Exclusive SIGNED Watford Football Gift: Signed by the hornets legend, Nick Wright.
‘Nick Wright overhead goal for Watford v Bolton in the 1999 Championship Play-Off Final’ Limited Edition Signed Print* (limited availability).
*Please note, this piece of Watford history is for the signed print only and arrives in a protective tube, ready for framing.
Nick Wright’s stunning overhead goal against Bolton will live long in the memory of every Watford fan!
Seven wins and one draw from the last eight games was enough to earn Watford a play-off spot on the last day of the season against the big favourites Bolton Wanderers.
The guys in the studio remember this match very well. The weather was perfect. The May sun shone down on the beautiful Wembley pitch, and the sea of yellow, black and red from the Watford end lit up the stadium as Graham Taylor led out his glory hornet boys.
And who can forget the proud, beaming smile on Taylor’s face? It was the perfect stage after his experience as the England national team coach.
The match was pretty good too.
Against a slight run of play, but not that Bolton threatened too often, Watford surged forward in the 36th minute with a jinking run down the right wing from Darren Bazeley, nutmegging Robbie Elliot as if he wasn’t there, and finally winning a corner for the hornets.
Kennedy stepped up with another floated corner. Bolton’s Todd rose well, looping his header clear of the loitering Nick Wright just outside the six yard box.
But with the ball dropping over his head, 23 year old Wright, with his back to goal, seized the moment and produced a spectacular overhead kick that cleared the stranded defenders and flew into the top right corner of the net!
It was a glorious goal to grace Wembley, and the richest game in domestic football.
A goal that would be talked about for many years to come.
We still haven’t seen a better overhead goal at Wembley and probably never will.
Nick Wright later recalled the moment. “I was on the corner of the six yard box. I was facing away with nobody behind me. Instinct took over, and the only real option was to try and score. You hope that your technique stands up, and that you make a good connection. I hoped to get it on target. I looked through somebody’s legs to see where it had gone. I saw the net bulge and that was it. I was away…”
“I scored the best goal of my career in the most important game of my career. I don’t think it gets any better than that; it’s proper Roy of the Rovers stuff. It’s very difficult to put into words the range of emotions you go through”.
Let’s not forget the other fantastic goal that afternoon, scored by Alan Smart. With the outside of his boot his first time shot bent beautifully into the corner of the net to secure Watford’s place in the Premiership. Two amazing goals. Two quality players.
Watford were finally in the Premier League for the first time since its inception in 1992. The previous season Watford had secured promotion for the second successive season, having been promoted as champions of Division Two in season 1997–98.
Nick Wright. We salute you.
Each print is individually signed by the Watford legend Nick Wright.
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*Frame not included.
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