12/05/2018

End of Season Awards: Winners

There’s still one more game to be played, but Watford Football Club celebrated the 2017/18 campaign this evening at Wembley Stadium, as the Hornets' ADI-sponsored End of Season Awards Evening took place.

Abdoulaye Doucouré ‘did the double’ and took home both the Graham Taylor OBE Player of the Season and the Players’ Player of the Season awards - the latter of which was presented after the final home fixture of the season against Newcastle United.

‘Doucs’ was recognised by the fans and his peers for his imperious performances in the middle of the park, with the French midfield man chipping in with seven goals.

Abdoulaye Doucouré won the Player of the Season award, as voted for by the fans

Daryl Janmaat’s goal against Chelsea, scored after a wonderful weaving run and one-two with Roberto Pereyra, won the Goal of the Season award.

Watford's Dutch wing-back Daryl Janmaat scored the club's Goal of the Season against Chelsea

Individual Performance of the season went to Heurelho Gomes for his wonderful display of goalkeeping against West Ham United at home.

Heurelho Gomes made a series of saves against West Ham to help win that game

WINNERS

The Graham Taylor OBE Player of the Season - Sponsored by SA Law | Abdoulaye Doucouré

Players' Player of the Season | Abdoulaye Doucouré

Young Player of the Season - Sponsored by Eleven Sports Media | Richarlison

Individual Performance of the Season - Sponsored by adi.tv | 

Goal of the Season - Sponsored by NBM Distribution Technology | Daryl Janmaat (Home to Chelsea)

Academy Player of the Year | Lewis Gordon

Hall of Fame - Sponsored by Identity Signs | Tom Walley

Supporter of the Season - Sponsored by Football Manager | Barry Freedman

Community Ambassador of the Year | Christian Kabasele


Supporter of the Season went to Barry Freedman, who has been a Watford fan for over 60 years and volunteers for the Hornets' Community Sports & Education Trust doing various marketing activities for them, driving the Academy players all over the UK for their games and attending various functions and conferences for the Trust, as well as volunteering before matches with collections.

Barry Freedman won the Supporter of the Season award

The Young Player of the Season award was scooped up by Richarlison, after the Brazilian winger took to life and football in England with a flourish.

Richarlison won the Young Player of the Season award

Tom Walley, who served as youth coach – winning the 1982 FA Youth Cup – as well as reserve manager and first team coach at Watford, was recognised for his contribution to the club by being inducted into the Hornets’ Hall of Fame.

Tom Walley was moved by his Hall of Fame induction

Lewis Gordon, who earned his first professional contract with the Golden Boys this season and joined the club at Under-7 level, won the Academy Player of the Year gong.

Christian Kabasele won Community Ambassador of the Year, as the Belgian centre-half was recognised for his ongoing work in the community, particularly with the club’s Community Sports & Education Trust.


You can catch up with all the night's events, including some fantastic videos to accompany each award, via the club's official Twitter feed and Instagram page. 

First Team 12/05/2018

Gracia: “We Want To Win Again”

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Javi Gracia wants the winning feeling to remain against Manchester United at Old Trafford after beating Newcastle United at home last weekend.

Despite achieving mathematical safety with that result, the Hornets' Head Coach stresses that their attitude and preparation hasn’t changed as they look forward to the final game of the 2017/18 campaign.

“Now after our last game, getting to 41 points, now [the top half] is our new target,” said Gracia. “We will try to win the last game, try to score a goal away, try to compete in the same level as the last games and try to get a better result in the last away game.

“Now we are one of four teams on 41 points and you never know what will happen, we try to get points and achieve the best position.”

In a safe position now to reflect on how his time in England has gone, Gracia offered his assessment of Watford’s progression.

Goals from Roberto Pereyra and Andre Gray gave the Golden Boys victory over Newcastle United

He said: “In the beginning, it was tough because the situation was very demanding, and we started well, but after that we had good performances but we didn’t get good results. Now at the end we want to continue after the last win against Newcastle and we want to win again.”

Asked about David de Gea, the man the Golden Boys must find a way past if they want to win, Gracia was full of praise for his compatriot.

“My opinion about him is that he is our [Spain’s] national team goalkeeper,” said the Head Coach. “For sure he is one of the best. I think he played very well this season with a high level.”

David de Gea recently won the Premier League's Golden Glove award for keeping the most clean sheets this season

Michael Carrick will take to the pitch for the last time as a United player after 12 years at the club, and while the Red Devils have a cup final to prepare for, the Watford boss is wary of any talk that Jose Mourinho will send out a ‘weakened’ side.

“It is his [Carrick's] last game at Old Trafford and I am sure they will do their best to win against us. But for us, it is the moment where we can improve our position,” said Gracia. “We will remain in the Premier League but now in this moment we try to improve. 

“For them maybe it is a special day because of Carrick, and they have other motivations, but for us I know it is a very important game and we are going to compete in the best way we can.

“I know after our game they have another very important game, but they have a very good squad and the players who will play on Sunday will be a very good team. United will never be a weak team.”

Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be out of intensive care and on the mend

And, with the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is recovering well after suffering a brain haemorrhage, the Hornets' Head Coach wanted to put aside football and wish him well. 

“I send my best wishes for him to recover as soon as possible. Football supporters - not just United fans - want him to recover. For me it's the person more than the coach,” said Gracia.


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