Nationwide Division One, 30/10/01
Last time: 1-0 (13/01/01)
Lingering memory: Tommy Mooney. Bang.
Previous results: See Watford Versus...
Background: See season preview
Last match: vs. Crewe Alexandra (H, 27/10/01, W1-0)
Last line-up: S.Tracey, B.Doane, T.Phelan, S.Murphy, R.Page, P.Devlin, M.Brown, M.Tonge, P.Ndlovu, P.Peschisolido, A.Littlejohn (Subs: N.Montgomery, P.Jagielka, M.Ward, S.Nicholson, W.de Vogt)
Ex-Blades at Watford: None
Ex-Hornets at United: Robert Page
Mutual friends: Tony Agana, David Barnes, Dave Bassett, Willie Falconer, Mick Henderson, Peter Hetherston, Glyn Hodges, David Holdsworth, Martin Kuhl, Mark Morris, Cliff Powell, Mel Rees, Wilf Rostron, Keith Waugh
Web sites: The Red and White Wizards, The Blades Online (Rivals), Official
On this day
Previous reports: None
Celebrity birthdays: Charles Atlas (1893), Diego Maradona (1960)
Historical events: Orson Welles' radio production of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" causes panic on the streets of America as listeners are convinced that Martians have invaded (1938); Jim Morrison was sentenced to 6 months in jail and fined $500 for exposing himself in Miami, FL (1970).
Saint of the day: Little is known of Ethelnoth of Canterbury's rule as archbishop, but stories of his body-snatching remain. At this time, the stealing of remains of saints was not only a common, but almost a reputable, practice - the theory being that a saint's relics couldn't be moved unless the saint wanted to be moved. In 1023, with the full approval of the king, he nicked the body of St Alphege from St Paul's in London. Monks broke into the tomb using a candlestick as a crowbar, whilst members of the royal bodyguard stood guard to prevent attack from outraged Londoners. The king is reputed to have rushed half-dressed from his bath to help in the raid.