July 09, 1985,
July 1st 2003
Academy graduate Ashley Young reached the pinnacle of domestic football with Manchester United, winning the league title in 2013.
But prior to his successes in Manchester, Young spent three successful years in Watford’s first-team. His early performances in yellow gave a good indication of the enviable Premier League and international career that was to follow.
During the 2005/06 season Young excelled, scoring 14 league goals at the tender age of 20. Young’s most memorable moment in a Watford shirt came at Selhurst Park, as he fired a free-kick into the top corner in a 3-0 Play-Off Semi-Final against Crystal Palace.
Young once regaled a group of journalists with the story of his Hornets debut, in which Millwall's 'hard man' midfielder Kevin Muscat threatened to leave the youngster with broken legs should he attempt to dribble past.
Young came off the bench to score on his Watford bow, Muscat was sent off.