15/01/2017

Prödl | "We Must Carry On & Give Him The Best Tribute"

It was a sense of two points dropped for Sebastian Prödl, as he reflected on a frustrating 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon. 

The Hornets had the better chances at an emotionally charged Vicarage Road, with Troy Deeney, Étienne Capoue and new loan signing Tom Cleverley all coming close to breaking the deadlock. 

On a day when Watford paid it's respects to legendary manager Graham Taylor, the Austrian defender was also full of praise for the send-off provided by all in attendance. 

"It was disappointing," he told watfordfc.com, when reflecting on the result.

"I think it’s two points lost, especially in the second-half as we created some good chances and had some good opportunities to score.

"I think you saw today how the crowd reacted after Graham Taylor's death that he really made a big impact for this club.

"Everybody was sad but everybody was happy with his memories. I think it was a great tribute for him."

Watch the above video for FREE to hear the full interview with Prödl, or head to our Match Review page for extended highlights, the best reaction from social media and fan tributes to Graham Taylor. 

13/01/2017

GT Tribute | Troy Deeney

It spoke volumes for the high esteem in which Graham Taylor is held that Troy Deeney, long after training had finished and his teammates had gone home, navigated the rush-hour Watford traffic on an arctic afternoon to head down to Vicarage Road and pay tribute to the club legend who sadly died on Thursday.

In the backdrop of The Graham Taylor Stand, Deeney spoke with genuine, heartfelt affection about how GT had touched not only his life, but that of his grandfather.

"It's a massive shock," said the club captain. "I saw him at the [reopening of the] Meriden Community Centre before Christmas. He was in good spirits then and every time I have met him and had the pleasure of being in his presence, he's been a great guy. He was always bubbly and lived and breathed football."

Having played and lived in both the Midlands and Hertfordshire, Deeney is perfectly placed to assess the impact that Graham had as both manager of Watford and Aston Villa and Wolves.

"My grandad was a Villa fan and he loved Graham Taylor," said Deeney. "He actually stopped his season ticket [at Villa] when Graham Taylor left, so he's been part of my family for a long, long time. It's massive loss for the town and a massive loss for football in general. I don't think I have enough words to express the gratitude and respect Watford Football Club has for him."

Deeney is the leader of this team and you suspect he'll be outlining to the players in the dressing room just before kick-off just what GT means to this club and the significance of the occasion against Middlesbrough.

"We've just got to make sure we do him proud," said Deeney. "The fans will be up for it. Hopefully his family will be at the game and hopefully we can show them how much we respected him. We will have a word [with the squad] and let them know just how big this is for the town. Football is just a game and this is bigger than that."

Deeney & Taylor at the recent reopening of the Meriden Community Centre

You can read the official club statement on Thursday's sad events, and view some tributes from fans and former Hornets below.

Club Statement

Tributes