2006–07 Watford F.C. season

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Watford
2006–07 season
Chairman Graham Simpson
Manager Aidy Boothroyd
Stadium Vicarage Road
FA Premier League 20th (relegated)
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Bouazza (7)
All: Bouazza (8)
Average home league attendance 18,750

During the 2006–07 English football season, Watford competed in the FA Premier League, after being promoted from the Football League Championship last season.

Season summary[edit]

Watford were involved in the setting of several Premier League records during the season: when Tottenham Hotspur keeper Paul Robinson accidentally scored for Spurs from a long free-kick that bounced over Ben Foster's head, he became only the third keeper to score in the Premier League (the other two being Peter Schmeichel and Brad Friedel); and when Alec Chamberlain (born in 1964) came on a substitute in a Premier League match, he became the oldest player to appear in the Premier League. Watford were relegated after only one season in the top-flight.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 5 5 83 27 +56 89 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Chelsea 38 24 11 3 64 24 +40 83
3 Liverpool 38 20 8 10 57 27 +30 68 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Arsenal 38 19 11 8 63 35 +28 68
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 17 9 12 57 54 +3 60 2007–08 UEFA Cup First round 1
6 Everton 38 15 13 10 52 36 +16 58
7 Bolton Wanderers 38 16 8 14 47 52 −5 56
8 Reading 38 16 7 15 52 47 +5 55
9 Portsmouth 38 14 12 12 45 42 +3 54
10 Blackburn Rovers 38 15 7 16 52 54 −2 52 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round 2
11 Aston Villa 38 11 17 10 43 41 +2 50
12 Middlesbrough 38 12 10 16 44 49 −5 46
13 Newcastle United 38 11 10 17 38 47 −9 43
14 Manchester City 38 11 9 18 29 44 −15 42
15 West Ham United 38 12 5 21 35 59 −24 41
16 Fulham 38 8 15 15 38 60 −22 39
17 Wigan Athletic 38 10 8 20 37 59 −22 38
18 Sheffield United (R) 38 10 8 20 32 55 −23 38 Relegation to League Championship
19 Charlton Athletic (R) 38 8 10 20 34 60 −26 34
20 Watford (R) 38 5 13 20 29 59 −30 28

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Qualification for European competitions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

1. Since the finalists of the 2006–07 FA Cup (Manchester United and Chelsea) and the League Cup winners (Chelsea) had already qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League through their Premier League positions, their 2007–08 UEFA Cup places were given to the 6th- and 7th-placed Premier League teams.

2.The highest-placed team who applied for the Intertoto Cup and not in an automatic UEFA Cup spot was awarded with a place in that competition. Blackburn Rovers occupied the Intertoto place, because Portsmouth and Reading did not apply.[1] A further place in the UEFA Cup was up for grabs via the Premiership Fair Play League. The winner is placed into a draw with the winners of Fair Play leagues in other countries. The representatives from the two countries that come out of the hat first are given a place in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round. Since the winners of the Premiership Fair Play League, Tottenham Hotspur, had already qualified for the UEFA Cup by virtue of their league position, their place in the Fair Play draw was given to Aston Villa. However, the places in the UEFA Cup were awarded to the representatives from Finland and Norway.

For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Competition.

Results[edit]

Watford's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 2006 Everton A 1-2 39,691 Francis
22 August 2006 West Ham United H 1-1 18,344 King
26 August 2006 Manchester United H 1-2 19,453 Francis
9 September 2006 Bolton Wanderers A 0-1 21,140
16 September 2006 Aston Villa H 0-0 18,620
23 September 2006 Wigan Athletic A 1-1 16,359 Bouazza
2 October 2006 Fulham H 3-3 17,982 King, Young (2)
14 October 2006 Arsenal A 0-3 60,018
21 October 2006 Charlton Athletic A 0-0 27,011
28 October 2006 Tottenham Hotspur H 0-0 19,660
4 November 2006 Middlesbrough H 2-0 18,951 Woodgate (own goal), Young
11 November 2006 Chelsea A 0-4 41,936
18 November 2006 Portsmouth A 1-2 19,738 DeMerit
28 November 2006 Sheffield United H 0-1 18,887
4 December 2006 Manchester City A 0-0 35,915
9 December 2006 Reading H 0-0 19,223
16 December 2006 Newcastle United A 1-2 49,231 Bouazza
23 December 2006 Liverpool A 0-2 42,807
26 December 2006 Arsenal H 1-2 19,750 Smith
1 January 2007 Fulham A 0-0 19,698
13 January 2007 Liverpool H 0-3 19,746
20 January 2007 Aston Villa A 0-2 35,892
23 January 2007 Blackburn Rovers H 2-1 13,766 Emerton (own goal), DeMerit
31 January 2007 Manchester United A 0-4 76,032
3 February 2007 Bolton Wanderers H 0-1 18,722
10 February 2007 West Ham United A 1-0 34,625 Henderson (pen)
21 February 2007 Wigan Athletic H 1-1 18,338 Henderson
24 February 2007 Everton H 0-3 18,761
3 March 2007 Charlton Athletic H 2-2 19,782 Bouazza, Francis
17 March 2007 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-3 36,051 Henderson
31 March 2007 Chelsea H 0-1 19,793
7 April 2007 Middlesbrough A 1-4 25,534 Francis
9 April 2007 Portsmouth H 4-2 18,119 Bouazza (2, 1 pen), Mahon, Priskin
18 April 2007 Blackburn Rovers A 1-3 16,035 Rinaldi
21 April 2007 Manchester City H 1-1 18,537 Priskin
28 April 2007 Sheffield United A 0-1 30,690
5 May 2007 Reading A 2-0 23,294 Shittu, King
13 May 2007 Newcastle United H 1-1 19,830 King (pen)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2006-07 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 2007 Stockport County H 4-1 11,745 Mackay (2), Smith, Ashikodi
R4 27 January 2007 West Ham United A 1-0 31,168 McNamee
R5 17 February 2007 Ipswich Town H 1-0 17,016 Francis
QF 11 March 2007 Plymouth Argyle A 1-0 20,652 Bouazza
SF 14 April 2007 Manchester United N 1-4 37,425 Bouazza

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 19 September 2006 Accrington Stanley H 0-0 (won 6-5 on pens) 8,368
R3 24 October 2006 Hull City H 2-1 8,274 Young, Priskin
R4 7 November 2006 Newcastle United H 2-2 (lost 4-5 on pens) 16,791 Francis, Shittu

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Alec Chamberlain
2 England DF James Chambers
3 England DF Jordan Stewart
4 Scotland DF Malky Mackay
5 England DF Clarke Carlisle
6 United States DF Jay DeMerit
7 Jamaica MF Damien Francis[3]
8 England MF Gavin Mahon (captain)
9 Jamaica FW Marlon King[4]
10 England FW Darius Henderson
11 England DF Chris Powell
12 England DF Lloyd Doyley[5]
14 England MF Dominic Blizzard
15 England FW Steve Kabba
16 England GK Richard Lee
17 Nigeria DF Danny Shittu
18 Algeria FW Hameur Bouazza[6]
19 England DF Anthony McNamee
20 Sierra Leone MF Alhassan Bangura
21 France MF Toumani Diagouraga
No. Position Player
22 England DF Junior Osborne
23 England DF Adrian Mariappa[7]
24 Hungary FW Tamás Priskin[8]
25 Scotland MF Gareth Williams
26 England GK Ben Foster (on loan from Manchester United)
27 Jamaica FW Joel Grant[9]
28 Sierra Leone MF Albert Jarrett
29 England FW Tommy Smith
30 England DF Jordan Parkes
31 Brazil MF Douglas Rinaldi (on loan from Veranópolis)
32 France DF Cédric Avinel
33 England GK Scott Loach
34 England MF Ben Gill
35 England MF Alex Campana
36 England FW Moses Ashikodi[10]
37 England FW Will Hoskins
38 England MF Lee Williamson
40 England FW Theo Robinson[11]
41 France MF Johan Cavalli

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
15 England MF Ashley Young (to Aston Villa)
25 England MF Matthew Spring (to Luton Town)
No. Position Player
31 Ivory Coast FW Claude Seanla (to Kettering Town)
32 England DF Sheku Kamara (released)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Transfers in: Decrease >£5,700,000 (rising to >£7,100,000)
Transfers out: Increase >£8,200,000 (rising to >£9,950,000)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spurs win may harm Rovers' Intertoto chances
  2. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/watford/2006-2007/results
  3. ^ Francis was born in Wandsworth, England, but also qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in 2003.
  4. ^ King was born in Dulwich, England, but also qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in 2004.
  5. ^ Doyley was born in Whitechapel, England, but also qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in March 2013.
  6. ^ Bouazza was born in Évry, France, but qualifies to represent Algeria internationally and made his international debut for Algeria in February 2007.
  7. ^ Mariappa was born in Harrow, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica and Fiji internationally through his grandparents and father respectively; he would make his international debut for Jamaica in June 2012.
  8. ^ Priskin was born in Komárno, Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia), but also qualified to represent Hungary internationally and made his international debut for Hungary in August 2005.
  9. ^ Grant was born in Ealing, England, but also qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally and has represented them at U-20 level.
  10. ^ Ashikodi was born in Lagos, Nigeria, but also qualifies to represent Antigua and Barbuda internationally and would make his international debut for Antigua and Barbuda in September 2012.
  11. ^ Robinson was born in Birmingham, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in February 2013.
  12. ^ "Watford capture Charlton's Powell". BBC News. 30 June 2006. 
  13. ^ "Watford sign Francis from Wigan". BBC News. 12 July 2006. 
  14. ^ "Watford sign R's defender Shittu". BBC News. 6 August 2006. 
  15. ^ "Watford sign Hungary star Priskin". BBC Sport. 9 August 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2008. 
  16. ^ "Watford sign Foster on loan again". BBC News. 10 August 2006. 
  17. ^ "Jarrett completes move to Watford". BBC Sport. 16 August 2006. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Derby striker returns to Watford". BBC Sport. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 26 October 2009. 
  19. ^ "Watford complete Ashikodi swoop". BBC News. 1 January 2007. 
  20. ^ "Watford sign Williamson & Hoskins". BBC News. 5 January 2007. 
  21. ^ "Watford land Blades striker Kabba". BBC News. 26 January 2007. 
  22. ^ "Williams completes Watford switch". BBC News. 31 January 2007. 
  23. ^ "Watford complete triple signing". BBC News. 31 January 2007. 
  24. ^ "Young completes £9.65m Villa move". BBC News. 23 January 2007. 
  25. ^ "Watford man Spring rejoins Luton". BBC News. 18 January 2007.