From The Rookery End (FTRE) is a monthly podcast about Watford Football Club. It’s presented by Jon Moonie, Jason Bailey and Mike Parkin, three lifelong Watford fans and season ticket holders in the Rookery End at Vicarage Road. The podcast and blog is their take on life as fans of Watford.
If you want to find out more about the boys, you can read a Q&A about their time supporting Watford.
The podcast started in 2009-2010 season with Jon and Jason producing short audioBoos about the matches they watched. Mike joined the team in the summer 2010 when the full-length monthly podcasts were launched. The inaugural podcast went up on iTunes on 25th May 2010. It was an end of season awards that reviewed the 2009-2010 season and included interviews with Danny Graham and Henri Lansbury. The average podcast consists of the boys chatting in the pub about what’s been happening on the pitch over the month, interviews with the players and other key people around the club, a bit of Watford-related comedy and an out-of-tune song for one of the players.
You can email the boys on firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on social media through the links on this page.
Mike is the driving force behind FTRE in print form. All the boys contribute to this blog and it is a reflective and observational blog, taking a wider scope of what goes on at Vicarage Road.
Between 2010-2012, Mike wrote a column in the Watford FC matchday programme. And in the 2012-13 season he wrote a season-long feature about the now legendary 1982-83 season as part of the 30th anniversary.
Towards the end of 2010-2011 season MyLocalNews magazines started running a month FTRE page, which ran through out the 2011-2012 season.
In the Press
When asked, From The Rookery End regularly contribute to press and other media – there’s a phrase for that sort of person and media…? Here is a collection of what we’ve done.
To celebrate the end of the 2010-2011 season the boys came up with a fun way to mark the last home game of the season – Wear a vest for Danny Day. A few hundred Watford fans turned up to Vicarage Road to show their support and thanks to the team’s effort during the season by wearing a Danny Graham inspired, homemade vest.
Being lifelong Watford fans the three boys have seen many highs and many lows, but in the 2011-2012 season they took on the challenge to find 100 objects that define Watford Football Club. They are asking fans to suggest objects. They can be historic and define some of the most important moments in the clubs history or they can personal and define a fans relationship with the club.