A look at Watford’s record on Halloween

Watford's Odion Ighalo reacts after missing a chance to score

We take a look back at Watford’s results on Halloween.

On October 31 1925, Watford’s first fixture on Halloween threw up a nightmare result, as the Hornets lost 4-1 to Merthyr Town AFC. Harry Kent’s Watford side were comfortably turned over by their fellow Division Three side at Penydarren Park.

This was not Watford’s only ghastly Halloween performance. Goals from Robbie Keane, Mustapha Hadji, Gary McAllister and Steve Froggatt saw Coventry City sink the Hornets in 1999.

A year later, Sir Alex Ferguson put out a second-string Manchester United team to knock Watford out of the Worthington Cup. A goal from Dwight Yorke and a double from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer piled the misery on Graham Taylor’s men, who missed a late penalty.

Watford’s most haunting Halloween result came at The Hawthorns. Roberto Di Matteo’s West Bromwich Albion side put five unanswered goals past Scott Loach, as Watford were brought back down to earth following their 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday the week before.

Watford supporters have had the occasional Halloween treat. In 1984, the Hornets – who had only won two of their opening 14 fixtures - thrashed Leeds United 4-0 in the League Cup.

Last season, Odion Ighalo terrified West Ham United’s defence to help the Hornets record their second Premier League win in a row. The Nigerian’s goals either side of half time saw Quique Sanchez Flores’ men move up to ninth in the table.

Despite also registering Halloween victories over Shrewsbury Town (1981) and Bury (1998), the date has proved to be a bad omen for the Hornets, losing eight out of 17 fixtures to date.

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