Distinguished Debutants

Roberto Pereyra was on the pitch for just 12 minutes of his Watford debut before finding the net against Arsenal yesterday.

The Argentine isn’t the first to earn immediate affection from the Golden Boys’ fans by finding the back of the net in his first game. Here’s four more!

Craig Beattie v Bristol City – 2009

It was a brief spell at Vicarage Road for Scotland international Craig Beattie but the stand-out moment of his four-game stint was undoubtedly a close-range header past former England stopper David James on his first and only start. 


Ashley Young v Millwall – 2003

A fresh-faced Ashley Young was supposedly threatened with broken bones by Millwall hard man Kevin Muscat as he warmed up for his first game for the Hornets. 

Without inhibition, the winger tore into the Lions from the bench and was rewarded with a stoppage time goal in a 3-1 win in front of his friends and family at Vicarage Road. 


Danny Graham v Doncaster Rovers – 2009

It almost never was for Watford and Danny Graham, but luckily for both, new boss Malky McKay picked up an interest first shown by Brendan Rogers to sign the Geordie from Carlisle United in 2009.

The tap-in at Vicarage Road against Rovers was the first of many goals in yellow, as Graham went on to become a Golden Boys favourite. 


Heidar Helguson v Liverpool - 2000

Eyebrows were raised when Graham Taylor forked out £1.5 million for a relatively unknown Icelandic striker to boost the Hornets' 1999/2000 Premier League strike force.

The front-man went on to score almost 70 goals and earn a spot in the Watford Hall of Fame for his two spells at Vicarage Road, and it all began with the type of fearless header that would become his trademark. 



First Team 27/08/2016

Highlights | Watford 1-3 Arsenal