First Team 23/05/2019

The FA Cup Final: The Fans, The Emotion & Unseen Clips

We imagined if...

But we couldn't find a way.

We will come again.

Together.

A look back at Saturday's FA Cup Final, including behind the scenes content from the training ground and footage of the amazing Watford supporters at Wembley Stadium.

Hear the thoughts of Javi Gracia, Troy Deeney and Heurelho Gomes as the Hornets faced Manchester City in the club's first major cup final since 1984.

First Team 22/05/2019

Gallery: The Best Of 2018/19

The best pictures of the most memorable moments from the Hornets' 2018/19 season.


04/08/18 - Watford v Sampdoria

I'm not crying, you are. Watford's final pre-season friendly with Sampdoria was a mere sideshow to the GT Matchday. This was the day we unveiled the statue of our greatest ever manager to the world - with the help of the Taylor family. Forever in our hearts. Thank you, GT.


11/08/18 - Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion

As far as opening days go, you couldn't want much more - sunshine, a brace from Roberto Pereyra and three points. A superb volley from a clever corner routine set the Hornets on their way - the first of 52 Premier League goals for Watford in 2018/19.


19/08/18 - Burnley v Watford

For Turf Moor read 'tough place to go'. Apparently not for Javi Gracia's Golden Boys. Three good goals, three points and a long journey home with a great big grin on your face. It was our first away win in 12 Premier League games, too.


02/09/18 - Watford v Tottenham Hotspur

What is it with Watford and comebacks? Write us off at your peril. The Hornets brushed off an own goal from Abdoulaye Doucouré, much like Troy Deeney brushed off the challenge of Davinson Sánchez - a battle that set the tone for the rest of the game. Deeney and Craig Cathcart nodded one in each - cue pandemonium in the stands and four wins on the trot for Watford.


20/10/18 - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford

A season-long tussle with Wolves began here. Étienne Capoue rifled past Rui Patricio through a defender's legs, and while everyone was still celebrating taking the lead we nicked the ball from Wolves' restart and Roberto Pereyra dinked us into dreamland. It all took just 58 seconds.


28/11/18 - A sign of intent

Javi Gracia signed a contract extension tying him to the club until 2023, with the option for a further three years. That smile has been a defining feature around the training ground and at Vicarage Road, and long may it continue.


12/12/18 - A trip down memory lane

It has been 20 years since the 1998/99 promotion campaign, so we got the Hornets' Wembley heroes back home for a Reunion Dinner. Good times, old friends - maybe slightly older than they'd care to admit!


22/12/18 - West Ham United v Watford

Javi Gracia's celebration at the end of this match sticks in the memory. Maybe it's because Gerard Deulofeu sealed the win late on after the 'Orns had sustained heavy pressure, or maybe it's because it came against an old colleague in Manuel Pellegrini. Either way, we ended the hosts' four-match winning run and went home singing Javi's song.


02/01/19 - AFC Bournemouth v Watford

Anyone fancy watching a thriller? Me please. A quite frankly ridiculous first half saw six goals shared between the sides. It was lucky the second half didn't live up to the first as most of us were still catching our breath. Deeney bagged a brace and Ken Sema's only goal of the season turned out to be a spectacular one - unleashing a shot from 20 yards that took everyone by surprise. 


12/01/19 - Crystal Palace v Watford

Cleverley! Cleverley! What an impact. Tom came on in the 68th minute and volleyed in the winner - top bins - in the 74th. Selhurst Park was silenced.


02/02/19 - Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford

We didn't win, but who knows what the result would have been without Ben Foster? One of the best goalkeeping performances anywhere this season. Until our FA Cup heroics, this was up there in the running for the club's best individual display in 2018/19. He even slide-tackled the ball off his own line. Imperious.


09/02/19 - Watford v Everton

There was a lot of drama and spectacle surrounding this game, but nothing much happened until Andre Gray came on. This was the first of three winners off the bench at home for the striker, and it's still talked about on social media as one of our most enjoyable days of the season.


22/02/19 - Cardiff City v Watford

Gerard Deulofeu. Simply dazzling. Certainly more dazzling than Cardiff's pre-match light show. Geri scored Watford's first ever Premier League hat-trick and made the long queues getting into the Welsh capital well worth it.


03/03/19 - Watford v Leicester City

Olé, olé, olé, Andre, Andre! Talk about a late, late show. Jamie Vardy had cancelled out Deeney's opener, but that man Gray popped up in the 92nd minute to leave us bouncing all the way through the concourse and up Occupation Road.


16/03/19 - Watford v Crystal Palace

Three games against Palace in 2018/19 ended with three wins for the Hornets. Étienne Capoue got the first, Michy Batshuayi equalised, but Gray sliced in Pereyra's cute ball with just over 10 minutes left to send Watford to Wembley. On an emotional day, Heurelho Gomes played what could be his last game at The Vic after five years with the club.


02/04/19 - Watford v Fulham

Nights under the lights at The Vic are always special. Will Hughes popped up with something special here, too. A volley from the edge of the area that cannoned off the underside of the bar set the tone for the rest of the game. We went on to win 4-1.


07/04/19 - Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Game of the season, goal of the season. Going two down in your FA Cup semi-final isn't ideal, but it set the stage for one of the most dramatic comebacks in recent times. Deulofeu came on and chipped Ruddy with a frankly outlandish piece of skill, Deeney then won and thumped home an injury time penalty, and our little magician scored the winner in extra-time. A day that will live very, very long in the memory.


09/05/19 - What a player

Étienne Capoue was named the Graham Taylor OBE Player of the Season and he was presented with the award - a small-scale replica of the statue outside Vicarage Road - by Graham's family.


18/05/19 - Manchester City v Watford

Our first FA Cup final in 35 years. Not a scoreline to remember and the wait for silverware goes on, but immense, fierce pride in our team for getting this far, and more so in our fans for their unwavering support where others' heads may have dropped. Yellow Army.


What next?

As Scott Duxbury and Gino Pozzo said: “This is just the start of the club’s journey competing against the best. We may not always be able to be successful, but we will not go away and will return unbowed, with renewed vigour and determination, to improve on the feats of this season.”

Bring on 2019/20.


Photo credit: Alan Cozzi, Sol Tomlinson & Getty Images.