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Gone but not forgotten:
Dominic Foley
Position: Forward
From: Wolverhampton Wanderers - on loan - February 1998
Record: Played: 2(6) Scored: 1
To: Wolves - end of loan - May 1998
Career stats: Soccerbase
He was: Not the replacement for Jason Lee

Forgive me, for I cannot help but be unfair to Dominic Foley.

Of his eight appearances in a Watford shirt, I saw six. Three of those were late substitutions that were considered too short to rate by the BSaD judging panel. The other three saw a rather lightweight young striker looking distinctly lost as the game passed him by. I didn't rate him and he was the target of much derision in at least one of my match reports.

However, Graham Taylor had stressed that Foley would take time to settle - not the kind of player, it seems, who'll stride confidently into a new club, demand a place in the first team and stomp around the pitch like God's gift to football. And so it was that the two appearances I missed - away at Oldham and Wigan, after his loan spell had been extended - brought generally more positive reports. Indeed, after he'd scored a fine goal in the second half near-comeback at Wigan, there were even brief and ludicrous suggestions on the Mailing List that we'd found the ideal line-leading replacement for Jason Lee.

Unfortunately, we'll never know whether that was the real Dominic Foley or just a 'Peter Beadle v Barnsley'-type one-off. With typical cruelty, fate decided that the Wigan match would be Foley's last noteworthy appearance for Watford - injury ruled him out of the rest of the season, apart from one very brief run out as a substitute. To find the answers, we'll have to keep an eye on his career at Wolves.