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The day Doyley almost beat the bookie

It very nearly happened. It was THAT close, really it was…

Forget Birmingham`s 1-0 win putting them on the brink of promotion or Watford`s chances of grabbing a point against the promotion chasers.

Oh no, both events pail significance given that, after 8 years and almost 250 games, the unthinkable almost became reality at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Doyley almost scored his first ever goal (and that even includes during training)!

There were 24 minutes, 26 seconds on the clock when time stood still, the earth stopped revolving and the Rookery held it`s collective breath in shock (and a little bit of awe) as the ball dropped at his feet amid cries of "shoot, shoot".

And shoot he did after taking down a clearance on this chest, taking 1 gorgeous little steadying touch, weighed up his non-existent options and BANG!

Lloydinho`s curling, swirling 25 yard barnstormer, unleashed with such pinpoint accuracy, pace and power, had Birmingham keeper Colin Doyle sprawling like a madman across his line.

Yes, really.

Even at full stretch the Blues keeper was well and truly beaten all ends up. His gloved finger tips straining to get there but no such luck - desperation in his eyes, crying out not to be one who`d go down in history as "the man who"…

The Rookery, Rous & East Stand posh seats poised to celebrate as one. The street traders daydreaming the profit from the 'I was there when Doyley scored` t-shirts.

Those with their home game ritual betting slips shaking with the excitement of it all - that their misplaced optimism, their unrelenting belief was finally gonna pay off…

16,100 fans thought it was in. Even Lloyd thought it was in…

And but for one selfish, heartbreaking gust of wind with other ideas - that caught the flight of the ball and carried it less than a foot wide of the right hand post - it was in.

BUGGER!!!

The bench looked at each other and slumped back down. The Academy boys (suited and booted for the occasion) giggled at the nonsense of it all. Loachy held his hand in his hands - it really was that close.

And at 50-1 for first goalscorer - odds that have been steadily creeping north with every game - there was a huge sigh of relief breathed out in the local branches of Ladbrokes, Corals and William Hill right across Hertfordshire!

The bookies might have escaped this time but be assured it will happen one day.

Whether that day is soon we won`t bank on it… but hey, you just never know.




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Writer: Dr Watford Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 20 2009

Time: 1:15PM

Your Comments

there really is only 1 Lloyldinho! i know he's got his critics,i have always liked him as a player,his commitmant is secound to none,and of late i think he has improved his game, mr reliable, i would love to see Lyold get that goal,and a new contract is deserved.i think he actually better at left back than playing on the right. going to be interesting to see who is coming in the summer,if we going to make the top six,were going to have to put our defensive woe's to bed,once and for all,we have always had a leaky defence in recent years.i think the whole team is to blame,not just the five at the back.that said we have scored plenty of goals this season?
eldlive
there really is only 1 Lloyldinho! i know he's got his critics,i have always liked him as a player,his commitmant is secound to none,and of late i think he has improved his game, mr reliable, i would love to see Lyold get that goal,and a new contract is deserved.i think he actually better at left back than playing on the right. going to be interesting to see who is coming in the summer,if we going to make the top six,were going to have to put our defensive woe's to bed,once and for all,we have always had a leaky defence in recent years.i think the whole team is to blame,not just the five at the back.that said we have scored plenty of goals this season?
eldlive
We have been a very attack minded team this season which is refreshing but I trust BR to sort the defense out on a tight budget - Williamson has proved a steel (£100k) and brings the best out of Captain America. We are linked with a number of lower league defenders 9 all young - so the scouts are obviously out working hard for reinforcements. Mariappa and Lloyd to stay would be a massive bonus.
DrWatford
We have been a very attack minded team this season which is refreshing but I trust BR to sort the defense out on a tight budget - Williamson has proved a steel (£100k) and brings the best out of Captain America. We are linked with a number of lower league defenders 9 all young - so the scouts are obviously out working hard for reinforcements. Mariappa and Lloyd to stay would be a massive bonus.
DrWatford
 

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