First Team 22/08/2019

Injury News: Minor Op Sidelines Deeney

Hornets captain Troy Deeney has today (Thursday August 22) undergone a minor knee operation that will sideline him for several weeks.

The operation, conducted by surgeon Sam Church, was successful and everyone at Watford FC wishes Troy well for a speedy recovery.

Javi Gracia said: “We will miss Troy because he is a very important player for us but I know he will be supporting us in the next games. I am looking forward to seeing him back as soon as possible.”


Getting To Know You: Away Shirt Winner!

Participants in our latest ‘Getting To Know You’ survey were entered into a prize draw to win a new 2019/20 home or away shirt.

The information we received will greatly assist us to improve everyone’s matchday experience, as well as allowing us to monitor and report to the Premier League Equality Standard.

This year’s away shirt winner was Nalia Shaikh, a former Junior Hornet who has been coming to watch Watford since the 1980s. She will wear her new away shirt with pride when Watford visit the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City.

“I’ve been watching Watford since about 1982/83,” said Nalia. “I got into the club through friends, they were following Watford and obviously it’s the local team and it was in the golden era. We were doing really well at that time.

“Me and my brother were both Junior Hornets, we’ve had season tickets on and off and then we went to university and we didn’t go as often, but I’ve had a season ticket now for the past four or five years.”

For Nalia, Watford’s family ethos has always been important, and the team today under Javi Gracia lives up to that.

“In the 80s there was a lot of hooliganism,” she continued. “But I never felt that here, it was always families and kids. I remember coming and meeting Graham Taylor at Junior Hornets events. I don’t know if we would have been so into football had we lived somewhere else. It is such a local community club. I love the new manager as well. He really fits the club ethos.”