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Nationwide Division One, 28/12/03, 1.00pm
Cardiff City
Previous encounters

Last time: 0-0 (14/11/81)
Lingering memory: Going 4-2 up in 1980, Les Taylor joyously belting the ball back into the goal in celebration and the scoreboard flicking to 5-2...
Previous results: See Watford Versus...

Our opponents

Background: See season preview
Last match: vs. Millwall (H, 20/12/03, L1-3)
Last line-up: I.Alexander, R.Weston, C.Barker, D.Gabbidon, T.Vidmar, K.Langley, G.Kavanagh, M.Bonner, G.Whalley, P.Thorne, R.Earnshaw (Subs: G.Croft, S.Prior, M.Bonner, A.Campbell, M.Margetson)
Ex-Bluebirds at Watford: None
Ex-Hornets at Cardiff: Paul Wilkinson
Mutual friends: Jimmy Gilligan, Paul Harding, Gerald Harrison, Mick Henderson, John McClelland, Mel Rees, Dai Thomas, Garry Thompson
Web sites: (Rivals),, Official

Shorts, Scarf or Souwester?: See Met Office (London)

On this day

Previous reports: Watford 1 Leicester City 2 28/12/02, Watford 3 Southampton 2, 28/12/99, Watford 1 Plymouth Argyle 1, 28/12/97
Celebrity birthdays: Woodrow Wilson (1856), Nigel Kennedy (1956)
Historical events: Mexico's independence was recognized by Spain (1836), Initial filming of "Dr. Zhivago" began on location near Madrid (1964).
Saint of the day: Saint Maughold, a royal thief and pirate, was converted to Christianity by St Patrick. To avoid sin and temptation, he set sail from Ireland in a wicker basket, leaving it to God to decide the course of his travels. He ended up in the Isle of Man.