Non-League Day: Support Your Local Side
Non-League Day will return for its 10th successive year this Saturday (October 12), with plenty of local clubs in action while the Hornets are on an international break.
The annual day on the football calendar provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of volunteer-led community football, while encouraging fans across the country to show support for their local non-league side.
Non-League Day is also partnered with Prostate Cancer UK, encouraging clubs and fans to raise funds to stop the disease which kills one man every 45 minutes.
See below for information on games taking place locally to Watford, more information about Non-League Day, and some background on current Hornets with history in non-league football.
Local Non-League Matches
St Albans City v Eastbourne Borough, 3pm KO, National League South
Entry is £15 for adults on the gate or £14 if you purchase in advance. Under-16s are £5 on the day and £4 in advance.
For Watford season ticket holders, tickets are £12 on the gate or £11 online. People booking in advance should bring their cards with them.
Kings Langley v Rushall Athletic, 3pm KO, Southern League – Premier Division Central
Entry is £11 for adults, £7 for concessions or £2 for Under-16s.
Kings Langley are offering entry for £7 if you are a league club season ticket holder — or if you bring your dog along on the day!
Barnet v Woking, 3pm KO, National League
Leverstock Green v Wembley, 3pm KO, South Midlands League – Premier Division
Oxhey Jets v Hackney Wick, 3pm KO, FA Vase
Broadfields United v Walthamstow, 3pm KO, FA Vase
Hadley v Milton Keynes Robins, 3pm KO, FA Vase
Golden Boys With A Non-League Past
Watford captain Troy Deeney plied his trade in non-league football before joining the Hornets in August 2011. After an unsuccessful trial with Aston Villa, the forward joined Chelmsley Town in 2004 where he made the first steps in his football career. After joining League Two Walsall in 2006, Deeney was then sent on loan to non-league club Halesowen Town for the remainder of the season. He went on to impress for Walsall and earn a move to Vicarage Road, where he is now the club’s all-time fourth top goalscorer.
Having begun his career in the academy of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Andre Gray dropped down the footballing divisions before working his way back up. The striker initially joined League Two Shrewsbury Town before going out on loan to non-league Telford United in 2009 and then Hinckley United in 2010. After joining Hinckley United permanently, Gray then went on loan to Luton Town in the Conference before eventually joining the Hornets after spells at Brentford and Burnley.
Goalkeeper Ben Foster is in his second spell with the Hornets, but a packed career has seen him appear in non-league for a number of clubs. The goalkeeper began his football journey with Racing Club Warwick as a youth before joining Stoke City, but went on to have loan spells at Tiverton Town, Stafford Rangers and Wrexham in non-league. He then joined Manchester United in 2005 before joining Watford on loan and – eventually – permanently.
Craig Dawson worked in his local pub and played for Rochdale St Clements before continuing his football journey at non-league Radcliffe Borough during the 2007/08 season. The centre-half appeared 95 times in two years at the club, scoring 15 goals, and earned a move to Rochdale. Dawson then spent almost 10 years with West Bromwich Albion before joining the Hornets.
Other Non-League Day games local to Vicarage Road, or near where you live, can be found here.