Author Archives: Ed Perchard

Selling the family Silva: Watford must regain their focus after Marco’s heave-ho

What a bloody mess. Marco Silva has been sacked after 24 games at Watford, a week before the end of the transfer window and with the club peering over the edge of a precipitous fall back into the Championship. Things like this usually set off the usual spurts of football tribalism: ‘our player can’t be […]

Lewis Gordon is very good and other tales from the FA Youth Cup: Watford 1-0 Sunderland 07/01/18

Why do those committed few go to youth team games? Is it to encourage the future of the club? To let them know that they are supported as they take their first steps into an often harrowing and lonely journey to professional football? Is it to embrace the community of a football club, one that […]

Andre Gray doesn’t care for your criticism

Slotting away the third and decisive goal at Newcastle on Saturday, his second for the club, Andre Gray immediately circled the goal and held his ears to the Watford fans located some miles above the pitch, fixing them with a steely death stare. This was a response to the by-no-means universal but vocal derision of […]

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 […]