Nationwide Division One, 09/05/04, 1pm
Last time: 0-3 (30/04/03)
Lingering memory: Oh god, make it stop!
Previous results: See Watford Versus...
Background: See season preview
Last match: vs. West Bromwich Albion (H, 01/05/04, W1-0)
Last line-up: J.Ashdown, G.Murty, R.Newman, A.Williams, A.Hughes, B.Savage, J.Harper, S.Sidwell, J.Salako, D.Kitson, S.Goater (Subs: D.Morgan, D.Gordon, P.Brooker, L.Owusu, M.Hahnemann)
Ex-Royals at Watford: None
Ex-Hornets at Reading: None
Mutual friends: David Byrne, Darren Caskey, Kerry Dixon, Gary Donnellan, Paul Franklin, Richard Hill, Roger Joslyn, Colin Lee, Steve Morrow, Lee Nogan, Mark Robson, Trevor Senior, Simon Sheppard, Neil Smillie, Les Taylor
Web sites: Hob Nob Anyone, Off at Eleven (Rivals), Official
Shorts, Scarf or Souwester?: See Met Office (London)
On this day
Previous reports: Watford 1 Grimsby Town 0 09/05/99
Celebrity birthdays: Albert Finney (1936), Glenda Jackson (1936)
Historical events: Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle (1785), Fascist Italy took Addis Ababa and annexed Ethiopia (1936)
Saint of the day: Saint Pachomius, a great organiser, set up nine monastic communities in Egypt for men and three for women. He is depicted in art on the back of a crocodile, which is carrying him across the Nile to visit his sister. Disappointingly, it is unlikely Pachomius ever did use this mode of transport, as he had taken a vow never to look at a woman, never mind talk to one.