Hornets fan Charlie Doris discusses whether Lloyd Doyley could be Watford's final one club man

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So Lloyd Doyley is expected to sign a new deal with the club keeping him at Vicarage Road until the end of next season.

The Jamaican international’s 432nd game for the Hornets against Barnsley on Saturday edged his name up to joint sixth in the club’s all-time appearance list, alongside Watford legends of yester year.

What the full back lacks in technical ability, he more than makes up for in discipline, positioning and an unparalleled work ethic. His performance in last May’s play-off final at Wembley, for me, cemented his true status as a Watford legend.

Strong, fearless and uncompromising. The veteran defender embodied the club’s standards when most of his new teammates shrunk in the enormity of the occasion.

This may seem like another Doyley love-in but the defender’s impact on the club is just as important as ever.

Current Hornets head coach Beppe Sannino has stated Doyley was ‘born the wear the shirt of the club’. He encapsulates Sannino's philosophy, which is a new look Watford based on the resilience and defensive qualities of Doyley et al.

As important as Doyley is to the club on the pitch and in the dressing room, his loyalty and love for Watford is incredibly refreshing.

Although I doubt Lloyd has had many lucrative offers to leave Vicarage Road in the past, his sheer devotion and enthusiasm for Watford and its values is a rare commodity.

Doyley has earned his ‘one club man’ status but is he one of the last bastions of this select group of players?

In a football world dominated by lucrative wages and temperamental egos, are the days of the honest professional numbered?

And, under the guidance of our present owners, who can shift players from club to club like chess pieces, is Lloyd Doyley set to be the last true Watford man?

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12:43pm Fri 21 Mar 14

kevhenderson says...

Lloyd's technical ability has improved significantly in the past couple of seasons. He can, for instance, now head the ball in the direction he was intending and his passing is far better. However, he knows his strengths, which as the article suggests are his positioning and desire. He never gives less than 100%. His performance in the play off final was exceptional, but he churns out good performances games after game. I for one, will be disappointed when he eventually hangs up his boots.
Lloyd's technical ability has improved significantly in the past couple of seasons. He can, for instance, now head the ball in the direction he was intending and his passing is far better. However, he knows his strengths, which as the article suggests are his positioning and desire. He never gives less than 100%. His performance in the play off final was exceptional, but he churns out good performances games after game. I for one, will be disappointed when he eventually hangs up his boots. kevhenderson
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2:27pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

All the players should be "Watford men", if they're just hear to pick up their wages they need to be moved on. I think Saninno will sift out the ones who aren't fully committed.
All the players should be "Watford men", if they're just hear to pick up their wages they need to be moved on. I think Saninno will sift out the ones who aren't fully committed. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 4

5:54pm Fri 21 Mar 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Time for another goal Lloyd.

Top man.
Time for another goal Lloyd. Top man. gloryhornet4
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8:36pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Cuetip says...

kevhenderson wrote:
Lloyd's technical ability has improved significantly in the past couple of seasons. He can, for instance, now head the ball in the direction he was intending and his passing is far better. However, he knows his strengths, which as the article suggests are his positioning and desire. He never gives less than 100%. His performance in the play off final was exceptional, but he churns out good performances games after game. I for one, will be disappointed when he eventually hangs up his boots.
Great summary in age of mercenaries. Absolutely 4 yesses from me. Another couple of goals would be the icing on the cake.
[quote][p][bold]kevhenderson[/bold] wrote: Lloyd's technical ability has improved significantly in the past couple of seasons. He can, for instance, now head the ball in the direction he was intending and his passing is far better. However, he knows his strengths, which as the article suggests are his positioning and desire. He never gives less than 100%. His performance in the play off final was exceptional, but he churns out good performances games after game. I for one, will be disappointed when he eventually hangs up his boots.[/p][/quote]Great summary in age of mercenaries. Absolutely 4 yesses from me. Another couple of goals would be the icing on the cake. Cuetip
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1:01am Sat 22 Mar 14

Honest Rog says...

The answer to the question is an emphatic YES. I've watched Lloydy mature over the years. In the early days he made me nervous at times but as the article says; his other qualities compensated for his shortcomings.
As a professional he should be the one who our children and grandchildren aspire to emulate. In another life I worked the taxi ranks at the top of the town. Lloydy would often get in my cab, never drunk, never loud and always respectful. He would often get in carrying a box of fried chicken and promise not to open it in the cab whilst apologising for the smell. On other occasion I've seen him pounding the streets around the Nascot Wood, Stratford Road, Langley Road area in the dead of night on his own.
A true Watford pro. Go Lloydy!
The answer to the question is an emphatic YES. I've watched Lloydy mature over the years. In the early days he made me nervous at times but as the article says; his other qualities compensated for his shortcomings. As a professional he should be the one who our children and grandchildren aspire to emulate. In another life I worked the taxi ranks at the top of the town. Lloydy would often get in my cab, never drunk, never loud and always respectful. He would often get in carrying a box of fried chicken and promise not to open it in the cab whilst apologising for the smell. On other occasion I've seen him pounding the streets around the Nascot Wood, Stratford Road, Langley Road area in the dead of night on his own. A true Watford pro. Go Lloydy! Honest Rog
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6:03pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Nick El Greco says...

Di Natale has been at Udinese for 9 years. I don't know what the author thinks the Pozzos are but they're not keeping Udine in Serie A by changing the entire team every year
Di Natale has been at Udinese for 9 years. I don't know what the author thinks the Pozzos are but they're not keeping Udine in Serie A by changing the entire team every year Nick El Greco
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