Nationwide Division One, 13/09/03, 12.30pm
By Mary Grimson
I arrived at the ground and scanned the adjacent stand, looking for a friend
who I knew would be attending the game. When kick-off came...don't you
just love the way everyone stands up when Z-Cars is played...I was still
searching and my attention took a little while to become focused on the
game. It didn't help that we were playing in our all-white away strip,
presumably to promote it to a global audience, courtesy of TV. I expect
people in far-flung places will now be clamouring for a Watford away shirt
rather than a Real Madrid home shirt...I digress. Fortunately, I focused
in time to witness the first goal of the game - a lovely move involving
Gavin and Lee, finished by Bruce.
The rest of the first half seemed to take an age, and was peppered by the
random decisions of a referee who was determined to enjoy his exposure on
TV. When he gave the penalty, Alec walked backed to his goal looking
perplexed - an expression mirrored on many faces in the Rookery, where fans
turned to each other to see if anyone had seen...well, anything!
Whatever...we went in at half-time on an upbeat note, leading 2-1, with
Millwall down to ten men.
Ray has been searching for a right sided attacking midfielder since the loss
of Jimmy, and he signed Paul Devlin from Birmingham City in time for this
game. Paul impressed me with his skill, awareness and downright thoughtful
play. He will make a welcome addition to the team. In contrast to this very
experienced thirty-one year old, a first team debut was also given to eighteen year old
Ashley Young, who slotted competently in to the left side in the second half.
He was scythingly welcomed by a Millwall player, but still wanted the ball,
and crowned his debut by being in the right place at the right time to score
from close range at the far post. Ashley was mobbed by jubilant Watford
players, and the crowd celebrated a win and three points with joy and a certain
amount of relief.
So, if you are searching, you can find what you are looking for - and maybe
something you weren't looking for as well.