Elton John quits Watford FC role

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Sir Elton John has dramatically resigned as Life President of Watford FC tonight.

The two-times Hornets chairman made the announcement on his website and it continues an increasingly turbulent week for the Hornets, following the departure of Aidy Boothroyd as manager and the calling of an emergency general meeting next month where the club's three-man board will face a vote of no confidence and demands for their immediate resignation.

The statement reads : "Elton John has decided to resign as Life President of Watford Football Club. In a letter to Watford chairman Graham Simpson, Elton affirmed that he would always be a fan of Watford.

“Elton wishes the team every success for the future. However, in the light of developments over the past few months, he feels he cannot remain in any formal position within the club.”

Although the full reasons for the rock star's decision are not yet known, it is likely that Boothroyd's departure may have triggered it following last month's outspoken statement in which he raised his fears for the future of the club.

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7:17pm Wed 5 Nov 08

VoR says...

I hope now that you guys will finally put all this nonsense about SEJ contributing in some way... TO BED!!!
I hope now that you guys will finally put all this nonsense about SEJ contributing in some way... TO BED!!! VoR
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7:27pm Wed 5 Nov 08

After the Goldrush says...

Its Sad...
So Sad...
Why Can't We Talk It Over
Its Sad... So Sad... Why Can't We Talk It Over After the Goldrush
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7:30pm Wed 5 Nov 08

VoR says...

He's having one of his infamous hissy fits again!
Goodbye yellow brick road.
He's having one of his infamous hissy fits again! Goodbye yellow brick road. VoR
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7:35pm Wed 5 Nov 08

After the Goldrush says...

His best game was on the wing against wolves in a testimonial game for ?????? Anyone? must have been late seventies.
His best game was on the wing against wolves in a testimonial game for ?????? Anyone? must have been late seventies. After the Goldrush
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8:26pm Wed 5 Nov 08

WFC4ever says...

What did this role intake anyway?

I hope he does still carry on being a fan of a club even fi his does not like the current situation.

Afterall we all will still be supporters?
What did this role intake anyway? I hope he does still carry on being a fan of a club even fi his does not like the current situation. Afterall we all will still be supporters? WFC4ever
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8:33pm Wed 5 Nov 08

ab11uk says...

so the saviour of this club on every occasion walks away becasue he wants nothing to do with the board.

and you numptys.(your not fans) have a go at him.

to be honest VOR you can **** off and the rest of u are a disgrace hang ur heads in shame.

why should he save the club with these people in charge.

you invest your money in these jokers.
so the saviour of this club on every occasion walks away becasue he wants nothing to do with the board. and you numptys.(your not fans) have a go at him. to be honest VOR you can **** off and the rest of u are a disgrace hang ur heads in shame. why should he save the club with these people in charge. you invest your money in these jokers. ab11uk
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8:51pm Wed 5 Nov 08

Berks Horn says...

The implication here is that Boothroyd going was the final straw as far as Elton is concerned. By extension I take that to mean that Boothroyd was either sacked or forced out.

What a sad day. If Elton feels so strongly about it I can only hope that he puts his money where his mouth is but this very much has the feeling of him walking away completely.

Simpson - what are you doing to our club? You're a disgrace.
The implication here is that Boothroyd going was the final straw as far as Elton is concerned. By extension I take that to mean that Boothroyd was either sacked or forced out. What a sad day. If Elton feels so strongly about it I can only hope that he puts his money where his mouth is but this very much has the feeling of him walking away completely. Simpson - what are you doing to our club? You're a disgrace. Berks Horn
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8:53pm Wed 5 Nov 08

Grigg says...

VoR - are you turning into the new Colin or what with your snide comments?

It is not good news to have Elton go. His role was probably honorary, but to have someone that so shaped the history of this club in the last three and a half decades decide he wants nothing to do with the running of the club is sad. Isn't it about time we got some good news?
VoR - are you turning into the new Colin or what with your snide comments? It is not good news to have Elton go. His role was probably honorary, but to have someone that so shaped the history of this club in the last three and a half decades decide he wants nothing to do with the running of the club is sad. Isn't it about time we got some good news? Grigg
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8:57pm Wed 5 Nov 08

WFC4ever says...

I am sure he will be back but this is Elton's way of showing the dislike for the current board and situation at the club.
I am sure he will be back but this is Elton's way of showing the dislike for the current board and situation at the club. WFC4ever
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8:58pm Wed 5 Nov 08

Vicar Rage says...

I think this is a massively damning indictment on the current regime at Vicarage Road.

When someone who has put so much into the club in the past - and is clearly a passionate fan - decides to resign from what is really an honorary position, it does truly show just how far removed the club now is from all the good traditions, ethos and reputation Watford FC once had.

I was no fan of Boothroyd and I couldn't see him turning things around. But given a choice of him being first through the exit door, or the current chairman and CEO, I'd have kept Boothroyd.

Do these people really want to sell the club? Do they really want to do what they say, and act in the best interests of Watford FC?

If so, go - as soon as possible.

Don't appoint a new manager. Don't waste any more of our limited resources. Don't hang around because you're really not wanted.

Drop your price, do whatever it takes to hasten a purchase.

But go now.
I think this is a massively damning indictment on the current regime at Vicarage Road. When someone who has put so much into the club in the past - and is clearly a passionate fan - decides to resign from what is really an honorary position, it does truly show just how far removed the club now is from all the good traditions, ethos and reputation Watford FC once had. I was no fan of Boothroyd and I couldn't see him turning things around. But given a choice of him being first through the exit door, or the current chairman and CEO, I'd have kept Boothroyd. Do these people really want to sell the club? Do they really want to do what they say, and act in the best interests of Watford FC? If so, go - as soon as possible. Don't appoint a new manager. Don't waste any more of our limited resources. Don't hang around because you're really not wanted. Drop your price, do whatever it takes to hasten a purchase. But go now. Vicar Rage
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9:17pm Wed 5 Nov 08

Sunbury Horn says...

Rarely post on here, the standard of debate is too high for me.

Maybe I'm one of the oldest readers of this site, otherwise it seems incredible how short some memories can be.

I'll always be grateful to Elton for the amazing times he brought to the club in his 2 stints as chairman, but this is also a guy who has not once, but twice left the club completely up **** creek.

Of course it was his money and he was/is quite entitled to spend it as he sees fit, but remember in 1987, it was Elton who tried to sell our club first to Robert Maxwell, then Paul Raymond, before finally landing on Jack Petchey. If only this message board had existed in those days!

And when the club faced what was surely its most critical time in 2002 in the days following the collapse of ITV digital, Elton was one of the first to jump in the lifeboat.

So yes, hugely grateful for what Elton brought to the club, but please lets get some perspective, Elton hasn't proved to be the great leader and saviour whenever the going has got tough.
Rarely post on here, the standard of debate is too high for me. Maybe I'm one of the oldest readers of this site, otherwise it seems incredible how short some memories can be. I'll always be grateful to Elton for the amazing times he brought to the club in his 2 stints as chairman, but this is also a guy who has not once, but twice left the club completely up **** creek. Of course it was his money and he was/is quite entitled to spend it as he sees fit, but remember in 1987, it was Elton who tried to sell our club first to Robert Maxwell, then Paul Raymond, before finally landing on Jack Petchey. If only this message board had existed in those days! And when the club faced what was surely its most critical time in 2002 in the days following the collapse of ITV digital, Elton was one of the first to jump in the lifeboat. So yes, hugely grateful for what Elton brought to the club, but please lets get some perspective, Elton hasn't proved to be the great leader and saviour whenever the going has got tough. Sunbury Horn
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9:29pm Wed 5 Nov 08

Vicar Rage says...

Sunbury - if you have a long memory, you'll remember Vicarage Road (and the status of Watford generally) pre Elton John.

If he had not arrived when he did, achieved what he achieved, spent what he spent and cared as he cared, the current mob would never have got the chance to do what they're doing.

I don't care when and how he walked away - Elton is massively, massively in credit as far as Watford are concerned.
Sunbury - if you have a long memory, you'll remember Vicarage Road (and the status of Watford generally) pre Elton John. If he had not arrived when he did, achieved what he achieved, spent what he spent and cared as he cared, the current mob would never have got the chance to do what they're doing. I don't care when and how he walked away - Elton is massively, massively in credit as far as Watford are concerned. Vicar Rage
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9:39pm Wed 5 Nov 08

Roger68 says...

Sunbury Horn--I presume your comment on the "standard of debate" is ironic, since your own contribution is very well put. You are right to remind us that Elton is revered by many Watford fans, but his behaviour regarding the club has sometimes been erratic and not always well judged-- e.g. you forgot to say it was he who appointed Basset after GT left. Lucky indeed there was no such thing as the internet then--the modern chairman has to play out his hand under a constant, instant barrage of comment , speculation, rumour and spite that makes his job well nigh impossible even when things are going well. And am I being paranoid or is there an emerging pattern here? The Russos call an EGM, Boothroyd goes (perhaps at his own initiative) and Elton publically distances himself from the club. As James Bond said: once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action. But that could not possibly be the case , could it?
Sunbury Horn--I presume your comment on the "standard of debate" is ironic, since your own contribution is very well put. You are right to remind us that Elton is revered by many Watford fans, but his behaviour regarding the club has sometimes been erratic and not always well judged-- e.g. you forgot to say it was he who appointed Basset after GT left. Lucky indeed there was no such thing as the internet then--the modern chairman has to play out his hand under a constant, instant barrage of comment , speculation, rumour and spite that makes his job well nigh impossible even when things are going well. And am I being paranoid or is there an emerging pattern here? The Russos call an EGM, Boothroyd goes (perhaps at his own initiative) and Elton publically distances himself from the club. As James Bond said: once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action. But that could not possibly be the case , could it? Roger68
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9:41pm Wed 5 Nov 08

Sunbury Horn says...

Vicar Rage, I'd never wish to deny that he's massively in credit, I am saying that we shouldn't be treating his words with the reverence that some on here seem to attach to them. Its some perspective that I'm calling for.
Vicar Rage, I'd never wish to deny that he's massively in credit, I am saying that we shouldn't be treating his words with the reverence that some on here seem to attach to them. Its some perspective that I'm calling for. Sunbury Horn
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9:54pm Wed 5 Nov 08

Sunbury Horn says...

Thanks Roger68, I was indeed making a poor attempt at being ironic. And how could I forget Sir Elton's appointment of Bassett (and of course Vialli!!)

You may of course be right about the emerging pattern, I hadn't thought of that myself, tending instead towards the **** up theory, where Sir Elton's recent comments seem more a case of toys being thrown from prams.
Thanks Roger68, I was indeed making a poor attempt at being ironic. And how could I forget Sir Elton's appointment of Bassett (and of course Vialli!!) You may of course be right about the emerging pattern, I hadn't thought of that myself, tending instead towards the **** up theory, where Sir Elton's recent comments seem more a case of toys being thrown from prams. Sunbury Horn
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9:57pm Wed 5 Nov 08

johnny b says...

Grigg wrote:
VoR - are you turning into the new Colin or what with your snide comments?

It is not good news to have Elton go. His role was probably honorary, but to have someone that so shaped the history of this club in the last three and a half decades decide he wants nothing to do with the running of the club is sad. Isn't it about time we got some good news?
Grigg,
Victim of Radiation is the new colin
He,s got to be a scummer in disguise
[quote][p][bold]Grigg[/bold] wrote: VoR - are you turning into the new Colin or what with your snide comments? It is not good news to have Elton go. His role was probably honorary, but to have someone that so shaped the history of this club in the last three and a half decades decide he wants nothing to do with the running of the club is sad. Isn't it about time we got some good news? [/p][/quote]Grigg, Victim of Radiation is the new colin He,s got to be a scummer in disguise johnny b
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10:06pm Wed 5 Nov 08

johnny b says...

VoR wrote:
He's having one of his infamous hissy fits again!
Goodbye yellow brick road.
Yeah,
And no more of his infamous concerts to put a million into watfords coffers..
You really are a joker mate
[quote][p][bold]VoR[/bold] wrote: He's having one of his infamous hissy fits again! Goodbye yellow brick road.[/p][/quote]Yeah, And no more of his infamous concerts to put a million into watfords coffers.. You really are a joker mate johnny b
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10:15pm Wed 5 Nov 08

duckfan10 says...

I was a season ticket holder prior to Elton arriving on the scene - and I can assure you the scene was pretty dismal. If it was not for Elton we would never have ended up in the Premier League - if it was not for the current board we would not be where we are now.
I was a season ticket holder prior to Elton arriving on the scene - and I can assure you the scene was pretty dismal. If it was not for Elton we would never have ended up in the Premier League - if it was not for the current board we would not be where we are now. duckfan10
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10:16pm Wed 5 Nov 08

bownie says...

I cant believe thats the most recent picture of Elton the Watford Observer has got.
I cant believe thats the most recent picture of Elton the Watford Observer has got. bownie
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11:02pm Wed 5 Nov 08

djwatford says...

Elton is a true Watford legend and it's very sad to see him go.
Let's hope the situation improves enough for him to return one day.
Elton is a true Watford legend and it's very sad to see him go. Let's hope the situation improves enough for him to return one day. djwatford
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11:12pm Wed 5 Nov 08

VoR says...

ab11uk wrote:
so the saviour of this club on every occasion walks away becasue he wants nothing to do with the board.

and you numptys.(your not fans) have a go at him.

to be honest VOR you can **** off and the rest of u are a disgrace hang ur heads in shame.

why should he save the club with these people in charge.

you invest your money in these jokers.
I will not stoop to your level, but you're seriously testing me.
Carry on this with this lark, we'll all be in danger of scrapping in stands together....
You keyboard warrior you!
As a club we are massively indebted to the guy but isn't this about the 3rd time (different board members)he's walked away when things got tough?
I was getting fed up with people calling for him to come back everytime all was not well anyhow.
Tell me where I've had a go at him, he has hissy's all the time, just ask David. I think it's time for him to let us have our own identity.
An interesting debate nonetheless, so please let us discuss further -- The Moons... maybe pre/post QPR? as i fear you've got issues.
Col...They're likening me to you, are thet for real? I'm still p1ssing myself over that!
[quote][p][bold]ab11uk[/bold] wrote: so the saviour of this club on every occasion walks away becasue he wants nothing to do with the board. and you numptys.(your not fans) have a go at him. to be honest VOR you can **** off and the rest of u are a disgrace hang ur heads in shame. why should he save the club with these people in charge. you invest your money in these jokers.[/p][/quote]I will not stoop to your level, but you're seriously testing me. Carry on this with this lark, we'll all be in danger of scrapping in stands together.... You keyboard warrior you! As a club we are massively indebted to the guy but isn't this about the 3rd time (different board members)he's walked away when things got tough? I was getting fed up with people calling for him to come back everytime all was not well anyhow. Tell me where I've had a go at him, he has hissy's all the time, just ask David. I think it's time for him to let us have our own identity. An interesting debate nonetheless, so please let us discuss further -- The Moons... maybe pre/post QPR? as i fear you've got issues. Col...They're likening me to you, are thet for real? I'm still p1ssing myself over that! VoR
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11:19pm Wed 5 Nov 08

T Smith says...

This I think tells most people the real state of affairs at WFC......(well maybe apart from that pr*t VoR)....the resignation of a lifelong president should send some MASSIVE concerns......Simpso
n..are you ever going to listen...VoR...you have to be a Luton WUM....you most certainly could never be a WFC fan....you're a disgrace...please go back to the Luton boards!!
This I think tells most people the real state of affairs at WFC......(well maybe apart from that pr*t VoR)....the resignation of a lifelong president should send some MASSIVE concerns......Simpso n..are you ever going to listen...VoR...you have to be a Luton WUM....you most certainly could never be a WFC fan....you're a disgrace...please go back to the Luton boards!! T Smith
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11:27pm Wed 5 Nov 08

harry hornet wfc says...

would the last one out please close the door
would the last one out please close the door harry hornet wfc
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11:29pm Wed 5 Nov 08

VoR says...

duckfan10 wrote:
I was a season ticket holder prior to Elton arriving on the scene - and I can assure you the scene was pretty dismal. If it was not for Elton we would never have ended up in the Premier League - if it was not for the current board we would not be where we are now.
Completely right duckfan10...
We would not have been in existence today.
[quote][p][bold]duckfan10[/bold] wrote: I was a season ticket holder prior to Elton arriving on the scene - and I can assure you the scene was pretty dismal. If it was not for Elton we would never have ended up in the Premier League - if it was not for the current board we would not be where we are now.[/p][/quote]Completely right duckfan10... We would not have been in existence today. VoR
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11:47pm Wed 5 Nov 08

VoR says...

T Smith wrote:
This I think tells most people the real state of affairs at WFC......(well maybe apart from that pr*t VoR)....the resignation of a lifelong president should send some MASSIVE concerns......Simpso

n..are you ever going to listen...VoR...you have to be a Luton WUM....you most certainly could never be a WFC fan....you're a disgrace...please go back to the Luton boards!!
Bit of advise.
Read over your post a couple of times before hitting the send button.
You're letting yourself down.
So many issues and not enough tissues!

we should take a vote.
[quote][p][bold]T Smith[/bold] wrote: This I think tells most people the real state of affairs at WFC......(well maybe apart from that pr*t VoR)....the resignation of a lifelong president should send some MASSIVE concerns......Simpso n..are you ever going to listen...VoR...you have to be a Luton WUM....you most certainly could never be a WFC fan....you're a disgrace...please go back to the Luton boards!![/p][/quote]Bit of advise. Read over your post a couple of times before hitting the send button. You're letting yourself down. So many issues and not enough tissues! we should take a vote. VoR
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12:53am Thu 6 Nov 08

T Smith says...

Confirmed. To ALL posters on this site. VoR is a Luton Fan. He has been disrupting this board for too long now. Please do not encourage him.PLEASE VoR. Now is not the time to wind up Watford fans. Your team has gone through the same scenario we are facing now. You of all people should realise thate consequences!
Confirmed. To ALL posters on this site. VoR is a Luton Fan. He has been disrupting this board for too long now. Please do not encourage him.PLEASE VoR. Now is not the time to wind up Watford fans. Your team has gone through the same scenario we are facing now. You of all people should realise thate consequences! T Smith
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6:07am Thu 6 Nov 08

WFC4ever says...

Back to arguements between each other again..

When have the people that really wanting Boothroyd gone BTW?

I think VOR is just trying to be cheeky and mess you around.

Back to arguements between each other again.. When have the people that really wanting Boothroyd gone BTW? I think VOR is just trying to be cheeky and mess you around. WFC4ever
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8:01am Thu 6 Nov 08

Vicar Rage says...

Sunbry/Roger - some sensible debate among some, er, slightly less sensible comments!

Elton certainly made mistakes as chairman, but given the length of time he was at the rudder, that's almost inevitable. Name a chairman who stays at a club as long as him and doesn't drop the odd gaffe.

My point is he's a massive fan of longstanding. The position he has resigned from was given to him as an honour, and it involved him doing nothing more than filling the role.

To therefore decide he doesn't even want that association is damning. He obviously knows more than the rest of us about what is really going on (and I think we all know where some of his inside information may have come from).

As I have said previously, it's just a more high profile and therefore louder voice saying what many fans are saying - they can't associate with the club at the moment and cannot reconcile much of what is being said and done.

I was certainly in the camp that felt Boothroyd was out of time - but for the club to truly move forward, we need a total clearout.

I'd really like to think the board are doing what they say they are, and trying as hard as possible and doing all they can to facilitate a sale.
Sunbry/Roger - some sensible debate among some, er, slightly less sensible comments! Elton certainly made mistakes as chairman, but given the length of time he was at the rudder, that's almost inevitable. Name a chairman who stays at a club as long as him and doesn't drop the odd gaffe. My point is he's a massive fan of longstanding. The position he has resigned from was given to him as an honour, and it involved him doing nothing more than filling the role. To therefore decide he doesn't even want that association is damning. He obviously knows more than the rest of us about what is really going on (and I think we all know where some of his inside information may have come from). As I have said previously, it's just a more high profile and therefore louder voice saying what many fans are saying - they can't associate with the club at the moment and cannot reconcile much of what is being said and done. I was certainly in the camp that felt Boothroyd was out of time - but for the club to truly move forward, we need a total clearout. I'd really like to think the board are doing what they say they are, and trying as hard as possible and doing all they can to facilitate a sale. Vicar Rage
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8:06am Thu 6 Nov 08

JonBoy says...

Wonder if Aidy gave SEJ a call after his sacking err sorry mutual agreement?
Wonder if Aidy gave SEJ a call after his sacking err sorry mutual agreement? JonBoy
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8:07am Thu 6 Nov 08

thegift says...

I am seriously considering for the first time in a long time not to renew my season ticket. I always though Watford fans had no passion - if this was any other club there would be protests - why is this clubs fans so weak
I am seriously considering for the first time in a long time not to renew my season ticket. I always though Watford fans had no passion - if this was any other club there would be protests - why is this clubs fans so weak thegift
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8:13am Thu 6 Nov 08

scotshorn says...

Vicar Rage wrote:
Sunbury - if you have a long memory, you'll remember Vicarage Road (and the status of Watford generally) pre Elton John. If he had not arrived when he did, achieved what he achieved, spent what he spent and cared as he cared, the current mob would never have got the chance to do what they're doing. I don't care when and how he walked away - Elton is massively, massively in credit as far as Watford are concerned.
.......and surely this same logic should apply to the "current mob". If they had not arrived when they did, achieved what they achieved and cared as they cared, it's doubtful that this argument would be going on - not too many posters on here would be around watching a Conference (or below) team.
[quote][p][bold]Vicar Rage[/bold] wrote: Sunbury - if you have a long memory, you'll remember Vicarage Road (and the status of Watford generally) pre Elton John. If he had not arrived when he did, achieved what he achieved, spent what he spent and cared as he cared, the current mob would never have got the chance to do what they're doing. I don't care when and how he walked away - Elton is massively, massively in credit as far as Watford are concerned.[/p][/quote].......and surely this same logic should apply to the "current mob". If they had not arrived when they did, achieved what they achieved and cared as they cared, it's doubtful that this argument would be going on - not too many posters on here would be around watching a Conference (or below) team. scotshorn
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8:38am Thu 6 Nov 08

JonBoy says...

scotshorn wrote:
Vicar Rage wrote: Sunbury - if you have a long memory, you'll remember Vicarage Road (and the status of Watford generally) pre Elton John. If he had not arrived when he did, achieved what he achieved, spent what he spent and cared as he cared, the current mob would never have got the chance to do what they're doing. I don't care when and how he walked away - Elton is massively, massively in credit as far as Watford are concerned.
.......and surely this same logic should apply to the "current mob". If they had not arrived when they did, achieved what they achieved and cared as they cared, it's doubtful that this argument would be going on - not too many posters on here would be around watching a Conference (or below) team.
Take your blinkers off and you'll see that the current mob are running this club into the ground and destroying the ethos of a generation.

No longer are we a club with family values, any sense of morality. Dare to stand up to this mob and you will be disposed of, haven't you seen enough ruthlessness from this mob?

If only we had a passionate fan base that cared.
[quote][p][bold]scotshorn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vicar Rage[/bold] wrote: Sunbury - if you have a long memory, you'll remember Vicarage Road (and the status of Watford generally) pre Elton John. If he had not arrived when he did, achieved what he achieved, spent what he spent and cared as he cared, the current mob would never have got the chance to do what they're doing. I don't care when and how he walked away - Elton is massively, massively in credit as far as Watford are concerned.[/p][/quote].......and surely this same logic should apply to the "current mob". If they had not arrived when they did, achieved what they achieved and cared as they cared, it's doubtful that this argument would be going on - not too many posters on here would be around watching a Conference (or below) team.[/p][/quote]Take your blinkers off and you'll see that the current mob are running this club into the ground and destroying the ethos of a generation. No longer are we a club with family values, any sense of morality. Dare to stand up to this mob and you will be disposed of, haven't you seen enough ruthlessness from this mob? If only we had a passionate fan base that cared. JonBoy
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8:50am Thu 6 Nov 08

VoR says...

Seems to me that whoever disagrees with the idea that G.S has been bad for Watford gets branded... a supporter that doesn't care, lacks passion, or even gets accused of being a L***N supporter, shame on you.

I'm surprised and disappointed of you WFC4ever, coming down to their level!

Doesn't Life president supposed to be for life?
And well said Scotty!
Seems to me that whoever disagrees with the idea that G.S has been bad for Watford gets branded... a supporter that doesn't care, lacks passion, or even gets accused of being a L***N supporter, shame on you. I'm surprised and disappointed of you WFC4ever, coming down to their level! Doesn't Life president supposed to be for life? And well said Scotty! VoR
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9:03am Thu 6 Nov 08

Vicar Rage says...

ScotsHorn - you can't compare the current regime to the Elton era.

The current financial plight is of their own making. They openly admit they gambled everything.

I'd say that is an approach that is at best careless - but is probably far worse.

The current mob made one all or nothing decision before (appoint Boothroyd) and it paid off, giving them a massive Premiership pay-day.

Then they sold players for large sums of money, most of whom were at the club before Boothroyd arrived.

The cash must have been slushing around in bundles.

Watford Football Club should have been financially secure for years to come - and even if they wanted to have a quite understandable go at getting back up, they should have been frugal (a word Simpson likes) enough to have put a pot of money to one side to ensure they could still be liquid and competitive if the promotion bid failed.

We've been promised five-year plans, the club operating in the black, new stands and a 7-day-a-week business.

Yet in three short years we've come full circle and now have a relegation threatened squad, little or no money and a ramshackle stadium.

Elton was here longer and had more time to make mistakes, but he left the club in a far better position than he found it.
ScotsHorn - you can't compare the current regime to the Elton era. The current financial plight is of their own making. They openly admit they gambled everything. I'd say that is an approach that is at best careless - but is probably far worse. The current mob made one all or nothing decision before (appoint Boothroyd) and it paid off, giving them a massive Premiership pay-day. Then they sold players for large sums of money, most of whom were at the club before Boothroyd arrived. The cash must have been slushing around in bundles. Watford Football Club should have been financially secure for years to come - and even if they wanted to have a quite understandable go at getting back up, they should have been frugal (a word Simpson likes) enough to have put a pot of money to one side to ensure they could still be liquid and competitive if the promotion bid failed. We've been promised five-year plans, the club operating in the black, new stands and a 7-day-a-week business. Yet in three short years we've come full circle and now have a relegation threatened squad, little or no money and a ramshackle stadium. Elton was here longer and had more time to make mistakes, but he left the club in a far better position than he found it. Vicar Rage
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9:18am Thu 6 Nov 08

Watford is where I lay my hat says...

EJ's decision to step down I think reflects most supporters opinion of the current board and the way they are handling things at this time.

Its a real shame that the board, after doing great things when they first arrived (taking a punt on Boothroyd was a stroke of genius I think despite how things have gone recently)have allowed us to get into this situation but I honestly think they did it with the clubs best interests at heart.

But history shows that if you over extend yourself in search of success and don't get it then you lead yourself into this kind of mess - Leeds anyone? Personally as much as I want the club to be competing at the highest level I think we should have continued down the more prudent route (after all the tortoise won the race in the end didn't he) but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

So yes the board have messed up big style and it is time for them to go, but their recent antics I think stem from them knowing they have screwed up and trying to front it out out of embarrasment.

Anyway, hopefully we'll get a new buyer soon and they'll ask EJ to come back as life president. For me he has to be part of the club as if it wasn't for him and GT our ambitions would probably never have gone beyond getting into, or not being relegated from the 1st division.

EJ's decision to step down I think reflects most supporters opinion of the current board and the way they are handling things at this time. Its a real shame that the board, after doing great things when they first arrived (taking a punt on Boothroyd was a stroke of genius I think despite how things have gone recently)have allowed us to get into this situation but I honestly think they did it with the clubs best interests at heart. But history shows that if you over extend yourself in search of success and don't get it then you lead yourself into this kind of mess - Leeds anyone? Personally as much as I want the club to be competing at the highest level I think we should have continued down the more prudent route (after all the tortoise won the race in the end didn't he) but hindsight is a wonderful thing. So yes the board have messed up big style and it is time for them to go, but their recent antics I think stem from them knowing they have screwed up and trying to front it out out of embarrasment. Anyway, hopefully we'll get a new buyer soon and they'll ask EJ to come back as life president. For me he has to be part of the club as if it wasn't for him and GT our ambitions would probably never have gone beyond getting into, or not being relegated from the 1st division. Watford is where I lay my hat
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9:22am Thu 6 Nov 08

Bendean says...

Managers, players, board members come and go, clubs prosper then decline - its football. The legacy of this board is a derelict main stand. This is a disgrace. With all the money which has flowed through the club in the last three years, GS's biggest error was not rebuilding something to remember his tenure by. Stands last fifty years and repay themselves over and over. GS invested in Nathan Ellington and Collins John instead. Very bad judgement.
Managers, players, board members come and go, clubs prosper then decline - its football. The legacy of this board is a derelict main stand. This is a disgrace. With all the money which has flowed through the club in the last three years, GS's biggest error was not rebuilding something to remember his tenure by. Stands last fifty years and repay themselves over and over. GS invested in Nathan Ellington and Collins John instead. Very bad judgement. Bendean
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9:32am Thu 6 Nov 08

ab11uk says...

anyone with facebook. please look for watford versus QPR Fans Protest Group. We are growing strong
anyone with facebook. please look for watford versus QPR Fans Protest Group. We are growing strong ab11uk
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9:34am Thu 6 Nov 08

derry pigweed says...

Elton's decision is because he does'nt want to be associated with Homer and Cashton and what they have done to Watford F.C., the manager had to go but he was hung out to dry by Homer and Cashton ,they should have gone before the manager!
Elton's decision is because he does'nt want to be associated with Homer and Cashton and what they have done to Watford F.C., the manager had to go but he was hung out to dry by Homer and Cashton ,they should have gone before the manager! derry pigweed
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10:49am Thu 6 Nov 08

Roger68 says...

Vicar--reasoned comment from you, and a consistent viewpoint. As you say, for most football Chairman (as for most Prime Ministers )their regime always begins in hope and usually ends in disappointment. For Simpson this has happened a bit more quickly than it did for Elton, and since Simpson achievements cannot compare with Eltons, he will never be remembered with such affection by the fans. However,(and it all depends on when and under what circumstances he leaves of course) I do think that in time he will be remembered more positively than the present furore suggests. (This oftem happens with P.M's too). As for Eltons actions--well, he did not discuss his concerns with anyone at the club before his earlier outburst and as far as I know did not seek clarification of the circumstances surrounding the "parting by mutual consent" before this one. So he is either acting impulsively, or in pursuit of his own agenda. His statements of discontent have been vague so far. If he has specific criticisms of the board why does he not take tham up with the board directly (he has the clout to do so,) or if not willing to do that, why not make them specific and public? At present he is acting by hint and innuendo. Say what you are up to Elton!
Vicar--reasoned comment from you, and a consistent viewpoint. As you say, for most football Chairman (as for most Prime Ministers )their regime always begins in hope and usually ends in disappointment. For Simpson this has happened a bit more quickly than it did for Elton, and since Simpson achievements cannot compare with Eltons, he will never be remembered with such affection by the fans. However,(and it all depends on when and under what circumstances he leaves of course) I do think that in time he will be remembered more positively than the present furore suggests. (This oftem happens with P.M's too). As for Eltons actions--well, he did not discuss his concerns with anyone at the club before his earlier outburst and as far as I know did not seek clarification of the circumstances surrounding the "parting by mutual consent" before this one. So he is either acting impulsively, or in pursuit of his own agenda. His statements of discontent have been vague so far. If he has specific criticisms of the board why does he not take tham up with the board directly (he has the clout to do so,) or if not willing to do that, why not make them specific and public? At present he is acting by hint and innuendo. Say what you are up to Elton! Roger68
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10:51am Thu 6 Nov 08

Hexham Hornet says...

Now you are getting a little too silly. It is desperately sad that Elton has resigned his position as Life President, but it is understandable - possibly he feels partially responsible for Adiy going, after his recent comments to the press; maybe he disagrees with a lot Simpson and Ashton are doing; perhaps he is annoyed at Aidy's departure; it could be that he is planning to take a more active role and feels he has to give up his current position before he makes a move. Who knows? It is right that he is held in high seteem by so many of us, and it is also right to remind us of some of the mistakes he has made to put things into perspective.

In the same token we must look at the current Chairman and remind ourselves that it has not all been bad under him. He had the courage to bring in Aidy in the first place (as Elton did with GT) and he got us to the top flight a lot quicker than everybody expected (as Elton and GT did), he has taken us to semi-finals of cup competitions (see brackets above) and now he wants out. The difference is that at the moment many of us are on a downer with him but the History books will all remind us of what he has achieved and once we have calmed down we will be able to see that he has done a lot of good. He even went one better than Elton in so far he has managed to get plans passed for the ground improvements.

Perhaps now is a good time for him to move on, as it was (apparently) with Aidy.

Aidy was our second most successful manager and I think you could say that Simpson is our second best Chairman.
Now you are getting a little too silly. It is desperately sad that Elton has resigned his position as Life President, but it is understandable - possibly he feels partially responsible for Adiy going, after his recent comments to the press; maybe he disagrees with a lot Simpson and Ashton are doing; perhaps he is annoyed at Aidy's departure; it could be that he is planning to take a more active role and feels he has to give up his current position before he makes a move. Who knows? It is right that he is held in high seteem by so many of us, and it is also right to remind us of some of the mistakes he has made to put things into perspective. In the same token we must look at the current Chairman and remind ourselves that it has not all been bad under him. He had the courage to bring in Aidy in the first place (as Elton did with GT) and he got us to the top flight a lot quicker than everybody expected (as Elton and GT did), he has taken us to semi-finals of cup competitions (see brackets above) and now he wants out. The difference is that at the moment many of us are on a downer with him but the History books will all remind us of what he has achieved and once we have calmed down we will be able to see that he has done a lot of good. He even went one better than Elton in so far he has managed to get plans passed for the ground improvements. Perhaps now is a good time for him to move on, as it was (apparently) with Aidy. Aidy was our second most successful manager and I think you could say that Simpson is our second best Chairman. Hexham Hornet
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11:55am Thu 6 Nov 08

Roger68 says...

Hexam--is your comment "a little too silly" directed at posters ? In fact you seem to be essentially agreeing with me. As you say "who knows" what Eltons motives and intentions are? This is why I want him to be more specific and explicit in his criticisms and suggestions for the future. At the moment he is excercising his power without responsibility which is not good practice. And as you say, history may well judge Simpson more positively than do his current critics--though since his regime is not yet over, this also depends on how he conducts himeslf during these end days.
Hexam--is your comment "a little too silly" directed at posters ? In fact you seem to be essentially agreeing with me. As you say "who knows" what Eltons motives and intentions are? This is why I want him to be more specific and explicit in his criticisms and suggestions for the future. At the moment he is excercising his power without responsibility which is not good practice. And as you say, history may well judge Simpson more positively than do his current critics--though since his regime is not yet over, this also depends on how he conducts himeslf during these end days. Roger68
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11:56am Thu 6 Nov 08

Prof Plum says...

After the Goldrush wrote:
His best game was on the wing against wolves in a testimonial game for ?????? Anyone? must have been late seventies.
1974 - Duncan Welbourne testimonial. I seem to remember that he played in his glasses.

The way things are going we might need him to lace his boots up again....
[quote][p][bold]After the Goldrush[/bold] wrote: His best game was on the wing against wolves in a testimonial game for ?????? Anyone? must have been late seventies.[/p][/quote]1974 - Duncan Welbourne testimonial. I seem to remember that he played in his glasses. The way things are going we might need him to lace his boots up again.... Prof Plum
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11:58am Thu 6 Nov 08

Roger68 says...

Hexam--sorry,a sentance got cut out there! I said "at posters in general or at my last post"...The site seems to be acting up.
Hexam--sorry,a sentance got cut out there! I said "at posters in general or at my last post"...The site seems to be acting up. Roger68
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12:03pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Bomber says...

I can't believe some of the comments! Without EJ it is doubtful if Watford FC would have existed.Without him there would have been no GT no Bertie Mee no Eddie Plumley etc.It was EJ who bankrolled these appointments.EJ is a legend who will not be surpassed at Vicarage Road.Before getting all gooing eyed re GT(who under his stewardship Watford performed miracles)just bear in mind that he retired from football and as a consequence was made a freeman of our Town.What happened? he scuttled of to Aston Villa and took over as their manager.So little allegiance there.He subsequently came back as he put it "for his pension" Unfortunately he remained while a new manager took over,surely undermining this manager's position(the money was too good to give up)So fond memories of GT but tempered with side issues.It was GT who descibed Nigel Callaghan as the best crosser of a ball in the 1st division only to drop him in favour of a left back.When manager of Aston Villa GT bought NC for 1/2 million and then didn't play him.So was GT a great coach? Re EJ appointment of Harry Bassett,well Harry had nothing to prove to anyone in football,arguably surpassing GT but from the word go he was stabbed in the back by all and sundry(including the WO)so was on a loser from the word go.I could go on but some of the contributors of this site want to lose their rose coloured glasses.All in all let us enjoy our football.If we were in the Ryman League most of us would still turn up to Vicarage Road even if only to moan!!
I can't believe some of the comments! Without EJ it is doubtful if Watford FC would have existed.Without him there would have been no GT no Bertie Mee no Eddie Plumley etc.It was EJ who bankrolled these appointments.EJ is a legend who will not be surpassed at Vicarage Road.Before getting all gooing eyed re GT(who under his stewardship Watford performed miracles)just bear in mind that he retired from football and as a consequence was made a freeman of our Town.What happened? he scuttled of to Aston Villa and took over as their manager.So little allegiance there.He subsequently came back as he put it "for his pension" Unfortunately he remained while a new manager took over,surely undermining this manager's position(the money was too good to give up)So fond memories of GT but tempered with side issues.It was GT who descibed Nigel Callaghan as the best crosser of a ball in the 1st division only to drop him in favour of a left back.When manager of Aston Villa GT bought NC for 1/2 million and then didn't play him.So was GT a great coach? Re EJ appointment of Harry Bassett,well Harry had nothing to prove to anyone in football,arguably surpassing GT but from the word go he was stabbed in the back by all and sundry(including the WO)so was on a loser from the word go.I could go on but some of the contributors of this site want to lose their rose coloured glasses.All in all let us enjoy our football.If we were in the Ryman League most of us would still turn up to Vicarage Road even if only to moan!! Bomber
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12:30pm Thu 6 Nov 08

JamesA says...

Give it a rest Bomber, why try and shoehorn a critique of GT into this discussion?

EJ does have a penchant for the dramatic gesture. And, while his place in the history of WFC is not in doubt, I'd personally prefer it if he was a little more constructive in his actions.

Hopefully at some point he'll return to play an active role in the club's future.
Give it a rest Bomber, why try and shoehorn a critique of GT into this discussion? EJ does have a penchant for the dramatic gesture. And, while his place in the history of WFC is not in doubt, I'd personally prefer it if he was a little more constructive in his actions. Hopefully at some point he'll return to play an active role in the club's future. JamesA
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12:34pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Hexham Hornet says...

Roger68, don't worry. If you read the thread as a whole you will see almost everybody wants to blame somebody for something. In fact both GS and EJ have done good and not so good things for the club and also have moved the club on.

People who don't agree with others start accusing them of being Luton supporters, how low can they sink?

Fans should now concentrate on either removing or saving the board and getting behind the team and stop fighting amongst themselves over things they cannot do anything about.
Roger68, don't worry. If you read the thread as a whole you will see almost everybody wants to blame somebody for something. In fact both GS and EJ have done good and not so good things for the club and also have moved the club on. People who don't agree with others start accusing them of being Luton supporters, how low can they sink? Fans should now concentrate on either removing or saving the board and getting behind the team and stop fighting amongst themselves over things they cannot do anything about. Hexham Hornet
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12:46pm Thu 6 Nov 08

ab11uk says...

ROgar and Hexham are you choosing to be dim or just born like it.

Elton has walked away from a position watford gave to him. Il put it in simple to terms.

Its as if he was offered the keys to the town only to turn up and say no thanks its crap.

How specific do you want him to be with his resignation?????

he released a statement sayign the board were woeful. then he resigns from a honorary position. The position isnt a job its just a association?

What more do you want him to do to show his feelings to this board?

Roger is your quote a ironic comment on simpsons tenor?

At the moment he is exercising his power without responsibilty.

or is it just a silly confused comment about Elton hating the board and what it has done with the club. which all true supporters agree with
ROgar and Hexham are you choosing to be dim or just born like it. Elton has walked away from a position watford gave to him. Il put it in simple to terms. Its as if he was offered the keys to the town only to turn up and say no thanks its crap. How specific do you want him to be with his resignation????? he released a statement sayign the board were woeful. then he resigns from a honorary position. The position isnt a job its just a association? What more do you want him to do to show his feelings to this board? Roger is your quote a ironic comment on simpsons tenor? At the moment he is exercising his power without responsibilty. or is it just a silly confused comment about Elton hating the board and what it has done with the club. which all true supporters agree with ab11uk
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1:01pm Thu 6 Nov 08

ab11uk says...

http://www.facebook.
com/group.php?gid=91
289840367


Make a stand
http://www.facebook. com/group.php?gid=91 289840367 Make a stand ab11uk
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1:31pm Thu 6 Nov 08

VoR says...

ab11uk wrote:
http://www.facebook.

com/group.php?gid=91

289840367


Make a stand
Oh woopie dooooo...
There seems to be 5 protesters who can't spell properly.
Which one is you ?
I hazard a guess you're the 2nd one down, Is that your Dad holding you?

Grow-up!
[quote][p][bold]ab11uk[/bold] wrote: http://www.facebook. com/group.php?gid=91 289840367 Make a stand[/p][/quote]Oh woopie dooooo... There seems to be 5 protesters who can't spell properly. Which one is you ? I hazard a guess you're the 2nd one down, Is that your Dad holding you? Grow-up! VoR
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1:52pm Thu 6 Nov 08

ab11uk says...

http://www.facebook.
com/group.php?gid=38
300766975

the planned protest

Make a Stand
http://www.facebook. com/group.php?gid=38 300766975 the planned protest Make a Stand ab11uk
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1:57pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Roger68 says...

ab11uk--Not born dim, nor choosing to be dim, but it seems having dimness thrust upon me. I must say I do favour the more balanced contributions from Hexam and the Vicar (and even the at times slightly looney ones from VoR) to your own. To put it in simple terms: I am asking Elton to be more specific in his criticisms of the board and more explicit in his reasons for giving up is Life President post. Not to much to ask surely since he is an influential figure, and must know that his statements/actions will carry weight with fans and in the media. You and others often ask Simpson for more candour/transparency
, so let us ask Elton for the same. As for "power and responsibilty" well Elton has absolutely no current responsibility at Watford but has great power to influence fan/media opinion, given his status. Simpson on the other hand has near total responsibility for what happens at the club, and has some power (not total power) to guide it--but as I said before, though he may be in charge of the club he is not in charge of events. Indeed things may now be spiralling out of his "control", since "fan power" once it gets up momentum can have somewhat unpredictable outcomes (ref: Newcastle).
ab11uk--Not born dim, nor choosing to be dim, but it seems having dimness thrust upon me. I must say I do favour the more balanced contributions from Hexam and the Vicar (and even the at times slightly looney ones from VoR) to your own. To put it in simple terms: I am asking Elton to be more specific in his criticisms of the board and more explicit in his reasons for giving up is Life President post. Not to much to ask surely since he is an influential figure, and must know that his statements/actions will carry weight with fans and in the media. You and others often ask Simpson for more candour/transparency , so let us ask Elton for the same. As for "power and responsibilty" well Elton has absolutely no current responsibility at Watford but has great power to influence fan/media opinion, given his status. Simpson on the other hand has near total responsibility for what happens at the club, and has some power (not total power) to guide it--but as I said before, though he may be in charge of the club he is not in charge of events. Indeed things may now be spiralling out of his "control", since "fan power" once it gets up momentum can have somewhat unpredictable outcomes (ref: Newcastle). Roger68
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1:57pm Thu 6 Nov 08

VoR says...

Yes make a stand....We need one!
Yes make a stand....We need one! VoR
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2:07pm Thu 6 Nov 08

GrahamTaylor says...

“Make a Stand”

Yes please, east stand will do!

AB has allegedly been sacked for leaking info to SEJ / the WO, shock horror! His sacking is a cover up whilst were all posting about this story the questions raised by the Russo about 3 Directors taking millions out of the club over the last three years is falling onto death ears.

For the record SEJ walked away last time because he did not think the club would stand on its own two feet if he stayed he felt everybody would turn to him and ask him to bail it out. That is not to say he would have let it fall into administration.

Notice AB has given a statement, a gagging order, the truth will never be common knowledge.
“Make a Stand” Yes please, east stand will do! AB has allegedly been sacked for leaking info to SEJ / the WO, shock horror! His sacking is a cover up whilst were all posting about this story the questions raised by the Russo about 3 Directors taking millions out of the club over the last three years is falling onto death ears. For the record SEJ walked away last time because he did not think the club would stand on its own two feet if he stayed he felt everybody would turn to him and ask him to bail it out. That is not to say he would have let it fall into administration. Notice AB has given a statement, a gagging order, the truth will never be common knowledge. GrahamTaylor
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2:14pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Hexham Hornet says...

ab11uk, the crassness is in your court. Elton has his own reasons, and there could be many. He held a position without authority as Life President, and life means through good and bad, but he may be resigning for more reasons than just about his feelings for the board and I have given a list of possible alternative reasons.

The trouble is that his gesture is only that - a gesture - with no real bite behind it. If, as the board say, they have a 54% stake of irrevocable votes behind them, plus their own votes, then there is not much any of us can do but he is wealthy enough to do something about it if he wants to, and he could be planning to do so. He could join forces with the Russos and buy the club out. Maybe all is not as clear as you think, or maybe it is just him having another of his tantrums and he has thrown the keys out of the pram - even though these keys did not open any doors.

What will a planned protest do? Do you think the board are unaware of how many of the fans feel? Do you think they give a toss? Do you think it will encourage a buyer to come forward?

ab11uk, the crassness is in your court. Elton has his own reasons, and there could be many. He held a position without authority as Life President, and life means through good and bad, but he may be resigning for more reasons than just about his feelings for the board and I have given a list of possible alternative reasons. The trouble is that his gesture is only that - a gesture - with no real bite behind it. If, as the board say, they have a 54% stake of irrevocable votes behind them, plus their own votes, then there is not much any of us can do but he is wealthy enough to do something about it if he wants to, and he could be planning to do so. He could join forces with the Russos and buy the club out. Maybe all is not as clear as you think, or maybe it is just him having another of his tantrums and he has thrown the keys out of the pram - even though these keys did not open any doors. What will a planned protest do? Do you think the board are unaware of how many of the fans feel? Do you think they give a toss? Do you think it will encourage a buyer to come forward? Hexham Hornet
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2:28pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Berks Horn says...

Absolutely reasonable to ask Elton to explain his decision. It is an odd decision as it doesn't really achieve much other than demonstrate his level of annoyance with Simpson. It certainly won't affect Simpson, other than possibly make it harder to sell the club. In all likelihood it doesn't really imply any future action on his (Elton's) behalf either. If he were planning to bail the club out, either on his own or in conjunction with the Russos, there would be no real reason for him to resign this position (unless he's trying to drive down the cost of the club in advance of an offer).

On the other hand, it does give an indication as to why Aidy left. When the story came out about Elton's statement on the board Simpson said on 3CR that the only person at the club he was aware of who spoke to Elton was Aidy. The way he said it made me think at the time that there was an accusation there. I reckon Aidy was **** to Elton about player sales etc and that was, in the end, why he was out on his ear.

As I've said, I'm no big fan of Aidy, but if the above is the case then there is a lot to be worried about.

I notice Simpson is quoted in the Standard today as saying the club are in a great financial position, with a three mill overdraft facility that they are only just dipping into. If so, why the need for some of the recent player sales, why will he not commit to not selling any more players in January? The man is a spin-merchant, unfortunately for him we're not all mugs.
Absolutely reasonable to ask Elton to explain his decision. It is an odd decision as it doesn't really achieve much other than demonstrate his level of annoyance with Simpson. It certainly won't affect Simpson, other than possibly make it harder to sell the club. In all likelihood it doesn't really imply any future action on his (Elton's) behalf either. If he were planning to bail the club out, either on his own or in conjunction with the Russos, there would be no real reason for him to resign this position (unless he's trying to drive down the cost of the club in advance of an offer). On the other hand, it does give an indication as to why Aidy left. When the story came out about Elton's statement on the board Simpson said on 3CR that the only person at the club he was aware of who spoke to Elton was Aidy. The way he said it made me think at the time that there was an accusation there. I reckon Aidy was **** to Elton about player sales etc and that was, in the end, why he was out on his ear. As I've said, I'm no big fan of Aidy, but if the above is the case then there is a lot to be worried about. I notice Simpson is quoted in the Standard today as saying the club are in a great financial position, with a three mill overdraft facility that they are only just dipping into. If so, why the need for some of the recent player sales, why will he not commit to not selling any more players in January? The man is a spin-merchant, unfortunately for him we're not all mugs. Berks Horn
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2:42pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Berks Horn says...

The **** in my message above makes the sentence seem more rude than it originally was! For **** read "complaining".
The **** in my message above makes the sentence seem more rude than it originally was! For **** read "complaining". Berks Horn
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2:46pm Thu 6 Nov 08

ab11uk says...

yeah fan protests do nothing hexham

lets all sit back and do nothing.

Newcastle FC
yeah fan protests do nothing hexham lets all sit back and do nothing. Newcastle FC ab11uk
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3:20pm Thu 6 Nov 08

ralphinator says...

ab11uk
please decamp to the rivals board where there are plenty of rude, unpleasant, like-minded characters (and Hex occasionally!) You'll be more at home there if you can't conduct a reasoned debate with fellow fans without resorting to cheap insults. We all have different viewpoints, it's just that some of us are sufficiently grown up to tolerate others'
ab11uk please decamp to the rivals board where there are plenty of rude, unpleasant, like-minded characters (and Hex occasionally!) You'll be more at home there if you can't conduct a reasoned debate with fellow fans without resorting to cheap insults. We all have different viewpoints, it's just that some of us are sufficiently grown up to tolerate others' ralphinator
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3:21pm Thu 6 Nov 08

WFC4ever says...

Well funny you say that because when Newcastle fans did have a protest the team lost..but when they actually supported the side and manager their results improved.

I don't think its good to prorest at the game..even more so when its the new manager's 1st game.

Don't buy programmes or something from the club shop if you really want to stop Simpson getting money.
Well funny you say that because when Newcastle fans did have a protest the team lost..but when they actually supported the side and manager their results improved. I don't think its good to prorest at the game..even more so when its the new manager's 1st game. Don't buy programmes or something from the club shop if you really want to stop Simpson getting money. WFC4ever
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3:22pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Toshhorn says...

SEJ has done more for Watford than anyone .SEJ you are a ledge DON'T LEAVE, COME WITH US AND HELP TO REMOVE SIMPSON AND ASHTON!!THEY HAVE GOT TO GO YOU HAVE GOT TO STAY
SEJ has done more for Watford than anyone .SEJ you are a ledge DON'T LEAVE, COME WITH US AND HELP TO REMOVE SIMPSON AND ASHTON!!THEY HAVE GOT TO GO YOU HAVE GOT TO STAY Toshhorn
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4:29pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Hexham Hornet says...

ab11uk, read my post again. Where did I say we should not have a fans' protest? Then think about what you want the protest to achieve. Then consider the possible outcomes - if you can't do this my questions in that post may help you - then answer the question. When you have done that, if you think the club will be in a better position afterwards then go ahead with the protest. If not then consider another course of action to achieve your goals. Remember that the current board already have over 54% support and so are unlikely to quit on 1st December. GS also knows how many of the fans feel already, and if he reads these pages he will be reminded every day.

So ab11uk, plan a protest by all means, but if you can think of something more worthwhile that would be even better. Living so far away I actually cba but at least I have an opportunity to voice my feelings at a shareholders' meeting. Are you a shareholder as well, if so then that would be as good a place as any for you to say your piece?
ab11uk, read my post again. Where did I say we should not have a fans' protest? Then think about what you want the protest to achieve. Then consider the possible outcomes - if you can't do this my questions in that post may help you - then answer the question. When you have done that, if you think the club will be in a better position afterwards then go ahead with the protest. If not then consider another course of action to achieve your goals. Remember that the current board already have over 54% support and so are unlikely to quit on 1st December. GS also knows how many of the fans feel already, and if he reads these pages he will be reminded every day. So ab11uk, plan a protest by all means, but if you can think of something more worthwhile that would be even better. Living so far away I actually cba but at least I have an opportunity to voice my feelings at a shareholders' meeting. Are you a shareholder as well, if so then that would be as good a place as any for you to say your piece? Hexham Hornet
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4:40pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Graham Gimpson says...

To the Supporters Trust, do you still think everything is ok at Vicarage Road now!! You should all think about resigning too as this utter mess has happened on your watch
To the Supporters Trust, do you still think everything is ok at Vicarage Road now!! You should all think about resigning too as this utter mess has happened on your watch Graham Gimpson
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5:24pm Thu 6 Nov 08

watfordbird says...

Something seems very very wrong with this club at the moment. I think there are major problems deep within the club, you cannot say that Elton left just because Aidy went.

What on earth is happening with this club.

Come on be truthful with the fans and do the decent thing and let us know what is really going on within this so called Family Club a joke in it self i think.
Something seems very very wrong with this club at the moment. I think there are major problems deep within the club, you cannot say that Elton left just because Aidy went. What on earth is happening with this club. Come on be truthful with the fans and do the decent thing and let us know what is really going on within this so called Family Club a joke in it self i think. watfordbird
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5:52pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Hexham Hornet says...

watfordbird, I am afraid that the board have not been open with the fans for a long time and that is one reason why we are in this state.

If there was less secrecy and we had a greater understanding of the situation then we might have more sympathy with the board.
watfordbird, I am afraid that the board have not been open with the fans for a long time and that is one reason why we are in this state. If there was less secrecy and we had a greater understanding of the situation then we might have more sympathy with the board. Hexham Hornet
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10:36pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Chris the Vic says...

Shame that Elton had to take this step and an even greater shame that VoR has to make such ungracious comments about someone who did such a lot of good for WFC but it is too much like living in the past to dwell on the good that Elton did for WFC.

A great shame that equally VoR dwells so much on the great feats of Homer that are truly in the past.

Get real VoR, Homer is now an embarassment to the club and his inability to get anything right these days is damaging all that was good about our club.

His most recent statements are contradictory and we are in tatters. A bit like most of your predictions earlier this season.

In fact are you sure you aren't one and the same.



Shame that Elton had to take this step and an even greater shame that VoR has to make such ungracious comments about someone who did such a lot of good for WFC but it is too much like living in the past to dwell on the good that Elton did for WFC. A great shame that equally VoR dwells so much on the great feats of Homer that are truly in the past. Get real VoR, Homer is now an embarassment to the club and his inability to get anything right these days is damaging all that was good about our club. His most recent statements are contradictory and we are in tatters. A bit like most of your predictions earlier this season. In fact are you sure you aren't one and the same. Chris the Vic
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5:07pm Mon 15 Apr 13

allgood says...

I just woke from a dream where it was 2013 and Watford were 3rd in the championship with a few games to go.
Woke up before I got to find out the outcome.
I just woke from a dream where it was 2013 and Watford were 3rd in the championship with a few games to go. Woke up before I got to find out the outcome. allgood
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