny about. A disgrace. In the last extra time period the ball was in play for under 5 mins. The ref should have booked more as it was obvious and be prepared to play to 10.30. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 5

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