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Nick Wright, the Wembley goalscoring hero against Bolton six years ago, says he will always be indebted to Alec Chamberlain for the opportunity to carve his name into the Watford FC history books.
Nick's amazing overhead kick at Wembley put the Hornets ahead in the first half of the game they eventually won 2-0, and clinched promotion to The Premiership. But he said that without Alec's heroics at Birmingham the game before, his big moment would never have happened.
"Obviously that was the highlight of my career," said Nick, who sadly had to retire from the game due to a serious knee injury. "But, looking back, without Alec's magnificent performance at Birmingham in the play-off semi-finals we'd have never got to Wembley. He was immense that night.
"And lets not forget too, Alec made a terrific save from Gudjohnson at Wembley with the score still nil-nil. That was at a crucial time in the game. We all know how important Alec's contribution was. He was one of the major factors in our success.
“Alec is extremely competitive whether it be on the training ground or the golf course. He always wants to perform to the best of his ability. He is prepared to work very hard to maintain his high levels of fitness and performance. I think that this is one of the main reasons he has played at a very high level for so long”.
Since leaving football, Nick has carved out a new career for himself as manager of Phones 4 U store in the Milton Keynes shopping centre, but even though his Watford days are in the past, he still follows the club avidly, and keeps in touch with many of his former colleagues, included Alec.
"Alec, Jane, Natasha and Ryan are close friends, and we regularly visit each other," said Nick. "He's a top guy. As a team-mate I had the utmost respect for him, as a friend he's great company.
"I think it's great that he's been rewarded with a Testimonial game, and I'm delighted for him that Charlton - a well respected Premiership club - are providing the opposition. That reflects how highly Alec is regarded outside of Watford FC, let alone inside the club.
"I know a lot of other people have been saying it, but it's true: Alec is everyone's idea of a model professional, and the fact that he's still going strong at 50 (well, he's been around for so long I think he must be that old!) speaks volumes of his dedication to his game.
"Alec has thoroughly deserved the successes he has achieved in football. He is still performing well, as he proved yet again at the end of last season, when he came back into the side, kept three clean sheets out of four, and help secure Watford's place in The Championship.
Written by Peter Jones, of the PR consultancy Red Alert Media.