15th August 1992-New Division One, Watford 3 Millwall 1

The top 22 clubs in the country broke away from the Football League to form the Premier League which began on this day.  As a result the Football League renumbered its divisions so whereas in 1991/2 we had been in Division Two we were now in Division One, but were still in the second tier.  To differentiate from what came before I’ve added the word ‘new’ to the Football League divisions we were in from 1992-2004, when they were re-branded and the second tier became known as the Championship.

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Goalkeeping howlers, Malcolm Allen sent off and a penalty.

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Taken from the programme on 29th August 1992-New Division One, Watford 0 Derby County 0

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11th August 2018- Premier League, Watford 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 0

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Screen Shot 2018-08-15 at 15.02.27Referee:Jonathan Moss  Attendance:20,051

Watford FC Official Site

Match Report: Watford 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Pereyra: “This Is Just The Start”

Gracia: “The Way We Did It Was Important”

Highlights: Watford 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Gray: “We’ve Got A Good Understanding”

Another Angle: Brighton & Hove Albion

Pereyra: Brighton Best Bits

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-23-36-22clips of Jon Marks BBC 3CR commentary   Goals: 1   2

Watford Observer

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RATINGS: Pereyra the star in excellent team performance

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BBC SportBrighton manager Chris Hughton said he was left to “wonder what happened” after his side were comfortably beaten by Watford at Vicarage Road.

skyIt was all too comfortable for Watford, who controlled the game impressively in the second half, while Brighton have plenty of work ahead after failing to register a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.

guardianIf, as most bookmakers have predicted, this is the season Watford’s stay in the Premier League comes to an end, then somebody had better tell their players. Judging by the manner of their victory here, they have not seen the odds or have done so and been fuelled by a sense of defiance.

TelegraphWatford had never previously won an opening day fixture in the Premier League yet came through this one with little alarm. Roberto Pereyra, the former Juventus winger, scored both goals on a day when Brighton rarely troubled Ben Foster in the home goal.

BHappy imageIn many respects the question on Brighton is quite how bad they were, versus how bad we made them look.  The goal is an example…  someone should have been keeping an eye on Pereyra but he arrived late to fill the space on the edge of the box vacated by decoy runs to the near post.  Yes, Albion were dozy but we forced the issue.  Similarly in midfield, Albion were overrun and perhaps even complacent but it was in the face of our relentless and disciplined pressing that it crumpled.  When we broke, particularly in the first half having regained possession deep we hurtled through the midfield;  there’s maybe a concern that we didn’t capitalise but with Deulofeu’s pace and Chalobah’s awareness to return you’ve got to fancy us away from home.

The Hornets NestA relatively stress free afternoon on the opening day. I’m happy to say that all the nerves I had before the game were put to rest fairly early on. 
Watford looked sharp and hungry. The pressure that Deeney and Gray applied to the Brighton back line was telling and the visitors couldn’t cope. Capoue bossed the midfield whilst the centre back pairing of Kabasele and Cathcart gave Foster little to do all afternoon.

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4th August 2018- The Graham Taylor Matchday, Watford 1 Sampdoria 1

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Watford FC Official SiteA commemorative statue of Graham Taylor OBE was unveiled today in a special ceremony outside Vicarage Road.

Watford fans were given an exciting glimpse of the promise of the partnership between Andre Gray and Troy Deeney when the pair combined for the latter to clinch a draw with Sampdoria at Vicarage Road this afternoon.

Watford ObserverDuxbury pays tribute to greatest manager GT

Blissett hails history-maker Taylor

‘In the words of dad: I have never changed my opinion that football is a game for the people’

RELIVE – Deeney on target in draw as Hornets pay tribute to Taylor

Hornets complete unbeaten pre-season

Head coach hails outstanding pre-season

FranSaturday was to be an important day for Watford fans with the long awaited unveiling of the GT statue.