19/06/2018

Watch: The Trust At 25

Broadcasting legend John Motson, OBE, lent his unmistakeable voice to a unique video reflecting on Watford FC’s proud heritage of being a community club, in particular the work of Watford Football Club’s Community Sports & Education Trust.

The video, entitled One Man’s Dream, pays homage to the influence of Graham Taylor as the spearhead for the Club’s community ethos and also features Watford greats past and present in the form of Luther Blissett and Troy Deeney.

As well as the appearances of Blissett, Deeney and Motson, the video also uses participants of the Trust’s current activities to help tell the story.

Having been involved in plenty of Trust activities over the years, including being mascot at Watford FC’s trip to Wembley in 2016, local boy Thomas is seen playing in a disability football session at the Trust’s recently renovated Meriden Community Centre.

From one Trust community hub to another as Simin is then seen taking part in an Over 55’s Club at the £4.2million Cedars Youth & Community Centre in Harrow. The Over 55’s Club at Cedars YCC is part of the wider Extra-Time programme, delivered by the Trust across both centres and Vicarage Road Stadium.

Next on screen are teenagers Cara and Kiera, as they take on an abseiling wall at Phasels Wood. The girls were re-enacting just one of the activities they conquered during the National Citizen Service programme with the Trust last year. Kiera is now preparing to come back as a staff member this year.

The penultimate participant is Amy of Bromet Primary School as she participated in a Premier League Primary Stars session. Primary Stars is just one of the schools programmes delivered by Watford FC’s CSE Trust across Hertfordshire and Harrow.

Finally we meet Alan, a participant of the Trust’s Shape Up programme. Shape Up is an adult weight management course that makes up part of the health provision delivered by the Trust.


To find out more about Watford FC’s CSE Trust go to their website or follow them on social media @WFCTrust.

19/06/2018

In Profile: Cardiff City

Ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League season, watfordfc.com takes a look at each of the three new additions to the league.


The Manager

Neil Warnock

The wily Cardiff coach has achieved eight promotions in his managerial career. He won many plaudits last season for orchestrating the Bluebirds' rise despite limited resources compared to some of their Championship rivals.

Key Players

Aron Gunnarsson

Currently representing Iceland at the World Cup, the combative midfielder's deal is set to expire this month, but the Bluebirds are keen to extend his seven-year stay in Wales.

Junior Hoilett

Another out-of-contract player, Hoilett (left) possesses the valuable commodity of searing pace, and has top-flight experience from his time with Queens Park Rangers.

Callum Paterson

Converted from a right-back to a midfielder, the Scot (right) enjoyed a wonderful goalscoring season in 2017/18, netting 10 times.

Stadium

Cardiff played host to one of Watford's most memorable matches in the Millenium Stadium - the Championship play-off final in 2006 - so hopefully the Cardiff City Stadium will be equally fortunate for the Golden Boys.

Top-Flight History

Malky Mackay last led the Bluebirds into the Premier League, but they only won seven league games all season, and a 3-0 defeat at St James' Park by Newcastle United eventually relegated the Welsh side.

Transfers So Far

Josh Murphy joined last week for a reported £11 million. A flair player who can operate from both flanks, his twin brother plays for Newcastle United.

The Bluebirds have also moved swiftly to snap up Greg Cunningham from Preston North End. The left wing-back cost a reported £4 million.

When Will The Hornets Face Them?

Home: Saturday December 15, 3pm.

Away: Saturday February 23, 3pm.