Author Archives: Ed Perchard

The crap backheel heard around the world

Summertime and the living is easy. Football is back again and amidst a world full of toss, this meaningless game is once more giving us a chance to escape into a box of concrete and forget our pains. We drew 3-3 with Liverpool. And there were three things therein that particularly pleased me: When Jose […]

The siege of Troy: Is it time to move on?

This ‘Deeney Day’ found the skipper in perhaps his most precarious position since he wrote himself into Watford folklore by kicking the ball very hard at a time when everyone else’s legs had turned to jelly. It’s now been four years since that moment, a period in which Troy has been made the highest paid […]

Who’ll support Walter Mazzarri with me?

Last March I took to these pages to inform you all that Quique Sanchez Flores’s time in charge of Watford was up. A few weeks and ample criticism later, it was leaked that the scarfed one would be moved on after, and I’m paraphrasing, Gino Pozzo read that rant and realised he was onto a […]

Outgoing: Almen Abdi – Mr Robot

Almen Abdi is the best Watford player I have ever seen. Let me clarify that, as I’ve been trying to in my own head for the past few days. Almen Abdi is not the most gifted or productive player at Watford, nor is he even the best midfielder, probably. But never have I seen a […]

Squeaky bum: Why the Pozzos could be considering Quique’s future

We learn from our duopolous local media that Quique Sanchez Flores is after a new long-term contract. The ‘tactical genius’ is, he says, in it for the long haul. One in the eye of the big clubs circling him. But my question to you is, does he deserve one? Although the nationals might occasionally paint […]

The Year of the Hornet – 2015

2015. What a year, eh? Played 41, won 23, lost just 10. 72 goals scored, 44 conceded. In just twelve months we’ve seen players transformed, historic promotion won (and lost), and an assault on the richest league in the world beyond our wildest dreams. We’ve even managed to get ourselves a proper nemesis. Over the […]

On Troy Deeney (and Roy Hodgson, and England, and a few other things)

Troy Deeney should be in the next England squad. Let me explain…