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15th August 2020- Vladimir Ivic appointed Head Coach

Vladimir Ivić is the new Head Coach of Watford, the club is delighted to confirm. A two-time league winner as manager of Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv, in both 2018/19 and 2019/20, Ivić also led PAOK to Greek Cup glory in 2016/17.

BBC Sport Vladimir Ivic: Watford confirm appointment of new head coach

Things are starting to happen at WD18, so naturally there is a new From the Rookery End podcast! With the arrival of Vladimir Ivić seemingly imminent, Mike and Jon spoke to a couple of experts on his career. Middle Eastern football expert Ben Jacobs and Israel based journalist Raphael Gellar joined the boys to provide fascinating insight into Ivić, his philosophy, career, methods and perhaps most importantly of all, to confirm whether or not Watford fans should be excited by the appointment!

15 August 2009-Championship, Sheffield United 2 Watford 0

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Sheffield United eased to victory over Watford as summer signing Ched Evans opened his goal account for the Blades. Jamie Ward had given the hosts an early lead when he drove in a shot after the ball broke to him from a Brian Howard free-kick. Evans wrapped up the win when he skilfully evaded several lunging defenders before rifling home.

Watford defender Williamson headed over the crossbar from a corner and Jobi McAnuff shot high and wide from 25 yards. But moments after Watford summer signing Danny Graham had lifted his shot over the crossbar the home side doubled their lead.

HornbloggerWe seemed to start well but after 12 minutes didn’t defend a simple cross and Jamie Ward, who isn’t much bigger than your average Smurf, easily knocked the ball past Loach. From then on neither the team or the fans seemed to have any belief at all that we’d get back into the game. 

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(taken from Watford v Blackpool programme, 22nd August 2009)

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15th August 1998- New Division One, Watford 1 Bradford City 0


The mind boggles at what Watford can achieve this season if they can win games like this. Not so much under the cosh as buried deep beneath it for large periods of the match, the Hornets still managed to eke out a one-nil victory that puts them joint top of the first division, albeit at a stage too early to judge what their eventual league fate will be.

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.

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

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