2007: Year of the Hornet - January
The first point of the New Year is picked up at Craven Cottage as Malky Mackay`s creaking legs help keep Fulham at bay in a bore 0-0 draw.
The gaffer wastes no time in the January sales in his search for a miracle to avoid relegation, picking up the aptly named 'Moses` Ashikodi - former England youth striker - from Rangers for a nominal fee.
Boothroyd then defies logic and offers Fulham a cool £3m+ bid for sulky striker Collins John but the Dutchman sees his future warming the bench at Craven Cottage…much to Aidy`s frustration.
It`s ok though cos where there`s a Will there`s a way (and a Williamson too) as Aidy raids Rotherham with £1m+ signings of an in-form Hoskins and Lee Williamson… Hitman Hoskins was supposedly a target for Celtic…Farsley Celtic!
The new boys watch on as the Hornets hammer Stockport 4-1 in the FA Cup, thanks to goals from Tommy Smith, a Mackay double and Ashikodi (on his debut), to set up a 4th round clash at Upton Park v West Ham.
Leggy French youngster Tiggy Diagouraga packs his bags for Millmoor as a season-long loan deal starts at Rotherham…the cultured defensive midfielder soon finds out that life in Division 1 is a bloody long way from the French Riviera.
Watford turn down an offer of £7m for young wing wizard Ashley Young…Spurs are rumoured to be lining up a deal for Young involving Calum Davenport and Wayne Routledge. The Express say Liverpool are sniffing about.
Hornets get thumped 3-0 by a rampant Liverpool side at home, with (one time Watford target) Peter Crouch netting a double and great Bellamy finish…Hoskins his makes his debut and looks completely out of place.
Ashley Young decided he doesn`t like the look of West Ham as Boothroyd runs an eye over potential replacements in the shape of former Inter man Fadiga, Czech striker David Strihavka and Maltese frontman Daniel Bogdanovic…none of them cut the Colemans on trial.
Surprisingly, playmaker Matthew Spring rejoins Luton for £300k on a 2½ year deal. He played 53 times under Boothroyd and was class. Oh, how he`ll regret not looking before playing that backpass to the feet of Ryan Giggs!
The VitalWatford boys just knew that ex rubbish loanee Gabby Agbonlahor would score as Watford concede 2 in the last 5 minutes at Villa Park.
To rub salt into the wounds, Ashley Young agrees to join Martin O`Neill`s Aston Villa for a fee that could rise to £9.6m (5 year contract). - He`ll always be a Hornet though (he told us so).
The Post Young era starts with a bang as Watford record only their 2nd Premiership win of the season against a bitter sweet Blackburn Rovers at Vicarage Road. - Jay DeMerit nets the winner with Rocky ringing in his ears, Bangura breaks Savage's leg but the Hornets still sit 7 points from safety at the foot of the table.
The Hornets gaffer is linked to a move for Leeds striker David Healy but chooses instead to snap up Steve Kabba for £500k from Sheff Utd…a proven goalscorer in the lower leagues, pace to burn…seems a bargain! (and Michael Fish was right, there really wasn`t a hurricane on the way).
A wonder strike by Young`s replacement, wheezy McNamee earns the Hornets a 1-0 against West Ham and they avoid the big guns to get Ipswich at home in Round 5.
It ain`t junk it`s Jordan as Mr Stewart is made captain (in the absence of the Boo boys favourite Gavin, Mr Mahon) and Hornets record back to back wins for the first time in the season.
An undisclosed fee snatches Scottish International ball-playing midfielder Gareth Williams from Leicester minutes before the transfer window slams shut - Maybe its an end to Watford`s long ball nonsense!??!
The revolving entry door just keeps on turning as Frenchmen Johan Cavelli and Cedric Avinel sign on alongside South American midfielder Douglas Rinaldi who joins on loan - who`s ever heard of a Brazilian called Douglas!
January ends with a 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford as a crazy 10 minutes cost Watford with Man Utd rampant as Rooney, Ronaldo, Larsson (and a Doyley OG) net in a nightmare evening at the Theatre of Dreams.