Date:Saturday September 30 2006
Watford legend Heidar Helguson says that Monday night`s match with his side Fulham presents the perfect opportunity for him to thank the Vicarage Road faithful.
The Icelandic international striker left Vicarage Road for Craven Cottage for £1.3million in the summer of 2005 after being signing by Graham Taylor from Lillestrom in January 2005.
The Iceman became a firm fans favourite with his all-action style of play, and in his final season at Watford became the only player in the history of club to win all three of the end-of-season awards.
'The fans were absolutely fantastic to me and I haven't got a bad word to say about them - it's all positive,' Helguson told the Watford Observer. 'I would just like to thank them for making my years there so enjoyable.
'When I played my last game there the move wasn't on the cards, so it will be nice on Monday to see them and get an opportunity to thank them for the support they showed me.'
The decision to sell 'H` piled even more pressure on chairman Graham Simpson, unpopular since sacking Lewington (how hindsight is a wonderful thing), and cause fans to question rookie boss Adrian Boothroyd (how hindsight is a wonderful thing).
But the striker admitted that the decision to leave Vicarage Road for the chance of Premiership football wasn`t a difficult one: 'For footballing reasons it wasn't that hard a decision because it was an opportunity that I couldn't really turn down.'
"Once a club has accepted an offer there is not much you can do but I thought it was about time to leave," explained the 29-year-old. "Things didn't look too rosy at the club at that point and because of the financial situation, the club needed money for me to be able to stay alive."
However, the sale of Helguson enabled Boothroyd to assemble a promotion-winning squad in his first full season as a manager.
The popular forward, who found the net 64 times in 199 appearances with Watford, concluded: 'It is difficult to say goodbye to people you have known and been around for so long but I experienced the Premier League in my first season at the club and then coming up against those teams in the cup made me want to play at that level every week.'
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