Monthly Archives: July 2012

Outgoing: David Mirfin

Erm… so… David Mirfin. This one didn’t quite work out. The centre back arrived in July last year with promise – mainly that the ‘Mighty Mirfin Power Ranger’ pun might be wheeled out at some point – and also because he came with a solid if unspectacular reputation. And thus he was, just not as […]

Incoming: Manuel Almunia

What to say about Manuel Almunia? In stark contrast to the five loanees, Almunia together with Fitz Hall – the two “permanent” additions to the squad (both have been handed one-year deals) – are preceded by reputations in England that make fans’ approaches to them more definitive. Let’s be clear about this: no matter how […]

Incoming: Ikechi Anya

The next player that we welcome to Vicarage Road is something of a novelty – a loanee from the capofamiglia that I’ve actually heard of! The winger Ikechi Anya has experience of playing in England, and will be hoping to prove his worth upon his return to this gilded isle. For Anya’s career has been […]

Incoming: Steve Leo Beleck

With a transfer embargo lifted, Watford yesterday confirmed the signings of seven (SEVEN) new players. Rather than the worrying wholesale number it seems, this amounts to the cumulation of a summer’s recruitment. With three of the players looked at already (Abdi, Pudil and Vydra), it’s time to look at the rest, starting with the nineteen […]

Incoming: Almen Abdi

When Watford became a part of the Pozzo brotherhood, we were told of how we would benefit from their excellent scouting network, and now, in the form of Almen Abdi, comes our third signing of the close season, this one from a little club called Udinese in Italy. Though his parent club may be consistent […]

Outgoing: Scott Loach

Scott Loach is one of THOSE players. One of those players that football fans have seen time and time again. He’s Anthony McNamee without the asthma, he’s Freddy Adu with a driver’s licence, he’s Cherno Samba with real life ability. Let’s start off by saying the nice stuff. Scott Loach had enormous promise, and with […]

A Week’s A Long Time in Football – 09/07 – 15/07

And so we find ourselves at the end of the first week of our new lives as optimistic tifosi – a week that has seen us replace our black coffees in Styrofoam for elegant Espressos in fiddly little cups, scour the internet for information on under-21 “prodigies” and add Google Translate to our bookmarks. Though […]