Defining Moments | Craig Ramage
INJURY TIME WINNER AT PORT VALE
One game I remember particularly well is Port Vale away during my first season in 1994/95. We won 3-2 and I scored a winner in the 93rd minute, but everyone was just surprised that I was still running at that point!
But as much as the goal, I'll always remember getting mobbed behind the goal by our fans and there is one particular fella jumping around but he looked like he didn't want his missus to see him there!
Just one tall bloke jumping around, but not quite wanting to get involved in case he got on camera. I've watched it back and it's something that always makes me laugh.
RECALLED TO THE TEAM AT GRIMSBY & SCORING v STOKE
One of my most memorable moments came after being left out at the start of the 1995/96 season because Glenn Roeder thought I wasn't fit enough at the time. It was obviously frustrating because I wanted to play, but I just had to bide my time.
Then I got pulled in the week before we played Grimsby and just got asked whether I was ready to get my season started. We'd lost three on the bounce before then, so it was obviously an important game.
We ended up drawing that one 0-0 before going back to Vicarage Road and beating Stoke City 3-0. I scored two that day, a header in the first-half and a free-kick in the second.
It was special to score two after a tough start to the season and I'll always remember the crowd reaction when I ran out, which was nice and something I'll always remember.
SENDING OFF AGAINST CHESTERFIELD
Things had obviously started to go wrong for me towards the end of my time at Watford. I picked up an injury and then Kenny Jackett came in and I don’t think I was his kind of player, but this was probably the final straw.
I'd just got back into the team when I got sent off against Chesterfield at home for a silly tackle, and I knew then that the writing was on the wall. So it's not the best memory, but certainly one I won’t forget because it signalled the end of my time at Watford.
I never wanted to leave the club because it was like a second home for me and the fans were always amazing. It was without doubt the best period of my career.
Article first published in The Hornet (Watford FC match programme)