Match Tickets 2017/18 | First Access Groups Updated




Watford FC wishes to confirm its updated Home & Away Match Ticket Sales policies for the 2017/18 season.

The First Access Groups system used for the purchase of tickets both at Vicarage Road and to watch the Hornets on the road will continue, following positive feedback from supporters throughout last season.

The system is designed to be easily understood and as fair and equitable as possible, rewarding Watford fans with first access based on their ticket purchasing history (against an individual Fan ID record) over three complete seasons since July 2014.

The threshold numbers have moved upward from last year, with 20 games now the lower qualifying figure for Home Group A and 10 games for Away Group A.

The Hornets have encouraged the creation of Fan ID records for many years now, allowing individuals of all ages to build a booking profile for themselves.

In addition, with an eye on encouraging fans of the future, over half of all home Premier League fixtures were allowed to move to ‘General Sale’ status in 2016/17 – thus allowing the creation of new Fan ID records which automatically enter Home Group C status once a single ticket purchase is assigned.

Awayday regulars can also be assured that Watford FC takes its responsibilities seriously in ensuring the most loyal travellers are guaranteed a ticket to each and every away fixture played. In this respect, the temporary creation of Away Group A+ will continue to take place with its number capped at just over 1,000 fans who have 25 or more away ticket purchases against their Fan ID record since July 2014.

Below you’ll find the numbers of fans in each of the purchasing first access groups; also duly referenced in the two policy documents available by clicking HERE FOR HOME and HERE FOR AWAY.

- Home Group A: 3,650 fans
- Home Group B: 3,826 fans
- Home Group C: 32,559 fans

- Away Group A: 3,379 fans
- Away Group B: 733 fans
- Away Group C: 10,506 fans

New for 2017/18, Supporter Liaison & Disability Access Officer Dave Messenger will be seeking to further assist supporters who’d like to attend away fixtures but cannot stand for the duration of the 90 minutes.

Watford FC is aware of the growing trend for fans in away sections to indulge in much longer periods of continual standing than occurs among home fans’ areas of grounds.

In this respect, Dave will work with the Ticket Office team to identify appropriate seats at other Premier League stadia and the Hornets reserve the right to keep back such seats as it sees fit to ensure all Hornets’ fans who are eligible to purchase and wish to travel can enjoy the fixture without the need to stand.

More details on how to take advantage of this new service will be included with the first away match ticket-buying email of 2017/18 – relating to the AFC Bournemouth fixture of August 19.

And we’re off and running very soon; match ticket buyers should expect their first regular email for sales notification before the end of Friday July 21 with relation the Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion home fixtures.




First Team 20/07/2017

Colney Chat | Daryl Janmaat

By Kevin Affleck

International players arrive at the club so thick and fast these days that some invariably fly under the radar. You almost take it for granted that one with a rich pedigree and a bundle of caps is going to walk through the door.
Take Daryl Janmaat for example. He didn’t quite get the fanfare he probably deserved when he arrived at the peak of his powers from Newcastle last summer. This is a guy, it is easy for forget, who played in the Dutch side who finished third at the last World Cup. Let that sink in: Watford have someone in their ranks who came within a penalty kick of appearing in the final of the greatest competition of them all. You’ve also got, in Roberto Pereyra, a player who played in a Champions League final. This is the heady level the club are now operating at. 
And here was Janmaat sat, kicking back with his feet up, in the foyer of Sopwell House last week, chewing over that golden summer in Brazil while other guests of the leafy Hertfordshire hotel went about their business.
“It was a good story,” he says. “We finished third and that was definitely the highlight of my career. I am very proud of it. We did something nobody expected before. We did very well and it was a shame we didn’t make it to the final.”
They missed out because Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder missed penalties against Argentina. Did Janmaat offer to take one? “I was number six or seven but it never got to me.” 
He started the famous 5-1 win over Spain in the group stage. 
“That was unbelievable. We were losing 1-0 and in the first-half they were better than us, but the second-half we completely destroyed them. We scored four more goals and that was the start of something big. It’s a shame we didn’t reach the final as we could have won it. Third place is not bad.”

Janmaat’s buccaneering raids down the right earned him an assist in the win over Spain, another in the third-place win over Brazil and a multi-million pound move to Newcastle. It was a wrench to leave Feyenoord, though. This is the team Janmaat supports and the club he landed a dream return to after they initially released him as a schoolboy.
“I played there for eight years and it was my dream to become a professional footballer there. It looked like it was over. They told me I was too light.”
Undeterred, he put on some weight, resurrected his career first at Den Haag and then Heerenveen before Feyenoord realised the error of their ways and resigned him in 2012.
“They bought me back and that was really nice.”
They cashed in on the back of the World Cup though, selling him for £5m to Newcastle. It was a good career move but it meant uprooting his young family – Janmaat now has three children – from Rotterdam to the North East of England.
“Yes, it was hard to start with. We lived in Heerenveen for four years so we got used to being away from family but Newcastle was the first time we went to another country. The beginning was hard but we quite liked it there and had a good time. It was an honour to play there, they have a great stadium, great support.”
Two seasons later he was on the move again, this time to Vicarage Road. Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship meant Janmaat was allowed to jump ship and Watford got themselves to the front of the queue.
“They gave me a presentation and told me about the project,” says Janmaat. “I had offers abroad and other clubs in the Premier League but I was quite convinced about what Watford said. It’s a club with ambitions and hopefully we can do what the owner wants.”

As a result, the Janmaats swapped the North East for North London.
“It was easier moving this time as I was used to living in England,” he says. “We found a nice house in Hampstead. It’s much busier in London than Newcastle but we come from a big city in Holland so we are used to that.  We have settled well in London now.”
Injury meant Janmaat was denied the chance to initially show the Watford fans the sort of marauding runs he had displayed against them three times the previous season for Newcastle. First there was a fractured shoulder picked up against Manchester United in only his second game, and then there was the sickening clash of heads with Adrian Mariappa in training. 
“We were both knocked out on the ground,” Janmaat says. “There was a big wound and they had to do something with the nerves and stitch it. That was a bit unlucky. I had to take two or three weeks' rest. I never had a season like last season. It’s just part of football.”
Picking up cards is also part of football so it’s surprising to note that someone as mild-mannered and softly spoken as Janmaat has been sent off four times in his career, twice at Newcastle and once each at Feyenoord and Heerenveen. “I've played football for 10 years now and only four red cards, so that’s not too bad.”
Fair point as Janmaat is not your typical tough-tackling full-back. He prefers going forward than defending. “I am a right-back but I can play wing-back – it depends what the manager wants. I do like to get forward but I don’t like to do too much talking, I like to do my talking on the pitch.”
He is confident Watford can walk the walk this season. “I believe in this squad,” he says. “The club wants to get bigger and better and I want to be a big part of that. There are five or six teams fighting for the title but we can be in the next group below that in mid-table. We’ve made some good signings and we must be confident.”