Unreliable History

To be written

 

Famous Players : – Ross Jenkins, Barry Stagecoach, Luther Blissett, Ray Train, Michael Bicycle, 

Famous Fans : – Elton John (musician)

 

Club Records


Formed 1891

Turned Professional 1897

Became a Limited Company 1909

Former names Watford Rovers  = 1881-1893
West Herts  =  1893-1898

Previous grounds Vicarage Meadow, Rose and Crown Meadow   1883-1889
Colney Butts          1889-1890
Cassio Road          1899-1922 

Nickname “The HORNETS”

Record Premier League Win 1-5   v  Cardiff City  (Away)   22.02.2019

Record Premier League Defeat 0-8   v  Manchester City  (Away)   21.09.2019

Record Football League Win 8-0  v Sunderland      Division 1       25.08.1992

Record Football League Defeat 1-8 v Crystal Palace      Division 4        23.09.1959

Record Cup Win 10-1  Lowestoft Town      FA Cup First Round      27.11.1926

Record Cup Defeat 0-10  Wolverhampton Wanderers      FA Cup First Round Replay      24.01.1912

Record Fee Paid £40,000,000 to Rennes (France) for Ismaila SAAR  (8 August 2019)

Record Fee Received £50,000,000 from Everton for RICHARLISON (24 July 2018)

Record Appearances 503 –  Luther BLISSETT  (1976-1983, 1984-88, 1991-92)

Record Football League Appearances 415 –  Luther BLISSETT  (1976-1983, 1984-88, 1991-92)

Record Premier League Appearances 163 –  Troy DEENEY (2015-2020)

Record Premier League goal-scorer 47  –  Troy DEENEY (2015-2020)

Record goal-scorer in a Premier League season 15  –  Odion IGHALO (2015-2016)

Record goal-scorer in a League season 42  –  Cliff HOLTON      (Division 4  – 1959-1960)

Record all-time goal-scorer  186  Luther BLISSETT (1976-1983, 1984-1988, 1991-1992)

Record League goal-scorer  148  Luther BLISSETT (1976-1983, 1984-1988, 1991-1992)

Most goals in a match  5  –  Eddie MUMMERY  v Newport County  Division Three (South)    05.01.1924
5  –  Thomas ASHBRIDGE  v Bournemouth FC   FA Cup Fourth Qualifying round    29.11.1913

Record Attendance (all-time) 34,099 v  Manchester United FA Cup  Fourth Round Replay   03.02.1969

Record Premier League Attendance 21,590   v  Sunderland   27.11.1999

Record total of goals in a League season 92  –  1959-1960     Division 4

Record total of goals in a Premier League season 52  –  2018-2019  (38 games)

Record points total in a Premier League season 50  –  2018-2019  (38 games)

Record points total in a League season 2 points for a win  –  71 –  1977-1978    Division 4
3 points for a win  –  89 –  2014-2015    Championship

Most Capped player while at club 31  –  John BARNES (England)
31  –  Kenny JACKETT (Wales)

Youngest Player Keith MERCER  –  16 years and 125 days  v  Tranmere Rovers   16.02.1973

Oldest Player Alec CHAMBERLAIN  –  42 years and 327 days  v Newcastle United    13.05.2007

 

Stadium details

Address :  Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford WD1 0ER

Telephone :  01923 496000
01923 223023  (Ticket Office)

Capacity :  22,200
Pitch size :  105m x 68m  (115 yards  x  74 yards)
Official website : 
www.watfordfc.com

Directions

The Watford website has details of how to reach the ground.

Honours


Division One Runners-up  (Top Tier) 1982-1983

Championship Runners-Up  (Second Tier) 2014-2015

Division Two Runners-up  (Second Tier) 1981-1982

Division Two Champions  (Third Tier) 1997-1998

Division Three Champions  (Third Tier) 1968-1969

Division Three Runners-up  (Third Tier) 1978-1979

Division Four Champions  (Fourth Tier) 1977-1978

FA Cup Finalists 1984, 2019

Division Three (South) Cup  (joint holders) 1936-1937

Division Three (South) Cup Finalists 1934-1935

 

Managers


John GOODALL May 1903 – May 1910

Harry KENT May 1910 – May 1926

Fred PAGHAM May 1926 – May 1929

Neil McBAIN May 1929 – August 1937

Bill FINDLAY August 1938 – February 1947

Jack BRAY March 1947 – January 1948

Eddie HAPGOOD February 1948 – March 1950

Ron GRAY March 1950 – August 1951

Haydn GREEN August 1950 – October 1951

Len GOULDEN November 1952 – October 1955

Johnny PATON October 1955 – February 1956

Len GOULDEN February 1956 – July 1956

Neil McBAIN August 1956 – February 1959

Ron BURGESS February 1959 – May 1963

Bill McGARRY July 1963 – October 1964

Ken FURPHY November 1964 – July 1971

George KIRBY August 1971 – May 1973

Mike KEEN June 1973 – April 1977

Graham TAYLOR June 1977 – May 1987

Dave BASSETT May 1987 – January 1988

Steve HARRISON January 1988 – March 1990

Colin LEE March 1990 – November 1990

Steve PERRYMAN November 1990 – July 1993

Glenn ROEDER July 1993 – February 1996

Graham TAYLOR February 1996 – June 2001

Kenny JACKETT June 1996 – June 1997

Graham TAYLOR June 1997 – May 2001

Gianluca VIALLI June 2001 – June 2002

Ray LEWINGTON July 2002 – March 2005

Adrian BOOTHROYD 29 March 2005 – 4 November 2008

Malky MACKAY (caretaker) 4 November 2008 – 24 November 2008

Brendan RODGERS 24 November 2008 – June 2009

Malky MACKAY June 2009 – June 2011

Sean DYCHE June 2011 – July 2012

Gianfranco ZOLA 7 July 2012 – 16 December 2013

Giuseppe SANNINO 18 December 2013 – 31 August 2013

Oscar GARCIA 2 September 2013 – 29 September 2013

Billy McKINLAY 29 September 2013 – 7 October 2013

Slavisa JOKANOVIC 7 October 2013 – 4 June 2015

Quique SANCHEZ FLORES 4 June 2015 – 13 May 2016

Walter MAZZARRI 1 July 2016 – May 2017

Marco SILVA May 2017 – January 2018

Javi GRACIA January 2018 – September 2019

Quique Sanchez FLORES September 2019 – December 2019

Hayden MULLINS (Caretaker) December 2019

Nigel PEARSON December 2019 – July 2020

Hayden MULLINS (Caretaker) July 2020

Vladimir IVIC August 2020 – December 2020

Xisco MUNOZ December 2020 –

League Record

The Football League structure has historically been as follows …

1888-1892 1892-1920 1920-1921 1921-1958 1958-1992 1992-2004 2004 to date
First tier Football League Division One Division One Division One Division One Premiership Premier League
Second tier Division Two Division Two Division Two Division Two Division One Championship
Third tier Division Three Division Three
(North) and (South)
Division Three Division Two  League One
Fourth tier Division Four Division Three League Two

Founder member of Division Three  (Third tier) 1920

Division Three  (Third tier) 1920-1921

Division Three (South)  (Third tier) 1921-1958

Division Four  (Fourth tier) 1958-1960

Division Three  (Third tier) 1960-1969

Division Two  (Second tier) 1969-1972

Division Three  (Third tier) 1972-1975

Division Four  (Fourth tier) 1975-1978

Division Three  (Third tier) 1978-1979

Division Two  (Second tier) 1979-1982

Division One  (Top tier) 1982-1988

Division Two  (Second tier) 1988-1992

Division One  (Second tier) 1992-1996

Division Two  (Third tier) 1996-1998

Division One  (Second tier) 1998-1999

Premier League  (Top tier) 1999-2000

Division One  (Second tier) 2000-2004

The Championship  (Second tier) 2004-2006

Premier League  (Top tier) 2006-2007

The Championship  (Second tier) 2007-2015

Premier League  (Top tier) 2015-2020

The Championship  (Second tier) 2020-