3 weeks ago

News: Hornets Help Team GB Win Gold

Watford was well represented as Team GB’s football team won gold at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi. Team GB player Tom Ward is a season ticket holder for the Hornets whilst one of his coaches Liam Dwyer works full-time for Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust on their Positive Minds mental wellbeing project. 

The Special Olympics is an international competition for people with intellectual disabilities and this year a team of 129 athletes have represented Great Britain in 17 sports at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in the United Arab Emirates, bringing home over 150 medals. The games were contested by a total of 7,500 athletes from 170 countries, a fact that makes Team GB’s medal haul even more impressive. 

Before they set off on their amazing journey to Special Olympic gold, Tom and his teammates Jack Wells and Reece Johnson came to Vicarage Road Stadium for a look behind-the-scenes and a quick interview.

The players all spoke of the ‘amazing’ feeling that came when they were told they were to represent Great Britain and anticipated ‘the best experience that we will have for a long time, maybe even our lifetime’. 

Watford FC and Watford FC’s CSE Trust would like to congratulate Liam, Tom, Jack and Reece, as well as their Team GB teammates Sean McCulloch, Ross Sinclair, Steven Johnson, Ste Law Bates, Joe McKenzie, Ryan Anstey, Liam Lister and Derek Taylor. 

First Team 4 weeks ago

Gomes On Foster: “Ben Is The Best English Goalkeeper”

Ben Foster maybe too modest to say it himself, but Heurelho Gomes is lauding him as is the best goalkeeper in England - as Watford's no.1 has been in spectacular form since rejoining the Hornets in the summer.

Foster was readying himself at West Bromwich Albion to push for an immediate return to the Premier League, but jumped at the chance to come back to Watford for a second spell.

The 35-year-old has seven clean sheets so far in the Premier League this season - that's joint eighth with Manchester United's David de Gea.

His return meant that Gomes, a fan-favourite and a fantastic goalkeeper in his own right, had to accept playing second-fiddle to Foster - that would irk some players, but not Gomes, who enjoys a visibly warm relationship with his fellow shot-stopper.

“At the moment, Ben is the best English goalkeeper playing now,” said the Brazilian. “I told him this, and he said 'no', but he deserves it.”

“When you lose your place for someone that is below [your level] in performance [that's difficult], but Ben is up there, and I cannot complain, because I lost my place for a very, very good goalkeeper.”

Watch Gomes celebrate as the Hornets beat Crystal Palace to book their spot in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Foster retired from international football in 2011, but returned for the 2014 World Cup.

England manager Gareth Southgate has a whole host of goalkeepers to choose from, but does Foster then merit another opportunity with The Three Lions?

He said: “I like the others a lot, but Ben deserves it, and maybe now he has a chance.”