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Gone but not forgotten:
Nigel Gibbs
Position: Right back
From: Youth team
Record: Played: 343(7) Scored: 5
To: Watford(!) - free transfer - August 1996
Career stats: Soccerbase
He was: An unsung hero

You have to feel very, very sorry for Nigel Gibbs. As loyal a servant as you could ever wish to find, he'd still walk into the first team if he was fit, particularly in the Second Division. Having spent his entire career at Vicarage Road, he'll be as sorry that he's leaving as I am and I can only wish him all the best. Recent seasons have seen him ruled out by a crippling knee injury and we've badly missed him - he returned at the end of the 94/95 season and, at the start of the next campaign, it was immediately apparent why he's so highly rated. Playing at right back or sweeper, he was a class above everyone else - then he got injured again. Personally, I doubt you'll find a better right back outside of the Premiership. He's been club captain for many years and had a testimonial a while back, but now his Watford career (and quite possibly his football career) is over.

Update: In one of the more bizarre bits of transfer activity in recent times, it now seems certain that Nigel Gibbs will be returning to Watford on a short-term contract. Gibbs clearly didn't want to leave the club and I doubt very much that we wanted to lose him - it was simply a matter of fitness. Having shaken off the injury that plagued him last season (fingers crossed), Gibbs has taken part in pre-season friendlies and will re-join the club. A happy ending, for a change...