Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Fans: Lee to replace Foster

Fans: Lee to replace Foster

Richard Lee should keep goal for the Hornets against Manchester United on Saturday, according to the results of our poll.

On-loan 'keeper Ben Foster is ineligible to play against Manchester United because Premier League rules state that a player cannot play against the club who has loaned him out.

Therefore, Vital Watford asked 'Who should play in goal against Manchester United?` and the vast majority of the vote went to Richard Lee.

The 23-year-old was Watford`s first choice stopper during the 2004/05 season which saw Watford reach the semi-finals of the Carling Cup. However, the Oxford-born stopper has found his first-team opportunities limited since the arrival of Ben Foster from Manchester United and was loaned out to Blackburn Rovers for the 2005/06 season.

The two clubs had agreed a £500,000-deal for Lee that would come into effect from the end of his year-long loan, but Lee could not break into the first team at Ewood Park and re-joined the Golden Boys for pre-season training.

However, the former Academy player impressed in the Hornets pre-season matches - most notably against AC Horsens of Denmark - as Ben Foster went on tour with Manchester United to South Africa.

Lee has been on the bench for both of Watford`s Premiership matches this season.

29% of people who voted said they wanted Alec Chamberlain to play against Manchester United.

Veteran 'keeper Chamberlain has made 790 league appearances during his career and is the only surviving member of Watford`s maiden Premiership campaign in the 1999/2000 season. Richard Lee dislodged Chamberlain as first-choice goalkeeper two seasons ago but the former Luton 'keeper spent last season as Ben Foster`s understudy, making two appearances.

The evergreen 42-year-old - who last year celebrated his testimonial at the club - is Watford`s goalkeeper coach but has set his sights on reaching 800 league appearances.


Poll results in full:

Goalkeeper against Man Utd?

Alec Chamberlain 29%
Richard Lee 71%


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Friday August 25 2006
Time: 3:39PM

Comments

0
The Prmiership experience will come in handy for RL when he's our first-choice keeper next season as this is likely to be BF's last season at Watford.
TheRookery
25/08/2006 23:33:00
0
I get the feeling that Aidy does not hav a great deal of faith in Richard Lee and would not be suprised to see a new goalie come to Watford next season.
AdamP
26/08/2006 00:21:00
0
WHY NOT PLAY CHAMBERLAIN , HE'S AS OLD AS FERGIE
monty zumas
26/08/2006 10:54:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Watford Articles

Mazzarri Looking For Angry Response

Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri has called on the side to show an 'angry' response when we face Liverpool on Monday.

The Watford Walking Wounded - Injury News

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Watford FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Match Day Officials v Liverpool (1/5/17)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Liverpool this Monday.

Vital Preview - Premier League, 29th April-1st May

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Watford
Write For Vital Watford
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford v Liverpool
Suggested By:
Watford win18%
Liverpool win66%
Draw16%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 33 25 3 5 78 40
2 Spurs 33 22 8 3 74 47
3 Liverpool 34 19 9 6 66 28
4 Man City 33 19 8 6 65 28
5 Man Utd 33 17 13 3 64 26
6 Arsenal 32 18 6 8 60 24
7 Everton 34 16 10 8 58 23
8 WBA 33 12 8 13 44 -3
9 Southampton 32 11 7 14 40 -5
10 Watford 33 11 7 15 40 -17
11 Stoke 34 10 9 15 39 -13
12 Crystal Palace 34 11 5 18 38 -8
13 AFC Bournemouth 34 10 8 16 38 -14
14 West Ham 34 10 8 16 38 -15
15 Leicester City 33 10 7 16 37 -13
16 Burnley 34 10 6 18 36 -16
17 Hull City 34 9 6 19 33 -31
18 Swansea 34 9 4 21 31 -29
19 Middlesbrough 34 5 12 17 27 -19
20 Sunderland 33 5 6 22 21 -33
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Watford Fixtures (view all)

May 1 2017 8:00PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 6 2017 3:00PM : Leicester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 13 2017 3:00PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 21 2017 3:00PM : Manchester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Vital Football Comment