01/08/2017

Stand For Graham | What Will You Donate For Our Tribute Appeal?

We hope you're planning on joining us at The Graham Taylor Tribute Matchday on Saturday August 5.

Whether you're coming or not, here's a great chance to play your part in a very visual tribute to Watford's greatest ever manager.

We want to decorate the Rookery Stand seats – either side of a giant GT banner currently being produced by The 1881 Movement – with your scarves, shirts and other larger items that you're prepared to donate to the display.

So now's your chance to provide some of those items, all of which will be donated to KitAid after August 5 – a charity which Graham was patron of.

Staff at The Hornets Shop on Vicarage Road will be happy to receive your items. You can either drop by in person or post them to:

Graham Taylor Tribute, The Hornets Shop, Watford FC, Watford WD18 0ER.

August 5 is very much about being here too, of course.

We've got a host of fun family activities being run by our Community Trust; they are running from 12noon to 2.30pm in Stadium Way (behind the Rookery) and within the Rookery Stand lower concourses.

Friend of Graham's family John Motson will address the crowd before the teams take to the field, where they'll be presented to Rita Taylor.

At half-time, there'll be a parade of Graham Taylor players from both his eras in charge of the Hornets – while, at the end of the game, the presentation of The Graham Taylor Trophy will take place on the pitch.

With the Sir Elton John & Graham Taylor Stands filling steadily and the Vicarage Road Stand also set to become available, it's time to buy your tickets to be with us on August 5.

Tickets are just £10 / £7.50 / £5, with net profits from the day split between Graham's family's chosen charities: The National Memorial Arboretum and the Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust.

Click HERE for more info on The Graham Taylor Tribute Matchday, and follow the link below to purchase your tickets and be a part of the occasion.

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First Team 29/07/2017

Highlights: Aston Villa 0-0 Watford

Heurelho Gomes was the Hornets’ hero as the Brazilian’s second-half penalty save ensured Aston Villa and Watford played out a goalless draw at Villa Park.

Fresh from signing a new two-year contract during the week, Gomes dived low to his left to keep out former Watford loanee Henri Lansbury’s spot-kick.

It was the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock during a relatively low-key pre-season affair, although Gabriel Agbonlahor and Jerome Sinclair will both feel they should have done better when presented with one-on-one shooting opportunities at either end in the first-half.

Marco Silva opted for an experimental 4-5-1 formation, with Sinclair flanked in attack by Nordin Amrabat and Roberto Pereyra – who was making his first start of pre-season.

There were also returns to action for Craig Cathcart and Tom Cleverley, neither of whom had featured thus far over the summer due to injuries.

After an emotional minute’s applause, which broke out into an impromptu rendition of ‘There’s Only One Graham Taylor’ – belted out by both sets of supporters – Watford got the game underway.

Villa were quickest out of the blocks and former Watford loanee Agbonlahor raced clear of the Hornets’ backline with barely two minutes on the clock, but Gomes saved well one-on-one.

There was an early blow for Watford, who lost Christian Kabasele through injury in the ninth minute. Sebastian Prödl took his place in defence.

Sinclair should have had Watford ahead on 16 minutes. The ex-Liverpool forward charged into the box unopposed but fired a good chance wide of the far post.

All in all, it had been a quiet opening half, although the travelling Watford fans were able to greet the appearance of Troy Deeney amongst the away support with a song or two dedicated to the injured striker.

Nathaniel Chalobah had the final chance of the first period, sending a dipping effort just over the target from 20 yards.

Isaac Success replaced Pereyra on the left-flank at the break; another successful 45 minutes under the former Juventus man’s belt.

Tom Cleverley swung a 25-yard free-kick around the wall early in the half, but it was a comfortable catch low down for Villa keeper Jed Steer.

The hosts looked destined to take a 53rd-minute lead but, after a Younes Kaboul trip on Lansbury in the penalty area, the ex-Watford loan man saw his spot-kick kept out by Watford’s ever reliable penalty-stopper Gomes.

Silva made five changes on the hour-mark – Gomes, Kaboul, Cleverley, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Amrabat withdrawn for Costel Pantilimon, Kiko Femenia, Ben Watson, Will Hughes and Stefano Okaka

After a neat passing move from the Hornets, Success found Femenia in space down the right-flank and then promptly charged onto the Spaniard’s cross, drawing a save from Steer.

With quarter-of-an-hour to go, Villa sub Jordan Amavi took aim from just inside the Watford area, firing wide of Pantilimon’s near post.

Conor Hourihane’s driving shot from distance was on target, but Pantilimon saved low to his right and that proved to be the game’s final chance of note.

HORNETS: Gomes (GK) (c) (Pantilimon, 60); Cathcart, Kabasele (Prödl, 9), Kaboul (Femenia, 60), Mason; Amrabat (Okaka, 60), Cleverley (Watson, 60), Doucouré (Hughes, 60), Chalobah, Pereyra (Success, HT); Sinclair.
Sub not used: Rowan.

VILLA: Steer (GK), Hutton, Terry (c) (Samba, 73), Chester, Taylor, Lansbury (Amavi, 73), Whelan (Hourihane, 73), Green (Bjarnason, 67), Elmohamady (Bree, 73), Grealish (Bacuna, 25), Agbonlahor (Hogan, 54).
Sub not used: Bunn (GK).


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