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Matchday live

6:00 PM

That's a wrap

That's all from us here on Matchday Live, on a particularly emotional day for Watford fans everywhere.


Check later this evening for a full match report, exclusive post-match interviews, extended highlights and all the social reaction on our Match Review page.


Today's attendance was 20,659, thank you for all your support.


And once again, thank you GT.

5:45 PM


5:35 PM

Mazzarri post-match

Walter Mazzarri spoke to the broadcast media after full-time:


"We performed better, especially in the second half today. We had six or seven chances and hit the post. Overall we were unlucky.


"I am not so happy because as you have seen we created a lot of chances and should have scored. The only thing we have to improve is our finishing.


"Like many other games we were not lucky at all. Some we lost that we didn't deserve. But if we keep playing like we did today then victory will come.


"The tributes were beautiful. There was a lot of emotion. We wanted to give victory to a great person who passed away and that was the only thing missing."

5:25 PM

Instagram Snapshot

5:10 PM

Cleverley speaks post-match

Second-time debutant Tom Cleverley talked to PLP immediately after the final whistle:


"It hit the inside of the post. Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don't. I dreamt of getting a goal last night and just couldn't do it today.


"We dominated the second half and deserved the points from that. It would have been great to get three points for Graham."

4:51 PM - 90 MIN

FULL-TIME: Watford 0-0 Middlebrough

An afternoon of missed chances could not overshadow the outpouring of emotion at Vicarage Road in memory of Watford's greatest ever manager Graham Taylor.


Tom Cleverley had the best opportunity of the game, and should have put the Hornets ahead after coming on as a second-half substitute, but the England midfielder could only hit the post.


Troy Deeney spurned a one-on-one against Victor Valdes, skewing the ball wide as he misjudged his finish.


Elsewhere Stefano Okaka had a shout for a penalty turned down after he went over in the area under heavy pressure from George Friend, but the referee instead gave a free-kick the other way and booked the Hornets forward for simulation.


A swathe of headers throughout the game were either saved or put just wide as the Golden Boys looked to open the scoring against a mean Boro defence.


Ultimately the game ended goalless, but fans will go home talking of memories of golden years under the late, and great, Graham Taylor.

4:45 PM

Yellow card
Britos, Deeney & Fabio (foul/dissent/dissent)

4:44 PM - 89 MIN


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4:34 PM - 80 MIN

Should have been a goal

So close. Cleverley guides onto the post and Capoue smashes the rebound wide. Should have been 1-0.

4:33 PM - 77 MIN

Yellow card
Okaka (simulation...apparently)

4:32 PM - 76 MIN


Watford FC




4:28 PM - 74 MIN

Just wide!

Good play from Deeney brings Doucoure in on the right and his cross is headed just wide by Christian Kabasele. 

4:22 PM - 65 MIN


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4:20 PM - 65 MIN

Substitution Middlesbrough

De Roon



4:20 PM - 63 MIN

So close!

The ball finds Capoue at the back post, and he bends it inches wide. Most of the ground thought it was in. Hornets pressing.

4:17 PM


Okaka has been causing all sorts of problems for the Boro defence.

4:06 PM - 50 MIN


Capoue whips in from the left and it eludes everyone, a surprised Christian Kabasele heading wide at the back post.

Then, a free-kick from the right finds the head of Okaka and Valdes gets down well to stop. 

4:01 PM - 46 MIN

We're back underway

Heart-warming words at the break from some of Graham Taylor's former players, including Luther Blissett, Tommy Mooney, Nick Wright and Allan Smart. 

We're back underway here as the Hornets look for the win. Come on you 'Orns! 

3:47 PM

HALF-TIME: Watford 0-0 Boro

All square at the interval, in a tight contest. It hasn't been a thriller, but there have been chances. 

Capoue was smothered by Valdes one-on-one, and Stuani was just offside when he poked home past Gomes. 

Doucoure thumped one in that was cleared after Valdes spilled, and Stuani lobbed onto the roof of the net with Gomes stranded. 

The Watford fans have done their bit, Graham Taylor's name sung loud and proud throughout. 


3:45 PM - 45 MIN

Additional time

One minute added on at the end of the first-half.

3:41 PM


Valon is back in action at the Vic.

3:33 PM - 33 MIN

Scrambled away

Okaka powers his way down the right and centres for Deeney. Chambers just gets there to hack the ball away.

3:31 PM


50-50! Deeney and Bernanrdo both go in whole-heartedly.

3:25 PM - 26 MIN


Kaboul swings the ball up to Deeney, who flicks a header onto Okaka. The Italian repeats that feat for Doucoure who fires on the half-volley at Valdes. So close for the Hornets!

3:17 PM


The Watford players take part in a minute of applause in memory of GT.

3:12 PM - 12 MIN

Ruled out!

The ball is delivered into the box and nodded down by Negredo to Stuani - who pokes the ball into the back of the net - but the forward is half a yard offside.

3:09 PM - 9 MIN


Capoue charges down a clearance and races to the ball which is dropping from a huge height. His touch is good, but he can't get the ball out of his feet and Valdes smothers. 

3:02 PM


 A wonderful way to remember a truly wonderful man. Well done Hornets, and #thankyouGT

3:00 PM

We're underway!

And we're off! Come on you Golden Boys!

2:55 PM

Team reminder


2:50 PM

10 minute warning!

Just ten minutes to go until kick-off, come on you 'Orns!

2:30 PM

Mazzarri - “We are all very emotional”

Watford Head Coach Walter Mazzarri spoke pre-match to Premier League Productions:


"We are all very emotional and sad for loss of a great person for this club. We will try to play our best possible game today.


"I have spoken to them. I told them to express all of our qualities.


"We are slowly starting to see very important players coming back which can only help the squad."



2:15 PM


Crowds have gathered outside the Hornets Shop as Watford fans continue to leave tributes in memory of Graham Taylor. 

2:10 PM

Refresh for commentary

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2:10 PM


2:05 PM

Gomes pre-match

The Golden Boys' Heurelho Gomes spoke to BBC Sport ahead of kick-off:


"We are very sorry about the news. We have spoken about it. It will be very emotional for all of us. 


"He was a great man. I had the pleasure to meet him and I know what a good man he was. We need to get a good result to dedicate it to him today. 


"It's a massive game. We must approach it well, and we need to show character to start winning again."

2:00 PM


Five changes to the Hornets' starting line-up after last week's FA Cup win over Burton Albion. 

Heurelho Gomes starts in goal, and Sebastian Prödl slots into the defensive trio. Jose Holebas, facing a two game suspension should he pick up a 10th yellow card of the season, is at left-wing back. 

There are welcome returns elsewhere - Valon Behrami in midfield, and Stefano Okaka up front. 

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Kaboul, Prödl, Britos; Kabasele, Doucouré, Behrami, Capoue, Holebas; Okaka, Deeney (c). 

Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Cleverley, Cathcart, Zúñiga, Sinclair, Watson, Ighalo. 

BORO: Valdes (GK); Gibson, Chambers, Bernado; Da Silva, Forshaw, Leadbitter (c), De Roon, Friend; Stuani, Negredo. 
Subs: Guzan (GK); Clayton, Fischer, Downing, Fry, Gestede, Traore. 

1:55 PM


1:45 PM

15 Minute Warning!

Just under quarter of an hour to go until team line-ups are announced, Hornets fans.

1:35 PM

The Hornet

Today's edition of The Hornet went to print before news of Graham Taylor's passing. As such, there is a wrap-around cover in memory of GT around today's issue, while a special GT tribute edition will be produced for the Saturday February 4 fixture against Burnley.

1:25 PM

A gentle reminder

There's a special display planned in memory of GT prior to kick-off, so please arrive early to your seats if you can.

1:20 PM


A wonderful tribute to the great man from BBC Sport.

1:10 PM


The goalline technology being tested ahead of today's game.

12:44 PM


Fans continue to pay their respects to Graham Taylor outside Vicarage Road. 

12:40 PM

There's only one...

The pitch side hoardings bear a special message today.



#watfordfc. #thankyouGT.

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12:35 PM


12:25 PM


12:15 PM

Facts & figures

12:05 PM



12:00 PM

Sold Out

Today's game is, as expected, a sell out. 

Sing loud and proud today Hornets. 

11:55 AM

Friends reunited

Tom Cleverley has returned seven years after his original loan spell at Watford, but despite all the changes over the years finds Craig Cathcart and Adrian Mariappa back with the Hornets as well!


11:45 AM


Just one message amongst those left outside the Hornets Shop in memory of GT. 

11:30 AM

In the press

Tributes have been flooding in this week in memory of GT. Some of the most heartfelt memories and anecdotes have come from those that knew and worked with Graham throughout the years, here we list just a handful.









11:15 AM

Have a safe journey

11:00 AM


Watford fans continue to remember Graham Taylor outside Vicarage Road this morning. There are books of condolence next to the Hornets Shop for supporters who wish to pay their respects.  

10:45 AM

“I jumped at the chance to come back” - Cleverley

You can watch an in-depth interview with the returning Tom Cleverley, who joined on-loan from Everton earlier this week, via the link below.




10:35 AM



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10:25 AM


There were snowy scenes at the London Colney training ground earlier this week.

10:15 AM

Last time we met...

Earlier this season at the Riverside, Jose Holebas broke the deadlock with a stunning effort from 20 yards out.


If you want to relive that moment you can see the match highlights below.




10:00 AM


Welcome back to Vicarage Road on what is a sombre day for everyone in the Watford FC family. 

We'll have live coverage of all the day's events as we remember Graham Taylor and his immeasurable impact on the Hornets. 

There's also the small matter of Middlesbrough's visit in the Premier League, as Walter Mazzarri's men look to honour GT with a first win in six in the league. 

Stay tuned as ever, with live commentary from around 2.15pm via the listen live button at the top of the page (give your browser a refresh around then).