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UPDATE: Plans for 'Remembrance Matchday' almost complete

Watford Observer:

1:02pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Watford say final preparations are almost complete for their 'Remembrance Matchday' against Millwall on Saturday.

Watford claim money and not loyalty stopped coach from taking over

Watford Observer:

7:37pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Watford believe money - and not loyalty as has been claimed - was the reason one of Northern Ireland's youth coaches, Stephen Robinson, has not joined the club.

'Cup final' return for Ikpeazu after an emotional few months

Watford Observer:

7:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

A trip away to Bristol City in the second round of an under-21 competition may not sound like the most enticing fixture of the calender but for young Watford striker Uche Ikpeazu, "it felt like a cup final".

Half-price entry for football fans with a WD postcode

Watford Observer:

1:42pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Football fans with a WD postcode have the chance to watch Wealdstone for half price for one of their matches in December - an offer which coincides with Watford FC not having a fixture that day.

Jorell helps hometown club make FA Cup history

Watford Observer: Jorell Johnson (top) is believed to be one of four Hornets scholars given a professional contract. Picture Holly Cant

1:04pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Watford defender Jorell Johnson last night helped his hometown club Hemel Hempstead reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1938.

UPDATE: Watford trio's superb attitude praised after cup win

Watford Observer:

4:18pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Watford Academy's head of coaching hailed the attitude of Sean Murray, Connor Smith and Tommie Hoban following the club's progression in the Under-21 Premier League Cup.

Ikpeazu scores extra-time winner on his return

Watford Observer: Uche Ikpeazu has yet to make his Watford debut. Picture: HOLLY CANT

10:09pm Monday 27th October 2014

Uche Ikpeazu marked his first competitive outing of the season by scoring an extra-time winner against Bristol City in the Under-21 Premier League Cup.

Ikpeazu to make his return in strong Watford XI

Watford Observer: Another Hornets game abandoned due to bad weather

7:10pm Monday 27th October 2014

Young Watford striker Uche Ikpeazu will make his first competitive outing of the season tonight after needing ankle surgery in the summer.

Hornets fans should arrive early to help with remembrance display

Watford Observer:

4:15pm Monday 27th October 2014

Watford fans are being urged to arrive at Vicarage Road early for Saturday’s match with Millwall to help with a remembrance display to mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

Who was your man-of-the-match against Middlesbrough?

Watford Observer:

8:00am Sunday 26th October 2014

Saturday’s match between Middlesbrough and Watford was a contest which included a few very poor performances from Hornets players but also some good ones. So who was your pick of the bunch at the Riverside Stadium?

Karanka's almost perfect display

Watford Observer:

7:02pm Saturday 25th October 2014

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka described his team’s first half display against Watford as “perfect apart from scoring one or two goals”.

Jokanovic happy with his point at Boro

Watford Observer:

6:33pm Saturday 25th October 2014

Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic was happy with his team’s point away at Middlesbrough.

Deeney ensures Watford don't return home empty handed

Watford Observer:

5:08pm Saturday 25th October 2014

Watford captain Troy Deeney came off the bench to score his side’s equalising goal in this afternoon’s 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough.

HALF-TIME: Bond's Watford are shaken but will they be stirred?

Watford Observer: Picture: Dave Peters

4:06pm Saturday 25th October 2014

Watford survived a first-half onslaught to go into the break level with Middlesbrough.

Loan rules were factor in Ighalo's permanent move

Watford Observer:

1:07pm Saturday 25th October 2014

The limit on the number of loan players allowed in a match-day squad was one of the main reasons Watford decided to sign Odion Ighalo permanently, the Watford Observer understands.

Discuss the action as Watford welcome Middlesbrough

Watford Observer: Picture: Action Images

12:00pm Saturday 25th October 2014

The Watford Observer is hoping fans will enjoy interacting pre-match, during the game and after the final whistle has blown on our website.

Zola tells Jokanovic: 'You are in the right place at the right time'

Watford Observer:

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Slavisa Jokanovic spoke to former Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola about taking charge of the Hornets and was told “you are in the right place at the right time”.

Tozser: Jokanovic is a calm and clear communicator'

Watford Observer:

2:33pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Daniel Tozser has praised Slavisa Jokanovic's clear and calm communication.

Who was your man-of-the-match against Forest?

Watford Observer:

3:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Some of Watford's attacking play during the first half of yesterday's match with Nottingham Forest was scintillating and it resulted in several fine attacking performances. But who was your stand-out performer for the Hornets?

'Watford's players tried to win the game with their hearts and not their minds'

Watford Observer:

12:46am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Watford’s players tried to win tonight’s match against Nottingham Forest with their hearts and not their minds and that is why they had to settle for a 2-2 draw, according to Hornets head coach Slavisa Jokanovic.

HALF-TIME: Forest fortunate to be level and still have 11 men on the pitch

Watford Observer:

9:02pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Nottingham Forest are fortunate to go into half-time with Watford level on the score-sheet and they are arguably lucky to still have 11 men on the pitch heading into the second period.

Discuss the action as Watford welcome Forest

Watford Observer:

6:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

The Watford Observer is hoping fans will enjoy interacting pre-match, during the game and after the final whistle has blown on our website.

Jokanovic believes Watford possess stronger 'offensive weapons' than Forest

Watford Observer:

3:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic has acknowledged the threat Britt Assombalonga poses his former club tonight but believes the Hornets have the stronger "offensive weapons" heading into the clash with Nottingham Forest.

Watford wary of rushing Deeney back into starting XI

Watford Observer:

5:11pm Monday 20th October 2014

Slavisa Jokanovic is wary of rushing Troy Deeney back into Watford's starting XI following a month out with a hamstring injury.

AUDIO: Bassong can become a very important player for Watford

Watford Observer:

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

New Watford head coach Slavisa Jokanovic believes loanee Sebastien Bassong could become a very important player for the Hornets in the coming months.

Gray: Watford's first goal 'blatantly' offside

Watford Observer:

6:49pm Saturday 18th October 2014

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray believes Matej Vydra was “blatantly” offside for Watford’s opening goal this afternoon.

Debut win for Jokanovic sends Watford top of the table

Watford Observer: Matej Vydra scores against Sheffield Wednesday. Picture: Action Images

5:07pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A Matej Vydra-inspired Watford ensured Slavisa Jokanovic started his Hornets’ reign with a 3-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday as the Hornets went top of the Championship.

Dowling on his rise from non-league to Watford

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

If becoming Watford’s sporting director didn’t pose a big enough challenge, having three head coaches in his first five weeks was certainly a baptism of fire for Luke Dowling.

Jokanovic was interviewed by Watford seven weeks ago

Watford Observer:

8:10pm Thursday 16th October 2014

The Watford Observer understands Slavisa Jokanovic was interviewed for the Hornets' head coach position almost seven weeks ago when the club were looking for a replacement for Beppe Sannino. - something the Serbian has denied.

South-West Corner plans and funding still to be agreed

Watford Observer: South West corner to be completed next season

10:55am Thursday 16th October 2014

Watford are in discussions with two companies about how the South-West Corner will be designed and funded.

Watford to hold open training session

Watford Observer: Another Hornets game abandoned due to bad weather

7:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

Watford supporters will have the chance to watch an open training session at Vicarage Road during the half-term school holidays.

East Stand will not be complete in time for Millwall

Watford Observer:

5:25pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

The full opening for the new East Stand at Vicarage Road is unlikely to take place until the end of November at the earliest, the Watford Observer understands.

COMMENT: Must be more to Watford's disgraceful treatment of McKinlay

Watford Observer:

6:18pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

I spent most of Tuesday trying to make sense of Watford’s decision to replace their head coach after only eight days. The logic behind it, whether it was the right or wrong decision – my opinion changed several times throughout the day. But one belief remained the same, one view didn’t alter; the treatment of Billy McKinlay was unacceptable.

Mitchell Smith believes he can steal Excel Arena show from star names such as Tyson Fury

Watford Observer:

11:31am Monday 6th October 2014

Tyson Fury, Dereck Chisora and Billy-Joe Saunders are all scheduled to appear at the Excel Arena on November 29 but ex-Bushey Boxing Club fighter Mitchell Smith believes he can be the one to steal the show.

Limiting Seagulls' control affected Hornets' attacking play

Watford Observer:

6:35pm Saturday 4th October 2014

Billy McKinlay admitted Watford’s attempts to stop Brighton & Hove Albion from controlling possession did hamper their own attacking edge.

HALF-TIME: Watford and Brighton unable to make their possession count

Watford Observer: Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion 

Action Images

4:02pm Saturday 4th October 2014

The game between Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion remains goalless at half-time as neither side have been able to make the most of their possession.

McKinlay will hope to be next Watford debutant to reach Premier League

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Billy McKinlay is the latest coach to be given his first managerial opportunity at Vicarage Road and if he continues Watford’s fine recent record regarding debutants, then it could be fourth time lucky for the Pozzos.

Vydra as technically gifted as any Championship player, says McKinlay

Watford Observer:

11:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Matej Vydra has struggled for much of this season but after showing signs of his old self at Blackburn Rovers, he was back with a bang on Tuesday night.

AUDIO: McKinlay's first post-match press conference as Hornets boss

Watford Observer:

1:13pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Listen to the large majority of Billy McKinlay's first post-match press conference as Watford's head coach.

VIDEO: Matej fires home early goal of the season contender

Watford Observer:

12:51pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

As the ball dropped to Matej Vydra on the edge of the penalty area there was no hesitation. He rifled his half volley into the net. It proved enough to secure a 2-1 win over Brentford and is an early contender for goal of the season.

McKinlay: Monday was a difficult day for Watford's players

Watford Observer:

12:38pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Watford head coach Billy McKinlay admitted Oscar Garcia’s shock resignation made preparing for last night’s match difficult for his players.

McKinlay unable to completely enjoy his managerial debut

Watford Observer:

1:40am Wednesday 1st October 2014

New Watford boss Billy McKinlay admitted he was unable to completely enjoy his first game in management despite securing a 2-1 victory against Brentford.

HALF-TIME: Watford impress in McKinlay's opener

Watford Observer:

8:48pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Watford have impressed in Billy McKinlay’s first game in charge of the club and lead Brentford 1-0 at the break.

Cathcart lands date with the Faroes

Watford Observer:

4:03pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Watford defender Craig Cathcart has been called up by Northern Ireland for their EURO 2016 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Greece.

Watford return first fixture Warburton looked for after 'very shabby' treatment

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Brentford boss Mark Warburton believes he was treated badly by Watford and admitted tonight's game was the first he looked for when the fixtures were released. He is unlikely to be alone at the Bees.

McKinlay replaces Oscar Garcia as Watford's head coach

Watford Observer:

12:52pm Monday 29th September 2014

Billy McKinlay has replaced Oscar Garcia as Watford's head coach.

HIGHLIGHTS: Hornets' draw 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Watch the highlights from yesterday's 2-2 draw between Watford and Blackburn Rovers. 

McKinlay: 'Don't get too bogged down that we were pulled back to 2-2'

Watford Observer: Billy McKinlay Watford

8:02pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Watford’s first team coach Billy McKinlay believes it is important not to become “too bogged down” with the Hornets giving away a two-goal lead during their 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers.

Same old problems result in Watford sacrificing two-goal lead

Watford Observer: Blackburn Rovers vs Watford

5:09pm Saturday 27th September 2014

The inability to maintain possession and poor defending cost Watford this afternoon as they gave away a two-goal lead to draw with Blackburn Rovers and were fortunate not to leave empty handed.

Mensah considered his future in football after second knee surgery

Watford Observer: Picture: Alan Cozzi/Watford FC

3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Bernard Mensah admits a second knee operation in just over two years left him questioning whether he had a future in professional football but he is back and impressed during his first outing for six months.

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