Category Playing Staff

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 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 […]

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 […]

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…

Outgoing: Essaid Belkalem

To: Trabzonspor Essaid Belkalem’s stay at Watford was one of great contrasts. While during his loan spell he often appeared off the pace and struggled to make an impact on the first team picture, signing on a permanent transfer seemed to transform the big Algerian. Since signing for Watford permanently in the summer of 2014 […]

Captain America hangs up his shield: A salute to Jay DeMerit

Given that all the buzz in the past few weeks has been about how many millions hitherto unheralded Championship strikers are moving to middling clubs who shouldn’t have that much money to spend for, it’s fair to say that football is on something of a rager; completely oblivious to the prudence being it once had, […]