“A Chance For Everyone To Pay Their Respects”

New boys Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes say they are both looking forward to being part of The Graham Taylor Matchday as the Hornets prepare to honour their legendary manager. 

The game tomorrow (Sat Aug 5) against Real Sociedad, for The Graham Taylor Trophy, represents the chance to pay a fitting tribute to the man who put Watford on the footballing map and also provides the opportunity for Chalobah and Hughes to run out at Vicarage Road for the first time since arriving this summer.

"It’s going to be an emotional one and I feel honoured to be part of it," said Chalobah, speaking to the broadcast media this afternoon.

"Graham Taylor was a pivotal part of the history of the club and brought the club up from the fourth division. Tomorrow is a chance for everyone to pay their respects and give him the tribute he deserves.

"It will be a very special day for the fans, the players and especially the club."

Chalobah says it's an honour to be part of tomorrow's Graham Taylor Matchday

Hughes has spent most of his life in the Midlands, where Taylor is held in equally high esteem following distinguished spells in charge of Aston Villa and Wolves.

"I don’t know a lot about him but from what I've been told he was an unbelievable guy whose record speaks for itself," said Hughes.

"It's going to be a great occasion to honour him."

Hughes is looking forward to what he believes will be 'a great occasion'

Be there as we pay our respects to GT at The Vic - click HERE for matchday and ticketing information.

First Team 03/08/2017

Confirmed | 2017/18 Squad Numbers

The Hornets' squad numbers for the new Premier League campaign are now confirmed and can be seen below.

Daryl Janmaat has switched from 22 to 2 and Jerome Sinclair moves from 19 to 17. Nathaniel Chalobah has been handed the number 14 shirt whilst fellow new signings Will Hughes will wear 19, Kiko Femenia will be number 21 and Daniel Bachmann is 35.

1 Heurelho Gomes 

2 Daryl Janmaat

3 Miguel Britos

4 Younes Kaboul

5 Sebastian Prödl

6 Adrian Mariappa

7 Nordin Amrabat

8 Tom Cleverley

9 Troy Deeney

10 Isaac Success

14 Nathaniel Chalobah

15 Craig Cathcart

16 Abdoulaye Doucoure

17 Jerome Sinclair

19 Will Hughes

20 Mauro Zarate

21 Kiko Femenia

23 Ben Watson

25 Jose Holebas

26 Brice Dja Djedje

27 Christian Kabasele

29 Etienne Capoue

30 Costel Pantilimon

31 Tommie Hoban

33 Stefano Okaka

35 Daniel Bachmann

37 Roberto Pereyra

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Family fun for all as we remember Watford's greatest ever manager this Saturday.