Hornets Support Poppy Appeal 2017

Vicarage Road will fall silent this Saturday and poppies will be worn as Watford and Stoke City pay their respects to the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present. 

As well as the minute's silence taking place before kick-off, the Hornets' players will be wearing special-edition shirts with poppies embroidered on them.

These shirts will then be signed and put up for auction with the funds supporting The Poppy Appeal 2017, by The Royal British Legion.

For the first time, fans interested in purchasing the shirts and contributing to the appeal can register their interest for the auctions at premierleague.com/poppy

In addition, a poppy pin badge featuring the Watford FC club crest (pictured above) is available to purchase both in-store at The Hornets Shop and online at thehornetsshop.co.uk for £3, with all proceeds going to The Royal British Legion.

The Premier League has been supporting The Royal British Legion since 2012, and has raised £1.3million for the charity. 

This money has helped The Legion offer support in many ways including providing crisis grants, researching the long-lasting impact of blast injuries on the body, lobbying the government on issues that affect our community, sport and art based recovery programmes and advising on benefits and money problems.

“The Poppy Appeal 2017 is encouraging the public to recognise that your poppy supports the Armed Forces community past and present, and is a symbol of both Remembrance and hope,” The Royal British Legion’s Director of Fundraising Claire Rowcliffe said.

“The work of the Legion is as relevant and vital today as it was in the aftermath of the First World War when the charity was founded.

The donation for your poppy will help the Legion support today’s Armed Forces community through hardships, injury and bereavements. 

“We are incredibly grateful to the Premier League for supporting this year’s Poppy Appeal and to the football community who each year dig deep and donate. 

“The Legion’s work is entirely dependent on the public’s generous support – so please wear your poppy with pride, knowing that you are helping the Armed Forces community to live on.”


Silva | “Now Is The Moment To Look Forward”

Marco Silva does not plan to let an unjust defeat against Chelsea alter his thinking or halt his side's thrilling charge up the Premier League table. The Head Coach is convinced now more than ever that his progressive team are firmly on the right track. 

The Golden Boys had their fingers burnt at Stamford Bridge last Saturday during a harsh lesson in the importance of taking their chances while in the ascendancy.

But Silva is confident they have already amassed a body of work to prove they can go toe-to-toe with the best the league has to offer, and that the game against Stoke presents them with a chance to relight the fire.

"We lost the match, yes, but I spoke to the players in the dressing room after the match and I was clear with them," said Silva.

"We need to understand the way we played and how we competed. We competed to take points. A bad result can happen and we didn't deserve it, but this can happen in football.

"I'm sure they understand in that match we showed our way. We were disappointed because we know what what we did in the match.

"Of course if we lose the match and our opponent is better than us, then we understand that. But what happened means our frustration is big. But now is the moment to close the match and look forward."

But, still, it must be tempting to dwell on the chances that fell the way of Richarlison, twice, and Christian Kabasele, at least once, and wonder what might have been at the home of the champions.

"We had a lot of chances to kill the match because we worked hard," said Silva.

"We missed two or three clear chances, fantastic chances to score at the beginning of the second-half. But most important is that we created the chances, that our players were in the right positions to score."

The Hornets could have gone third with a win at Chelsea but instead have to be content with a hugely respectable sixth place after just nine games of Silva's reign.

"The position is not the most important," said the Head Coach.

"What is important is to compete and try to take points in each game. This is how we plan the week, each day. And if, after the game, we take the points then we look at the table and the position is better, then great.

"But we don't change one word of our goal. This is clear for everybody: to keep Watford as a Premier League club. I believe we can achieve our goal and do better than the last two seasons.

"I am happy with how we play, how we compete to take points in every match. We need to prove this every day." 

Watch Silva's full pre-Stoke City press conference above - free to view, no sign-up required.