For some of you the end of the football season couldn’t come soon enough. For others, the end of the season merely represents the beginning of a countdown to the start of next season. This close season, Hornets fans will have a little bit extra to occupy their time away from Vicarage Road as a new Watford FC podcast hits the airwaves for the very first time.
We are Jon Moonie, Jason Bailey and Mike Parkin and we’re all very passionate about our football club. So much so we wanted to harness our enthusiasm and channel it into something constructive – a podcast. As fans, we all felt there was a gap in what is available to Watford supporters. The football club, BBC Three Counties Radio and the Watford Observer all do a fantastic job of providing us with information, interviews and match reports, but there is definitely room for more, something a bit different.
Fans used to produce and distribute fanzines which provided a more offbeat, light-hearted look at what was going on at the club. This is how we see the podcast. We won’t be afraid to talk about the serious issues, but what we really want to portray is the fun that can be had supporting Watford. We’ll be sharing our experiences and thoughts, whilst hopefully hearing from fellow fans too. There is more to being a football fan than just turning up at the ground for 90 minutes and it’s this that we want to explore.
The first “From the Rookery End” podcast is available to download free from iTunes.
It will provide an irreverent look back at the season, including a one word season review from former Soccer AM presenter Tim Lovejoy. It also features the inaugural “From the Rookery End, End of Season Awards”, interviews with Henri Lansbury and Danny Graham, you’ll meet the Watford Wannabe WAGS and hear Jon’s apology to Lloyd Doyley.
The three of us are all lifelong supporters and season ticket holders in the Rookery End at Vicarage Road. Having recorded this first podcast, we now plan to publish the podcast on a monthly basis through out next season. We would like you to get involved with future editions of the podcast and you might see us out and about at games grabbing your views to put into the podcast.