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THE results, up to and including the 2016/17 season, of all first-team matches of every kind, including friendlies, against each opposing club are in PDFs, which can be viewed only with Adobe Acrobat Reader software. This can be downloaded free of charge from: http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/?promoid+DAFYK

To view the list of matches against a particular club, follow the relevant link below, according to the club’s initial letter, and then either scroll down to the required name or type it in the “Find” box.

A     B     C     D/E/F     G/H     I/J/K/L     M/N     O/P/Q     R     S     T/U/V     W/Y     Analysis of Results v Each Club

(NB:  The alphabetical sequence of clubs in A’ is preceded by a section entitled ‘Overseas Opposition’, a chronological list of all matches against teams from outside the British Isles.)

The list of matches played against each individual club is, if applicable, accompanied by a summary of the Southern League/Football League/FA Premier League results against that club, plus a list of shared players – ie those who have played for both clubs in any of those three league competitions. Hereunder is a club-by-club account of the total of such players, followed by a chronological list of the first league meetings with each opposing club.


 SHARED PLAYERS

This is a club-by-club analysis of the number of players who have represented both Watford and each other club in one or more of the Southern League, Football League and FA Premier League, up to and including the 2016/17 season. Queens Park Rangers continues to lead the field by a country mile, while Fleetwood Town appears in the list for the first time. Of the clubs which have been in the Football League/FA Premier League at least throughout the entire post-Second World War period, Rochdale is bottom of the list. Leyton Orient is the only club in the top 44 which is not currently in the Football League/FA Premier League.

(The players concerned have not necessarily appeared in meetings between the two clubs, although of course many have done so. Players whose only appearance[s] for any club were in matches which, for whatever reason, became void, are not included.)

  • 81 Queens Park Rangers
  • 53 Brentford, Reading 
  • 52 Sheffield United
  • 51 Millwall 
  • 50 Birmingham City
  • 49 Gillingham
  • 47 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 46 Brighton & Hove Albion, Notts County
  • 44 Crystal Palace
  • 43 Derby County
  • 42 Charlton Athletic, Leicester City, Northampton Town
  • 41 Blackpool, Fulham, Leyton Orient
  • 40 Luton Town
  • 39 West Ham United
  • 38 Arsenal, Coventry City
  • 37 Swindon Town, Walsall
  • 36 Norwich City, Portsmouth
  • 35 Cardiff City, Southend United, Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 34 Colchester United, Nottingham Forest
  • 33 Aston Villa
  • 32 Sheffield Wednesday, West Bromwich Albion
  • 31 AFC Bournemouth, Chelsea, Leeds United, Middlesbrough
  • 30 Peterborough United
  • 29 Lincoln City, Preston North End, Sunderland
  • 27 Stoke City, Swansea City
  • 26 Stockport County
  • 25 Bristol City, Grimsby Town, Oldham Athletic
  • 24 Bradford City, Bristol Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Rotherham United
  • 23 Barnsley, Bolton Wanderers, Plymouth Argyle,
  • 22 Aldershot Town, Burnley, Doncaster Rovers, Hull City, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton
  • 21 Ipswich Town, Mansfield Town, Oxford United, Port Vale
  • 20 Everton, Exeter City, Wycombe Wanderers
  • 19 Barnet, Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic
  • 17 Cambridge United, Carlisle United, Chesterfield
  • 16 Bury, Manchester United
  • 15 Crewe Alexandra, Darlington, Halifax Town, Newport County, Wimbledon
  • 14 Barrow, Hartlepool United, Hereford United, Liverpool, Scunthorpe United, Shrewsbury Town
  • 13 Rochdale, Southport, Torquay United, Yeovil Town
  • 12 Chester City
  • 11 Milton Keynes Dons
  • 10 Glossop, New Brighton, Tranmere Rovers, Workington
  • 9 York City
  • 7 Burton Albion
  • 6 Chesham Town, Stevenage
  • 5 Accrington Stanley (the former club), AFC Wimbledon, Boston United, Crawley Town, Gateshead
  • 4 Aberdare Athletic, Accrington Stanley (the present club), Bradford Park Avenue, Burton United, Cheltenham Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Gainsborough Trinity, Gravesend United, Maidstone United, Merthyr Town, Rushden & Diamonds, Scarborough, Wigan Borough, Wrexham
  • 3 New Brighton Tower, Northfleet United, Pontypridd, Wellingborough Town, Wolverton LNWR
  • 2 Brighton United, Grays United, Kettering Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Leeds City, Leyton, Loughborough, Mardy, Rotherham Town, St Albans, Thames
  • 1 Ashington, Chatham, Croydon Common, Dartford, Darwen, Durham City, Fleetwood Town, Hastings & St Leonards, Ilford, Morecambe, Ryde, Sheppey United, Uxbridge, Warmley

FIRST LEAGUE MEETINGSA chronological list of the first meetings with each opposing club in the Southern League (SL) or Football League (FL)

  1. 19 Sep 1896   Wycombe Wanderers, SL2 (home) 5-0
  2. 26 Sep 1896   Southall, SL2 (home) 2-0
  3. 3 Oct 1896   Chesham, SL2 (away) 2-3
  4. 17 Oct 1896   Old St Stephen’s, SL2 (away) 1-6
  5. 14 Nov 1896   Royal Engineers Training Battalion, Chatham, SL2 (away) 0-1
  6. 28 Nov 1896   Warmley, SL2 (home) 1-0
  7. 12 Dec 1896   Uxbridge, SL2 (home) 0-1
  8. 19 Dec 1896   Dartford, SL2 (away) 1-6
  9. 16 Jan 1897   1st Scots Guards, SL2 (home) 0-3
  10. 27 Feb 1897   Maidenhead, SL2 (home) 4-0
  11. 13 Mar 1897   Freemantle, SL2 (home) 3-1
  12. 17 Mar 1897   1st Coldstream Guards, SL2 (home) 4-0
  13. 23 Oct 1897   Royal Artillery, Portsmouth, SL2 (home) 2-2
  14. 11 Dec 1897   St Albans, SL2 (away) 2-2
  15. 8 Oct 1898   Brentford, SL2 (away) 4-2
  16. 22 Oct 1898   Shepherds Bush, SL2 (home) 7-0
  17. 19 Nov 1898   Wolverton London & North Western Railway, SL2 (away) 3-1
  18. 26 Nov 1898   Thames Ironworks (later West Ham United), SL2 (home) 0-0
  19. 28 Jan 1899   Fulham, SL2 (home) 6-3
  20. 31 Mar 1900   Grays United, SL2 (away) 1-6
  21. 30 Apr 1900   Sheppey United, SL2 Test Match (home) 2-1
  22. 1 Sep 1900   Chatham, SL1 (home) 2-1 (match void)
  23. 8 Sep 1900   Bristol City, SL1 (away) 1-6
  24. 15 Sep 1900   Swindon Town, SL1 (home) 1-1
  25. 22 Sep 1900   Queens Park Rangers, SL1 (away) 0-1
  26. 29 Sep 1900   Luton Town, SL1 (away) 0-2
  27. 6 Oct 1900   Tottenham Hotspur, SL1 (home) 2-1
  28. 20 Oct 1900   Portsmouth, SL 1 (home) 2-4
  29. 27 Oct 1900   New Brompton (later Gillingham), SL1 (away) 1-2
  30. 10 Nov 1900   Reading, SL1 (away) 0-1
  31. 24 Nov 1900   Gravesend United, SL1 (away) 2-4
  32. 1 Dec 1900   Millwall, SL1 (home) 1-2
  33. 8 Dec 1900   Southampton, SL1 (away) 0-1
  34. 23 Feb 1901   Bristol Rovers, SL1 (away) 1-4
  35. 9 Mar 1901   Kettering Town, SL1 (away) 1-2
  36. 12 Oct 1901   Northampton Town, SL1 (home) 2-1
  37. 15 Feb 1902   Wellingborough Town, SL1 (away) 0-3
  38. 27 Apr 1903   Brighton & Hove Albion, SL1 Test Match (at West Ham United) 3-5
  39. 5 Nov 1904   Plymouth Argyle, SL1 (away) 0-0
  40. 23 Sep 1905   Norwich City, SL1 (away) 1-1
  41. 15 Sep 1906   Leyton, SL1 (away) 1-1
  42. 26 Dec 1906   Crystal Palace, SL1 (home) 2-0
  43. 11 Sep 1907   Bradford Park Avenue, SL1 (home) 1-3
  44. 12 Sep 1908   Exeter City, SL1 (home) 3-1
  45. 10 Oct 1908   Southend United, SL1 (home) 2-2
  46. 17 Oct 1908   Coventry City, SL1 (away) 2-3
  47. 18 Dec 1909   Croydon Common, SL1 (home) 1-0
  48. 4 Nov 1911   Stoke (later Stoke City), SL1 (away) 0-1
  49. 28 Oct 1912   Merthyr Town, SL1 (away) 3-0
  50. 11 Oct 1913   Cardiff City, SL1 (away) 0-2
  51. 11 Sep 1919   Newport County, SL1 (away) 1-0
  52. 13 Sep 1919   Swansea Town (later Swansea City), SL1 (away) 1-0
  53. 2 May 1921   Grimsby Town, FL3 (away) 0-3
  54. 24 Sep 1921   Aberdare Athletic, FL3(South) (away) 0-3
  55. 5 Nov 1921   Charlton Athletic, FL3(South) (home) 2-2
  56. 5 Sep 1923   Bournemouth & Boscombe Ath (later AFC B’mouth), FL3(South) (home) 0-0
  57. 29 Aug 1927   Walsall, FL3(South) (away) 0-2
  58. 12 Nov 1927   Torquay United, FL3(South) (home) 1-2
  59. 28 Sep 1929   Clapton Orient (later Leyton Orient, Orient), FL3(South) (away) 1-1
  60. 27 Sep 1930   Notts County, FL3(South) (home) 0-1
  61. 11 Oct 1930   Thames, FL3(South) (home) 1-0
  62. 7 Sep 1931   Mansfield Town, FL3(South) (away) 2-3
  63. 17 Sep 1932   Aldershot, FL3(South) (home) 2-0
  64. 17 Sep 1938   Port Vale, FL3(South) (home) 2-0
  65. 19 Nov 1938   Ipswich Town, FL3(South) (home) 0-0
  66. 29 Oct 1949   Nottingham Forest, FL3(South) (home) 1-0
  67. 10 Feb 1951   Colchester United, FL3(South) (home) 2-0
  68. 18 Aug 1951   Shrewsbury Town, FL3(South) (away) 3-2
  69. 23 Aug 1958   Southport, FL4 (home) 5-1
  70. 6 Sep 1958   Crewe Alexandra, FL4 (home) 0-1
  71. 20 Sep 1958   Workington, FL4 (home) 3-0
  72. 27 Sep 1958   York City, FL4 (away) 0-0
  73. 1 Oct 1958   Chester (later Chester City), FL4 (away) 1-2
  74. 8 Oct 1958   Darlington, FL4 (away) 1-1
  75. 25 Oct 1958   Gateshead, FL4 (home) 5-1
  76. 1 Nov 1958   Oldham Athletic, FL4 (away) 5-3
  77. 8 Nov 1958   Barrow, FL4 (home) 1-1
  78. 16 Mar 1959   Carlisle United, FL4 (away) 0-2
  79. 27 Mar 1959   Hartlepools United (later Hartlepool, Hartlepool United), FL4 (away) 3-4
  80. 22 Aug 1959   Stockport County, FL4 (home) 0-0
  81. 5 Sep 1959   Doncaster Rovers, FL4 (away) 0-1
  82. 23 Apr 1960   Rochdale, FL4 (away) 3-3
  83. 27 Aug 1960   Tranmere Rovers, FL3 (away) 2-0
  84. 3 Sep 1960   Halifax Town, FL3 (home) 4-3
  85. 24 Sep 1960   Bury, FL3 (away) 2-0
  86. 1 Oct 1960   Chesterfield, FL3 (home) 3-1
  87. 8 Oct 1960   Bradford City, FL3 (away) 2-2
  88. 15 Oct 1960   Barnsley, FL3 (home) 1-2
  89. 12 Nov 1960   Hull City, FL3 (home) 2-2
  90. 22 Aug 1961   Peterborough United, FL3 (home) 2-3
  91. 26 Aug 1961   Lincoln City, FL3 (home) 3-3
  92. 9 Apr 1963   Wrexham, FL3 (home) 3-1
  93. 16 Apr 1965   Scunthorpe United, FL3 (home) 5-0
  94. 6 Nov 1965   Oxford United, FL3 (away) 2-1
  95. 8 Oct 1966   Middlesbrough, FL3 (home) 2-0
  96. 23 Nov 1968   Rotherham United, FL3 (away) 2-0
  97. 16 Aug 1969   Bolton Wanderers, FL2 (home) 0-0
  98. 25 Aug 1969   Preston North End, FL2 (away) 0-3
  99. 30 Aug 1969   Sheffield United, FL2 (home) 1-2
  100. 13 Sep 1969   Aston Villa, FL 2 (home) 3-0
  101. 17 Sep 1969   Huddersfield Town, FL2 (home) 1-1
  102. 20 Sep 1969   Blackpool, FL2 (away) 3-0
  103. 27 Sep 1969   Blackburn Rovers, FL2 (home) 0-2
  104. 4 Oct 1969   Leicester City, FL2 (away) 1-3
  105. 1 Nov 1969   Birmingham City, FL2 (home) 2-3
  106. 22 Aug 1970   Sunderland, FL2 (away) 3-3
  107. 5 Dec 1970   Sheffield Wednesday, FL2 (away) 1-2
  108. 20 Nov 1971   Burnley, FL2 (home) 2-1
  109. 15 Sep 1973   Hereford United, FL3 (away) 1-1
  110. 19 Sep 1973   Cambridge United, FL3 (away) 2-3
  111. 31 Dec 1977   Wimbledon, FL4 (away) 3-1
  112. 22 Sep 1979   Chelsea, FL2 (away) 0-2
  113. 20 Oct 1979   Newcastle United, FL2 (home) 2-0
  114. 7 Oct 1980   Derby County, FL2 (home) 1-1
  115. 28 Aug 1982   Everton, FL1 (home) 2-0
  116. 4 Sep 1982   Manchester City, FL1 (away) 0-1
  117. 11 Sep 1982   West Bromwich Albion, FL1 (home) 3-0
  118. 27 Nov 1982   Arsenal, FL1 (away) 4-2
  119. 4 Dec 1982   Manchester United, FL1 (home) 0-1
  120. 11 Dec 1982   Liverpool, FL1 (away) 1-3
  121. 3 Dec 1983   Wolverhampton Wanderers, FL1 (away) 5-0
  122. 8 Oct 1988   Leeds United, FL2 (away) 1-0
  123. 29 Nov 1997   Wigan Athletic, FL2(3rd tier) (home) 2-1
  124. 30 Nov 2013   Yeovil Town, FLCh (2nd tier) (home) 0-3