First Team 18/01/2018

Medical Director | Meet Dr Emilio

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Emilio Lopez-Vidriero says he’s delighted to have joined Watford FC and already sees “the good amount of resources” at the club available to him to make a positive long-term impact upon the club’s frustrating injury record of recent times.
The Hornets’ newly-appointed Medical Director is a highly-experienced and high-profile practitioner.
Indeed, Dr Emilio’s private practice in Sevilla, Spain, has become a treatment magnet for many of the world’s top professional sportsmen and women.
His world-renowned clinic includes a team of surgeons, sports medicine specialists, physios and rehabilitators, all contributing to the peak performance of professionals at the top of their sport.
“I’ve had some excellent experiences during my career,” explains Dr Emilio.

“From a fellowship in Pittsburgh, USA, at one of the most important sports medicine centres in the world, to working with the revered Dr Cugat in Barcelona, where many of the world’s top football players have been treated, I have been able to construct my own clinic using the best experiences from around the world.”
An orthopaedic surgeon and consultant in sports medicine for many different professional sporting organisations, Dr Emilio has found professional sports people are drawn to the news of good work.
“Once your name becomes established, you find it is like this,” he added. “But this is the product of many years of study, hard work and the building of trust.”
“Our vision is that of a medical centre of excellence,” explained Hornets’ Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury.
“A specialist Doctor will now oversee the process of getting us back to where we should be in terms of player care and treatment. The days of the senior physio running onto the pitch and then having the sole responsibility for making all of the key decisions around the training ground are past.
“We expect a brighter future for our medical work moving forward, and take great comfort from Dr Emilio’s years of top-level experience.”
Dr Emilio has been instrumental in prolonging the career of Spain’s most successful female swimmer in history, Mireia Belmonte, while his CV includes names and tournaments from across the globe.
“I’ve joined Watford because it is clear I can have a positive influence over the short-term and the long-term,” adds Dr Emilio.
“It is still early and there is a lot to be assessed but the positive messages are about the good amount of resource, both human and technical, that can be used and developed.
“As everyone understands, it is not only about the treatment of injured players, to fight the fires so to speak which I am here to do of course, but also to establish the best injury prevention programme in the sport.”
Dr Emilio will have a mandate to recruit as required and expects to provide a detailed update on the current injury situation early next week – and, for some, that will be a more positive picture than has been recently portrayed.


Away Tickets | Leicester Prices & Sales Info

Tickets for Watford's trip to Leicester City (Saturday January 20, 3pm KO) are now on general sale to Hornets supporters. 

The Hornets have been given an allocation of approximately 3,300 tickets for the Premier League visit to the King Power Stadium. As of 11am today (Thu Jan 18), approximately 2,200 have been sold.

Last post for this fixture has now passed and all tickets purchased will need to be collected from the ticket office at Vicarage Road before 5.30pm on Friday (Jan 19).

Any ticketing enquiries on the day of the game, specific to the Leicester matchday only, should be directed to 07593 730053 between 11am and 3.15pm.

Tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY via

The Ticket Office Hotline on 01923 223023 can be called to seek assistance with online account information and for other general ticketing enquiries.


Adults: £30 
Senior 65+ and Under-22: £25
Under-18: £20
Under-12: £10

Please note: children under the age of two will not be permitted entry into the King Power Stadium due to health and safety regulations.

Official club coaches: £10 per person. Departs from Greenhill Crescent at 11am, with a Milton Keynes pick-up in operation. 

Under-18s attending any away game and/or travelling on official club coaches unsupervised MUST ensure an UNDER-18 AWAY FIXTURE CONSENT FORM is signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the Ticket Office (either in-person, by emailing or by post to Watford FC Ticket Office, Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford, Herts, WD18 0ER) before the day of the game.


From 12noon, Wednesday December 20:
- Away Group A

From 12noon, Friday December 22:
- Away Group A
- Away Group B

From 9am, Tuesday December 26:
- Away Group A
- Away Group B
- Away Group C

From 12noon, Thursday December 28:
- General sale 

Tickets are sold on a one per eligible Fan ID basis and subject to availability at all times. Booking fees per ticket: 50p online, £1 over phone.


First Access Sales Groups mentioned below are specifically referred to and set out in the club's 2017/18 Away Match Ticket Sales Policy, available by clicking HERE:

Group A (3,809 fans):
- ST holders 2017/18 with between 10 and 24 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group B (769 fans):
- Non-ST holders 2017/18 with 10 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group C (10,725 fans):
- ST holders 2017/18 with less than 10 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Includes away sales up to and including Monday December 18, 10am. 

Regular sales updates will be published here at and via Twitter @WatfordFC.

How to contact the Ticket Office: / 01923 223023