Former Watford FC directors Jimmy and Vince Russo awarded Italian knighthood

Watford Observer: Former Watford FC directors Jimmy and Vince Russo awarded Italian knighthood Former Watford FC directors Jimmy and Vince Russo awarded Italian knighthood

Former Watford FC directors Jimmy and Vince Russo have been awarded the Italian equivalent of a knighthood.

The brothers were recommended to receive Cavaliere L’Onorificenza honours by Garston resident, Luciano Rapa, because of their work helping the Italian community in England.

Mr Rapa, an honorary consul for the Italian government, said he nominated them for the accolade as he felt it was important they were recognised for their community work.

The 63-year-old, whose consulate is in St James Road, West Watford, said he met the brothers through their work helping the Italian community in Hertfordshire.

He said: "I thought it was marvellous to have two young people like that - they had a very successful business. I got in contact with the Italian government and gave their names telling them what they used to do. After that the government understood they were two brothers and they were doing a good job honouring Italy in another country. Because of that they were given the cavaliere.

"I thought it was important they were recognised, so they can keep on doing this good work. They are fortunate as they are in this position where they can do something for the community."

Jimmy and Vince Russos’ parents originally came to this country from Sicily in 1952 and settled in Hertfordshire. Their father was a cucumber grower and the brothers followed him into the salad industry and started a business, Valley Grown Salads, together in 1982. It has since grown into a success company with a multi-million pound turnover.

In 2003 the brothers became investors in Watford FC and went on to hold various positions on the club's board. They Russos ran Watford FC for a spell in 2009 when Jimmy was appointed chairman and Vince vice-chairman.

After receiving his cavaliere, Jimmy Russo said: "We are delighted to have received this honour and I appreciate all the hard work Mr Rapa contributed in doing this for us."

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5:30pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Paul Gadd says...

The salad mafia should be also knighted here after what they did to the red helmet

COYH!
The salad mafia should be also knighted here after what they did to the red helmet COYH! Paul Gadd
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7:49pm Tue 10 Jun 14

D.unstable says...

Ok
Ok D.unstable
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8:13pm Tue 10 Jun 14

jasonwatford says...

Karma's gonna get ya
Karma's gonna get ya jasonwatford
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5:40am Wed 11 Jun 14

chadderton orn says...

Baz must be thinking i should never have crossed them. Horse head in bed springs to mind.
Baz must be thinking i should never have crossed them. Horse head in bed springs to mind. chadderton orn
  • Score: 2

11:56am Wed 11 Jun 14

Harry's Bar says...

Paul Gadd wrote:
The salad mafia should be also knighted here after what they did to the red helmet

COYH!
If it wasn't for them we would never have heard of the red helmet. They nearly destroyed our Club with their daft half baked plan to put Baz in charge.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Gadd[/bold] wrote: The salad mafia should be also knighted here after what they did to the red helmet COYH![/p][/quote]If it wasn't for them we would never have heard of the red helmet. They nearly destroyed our Club with their daft half baked plan to put Baz in charge. Harry's Bar
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1:45pm Wed 11 Jun 14

croxley46 says...

Yes, lots of "insider dealings" by the Russo's behind Baz's buying of the club - just as bad as he was, in my opinion, AND they caught a cold trying to get their money back.
Not deserving of a knighthood, sports-wise anyway, in my opinion.
Yes, lots of "insider dealings" by the Russo's behind Baz's buying of the club - just as bad as he was, in my opinion, AND they caught a cold trying to get their money back. Not deserving of a knighthood, sports-wise anyway, in my opinion. croxley46
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8:14pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Billie says...

Well deserved Jim and Vince.
Honest men recognised by their achievements.
Sad that the last two posters spout rubbish in their blissfull ignorance.
Harry...the Simpson lot sold to Baz in preference to a higher offer from J & V. As a shareholder I object to that.
They were blocked out of spite but still wanted the best for the club...which did get caught in the cross fire. They are men of substance who were blocked from fulfilling their hopes for the club.
Yes they were too trusting, but they are winners who signed good players, financed the Premiership run, financed buying the Vic back, consistently appointed managers all of whom have gone on to higher things, saw Cashton's ridiculous compensation claim off, run a great business and have now been honoured by their country of origin. I think they should be rather proud of that.
Croxley...discrete investment is not insider dealing old friend, even if to Baz.
Jim, Vince, you should be proud of your achievement...your Dad would be proud of you..
Congratulations.
Well deserved Jim and Vince. Honest men recognised by their achievements. Sad that the last two posters spout rubbish in their blissfull ignorance. Harry...the Simpson lot sold to Baz in preference to a higher offer from J & V. As a shareholder I object to that. They were blocked out of spite but still wanted the best for the club...which did get caught in the cross fire. They are men of substance who were blocked from fulfilling their hopes for the club. Yes they were too trusting, but they are winners who signed good players, financed the Premiership run, financed buying the Vic back, consistently appointed managers all of whom have gone on to higher things, saw Cashton's ridiculous compensation claim off, run a great business and have now been honoured by their country of origin. I think they should be rather proud of that. Croxley...discrete investment is not insider dealing old friend, even if to Baz. Jim, Vince, you should be proud of your achievement...your Dad would be proud of you.. Congratulations. Billie
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11:53pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Roger Joslyn says...

Not sure what I think of them. Did some good things for the club but also called in their loan playing brinkmanship with our club that nearly saw us go into administration. Caused GT to call Jimmy a bad man for putting the club in that position. Ironically the good Lord saved us with 30 minutes to deadline. We all had sweaty palms that night.
Not sure what I think of them. Did some good things for the club but also called in their loan playing brinkmanship with our club that nearly saw us go into administration. Caused GT to call Jimmy a bad man for putting the club in that position. Ironically the good Lord saved us with 30 minutes to deadline. We all had sweaty palms that night. Roger Joslyn
  • Score: 2

7:23am Thu 12 Jun 14

Billie says...

Measured response Roger...that's why I said the club was caught in the cross fire. I had the chance to chat to GT at a charity event. The person who I was with who knew Jim and Vince questioned him and said 'Jimmy is not a bad man'. Graham agreed and said 'I have no problem with Jim'. I promise you that is true.
The problem arose because of the Cashton/Homer combo.
History I suppose, but I am pleased they were honoured, they got nothing but grief from their association with the club.
Measured response Roger...that's why I said the club was caught in the cross fire. I had the chance to chat to GT at a charity event. The person who I was with who knew Jim and Vince questioned him and said 'Jimmy is not a bad man'. Graham agreed and said 'I have no problem with Jim'. I promise you that is true. The problem arose because of the Cashton/Homer combo. History I suppose, but I am pleased they were honoured, they got nothing but grief from their association with the club. Billie
  • Score: 4

11:50am Thu 12 Jun 14

Harry's Bar says...

Billie wrote:
Well deserved Jim and Vince.
Honest men recognised by their achievements.
Sad that the last two posters spout rubbish in their blissfull ignorance.
Harry...the Simpson lot sold to Baz in preference to a higher offer from J & V. As a shareholder I object to that.
They were blocked out of spite but still wanted the best for the club...which did get caught in the cross fire. They are men of substance who were blocked from fulfilling their hopes for the club.
Yes they were too trusting, but they are winners who signed good players, financed the Premiership run, financed buying the Vic back, consistently appointed managers all of whom have gone on to higher things, saw Cashton's ridiculous compensation claim off, run a great business and have now been honoured by their country of origin. I think they should be rather proud of that.
Croxley...discrete investment is not insider dealing old friend, even if to Baz.
Jim, Vince, you should be proud of your achievement...your Dad would be proud of you..
Congratulations.
What's the name of that river in Africa?....oh yes.... de Nile.
[quote][p][bold]Billie[/bold] wrote: Well deserved Jim and Vince. Honest men recognised by their achievements. Sad that the last two posters spout rubbish in their blissfull ignorance. Harry...the Simpson lot sold to Baz in preference to a higher offer from J & V. As a shareholder I object to that. They were blocked out of spite but still wanted the best for the club...which did get caught in the cross fire. They are men of substance who were blocked from fulfilling their hopes for the club. Yes they were too trusting, but they are winners who signed good players, financed the Premiership run, financed buying the Vic back, consistently appointed managers all of whom have gone on to higher things, saw Cashton's ridiculous compensation claim off, run a great business and have now been honoured by their country of origin. I think they should be rather proud of that. Croxley...discrete investment is not insider dealing old friend, even if to Baz. Jim, Vince, you should be proud of your achievement...your Dad would be proud of you.. Congratulations.[/p][/quote]What's the name of that river in Africa?....oh yes.... de Nile. Harry's Bar
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1:32am Sat 14 Jun 14

bornyellow says...

I think we are in safe hands now...from salad to pasta and not a pasta salad..
I think we are in safe hands now...from salad to pasta and not a pasta salad.. bornyellow
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