Richard Short and Tim Coombs have been given the opportunity to continue working with Watford after being replaced as match-day announcers

Short and Coombs offered chance to continue with Hornets

Short and Coombs offered chance to continue with Hornets

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Richard Short and Tim Coombs have been given the opportunity to continue working with Watford at supporter-based events, which Coombs has accepted, after the duo were replaced in their role as match-day announcers.

Short and Coombs had been in their previous positions for 16 and 15 years respectively but have been replaced on match days by Hornets legend Luther Blissett and Vibe 107.6 DJ Lee Partridge.

Watford have confirmed Coombs accepted the offer to continue working with the club at fan-based events but they did not state whether Short will.

The Hornets plan to invest in new audio infrastructure around Vicarage Road and state they are aware that “sound is still far from its optimum level in some areas”.

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4:18pm Mon 11 Aug 14

VOReason says...

Id offer them a job selling Harry's 50/50 tickets!
Id offer them a job selling Harry's 50/50 tickets! VOReason
  • Score: -3

4:34pm Mon 11 Aug 14

lutondown says...

I'm more concerned about the welfare of the tea lady who
Protected the safe from Bas
I'm more concerned about the welfare of the tea lady who Protected the safe from Bas lutondown
  • Score: 11

4:38pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Hornet Chris says...

I though good old Bas replaced the PA? Well at least that's what he said! Maybe he cant be trusted?
I though good old Bas replaced the PA? Well at least that's what he said! Maybe he cant be trusted? Hornet Chris
  • Score: 9

4:44pm Mon 11 Aug 14

rousman 2 says...

The PA system is crape
The PA system is crape rousman 2
  • Score: 0

4:50pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Drewoneone says...

It makes no difference who makes any announcements at the Vic as the sound system is abysmal. It makes a 1950s railway station PA system sound like state of the art Bang & Olufsen. Such a shame with all the other positives going on at the club!
It makes no difference who makes any announcements at the Vic as the sound system is abysmal. It makes a 1950s railway station PA system sound like state of the art Bang & Olufsen. Such a shame with all the other positives going on at the club! Drewoneone
  • Score: 7

5:38pm Mon 11 Aug 14

robo bovingdon says...

I sit in the upper rous sorry The Graham Taylor stand and it does not matter who is doing the announcing the sound is very poor i understand it is being sorted so thats fine BUT more important is what is happening on the pitch and if saturday is a guide to how the season will go i really am not bothered about the PA system great start COME ON YOU HORNS
I sit in the upper rous sorry The Graham Taylor stand and it does not matter who is doing the announcing the sound is very poor i understand it is being sorted so thats fine BUT more important is what is happening on the pitch and if saturday is a guide to how the season will go i really am not bothered about the PA system great start COME ON YOU HORNS robo bovingdon
  • Score: 5

6:39pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Long time 'orn says...

To say that 'the sound system at Vicarage Road is far from its optimum level in some areas' is the understatement of the year. It has always been a very poor system. There is little point in anyone reading out the teams if no one in the ground can understand what is being said. Come on Watford, Luther deserves better than this!
Long time 'orn from Ricky
To say that 'the sound system at Vicarage Road is far from its optimum level in some areas' is the understatement of the year. It has always been a very poor system. There is little point in anyone reading out the teams if no one in the ground can understand what is being said. Come on Watford, Luther deserves better than this! Long time 'orn from Ricky Long time 'orn
  • Score: 4

6:49pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Uzzy14 says...

Couldn't make out a word being broadcast to the Lower Rous on Saturday,it was just a muffled din !! Come on WFC sort it out please.
Couldn't make out a word being broadcast to the Lower Rous on Saturday,it was just a muffled din !! Come on WFC sort it out please. Uzzy14
  • Score: 4

7:48pm Mon 11 Aug 14

There was only one Scully says...

Luther has been trying for years to get more involved. I think he would have made a good Harry Ornet once upon a time, cos he certainly not a rubbish stadium announcer!
Many around me on Saturday were amazed that the club had replaced Shorty for these 2.
Yes, Shorty had his faults but the guy talks the talk. Sorry but Luther has a long way to go before he becomes rhetorical announcer!
Luther has been trying for years to get more involved. I think he would have made a good Harry Ornet once upon a time, cos he certainly not a rubbish stadium announcer! Many around me on Saturday were amazed that the club had replaced Shorty for these 2. Yes, Shorty had his faults but the guy talks the talk. Sorry but Luther has a long way to go before he becomes rhetorical announcer! There was only one Scully
  • Score: 1

9:51pm Mon 11 Aug 14

jasonwatford says...

cant hear word in vic end
cant hear word in vic end jasonwatford
  • Score: 1

12:23am Tue 12 Aug 14

croxley46 says...

Yes, sound quality abysmal in Upper GT stand, 1st guy (not Luther?) talked too quickly and in a very monotonous tone - couldn't understand a word.
No reference to timing on when the players were coming out, (2 minute bell etc) , no greeting of them when they did come out, no "enjoy the game" announcement, and I thought they were late playing Z-Cars. All very unprofessional.

Seemed to be better last season but still needs sorting - pronto!
Yes, sound quality abysmal in Upper GT stand, 1st guy (not Luther?) talked too quickly and in a very monotonous tone - couldn't understand a word. No reference to timing on when the players were coming out, (2 minute bell etc) , no greeting of them when they did come out, no "enjoy the game" announcement, and I thought they were late playing Z-Cars. All very unprofessional. Seemed to be better last season but still needs sorting - pronto! croxley46
  • Score: 2

12:52am Tue 12 Aug 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Short and Combes were both seen today applying for the job as the chuckle brothers at bbc studios in London...

Good luck guys
Short and Combes were both seen today applying for the job as the chuckle brothers at bbc studios in London... Good luck guys SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: 0

9:08am Tue 12 Aug 14

not a regular says...

jasonwatford wrote:
cant hear word in vic end
Can't construct a proper sentence either.
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: cant hear word in vic end[/p][/quote]Can't construct a proper sentence either. not a regular
  • Score: 1

9:54am Tue 12 Aug 14

Harry's Bar says...

not a regular wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
cant hear word in vic end
Can't construct a proper sentence either.
I can't hear a word at the Vic. end.

Happy with that one?
[quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: cant hear word in vic end[/p][/quote]Can't construct a proper sentence either.[/p][/quote]I can't hear a word at the Vic. end. Happy with that one? Harry's Bar
  • Score: 1

12:51pm Tue 12 Aug 14

midtable says...

Brilliant start by Luther - "In goal I don't know his first name.....Gomes"

As for the other guy surely he can only improve.
Brilliant start by Luther - "In goal I don't know his first name.....Gomes" As for the other guy surely he can only improve. midtable
  • Score: 0

1:23pm Tue 12 Aug 14

hatfieldhornet says...

I sat in the Upper GT stand for the Udinese game and couldn't make out a single word, last Saturday in the Rookery the sound was much better but as much as I like Luther he just doesn't have a public speaking voice. Surely someone should've made sure he could pronounce our own team names as well. It's embarrassing when a WFC legend can't pronounce the current players names.

But with everything, no one like change to begin with and it'll take time to improve. We're comparing Luther to someone who had 15+ years experience!

COYH!
I sat in the Upper GT stand for the Udinese game and couldn't make out a single word, last Saturday in the Rookery the sound was much better but as much as I like Luther he just doesn't have a public speaking voice. Surely someone should've made sure he could pronounce our own team names as well. It's embarrassing when a WFC legend can't pronounce the current players names. But with everything, no one like change to begin with and it'll take time to improve. We're comparing Luther to someone who had 15+ years experience! COYH! hatfieldhornet
  • Score: 0

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