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It was inevitable, following Troy Deeney's comment about the size of Arsenal's cojones back in October, that karma would have a say at the Emirates Stadium.

There was an early Arsenal goal and another in the second half before Deeney had his penalty saved by Petr Cech and 20,000 invisible men, women and children in the 59,000 crowd joined in with the cheers and taunts.

Matches like this is the other side of the Premier League coin and as long as we get our fair share of heads along the way I'll take the odd occasions when we have to accept tails has come up and skulk away with them between our legs.

Here's a little run-down of what I'm up to next Monday and a summary of what's new on the site.

I've been invited by the Watford Writers group to talk about the process of working with Graham Taylor on his autobiography, a book which was completed after he passed away. It's next Monday (March 19) at Cassio Lodge, Oddfellows Hall, The Avenue, Watford. We'll be kicking off at 7.30pm and it's free to attend. I'll be talking about how I came to be the person to work with Graham on his autobiography, what it was like hearing about his life and how I turned those stories into a book. There will also be a chance to ask questions. If you're interested in Graham's life and career, or the peculiar process of ghostwriting, come along. Lionel Birnie


Enjoy the Game interviews
Simon Peat of the Watford Legends site has continued to upload my in-depth question and answer interviews with players from the 1980s. In the past two weeks a couple of my favourites have been added.

I thought Dave Bassett's account of his disastrous six months in charge was candid and, whether you accept his point of view or not, adds the other side of the story.

I could see from my meeting with the inimitable Tom Walley just what a force of nature he was and why so many young players graduated from Watford's youth ranks and made it in the professional game. This one is best read in a north Wales accent.

While it is a stretch to call Gary Plumley a Watford legend, he played a short and bizarre role in the club's history. It was perhaps one of the strangest incidents of the 1980s. The chief executive's son, who had been working in his wine bar in south Wales, was called up to keep goal in an FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham. I've spoken to everyone involved – including Graham Taylor – and I'm still not convinced there's one definitive account of this story.

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While I was interviewing the players from the 1980s, I was struck by how overwhelmingly positive they all were about their experiences. It wasn't that I was looking for hints of disharmony or dissent but I couldn't believe it was all perfect all the time. It was therefore really interesting to hear the perspective of Brian Talbot, who joined the club from Arsenal aged 32. It wasn't that Talbot was negative about his time at Watford but he had some thoughts and observations that added context.

Another three interviews will be added next week.

The 100 Greatest Watford Wins countdown continues
The countdown is into the 70s now and will continue with one match per day being added each weekday until we reach number one and the greatest Watford win of all-time (in my opinion).

New Cally's Disco T-shirt
Gold and Black have added a Cally's Disco design to the 1980s range. You can check out the whole store here. For those who are not aware, Watford's brilliantly gifted right-winger Nigel Callaghan was also pretty handy on the decks and in the early 1980s he put on a series of discos for young Watford fans.

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