It was a school holidays in the late 80’s, and the junior hornets, then run by the legendary Ann Swanson, were on a day trip to Highbury. I was on the trip and we’d enjoyed a tour of the stadium, hearing the horse and cart ghost story, and a game of football in the JVC centre – an indoor sports hall in the depths of Highbury.
We’ve been searching for 100 that define Watford FC for a while now. It’s a wonderful list, and full of some fantastic personal stories from fans. So as we head towards our 50 Objects mark, we want to know what MUST we include in the list? The aim of Watford in 100 objects has always been […]
The 1982/83 season will undoubtedly be remembered by Watford fans as the Hornets’ historic first season in the top flight, but it also marked the opening of Watford Stadium Rail Station, a facility that opened in December 1982.
Lloyd Doyley has the record number of guest appearances on From The Rookery End – 5, followed by Martin Taylor and Nick Cox on 3. Whilst Nick was in charge of Watford’s Academy we had him on to tells us about how it all works on a few occasions. He was always a great guest […]
I’ll be honest, I was quite excited at the list of names coming in to Vicarage Road over the summer of 2001. Vega, Hughes, Glass, Gayle. All players with Premier League experience. Add to that the exotic (for Watford) Galli & Blondeau and expectations were high going into the season. Of course, led by the […]
This object is Peter Birch’s wedding ring. Yes, technically there are two of them, but he is currently using one of them. I meet Peter the night before the play off final against Crystal Palace as he was over from Norway, where he now lives, to see the big game. He told me why his wedding rings are so special to Watford, a specific team and and specific result.
Seen over Vicarage Road by Aidy Boothroyd “Unbelievable” said Chris Kamara. I suppose the fact that he was with us on that sunny Saturday in September 2008 meant that something unusual was bound to happen. It had already gone a bit weird when the experienced Estonian Mart Poom was forced off injured to be replaced […]
Most football fans chant this to wind up the opposition player or manager, but for Watford fans it has been an honest question since 1993. Why? Well in 1993 the old Vicarage Road terrace was demolished to be replaced by the Paul Furlong funded, all seater, Vicarage Road stand. At the same time an Vicarage Road icon was removed – The Old scoreboard. It was the size of Star-Destoryer and made up of a bunch of filament light-bulbs, that using 1970 programming they displayed informative and motivational messages to Watford fans.
Our list of 100 Object that define Watford Football Club wouldn’t be a great as it is without your contributions. Tim Turner, a Watford blogger at Albert McLenaghan’s Throw-In sent in what is simply an amazing self made object. Here’s Tim’s story behind this Subbuteo Team. Those of us growing up in the 70s and 80s […]
Object #34: Sudbury Court Football Kit
Hunting down the next big talent and signing them for not a lot of money is the dream of every football club. So how did a future England World Cup star end up at Watford Football Club. When we talked to John he told us: