09/06/2017

Defining Moments | Peter Kennedy

GRAHAM TAYLOR SIGNING ME 

I was still quite young and in my first season at Notts County when Sam Allardyce came in, but for whatever reason he didn’t fancy me as a player.

I hadn’t been playing for a couple of months and that summer I was back in Northern Ireland and I was very close to staying over there, even though I had a couple of years left on my contract at County. I didn’t really see myself getting an opportunity under Sam and thought to myself, who’s really going to take a chance on me?

But fortunately for me, I had a good game against Watford that season and I think Kenny Jackett put in a good word for me. Luckily Graham took a punt on me and it gave me the opportunity to have a fresh start somewhere else. I’d like to think I repaid his faith and enjoyed four years of good football at the club.

BEATING LUTON 4-0 IN 1997/98

It was my first season at Watford and we’d started the season quite well, but I think this was still a defining moment in that campaign as a whole.

I scored two goals that day, but more than that it was the atmosphere, the fact we won 4-0 there and at the time, I probably didn’t realise just how much the derby match meant to supporters.

I think it was a big moment for me and for the club in the context of that season too. Going and beating your rivals by that score-line really helped us kick on and showed the fans that we were a serious threat that campaign. 

1998/99 PLAY-OFF FINAL V BOLTON

This is probably the biggest moment during my time at the club, as it was an accumulation of two years of hard work.

When I joined the club we were in League One and then within two years we were in the top-flight, which is a pretty special achievement.

It was a big moment for me, but also for the club. To get back into the Premier League after a few tough years where things had started to go downhill a bit was huge for the club and the town, and it was a bit of a catalyst for what’s happened since.

But personally as well, to play at Wembley and achieve something you worked so hard for is something I’ll never forget.

Kennedy in action during the play-off final at Wembley

Article first published in The Hornet (Watford FC match programme)

08/06/2017

Trust | Watford Team Take On Nightrider

This weekend a team of ten Trust supporters are taking on the London Nightrider Challenge 2017, in aid of the Hornets' Community Sports and Education Trust. 

The night-time charity bike ride will see cyclists ride past sights of England’s capital city such as Big Ben and St Paul's Cathedral, as they raise money for Watford FC’s self-financing registered charity. 

Get to know our riders below, and donate by following the links! 

David Frost

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/David-Frost8

Having completed the Nightrider challenge before, Hornets fan David decided this year he wanted to raise money for the Trust as it ‘embraces Graham Taylor’s vision and principles’. Cycling alongside a lifelong Chelsea fan, David is determined to beat him.

Liam McGarry

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Liam-McGarry

Media man Liam has been putting in the hours in training as he takes on the challenge for a charity that does ‘incredible amounts of work in the local community’.

Steve Scott

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Steve-Scott14

Admitting that he’d ‘never done anything like this before’, Steve is looking forward to putting himself to the test. Steve chose the Trust after being impressed by the refurbishment of a rundown community centre in Meriden.

Jonathan North

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jonathan-North4

The gloves are off as Wealdstone FC goalkeeper Northy swaps The Stones' kit for cycling shorts. Having represented his country he is now looking to conquer the London Nightrider challenge.

Lady Hornets – Carol Robinson, Maxine Robinson and Cherry Schomberg

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LadyHornets

Tackling the challenge head on, these ladies are keen cyclists and are ready to take on Nightrider as a team. Always positive, the Lady Hornets can’t wait to get started!

The Berko Bikers - Kate Campbell, Claire Prunty, Angela Proctor

https://www.justgiving.com/watfordfc-trust

From the rolling hills of Surrey to the mighty mountains of Majorca, these ladies are seasoned cyclists who are always looking for their next challenge…bring on the Night!

The Trust would like to wish the team the best of luck and thank all those that are supporting. You can find out more about them at www.watfordfccsetrust.com.