26/06/2017

Graham Taylor OBE | Tribute Matchday Update

Watford FC’s Graham Taylor Matchday will now take place on Saturday August 5, 2017, at Vicarage Road Stadium after the pitch renovation schedule required adjusting.

As a result of this, Aston Villa Football Club has very kindly agreed to host the pre-season friendly between the two clubs planned for Saturday July 29 (3pm), and will pay their own tributes to Graham at this matchday.

This keeps the pledge to give Hornets’ fans and people within the Watford community the chance to honour Graham at The Vic – albeit a week later than originally scheduled.

The opposition playing against the Hornets for The Graham Taylor Trophy on August 5 will be confirmed soon, along with details about ticket prices, sale timings and other matchday activities.

Villa Park will therefore play host to Watford fans on July 29, with ticket prices and subsidised travel arrangements to be confirmed in due course.

Watford FC thanks Aston Villa FC for its understanding with regards to the change of arrangements.

A reminder that all profits from Vicarage Road’s Graham Taylor Matchday will be shared equally between The National Memorial Arboretum and Watford FC’s Community Sports & Education Trust – the two charities nominated by Graham’s family.

Aston Villa FC will announce July 29 matchday activity and arrangements in due course at avfc.co.uk.

First Team 26/06/2017

Hughes | “Too Hard To Turn Down”

Watford’s new midfielder Will Hughes admits he was genuinely excited at the prospect of joining the Hornets from the moment he first learned of the club’s interest.

The England Under-21 international, who signed on a five-year deal from Derby on Friday, told watfordfc.com: “I’m massively excited.

“When it first came out that I was linked, I spoke to my agent and it's been a slow process but I'm very relieved now.

“I've played against Watford many a time in the Championship and I've always enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to a new challenge now, especially in the Premier League.”

Having excelled for the Rams since making his debut as a 16-year-old in 2011, Hughes is sure he’s now ready to make the step up to Premier League football.

“Every English player wants to play in the Premier League,” he admitted.

“Having played in the Championship for so long I gave it a good go to get promoted, but the chance to join a Premier League team was too hard to turn down.

“I'm massively excited, it's a new chapter in my life and I can't wait to get started.”

Hughes goes up against future Derby teammate Vydra in 2015

Hughes counted a number of former Hornets as teammates whilst at Pride Park, and the 22-year-old revealed they always spoke glowingly of their time at The Vic.

“The likes of Ikechi Anya, Matej Vydra and Craig Forsyth have always had good things to say about Watford, so I'm just looking forward to it,” he said.

“It's a new challenge for me and one I have been wanting to do for most of my career, so to finally get it over the line is a massive relief for me.”

Best known for his creativity in midfield, Hughes says there’s a lot more to his game – thanks to 165 appearances racked up in the Championship – and he hopes to add further qualities whilst playing for Marco Silva’s Watford.

“I think a lot of people have got a perception of me of just being a ball-player, but having played in the Championship for five years you have got to do a lot more than that,” he said.

“I think I bring both sides to my game, with my main strength being creativity.

“I'm looking to score a lot more goals than I have previously and to set up lots of chances too.”