Category: July

29th July 2017- Graham Taylor Tribute Match, Aston Villa 0 Watford 0

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Watford FC Official Site Heurelho Gomes was the Hornets’ hero as the Brazilian’s second-half penalty save ensured Aston Villa and Watford played out a goalless draw at Villa Park.

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No goals as Watford and Aston Villa pay pre-season tribute to late manager Graham Taylor

PICTURES: Images from the Graham Taylor Tribute Match between Aston Villa and Watford

Watford head coach Marco Silva impressed with players’ commitment in Aston Villa draw

BHappy image As we wait another Villa fan approaches, shakes my hand;  “Nice day for it mate.  He’s up there, smiling down on us”.  Off the pitch, at any rate, and whatever the unfortunate dilution of the tribute by virtue of the necessary shifting of the game to the West Midlands and running a second GT game next week, off the pitch this is a friendly game in every respect.

FranAs soon as the teams emerged from the tunnel, they lined up and there was a minute’s applause for GT with both sets of fans singing “There’s only one Graham Taylor” at the tops of their voices.  It was very moving.

 

Birmingham Mail website: Aston Villa 0 Watford 0 – Henri Lansbury misses penalty; Jack Grealish injured

Aston Villa website: Villa and Watford played out a goalless draw at Villa Park on the day the two clubs paid tribute to the late, great Graham Taylor.

 

15th July 2017- Friendly, AFC Wimbledon 3 Watford 2

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Watford FC Official Site Second-half goals from Ben Watson and Steven Berghuis nearly ensured Watford fought back from a two-goal deficit, but a last-minute AFC Wimbledon winner denied them a share of the spoils.

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Dons capitalise on beaten Hornets’ second-half defensive shortcomings

PICTURES: Hornets suffer friendly defeat

Head coach admits Hornets ‘must improve’ but unsurprised by Wimbledon defeat

 

14th July 2016- Friendly, Stevenage 0 Watford 2

Watford FC Official Site The Golden Boys continued their unbeaten start to this year’s pre-season thanks to a 2-0 win over League Two outfit Stevenage in an entertaining encounter at the Lamex Stadium.

sky Etienne Capoue and Jerome Sinclair on target for Hornets

BHappy image Chances came and went, one such resulting in a penalty claim for a handball that Troy in particular seemed utterly convinced by and protested at length to the official in a manner that confirmed that “not quite at full pelt – it’s only a friendly after all”, in Troy’s case, means mere utter commitment rather than demonic possession.

 

31st July 2015- Friendly, Watford 0 Sevilla 1

 

Watford FC Official SiteA VITOLO strike condemned Watford to a single-goal defeat at the hands of the reigning Europa League champions Sevilla in tonight’s final pre-season friendly at Vicarage Road.

BHappy imageThe cost of parking at the grammar school has gone up to £8.  Welcome to the Premier League, boys and girls.  Not the only change this… the season’s first rogue vendor is spotted on Vicarage Road selling split Watford / Sevilla scarves (where does his excess stock go, you have to ask yourself) whilst evidence of the ongoing work at the stadium itself is immediately evident, construction vehicles standing guard on the open corner between the Vicarage Road and Elton John stands.