Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford

Watford undone by loan sharks

May 27, 2013
By Richard Jolly, Wembley
Oh, the irony, the bitter, bitter irony. As Watford's Golden Boys missed out on the golden ticket of a place in next season's Premier League, it was not just because of the goalscorer supreme they unearthed. It was because of a loan player.

Once intrinsically associated with Elton John and Graham Taylor, Watford have become synonymous with loanees. They constituted 64% of their starting line-up at Wembley. Two decades ago, their scouting system was rather different. Rather than looking ...

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