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Watford's new captain Gavin Mahon says goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain once broke his heart!
Explained Gavin, who has just taken over from the departed Sean Dyche as the Hornet's club captain: "I'm afraid I have to go back to the night of the play-off semi-final second leg against Birmingham. A night Watford fans will never forget, but nor will I as a lifelong Birmingham fan!
"I was on holiday at the time, watching the game on television, and fully expecting to be following The Blues to Wembley on my return, even though they'd lost 1-0 at Vicarage Road four days earlier. But when they went 1-nil up early in the second leg I expected nothing less than a Blues victory overall.
"Alas it was that night that I found out just how good a goalkeeper Alec is. Quite frankly, he was fantastic - he played an absolute blinder and made some astonishing saves, damn him. And of course Watford went through to Wembley after Alec's save in the penalty shoot out, and then on to the Premiership after beating Bolton.
"I was pig sick at the time, and if there was any consolation, it was that we were beaten by the brilliance of the opposition's goalkeeper. That night he was different class."
Since that night, Gavin has become a Watford player, and his appointment as captain underlines his commitment to Vicarage Road. And he says that since joining Watford four years ago he has seen first hand that Alec's performance at St Andrews was nothing unusual.
"He's always top class, whether he's playing for the first team, the reserves, in training or whether he's being an outstanding ambassador for Watford off the pitch," said Gavin. "Alec is also a top class person - everybody likes him, and believe me, he commands enormous respect throughout the club. I've forgiven him now for that night at St Andrews, by the way!"
Gavin is looking forward to Alec's testimonial game against Charlton on July 30, not just to honour his team-mate, but also as a useful pre-season work out ahead of the new Championship campaign which kicks off the following week.
"We're playing against a very good Premiership side in Charlton, and it will be good to pitch ourselves up against top quality Premiership players," he said. "I have a lot of time for Alan Curbishley and Charlton, and I wish them every success in their Premiership campaign this season, and I'm delighted for Alec that they are providing quality opposition for his big day.
Written by Peter Jones, of the PR consultancy Red Alert Media.