First Team 24/07/2019

Official: Dele-Bashiru Signs

Watford Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of Nigerian Under-20 international Tom Dele-Bashiru on a six-year deal after his contract expired at Manchester City.

The central midfielder made his senior debut for City in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Leicester City in 2017/18, coming on for Phil Foden in the 91st minute.

He has also played extensively in the UEFA Youth League, Premier League 2, FA Youth Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy for the Citizen's youth sides.

The 19-year-old midfielder is Manchester-born, and has represented both England and Nigeria at youth level, scoring for the Super Eagles in the Under-20 World Cup against Qatar in May.

He joins as the Hornets' second first-team recruit this summer, after Craig Dawson moved to Watford from West Bromwich Albion.

Under-23's 24/07/2019

Under-23s: Hornets To Play Home Games At Clarence Park

Watford Football Club is pleased to announce that the Hornets’ Under-23 side will play their home fixtures at Clarence Park – the home of St Albans City FC – this season.

The Golden Boys last played regularly at Clarence Park in the 2015/2016 season, so their new ‘home’ will not be unfamiliar to Hornets supporters.

On the partnership, Barry Quin, Watford FC Head of Academy Coach & Player Development, said: “We see this ground-sharing move for our Professional Development Squad matches as a very positive thing.

“The locality and facilities are great, and we are looking forward to working with St Albans for a mutually beneficial relationship.

“The relationship starts with the pre-season friendly tonight, so we will all be going along to use this opportunity to kick-off the venture.”

Tickets for the Hornets’ Under-23 games will be £3, with both Watford and St Albans City season-ticket holders gaining entry free of charge.

Watford's Under-18 team will also play any home FA Youth Cup ties at Clarence Park.

The Saints operate in the National League South, and beat Watford’s Under-18s at Clarence Park in the semi-final of the Herts Senior Challenge Cup last season.

“We are really excited about this partnership with Watford and the chance to see some of the Premier League’s stars of tomorrow is an outstanding opportunity,” said Lawrence Levy, the Chairman of St Albans City FC.

“Watford are the local Premier League club to ourselves, and with their training facilities in the district, it is very natural that we build a closer relationship. 

“With one of our key strategic objectives being around developing talent locally, working with Watford’s Under-23s is an opportunity that both clubs can benefit from.”

This new relationship will start with a pre-season friendly at Clarence Park this evening (7.45pm KO), with ticket prices as below:

Adult £10
Concession £5
Under-16 £3
Under-12 Free with paying adult

Tickets can be purchased online here, or on the gate at Clarence Park.