Nationwide Division One, 14/02/04, 3.00pm
Preston North End
Last time: 0-1 (04/03/03)
Lingering memory: Sean Dyche misleading by example.
Previous results: See Watford Versus...
Background: See season preview
Last match: vs. West Bromwich Albion (H, 07/02/04, W3-0)
Last line-up: A.Lonergan, G.Alexander, M.Jackson, M.Broomes, T.Mears, D.Etuhu, D.Healy, P.McKenna, E.Lewis, R.Cresswell, R.Fuller (Subs: C.Burley, M.Keane, P.Abbott, P.Edwards, J.Gould)
Ex-Lilywhites at Watford: None
Ex-Hornets at Preston: None
Mutual friends: Nigel Jemson, Dominic Ludden, Stuart Rimmer, Allan Smart
Web sites: Who's that Jumping off the Pier? (Rivals),
Shorts, Scarf or Souwester?: See Met Office (London)
On this day
Previous reports: Watford 1 Luton Town 1, 14/02/98,
Celebrity birthdays: Jack Benny (1894), Jimmy Hoffa(1913)
Historical events: Oscar Wilde's final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opened at the St. James' Theatre in London (1895), The "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" took place in Chicago. Seven gangsters who were rivals of Al Capone were killed (1929)
Saint of the day: Poor Saint Valentine - in fact, there are three saints by this name - is blamed for a day that strikes as many hearts with terror as it does with cupid's arrows. In fact, this event probably originates from the much earlier pre-Christian fertility festival of Lupercalia that was celebrated in mid-February.