Nationwide Division One, 24/08/02, 3pm
Last time: 1-0 (13/04/02)
Lingering memory: Jamie Hand taking on Fratton and winning. A scary young man.
Previous results: See Watford Versus...
Background: See season preview
Last match: vs. Crystal Palace (A, 17/08/02, W3-2)
Last line-up: S.Hislop, A.De Zeeuw, H.Foxe, L.Primus, M.Taylor, G.O'Neil, P.Merson, N.Quashie, C.Robinson, D.Burton, V.Pericard (Subs: J.Crowe, R.Hughes, S.Todorov, M.Burchill, Y.Kawaguchi)
Ex-Pompey at Watford: Paolo Vernazza
Ex-Hornets at Portsmouth: None
Mutual friends: Dave Bamber, Alan Garner, Jimmy Gilligan, Martin Kuhl, Warren Neill, Mick Quinn, Trevor Senior
Web sites: PompeyWeb, Pompey-Fans.com (Rivals), Official
Shorts, Scarf or Souwester?: See Met Office (Portsmouth)
On this day
Previous reports: Watford 0 Aston Villa 1, 24/8/99, Watford 0 Millwall 2, 24/8/96
Celebrity birthdays: Yasser Arafat (1929), Jeffrey Daniel of Shalamar (1955)
Historical events: Mount Vesuvius erupted killing approximately 20,000 people. The cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum were buried in volcanic ash (0079), The Visigoths overran Rome. This event symbolized the fall of the Western Roman Empire (0410)
Saint of the day: One of the twelve Apostles, Saint Bartholomew was skinned alive by heathens and is shown in art holding a tanner's knife. The curved knife accounts for his patronage of mediaeval cheese merchants, who mistook it for a cheese-cutter.