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Gone but not forgotten:
Craig Armstrong
Position: Left back/left wing
From: Nottingham Forest - on loan - January 1997
Record: Played: 13 Scored: 0
To: Forest - loan expired - May 1997
Career stats: Soccerbase
He was: Not a Second Division player

A left-sided player, so much so that any attempt to cut inside from the touchline usually ended up with him wheeling desperately around like a distressed seagull with a broken wing in an attempt to get the ball away from his right foot. Brought in to fill a gap caused by a Tommy Mooney injury and later filling in for Dominic Ludden, Craig Armstrong occasionally hinted at Premiership class. You could see it in his crossing (fast and accurate), you could see it in his vision, you could see it in the fact that he'd disappear out of the game if someone kicked him early on. His performances were variable during a curtailed first loan spell - virtually non-existent in a frantic derby game at Luton, instrumental in a late rally against Rotherham - but he did the task required of him.

After a short wait, Kenny Jackett brought him back on an extended second loan, adding another ten games to his Watford tally. He established himself as a distinctly passionless constant on the left of our defence, someone who did his job and little else. Although there were occasions when his forays forward were an impressive addition to his defensive awareness, they were all too rare and he did little to convince me of the wisdom of a permanent signing.