On August 7, 1994 the Watford Mailing List was formed. Today its celebrating its 20th birthday

Watford Mailing List celebrates 20th birthday

Watford Mailing List celebrates 20th birthday

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It started with one man attempting to keep abreast of how his beloved Hornets were performing. Now, 20 years on, the Watford Mailing List has become a necessity for many Watford supporters.

A total of 876 members share stats, reflect on their Golden Boys memories and debate the day-to-day goings on at Vicarage Road.

At its peak more than 1,000 Hornets supporters received messages from the Mailing List.

For some overseas supporters it is a lifeline to the club they’ve left behind. For those closer to home, it gives them the chance to air their views on Watford to a wider audience.

The Watford Mailing List (WML) has come a long way since Gary Smith, a Hornets fan living in South Africa, posted a message on a news list on August 7, 1994 trying to contact fellow fans.

Jon Sinclair, who currently runs the WML, said: “I am delighted that it has survived 20 years and I look forward to the next 20.

“The change in technology over the past two decades has been phenomenal and WML has tried to embrace this.

“So I am very much looking forward to the next 20 years and hope we can continue to adapt to future change.”

Jon took over the running of the WML in 2005 and also runs a dedicated Watford website, www.wfc.net.

He believes the Mailing List will continue to provide Hornets supporters with the perfect platform to air their opinions.

He said: “It helps bring fans together but it also is a great way to spread the Watford word.

“If anyone is considering joining, it is free to join, they should send an e-mail to watfordml-subscribe@yahoogroups.co.uk.”

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10:01am Thu 7 Aug 14

sueinspain says...

Happy Anniversary WML. I have been a very happy member for 2 years now. Well done Jon, keep up the good work, and thanks also to all the regular contributers who make me feel so much closer to home!!
Sue. x
Happy Anniversary WML. I have been a very happy member for 2 years now. Well done Jon, keep up the good work, and thanks also to all the regular contributers who make me feel so much closer to home!! Sue. x sueinspain
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7:32am Fri 8 Aug 14

Glenn Roeder says...

Personally find it dull as there is no real debate and a lot of threads are just links from this newspapers stories.

Anyone with an alternative opinion tends to be 'flamed' as they call it, especially when the opinions of some of the 'names' and egos from the past are challenged.

What is cringeworthy is that people are almost apologising first if some of these 'names' have their opinions challenged.

Although this site does attract its fair share of morons, I find it much more democratic because you tend to be judged on what you have to say, not on who you are.
Personally find it dull as there is no real debate and a lot of threads are just links from this newspapers stories. Anyone with an alternative opinion tends to be 'flamed' as they call it, especially when the opinions of some of the 'names' and egos from the past are challenged. What is cringeworthy is that people are almost apologising first if some of these 'names' have their opinions challenged. Although this site does attract its fair share of morons, I find it much more democratic because you tend to be judged on what you have to say, not on who you are. Glenn Roeder
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5:21pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Glenn Roeder says...

Also find the superiority complex that a lot of you have over people who comment on this site hilarious !!!
Also find the superiority complex that a lot of you have over people who comment on this site hilarious !!! Glenn Roeder
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