Ngonge didn't need to score against Bolton either. Smart and Nick Wright saw to that with two of the great Wembley goals. Ngonge had his then wife, his parents, his cousin and plenty of friends in the crowd. “Even the president of one of my former clubs in Belgium came,” he said. “He didn't tell me – he just bought a ticket. There were also two journalists from Belgium and they had a camera just on me. That made me really proud.”
Ngonge, 51, is now assistant coach of the Belgium Under-17 team. His son, Cyril, 18, is at Club Brugge and played in the Champions League this season. Life is good but even when it isn't sometimes, he has something in the memory bank to act as the perfect pick-me-up.
“If sometimes I feel down, I get the tape out of the final and watch the game,” he said. “Straight away the confidence comes through my mind. It was a really special day and I hope all footballers can experience something like that. This is why we play football: to get this kind of sensation. It's writing history.
“When I talk to the Under-17 players I talk to them a lot about what we did at Watford, how everybody is part of the team, not just the 11, not just the subs, but the players in the stands. When you do this, you are strong and you can do anything.”
Like winning promotion to the Premier League.