2008–09 Watford F.C. season

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Watford
2008–09 season
Chairman Graham Simpson (until December 2009)
Jimmy Russo (from December 2009)
Manager Aidy Boothroyd (until October 2008)
Malky Mackay (caretaker in November 2008)
Brendan Rodgers (November 2008-June 2009)
Malky Mackay (June 2009)
Stadium Vicarage Road
League Championship 13th
FA Cup Fifth Round (eliminated by Chelsea)
League Cup Fifth Round (eliminated by Tottenham Hotspur)
Top goalscorer League: Tommy Smith (17)
All: Tommy Smith (17)
Highest home attendance 16,386 (vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, 25 October 2008)
Lowest home attendance 13,193 (vs Burnley, 27 January 2010)
Average home league attendance 14,858
Home colours
Away colours

Watford Football Club are an association football team from the county of Hertfordshire, England. Waford has played in the Championship since being relegated from the Premier League in 2006–07. The club finished the season in 13th position out of 24 Championship teams. The club went through four managers during the season.

Background, review and events[edit]

The 2008–09 season was their second consecutive one in the Football League Championship, following relegation from the Premier League in 2006–07.[1]

They reached the fifth round of both the League Cup and FA Cup, where they were eliminated by Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea respectively. Both teams went on to reach the finals of the corresponding competitions, with Chelsea going on to win the 2009 FA Cup Final.[2]

Off the pitch, there were a series of personnel changes through the course of the season. Chairman Graham Simpson and chief executive Mark Ashton resigned, and were replaced by Jimmy Russo and Julian Winter respectively. Following a decline in form throughout 2008, manager Aidy Boothroyd left the club by mutual consent, and was replaced by Brendan Rodgers. In turn, Rodgers controversially left the club a few weeks after the last game of the season, having previously suggested that rumours linking him to Reading were "questioning his integrity".[3] His replacement was first team coach and former player Malky Mackay.[4]

The season is perhaps best remembered for the "ghost goal" incident, which occurred in a league match against Reading on 20 September 2008. Following a corner from Reading player Stephen Hunt, John Eustace kicked the ball across the line, level with the six yard box. Initially, linesman Nigel Bannister seemed to signal for a goal kick, and players from both sides ran away from the penalty area, waiting for goalkeeper Scott Loach to take it. However, Bannister walked over to referee Stuart Attwell, and after a brief discussion, Attwell awarded Reading a goal. The match eventually finished 2–2. The match also marked Loach's debut; the "ghost goal" was the first goal he conceded in his Watford career.[5][6]

Match results[edit]

League Championship[edit]

League results[edit]

Match Date Stadium City Opponent Result Attendance Goalscorers Source
Watford Opponent
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46

League table[edit]

Final league table[edit]
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (C) (P) 46 27 9 10 80 52 +28 90 Promotion to Premier League
2 Birmingham City (P) 46 23 14 9 54 37 +17 83
3 Sheffield United 46 22 14 10 64 39 +25 80 Qualification to League Championship playoffs
4 Reading 46 21 14 11 72 40 +32 77
5 Burnley (P) 46 21 13 12 72 60 +12 76
6 Preston North End 46 21 11 14 66 54 +12 74
7 Cardiff City 46 19 17 10 65 53 +12 74
8 Swansea City 46 16 20 10 63 50 +13 68
9 Ipswich Town 46 17 15 14 62 53 +9 66
10 Bristol City 46 15 16 15 54 54 0 61
11 Queens Park Rangers 46 15 16 15 42 44 −2 61
12 Sheffield Wednesday 46 16 13 17 51 58 −7 61
13 Watford 46 16 10 20 68 72 −4 58
14 Doncaster Rovers 46 17 7 22 42 53 −11 58
15 Crystal Palace 46 15 12 19 52 55 −3 0561
16 Blackpool 46 13 17 16 47 58 −11 56
17 Coventry City 46 13 15 18 47 58 −11 54
18 Derby County 46 14 12 20 55 67 −12 54
19 Nottingham Forest 46 13 14 19 50 65 −15 53
20 Barnsley 46 13 13 20 45 58 −13 52
21 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 12 21 44 57 −13 51
22 Norwich City (R) 46 12 10 24 57 70 −13 46 Relegation to League One
23 Southampton (R) 46 10 15 21 46 69 −23 0452
24 Charlton Athletic (R) 46 8 15 23 52 74 −22 39

Updated to games played on 17 March 2012.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Crystal Palace were give a one-point deduction for using an ineligible player during a match against Sheffield United on 3 May 2009.[7]
2 Southampton were given a ten-point deduction for breaching insolvency regulations, regarding their holding company. As they finished in the bottom three this season, the points deduction will be applied next season.[8]
(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.

Results summary[edit]
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 16 10 20 68 72 −4 58 11 6 6 42 32 +10 5 4 14 26 40 −14

Last updated: 17 March 2013.
Source: Fussballdaten.de

FA Cup[edit]

Match Date Stadium City Opponent Result Attendance Goalscorers Source
Watford Opponent
3 3 January 2009 Vicarage Road Watford Scunthorpe United 1–0 8,690 Rasiak Goal 67' [MR 1]
4 24 January 2009 Vicarage Road Watford Crystal Palace 4–3 10,006 DeMerit Goal 17'
Cork Goal 27'
Hoskins Goal 67'
Rasiak Goal 70'
Hill Goal 48'
Ifill Goal 83'90'
[MR 2]
5 14 February 2009 Vicarage Road Watford Chelsea 1–3 16,851 Priskin Goal 69' Anelka Goal 75'77'90' [MR 3]

League Cup[edit]

Match Date Stadium City Opponent Result Attendance Goalscorers Source
Watford Opponent
1 12 August 2008 Vicarage Road Watford Bristol Rovers 1–0 5,574 Hoskins Goal 88' [MR 4]
2 28 August 2008 Vicarage Road Watford Darlington 2–1 5,236 Francis Goal 37'
O'Toole Goal 116'
Blundell Goal 90' [MR 5]
3 23 September 2008 Vicarage Road Watford West Ham United 1–0 12,914 Mullins Goal 70' (o.g.) [MR 6]
4 11 November 2008 Liberty Stadium Swansea, Wales Swansea City 1–0 9,549 Williamson Goal 21' [MR 7]
5 3 December 2008 Vicarage Road Watford Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 16,501 Priskin Goal 13' Pavlyuchenko Goal 45' (pen.)
Bent Goal 76'
[MR 8]

Player information[edit]

Squad, appearances and goals[edit]

Bookings[edit]

References[edit]

Match reports[edit]

  1. ^ "Watford 1-0 Scunthorpe". BBC. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Watford 4-3 Crystal Palace". BBC. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Watford 1-3 Chelsea". BBC. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Watford 1-0 Bristol Rovers". BBC. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Watford 2-1 Darlington (aet)". BBC. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Watford 1-0 West Ham". BBC. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "Swansea 0-1 Watford". BBC. 11 November 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Watford 1-2 Tottenham". BBC. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

Other references[edit]

  1. ^ Chris Bevan (21 April 2007). "Watford 1–1 Man City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Chris Bevan (30 May 2009). "Chelsea 2–1 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Frank Smith (22 May 2009). "'No contact at all' from Reading for Rodgers". Newsquest. 
  4. ^ "Mackay appointed Watford manager". BBC Sport. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Watford 2–2 Reading". BBC Sport. 20 September 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Richard Evans (30 June 2010). "England's future stars - ones to watch for the 2014 World Cup squad". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Crystal Palace have one point deduction for fielding ineligible Rui Fonte". The Guardian. 1 June 2009. Archived from the original on 12 June 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Southampton Football Club". The Football League. 23 April 2009. Archived from the original on 26 April 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

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