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Dr Watford's Casebook - Issue 6



Premier League Prawn Sandwiches, banana skins in the Championship. If there wasn`t enough culinary delights to fill the biggest of appetites in football already then our very own Sir Aidy has added his tuppence worth by stating that Sunny Scunthorpe is a "meat and potato pie of place which is a proper football team".

The Glanford Park faithful may not be too pleased to be compared to a Fray Bentos` finest but it sure has given Dr Watford plenty of food for thought this week (well the International break just doesn`t tickle the taste buds anymore).

And the VitalWatford boys can`t help but think that The Good Ship Boothroyd may seriously want to consider his soundbites ahead of the Hull City clash this weekend. After all, the Tigers may not take too kindly to being publicly dubbed a 'deep fried scampi in a basket` of a Championship side - regardless of how fishy they actually are. It might make their bite just that little bit more worse than their bark come 5pm on Saturday.

Let`s face it, the Hornets have already been battered by the Shrimpers in the Carling Cup, were well and truly bashed at the Walkers Crisps Bowl in Leicester and made heavy weather of the rather flat Yorkshire pudding that was Sheffield Wednesday at Fortress Vicarage. And that`s before we hit on Blackpool - who had all the core qualities to be 'stick of rock of a team with kiss me quick etched through the centre`.

If Scunthorpe are a 'Meat and Potato pie` of a club then does that make Barnsley a 'cheesy cob of a side` or Sheff Utd a 'chips n gravy` outfit (note to Aidy - never compare Robson`s team to 'East End jellied eels` - it leaves a rather sour aftertaste in the mouths of those down at Brammal Lane?

And what then would Sir Aidy make of Watford after these opening 10 games of the season? Well, VitalWatford reckon that after our recent displays, The Good Ship Boothroyd wouldn`t so much be a taster plate of delicate flavours and subtle spice but a dish full of steaming Bangers and Mash in thick onion gravy - It certainly ain`t pretty to look at and won`t make you salivate at the mouth but it sure as hell gets the job done without too much fuss or fannying about.

You see, The Glory Hornet Boys aren`t gonna win too many prizes when it comes to quality and style but, in the VitalWatford cookbook, it is substance that counts.

Look at Norwich - a survey of fans voted Carrow Road the 3rd best ground in Europe for matchday grub but Dr Watford can`t help but feel that the Canaries catering staff probably aren`t patting themselves on the back for such praise. There`s more chaos at Carrow Road than in the Ready Steady Cook studio and the results are quite frankly shabby so I`m guessing that Delia Smith doesn`t take too much comfort from the fact that they serve a rather lovely steamed suet pudding and apple crumble at half time.

They don`t. But you get my point.

The Championship is as close as ever this season and with the Top Table only having space for 3 newcomers come next season there is still plenty to play for.

Up at The Hawthorns, there`ll be wanting to celebrate success with one of those tasty Balti pies they serve up, Charlton are there or thereabouts and you can even go as far down the league as Cardiff - who will still hold aspirations that they can give some of the bigger reputations in the country a large helping of Welsh Rarebit come next August.

As for the Hornets, well at the moment it ain`t pretty but it sure is effective and if the early season form is anything to go by then The Good Ship Boothroyd will be amongst those looking to toast promotion - even if we are sausages...

Get the basics done well and the attitude in place and there`s a veritable banquet to feast on should we be up there at the end of the season.

Let`s just hope we can stomach what`s put in front of us for the next 36 league games.



The Journalist

Writer: Dr Watford Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 15 2007

Time: 2:01PM

 

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