First Team 20/05/2019

Gray: “We’ll Come Back A Lot Stronger”

“Sometimes you’ve got to lose to win” – that was the philosophical message from Javi Gracia to his players after Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Manchester City.

Andre Gray revealed the Head Coach’s words of wisdom while discussing the game with the gathered media in the Wembley tunnel after full-time, and the striker backed up the Spaniard’s view that Watford will be a better team for the experience.

“That’s how we need to take it now and I’m sure we’ll come back next year a lot stronger,” he said. “We’ve got the summer now and then pre-season so we’ve got a lot of time to dust ourselves down. 

“We’re professionals and if we want to be better than we were this season then we have to learn from it and move on.

“We’ve had one of our best seasons in the club’s history so we deserved to be here today. Now we need to try and step up and do even better than we did this season.

“We’ve got the right spirit now so it’s important to keep that and push ourselves on for next season.”

First Team 19/05/2019

Owner & Chairman’s Statement: Thank You

To all Watford supporters around the world – and especially those 32,500 of our fans inside Wembley Stadium yesterday for the FA Cup Final – we offer our sincere thanks for your unwavering unity with the team, our coach, the players and the club.

It was humbling not just to witness a sea of flags accompanied by proud voices everywhere across our half of the stadium, but then to also look around the Royal Box and notice the applause being offered towards the actions of our supporters.

This moment truly served to put into context just how far we have come together as a football club. We said right back in 2012 that if we are together then we can achieve great things. We have – and we will continue to do so.

The achievement of reaching an FA Cup Final and having a chance to compete for one of just three titles available to clubs inside the confines of this country should never be diminished by yesterday’s game itself or indeed the final scoreline.

Of course we will all reflect on what could have been had circumstances been different at various points during the 90 minutes, but those thoughts will be lost over time.

What will never be forgotten is how our supporters reminded us what a truly special club we all serve.

This is just the start of the club’s journey competing against the best. We may not always be able to be successful, like yesterday, but we will not go away and will return unbowed, with renewed vigour and determination, to improve on the feats of this season.

It is in our power that we will be stronger for all of yesterday’s experiences, and with our continued ambitions to see Watford Football Club loved by an ever-increasing family of supporters around the world then nothing can stop us from being successful together.

Here’s to a bright and vibrant 2019/20 as we continue to respect our past and seek to create history in the future.

Once again, our heartfelt thanks to all Watford supporters.

Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury
Owner and Chairman, Watford Football Club