Brief History of Watford
Originally founded in 1881, Watford Rovers became simply Watford FC in 1898. After several years of ground-hopping they arrived at their present home of Vicarage Road in 1922, a short walk out of the town centre.
The Hornets, who famously had Elton John as their chairman for several years leapt from the Fourth Division to the First Division in the early 1980's under Graham Taylor who would go on to become the Aston Villa and England manager.
Since those days Watford have spent time in both the first and second tiers and are now fighting to stay in the Premier League with new manager Roy Hodgson.
Legendary Players for Watford
This is a toss-up between two players who both played for Watford in those early 80's seasons. Both incredibly talented one was a prolific goalscorer and the other a skilful winger.
Luther Blissett was with Watford from 1975 to 1988 apart from a year in between where he played for Italian giants AC Milan. He had another spell with the club from 1991 to 1993 helping his overall gaol tally to just under 150 goals.
John Barnes would go on to be a Liverpool and England legend but he made his name in that early 1980's Watford team. Never afraid to take a player on and never shy to swing a pinpoint cross in Barnes is remembered as fondly at Vicarage Road as at Anfield.
Recent striker Troy Deeney is a close third to the pair.
Graham Taylor is Watford's greatest ever manager. He managed Watford for two spells, 1977 to 1987 and 1996 to 2001 but it is his earlier spell that went down in history. Steering Watford from the Fourth Division to be First Division runners-up in 1982/83 (behind Liverpool but above Manchester United) is an achievement that will probably never be matched again in the United Kingdom.
He also steered Watford to the 1984 FA Cup Final where they lost against Everton.
Watford's biggest rivalry is with Luton Town. After a 14 year gap the teams were in the same league (the Championship) last season. Both games ended in a 1-0 home victory to the home side, one at the Vicarage Road Stadium for Watford and one for Luton.
Tickets for the big games can get expensive, so if you're just looking to go and enjoy a general Watford game then it is a good idea to shop around. A ticket for Watford vs. Leicester City, Birmingham or Southampton is going to be a much better deal than one against Luton Town.
Watford 2021/22 Premier League Season So Far
Promoted Watford started the season with Xisco Munoz in charge and he got off to a perfect start with a home win over Aston Villa. However losses to Brighton & Hove Albion, Spurs and Wolves followed.
It was a loss against Leeds United that saw the end of Munoz and in came veteran boss Claudio Ranieri who did not start his reign well with the football club losing 5-0 at home to Liverpool.
It was a bad omen because matches did not improve much from there and Ranieri would only record victories against Everton and Manchester United before losing his job, another veteran Roy Hodgson stepping into the hot-seat.
Going into the second half of the season Watford's matches with the teams around them in the bottom half of the table will be crucial. Matchdays against Burnley, Crystal Palace and Brentford could prove crucial.
Watford Quick Facts
- 1-time Second Division Winners
- Most Appearances: Luther Blissett (503)
- Most Goals: Luther Blissett (186)
Reasons to Go to Vicarage Road for Watford Home Games
A match ticket for Watford is a traditional footballing experience. Season ticket holders, locals and away fans can visit the pubs of Watford before strolling down to watch Hertfordshire's finest in action at Vicarage Road. It may not be the size of Old Trafford, Villa Park, the Etihad Stadium or Chelsea's Stamford Bridge but the compact feel to the stadium produces a great fan user experience.
You might be forgiven for thinking that Watford is one of the London teams like Arsenal or West Ham United, but it sits outside the capital in the London borough of Watford. However, being quite close to the capital it means that if you are travelling to the Watford ground you should find the connections to be quite straight forward on public transport.
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