Category: October

29th October 2016-Premier League, Watford 1 Hull City 0

Previously v Hull City

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Goal 1

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Matchday review

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Relive all the action as Michael Dawson’s own goal gives Watford narrow victory over Hull City at Vicarage Road

Michael Dawson own goal gives Watford victory over Hull City and moves Walter Mazzarri’s men up to seventh in the Premier League

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri insists there is no doubt his side deserved to beat Hull City

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri maintains team did not pay any attention to allegations prior to Hull City win

Hull City boss Mike Phelan bemoans cruel winner for Watford at Vicarage Road

See how the Watford players rated in their narrow win over Hull City

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BHappy imagereport: I resent the loss of midweek games, the loss of that looking forward to a week of work being interrupted by this nugget of excitement (or Rotherham at home, whatever) simply to accommodate Manchester United (for example) losing to some Danish team in a bloated competition that will give them plenty of second chances anyway.

FTRE image A very poor Hull City visited Vicarage Road and gave Jon, Jason and Mike plenty to talk about. That and a certain forged letter make it another one of those fun weeks to be a Watford fan. COME ON YOU ORNS!

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-19-13-20report:There is always something special about the sense of anticipation in a pre-match crowd.  Also, as it was Watford playing Hull, there was neither a ticket tout nor a half-and-half scarf anywhere to be seen.

screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-15-22-53 report:During half time Harry the Hornet was awarded the ‘Unsung Hero 2015/16’ award. It’s about time he was acknowledged for his efforts on a match day. With stunts ranging from celebrating with the players, to throwing away fan inflatables into the off-limits building site when the Sir Elton John stand was being built. Harry is real entertainment. 

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22nd October 2016- Premier League, Swansea City 0 Watford 0

Previously v Swansea City/Town

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Matchday review

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Heurelho Gomes the hero as Watford claim point at Swansea in Bob Bradley’s first home game

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri admits team suffered during second half of Swansea City draw

Watford defender Sebastian Prodl says head coach Walter Mazzarri has plans to take Hornets to “another level”

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BHappy image report: Ten minutes in one of the blokes behind us announced that “this has got nil-nil written all over it”.  This was irritating… partly because it felt like a spoiler, partly because he was so obviously right and the sudden realisation, much as it had been staring us in the face since kick-off, deflated enthusiasm.

FTRE image Podcast:Jon and Jason are joined by Olly Wicken, author of Hornet Heaven, to talk about the match, but also the latest episode of Hornet Heaven, plus we put two objects in our list of Watford in 100 Objects.

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-19-13-20report:Before kick-off, there was a minute’s silence to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster.  I was very young indeed when it happened, but it still made a strong impression on me and, as an adult, the thought of a town losing a whole generation of children is beyond heartbreaking.  The silence was observed impeccably and it was good to see both teams wearing black armbands.

screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-15-22-53 report:The highlight of the first half came at the very end, when Capoue received a comical yellow card for physically lifting Leon Britton up off the pitch in an attempt to win the ball.

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16th October 2016- Premier League, Middlesbrough 0 Watford 1

Previously v Middlesbrough

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WFC.NET image Jon Mark’s 3CR commentary
Goal 1

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Matchday review

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Relive Watford’s trip to Middlesbrough where a Jose Holebas strike sealed three points

Jose Holebas fires Watford to Premier League win at Middlesbrough

Walter Mazzarri expects more from Watford in attack despite Middlesbrough win

Watford boss plays down post match argument between Holebas and Capoue at Middlesbrough

Watford Younes Kaboul believes Roger East was pressured by the Middlesbrough crowd not to send off Antonio Barragan

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka accuses Watford of time wasting in home defeat

FTRE imagepodcast: A Cholevas Good Win

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-19-13-20 report: A Clean Sheet and Three Points at the Riverside

screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-15-22-53 report: If someone had warned me about the stress that would come with supporting Watford, I probably would have opted out. Unfortunately however, I’m too far in and as a consequence I found myself in Middlesbrough on a Sunday afternoon.

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1st October 2016-Premier League, Watford 2 AFC Bournemouth 2

Previously v AFC Bournemouth

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Gomes before the game shaking hands and signing autographs.

WFC.NET image Jon Mark’s 3CR commentary
Goal 1     Goal 2

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Match review
The goals
Mazzarri- “The Most Important Thing For Me Was How We Would React”
Inside Matchday

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Recap all the action from Watford’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth at Vicarage Road

Isaac Success scores his first Watford goal and Troy Deeney takes Hornets tally to 99 in Bournemouth draw

Watford boss Mazzarri praises side’s character after fighting back for Bournemouth draw

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe frustrated after Cherries fail to beat Watford

Watford boss Mazzarri believes Isaac Success needs to improve defensive work despite Bournemouth goal

How Watford rated after twice coming from behind in Bournemouth draw

Isaac Success happy to wait for first start after netting first Watford goal

BHappy imagereport: games with Bournemouth have been terrific fun since their arrival in the Championship a few years ago: the pleasing openness of their football and the apparent decency of their manager don’t obscure more than an element of the irritable and irritating. There’s not no Boothroyd in their DNA.

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-19-13-20 report:As we waited for the doors to open at the West Herts, we were thoroughly entertained by a fellow fan who knew Stuart Attwell’s father.

screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-15-22-53 report: Nothing needs to be said about past refereeing performances in games against Bournemouth and Mike Dean did his best to replicate his predecessors. An early yellow card for Prodl for handball after he was blatantly shoved to the floor by Wilson a prime example.

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Terry Challis

The name Terry Challis will be familiar to a great many Watford fans.  His cartoons in the Watford Observer were often the first port of call for many after buying the paper.

Terry passed away on 1st October 2009.

 

 

BHappy image tribute: In days before blanket coverage and instant highlights, it always seemed particularly vital after a distant, unseen away game, as much a part of the reportage as Oliver Phillips’ account alongside.

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FTRE image Watford FC in 100 objects: #50:Terry Challis Painting of Elton John on the back of a Hornet

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