18/06/2019

News: Hornets’ Hospitality Top Of The League, Say VisitFootball

Watford FC boasts the Premier League’s best matchday hospitality – just ask VisitFootball.

The independent customer experience assessors from LiveTourism, commissioned by the top-flight’s governing body, scored Vicarage Road Stadium’s rich variety of hospitality experiences above all of English football’s biggest clubs.

Mandy Lane, Managing Director for LiveTourism, said: “The focus and attention to detail in providing the best possible hospitality experience is a credit to all the staff involved. This achievement is the result of enthusiastic well-trained staff and an excellent quality food offer, skilfully designed and executed.”

“I have already offered my sincere thanks to all of our staff involved in creating such a special atmosphere and experience at our Premier League home fixtures,” said Scott Duxbury, Watford’s Chairman & CEO.

“To excel in the eyes of independent assessors is only possible due to the collaborative nature of our work here, allied to a team spirit which is the envy of many other clubs.”

The Hornets’ matchday experiences for home supporters, visiting supporters and disabled supporters have all improved markedly since the club’s first assessment during the 2015/16 campaign, after returning to the Premier League.

Duxbury added: “It is one thing aiming to provide the highest standards possible at all times, yet for this to happen consistently under the spotlight of Premier League matchdays is an outstanding achievement.

“With new hospitality offerings opening for the forthcoming season, we’ll now enjoy the challenge of maintaining the highest of standards as we welcome more guests to Vicarage Road for a great Premier League experience with us.”

Ladies 18/06/2019

Ladies: 2018/19 Season Highlights

The 2018/19 season was very much a transition season for the Ladies.

It was a first season in the FA Women’s National League Southern Division with a host of new players in a youthful squad.

When you enter a new league, there is always an element of stepping into the unknown and that was certainly the case as a convincing win over eventual runners-up Cardiff was followed up with a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Loughborough Foxes.

An exciting FA Cup schedule saw Watford head to the North East in January where they recorded an impressive 7-2 win over Middlesbrough. That result earned the team a chance to head up to the Blue side of Manchester to take on one of the biggest names in Women’s Football in Manchester City at the Academy Stadium on the Etihad Campus. It was a tremendous effort from every player and staff member involved as the team held firm with a clean sheet for over an hour against one of the most formidable attacks in England. The pressure took its toll in the end as City ran out as 3-0 winners but the whole club was proud of the girls’ efforts.

The results were up and down for the next few weeks, but the season ended on a positive with four wins from the final five games and a whole host of Under-23’s players making their debuts and playing exceptionally well.

The Golden Girls finished with a record of 13 wins, eight defeats and just the single draw which resulted in a respectable position of a fifth-placed finish; and is certainly something to build on for next season where a sustained challenge at the top of the league is the aim.

FAVOURITE WIN:

Watford 1-0 Chichester

The Golden Girls entered this fixture in an indifferent spell of form and Chichester were flying high, so it was going to be a difficult test. A first-half goal from Danielle Scanlon was enough to win the game but it was the desire to keep a clean sheet and hold on for the win in tough conditions.

FAVOURITE GOAL:

The last-minute winner against Portsmouth at home was one to savour. Having led 4-1 with little over 20 minutes to go, to being pegged back to 4-4 in injury time, going straight back up the other end with one of the best passing moves of the game was memorable to say the least. Almost straight from the restart, the ball was fed to Adekite Fatuga-Dada on the left wing, she turned her player with ease before playing a one-two with Alysha Stojko-Down on the edge of the box. Once onto the return pass, Fatuga-Dada looked up and played a great ball across the goal for Helen Ward to tap home. If a game could sum up the season, that was it! Strong start, then a sticky patch in the middle before ending on a high.

FAVOURITE PHOTO:

Our favourite photo has to go to the celebration of Alysha Stojko-Down. This was a late goal to get the Golden Girls a win over a strong side, Loughborough Foxes. The passion in the faces of the celebration shows what the ladies put into the game and how rewarding that winning feeling is.


Stayed tuned for the 2019/20 fixtures to be released in July!