HIGHLIGHTS: The goals from Watford's Under-21 win at Bristol City

Watford Observer: Picture: Andrew Scott/Watford FC

10:46am Thursday 30th October 2014

Watch the highlights from Watford's 2-1 win at Bristol City in the Under-21 Premier League Cup, as goals from Bernard Mensah and Uche Ikpeazu secured the Golden Boys' progression.

Watford claim money and not loyalty stopped coach from taking over

Watford Observer:

7:37pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

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

Jorell helps hometown club make FA Cup history

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

1:04pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

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

Youngsters rue missed chances following another Posh loss

Watford Observer:

3:40pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Watford Under-18s were left to count the cost of missed chances after they suffered successive defeats to Peterborough United on Saturday.

Obi deal again highlights opportunities to Hornets youngsters

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Luke Dowling believes securing the future of Ogo Obi is a further example of the opportunities Watford can give young players who they feel are capable of progressing to the first team.

Young Hornets beaten by nine-man Bees as Stevens scores five

Watford Observer:

2:53pm Monday 15th September 2014

Watford Under-18s suffered a 6-3 defeat at home to a Matt Stevens-inspired Barnet on Saturday, despite the visitors finishing with only nine men.

Hornets bounce back to progress against Posh

Watford Observer:

1:31pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Barry Quin was delighted with the manner in which Watford Under-18s beat Peterborough United 4-0 in the Youth Alliance Cup yesterday following their weekend defeat against Luton Town.

Rosenthal's Belgium overcome Jakubiak's Scotland

Watford Observer:

6:39pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

Tom Rosenthal’s Belgium Under-19 side defeated Alex Jakubiak’s Scotland Under-19s 2-0 last night in an international challenge match.

Jakubiak joins Oxford on loan

Watford Observer:

4:47pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

Hornets youngster Alex Jakubiak has signed a youth loan at Oxford United until January 5.

UPDATED: Young Hornets could clash in Belgium

Watford Observer:

4:21pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Hornets youngsters Alex Jakubiak and Tom Rosenthal could face each other this evening as Scotland Under-19s take on their Belgium counterparts.

Young Hornets beaten by O's

Watford Observer:

5:59pm Monday 11th August 2014

Two late goals saw Watford’s Under-18s suffer a 2-0 defeat against Leyton Orient in their Youth Alliance South East Division opener on Saturday.

Watford expected to only receive around £130,000 for Obi

Watford Observer:

11:54am Thursday 7th August 2014

Watford youngster Ogo Obi looks set to join Manchester United after his recent trial but the Hornets are likely to only receive approximately £130,000 for the talented striker.

Gartside makes first appearance after 'dream' Hornets move

Watford Observer:

2:36pm Monday 7th July 2014

Two goalkeepers made their Watford 'debuts' on Saturday in the 1-0 friendly win against SK Austria Klagenfurt. Heurelho Gomes, a Brazilian international, needs little introduction. But very few Hornets fans will know his 79th minute replacement Nathan Gartside.

Bond unused sub in Young Lions' victory

Watford Observer: Picture: Action Images

9:26am Tuesday 20th May 2014

Hornets goalkeeper Jonathan Bond was an unused substitute for England Under-21s who are on the brink of qualifying for the 2015 European Championships after defeating Wales 3-1.

Johnson joins Hornets pro ranks

Watford Observer: Jorrell Johnson leaps on the back of his teammates following one of Watford's goals in their FA Youth Cup win over Norwich City. Picture: Holly Cant

1:10pm Thursday 15th May 2014

Jorell Johnson has become the fourth player from Watford’s Academy to sign professional terms with the Hornets in the past week.

Byers signs pro deal with Hornets

Watford Observer: George Byers has signed a pro deal with Watford. Picture: Holly Cant

4:46pm Monday 12th May 2014

Hornets scholar George Byers has followed Alex Jakubiak in signing a professional contract with the Hornets.

Jakubiak signs Hornets professional deal

Watford Observer: A first taste of senior action: Alex Jakubiak. Picture: Holly Cant

7:46pm Friday 9th May 2014

Academy scholar Alex Jakubiak has joined the professional ranks at Watford after signing a two-year deal.

Watford still in talks with young striker

Watford Observer: Picture: Milk Cup

9:30am Thursday 1st May 2014

Watford have confirmed they are still in negotiations with talented striker Ogo Obi - who was a reported target for Arsenal and Liverpool - regarding signing a scholarship.

'Opportunity is still there for Watford's scholars to train with the first team'

Watford Observer: Hornets youth team coach Dave Hughes Picture: Holly Cant

3:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

Watford's reliance on their academy has reduced following the Pozzo takeover, of course it has. But claims the club have abandoned developing their own players due to the vast number of foreign talents at their disposal is simply not true.

Watford Under-18s finish season with a win over Southend United

Watford Observer: Alfie Young got Watford Under-18's winner against Southend in their final fixture of the season. Picture: Action Images

5:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Watford's Under-18s ended their season on a high with a 1-0 victory over Southend United with Alfie Young the goalscorer.

Hughes pleased with young Hornets' adaptability

Watford Observer: Watford youth coach Dave Hughes. Picture: Holly Cant

11:45am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Watford Under-18s ended a three-game losing run with a 2-1 win against Portsmouth on Saturday and youth team coach Dave Hughes praised his players’ adaptability after the victory.

Wealdstone sign Hornets youngster Hope

Watford Observer: Gordon Bartlett's team were one step away from Wembley in the FA Trophy: Steve Foster/Wealdstone FC

12:32pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

Wealdstone have completed the signing of Watford midfielder Ryan Hope on a work experience loan. 

O'Nien to feature for Blades again as he awaits news on Watford future

Watford Observer: Luke O'Nien has been a regular for the Hornets in the Premier League Under-21 Cup. Picture: Holly Cant

12:54pm Monday 31st March 2014

Watford midfielder Luke O'Nien is set to play for Sheffield United Under-21s for the second time today as he awaits a decision from the Hornets on whether his contract will be extended.

Watford refuse to confirm if four scholars have been given pro deals

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

12:08pm Monday 31st March 2014

The Hornets have refused to confirm which scholars have been given professional contracts - stating they will make an announcement shortly.

UPDATE: O’Nien sought Hoban advice when joining Stones

Watford Observer: O’Nien made his debut his Watford against Barnsley. Picture: Dave Peters

5:17pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Young Watford midfielder Luke O’Nien has joined runaway Ryman Premier leaders Wealdstone on loan until April 27.

Hornets to hold open academy trials

Watford Observer: Hornets youth team coach Dave Hughes Picture: Holly Cant

11:50am Thursday 27th March 2014

Watford are holding open academy trials in April with a potential opportunity to join the club’s youth system.

Watford striker to have surgery next week

Watford Observer: Picture: Andrew Scott/Watford FC

7:00am Tuesday 25th March 2014

Hornets striker Bernard Mensah will almost certainly not play again this season as he is set to undergo knee surgery.

Murray fit for Rovers but shortage remains

Watford Observer: Sean Murray celebrates his goal with Connor Smith. Picture: Action Images

5:33pm Monday 24th March 2014

Sean Murray is in contention for a place in Watford's midfield when they face Blackburn Rovers tomorrow night.

Watford in talks with some out of contract players

Watford Observer: Picture: Dave Peters

2:31pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Watford are in talks with some of their players who are out of contract this summer but Lloyd Doyley is the only one who has agreed terms.

Hughes praises resilient Hornets after Gills win

Watford Observer: Watford youth coach Dave Hughes. Picture: Holly Cant

3:25pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Watford Under-18s showed resilience to come away with a 2-1 win over Gillingham on Saturday despite difficult conditions, according to Hornets youth coach Dave Hughes.

Hornets' quarter-final date announced

Watford Observer: David Hughes pulled his players off the pitch yesterday after alleged racist comments

9:43am Thursday 20th March 2014

Watford will play their Herts Senior Cup quarter-final against Boreham Wood on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

Team still the priority for O'Nien despite achieving his dream

Watford Observer: Luke O’Nien battles for the ball against Jacob Mellis. Picture: Dave Peters

6:08pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

An academy graduate making his debut is always a moment which is relished by club staff, supporters and often the local media. But it could be argued that the introduction of Luke O'Nien on Saturday was welcomed more enthusiastically than most.

UPDATED: Mensah remains positive but unsure on extent of injury

Watford Observer: Picture: Andrew Scott/Watford FC

11:45am Wednesday 19th March 2014

Watford striker Bernard Mensah insists he is remaining positive while he waits for news regarding the extent of a leg injury sustained while playing for Braintree Town last night.

Jenkins regaining fitness as he looks for new club

Watford Observer: Picture: Holly Cant

12:36pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

Ross Jenkins' future looked very bright when he became a first team regular at the tender age of 17 but injuries have hampered his career in the last 18 months and he now faces an uncertain summer.

Dons defeat a model for what's required, says Hughes

Watford Observer: Watford youth coach Dave Hughes. Picture: Holly Cant

1:37pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

Dave Hughes believes his young Watford side's 1-0 defeat at MK Dons yesterday gave his players a lesson in what's required to take the step up to the next level.

Hornets striker Jakubiak scores on Braintree debut

Watford Observer: Watford's Alex Jakubiak scored twice in the 2-2 draw against Luton Town. Picture: Holly Cant

4:29pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

Watford's on-loan youngster Alex Jakubiak enjoyed a dream debut for Braintree Town last night after he came off the bench to score a stunning goal in a 3-0 win over Wrexham.

Dickov admits Doncaster 'got away with' penalty incident

Watford Observer: Paul Dickov. Picture: Action Images

9:40am Wednesday 12th March 2014

Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov admits his team "got away with it" with regards to a controversial penalty not given in the first half against Watford but believes Rovers were well worth their 2-1 victory.

Watford duo pen loan deals with Braintree

Watford Observer: Watford's Alex Jakubiak scored twice in the 2-2 draw against Luton Town. Picture: Holly Cant

2:50pm Tuesday 11th March 2014

Watford's Bernard Mensah has extended his loan spell at Braintree Town until the end of the season and the striker will be joined by fellow Hornet Alex Jakubiak who has also joined the Skrill Premier outfit.

Hughes hails Under-18's patience in Stevenage rout

Watford Observer: Watford youth coach Dave Hughes. Picture: Holly Cant

10:02am Tuesday 11th March 2014

Hornets youth coach Dave Hughes was pleased with his team's perseverance and ruthlessness as Watford Under-18s thumped Stevenage 4-0 on Saturday.

Hughes hails O'Nien after Potters Bar win

Watford Observer: Luke O'Nien has been a regular for the Hornets in the Premier League Under-21 Cup. Picture: Holly Cant

11:19am Monday 10th March 2014

Watford youth coach Dave Hughes described Luke O'Nien as a "credit to the Academy" after the 19-year-old led a young Watford side to a 3-0 win over Potters Bar in the Herts Senior Cup on Thursday night.

Young Hornets progress in cup

Watford Observer: Luke O'Nien scored one of Watford's goals in their win over Hadley. Picture: Holly Cant

11:01am Friday 7th March 2014

A youthful Watford side comfortably progressed through the second round of the Herts Senior Cup last night with a 3-0 victory at Potters Bar Town.

Smith and Murray unable to prevent Irish defeat

Watford Observer: Connor Smith. Picture: Holly Cant

5:21pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

Watford duo Connor Smith and Sean Murray both started for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s against Montenegro but were unable to prevent a 2-1 loss in their UEFA Championship qualifying round match this afternoon.

Murray happy to wait for senior call-up

Watford Observer: Sean Murray is congratulated after putting Watford 2-0 up. Picture: Action Images

11:26am Wednesday 5th March 2014

Watford midfielder Sean Murray admits it's difficult to break into the Republic of Ireland's senior squad but says he is encouraged that Martin O'Neill has been keeping a close eye on his progress.

Murray wins international award

Watford Observer: Sean Murray playing for Watford against Brighton & Hove Albion earlier this month. Picture: Dave Peters

10:04am Monday 3rd March 2014

Watford midfielder Sean Murray has been named Republic of Ireland Under-21 Player of the Year.

Hughes admits poor first half cost Hornets

Watford Observer: Alex Jakubiak has been in fine form for Watford Under-18s in recent months. Picture: Holly Cant

2:38pm Monday 24th February 2014

Watford youth team coach Dave Hughes admitted a disappointing first half performance proved costly for the Hornets who were beaten 2-1 by Barnet on Saturday.

Herts Senior Cup game rearranged for Thursday

Watford Observer: Watford youth coach Dave Hughes. Picture: Holly Cant

9:53am Monday 24th February 2014

Watford's Herts Senior Cup tie against Potters Bar Town has been rearranged for Thursday.

Watford striker extends his loan

Watford Observer: Picture: Andrew Scott/Watford FC

5:09pm Friday 21st February 2014

Young Watford striker Bernard Mensah has seen his loan at Braintree Town extended until March 16.

'Defeat won’t sour the taste of what has been a terrific season'

Watford Observer: Watford youth coach Dave Hughes. Picture: Holly Cant

11:22pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

“Anyone here could see they were full of effort and full of determination. Sadly tonight it wasn’t to be but it won’t sour the taste of what has been a terrific season in terms of development for these players.” That was Dave Hughes’ assessment after his Watford Under-18s side were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup by Liverpool tonight.

Liverpool knock Watford out of the FA Youth Cup

Watford Observer: Watford's Alex Jakubiak scored twice in the 2-2 draw against Luton Town. Picture: Holly Cant

8:55pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

Watford are out of the FA Youth Cup at the fifth round stage after Liverpool’s 2-0 victory at Vicarage Road.

Murray nominated for international award

Watford Observer: Sean Murray playing for Watford against Brighton & Hove Albion earlier this month. Picture: Dave Peters

11:29am Wednesday 19th February 2014

Watford's Sean Murray is one of three nominations for the Republic of Ireland's Under-21 Player of the Year award.


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