First Team 06/06/2018

Pre-Season 2018/19: Hornets XI To Visit Boro

A Watford XI will take part in a pre-season fixture at Stevenage on Friday July 27 as part of the Hornets’ 2018/19 preparations.

The friendly match, which is likely to feature a mix of first team and Under-23 players, will kick-off at 7.30pm at the Boro’s Lamex Stadium.

Tickets are available to purchase from and are priced as follows:

Adults/Concessions*: £12
Under-19: £10
Under-12: £5

*Concessions are aged 60 and over, students (with valid ID), members of the Armed Forces/emergency services (with valid ID). Ambulant and wheelchair disabled tickets are priced at the relevant concession rate, with a complimentary ticket offered for a carer.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling 01438 223223 ext.62, or via the pay-on-the-day cash turnstiles.

Confirmation of this fixture follows the announcement of a pre-season friendly at Brentford on Saturday July 28 (3pm KO) and The Graham Taylor Matchday – further details to follow on in due course – at Vicarage Road on Saturday August 4.


Trust: Meriden Play Area Unvelied

Watford FC's Community Sports & Education Trust recently officially unveiled a brand-new play area at the Meriden Community Centre, specifically designed for pre-school and Key Stage 1 children, with the help of Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor.

The play area, which aims to promote recycling and the importance of looking after nature, was built largely thanks to the financial support of the Veolia Trust. 

Further funders involved in the project include Awards For All, Tesco Bags of Help, and Meriden Ward Councillor Kareen Hastrick.

As the play area was officially unveiled, the Trust’s Head of Facilities Steve Williams led the tributes to a job well done in his ceremonial speech, before joining Mayor Peter Taylor, who had his two young children with him, for the ribbon cutting. 

“Watford FC’s CSE Trust can be proud of the work they have done with the Meriden Community Centre,” said the Mayor. “Thanks to the support of local Meriden councillors and the Veolia Trust.

“In Watford, we are lucky to have so many fantastic parks and open spaces like this one for everyone in the town to enjoy.

“As a father myself, it’s great to see another excellent open space for my children. My son and daughter certainly gave it the thumbs up!”

The refurbishment of the play area was the third phase in the Trust’s project to breathe new life in to the Meriden Estate, and specifically the Community Centre. 

With both the previous phases successfully completed back in 2016 (a 3G artificial grass pitch and a complete refurbishment of the centre itself), this provided the finishing touch to an outstanding hub for local people.

The play area was subject to a number of consultations with Watford Borough Council, Meriden Ward Councillors, Meriden Residents Association, Watford Housing Trust, Hertsmere Leisure, the Veolia Trust and the Green Canteen to ensure its community focus. 

The project has certainly achieved its goal, with young families and local children already making good use of this newest facility.

To find out more about the work of the Trust, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.