VIDEO: Deeney organises Hornets defence from commentary gantry

Watford Observer:

5:16pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Troy Deeney may be injured but it didn’t stop him organising the Watford defence during the Hornets’ win against Brentford last night. The Golden Boys captain was doing co-commentary on the game but, with five minutes remaining, took off his headset and bellowed at the backline.

McKinlay: Monday was a difficult day for Watford's players

Watford Observer:

12:38pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Watford head coach Billy McKinlay admitted Oscar Garcia’s shock resignation made preparing for last night’s match difficult for his players.

AUDIO: McKinlay's first post-match press conference as Hornets boss

Watford Observer:

1:13pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Listen to the large majority of Billy McKinlay's first post-match press conference as Watford's head coach.

VIDEO: Matej fires home early goal of the season contender

Watford Observer:

12:51pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

As the ball dropped to Matej Vydra on the edge of the penalty area there was no hesitation. He rifled his half volley into the net. It proved enough to secure a 2-1 win over Brentford and is an early contender for goal of the season.

BALLOT: Who was your pick of the Hornets against the Bees?

Watford Observer:

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Matej Vydra got the headlines after his superb strike moved Watford level on points at the top of the Championship last night following their 2-1 win over Brentford, but who was your star Hornets’ performer in Billy McKinlay’s first match at the helm?

McKinlay unable to completely enjoy his managerial debut

Watford Observer:

1:40am Wednesday 1st October 2014

New Watford boss Billy McKinlay admitted he was unable to completely enjoy his first game in management despite securing a 2-1 victory against Brentford.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Watford suffered a surprise home defeat against Swindon Town 26 years ago today.

Warburton blasts "shocking" penalty decision

Watford Observer:

12:02am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Mark Warburton labelled Graham Salisbury’s penalty decision as “shocking” and said his Brentford players were “distraught” at leaving Vicarage Road empty handed following their 2-1 defeat at Watford tonight.

Vydra stunner gets McKinlay off to a winning start

Watford Observer:

10:04pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A fantastic strike from Matej Vydra has got Billy McKinlay’s reign as Watford boss off to a victorious start after the Hornets beat Brentford 2-1 in an entertaining contest at Vicarage Road tonight.

HALF-TIME: Watford impress in McKinlay's opener

Watford Observer:

8:48pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Watford have impressed in Billy McKinlay’s first game in charge of the club and lead Brentford 1-0 at the break.

Discuss the action as Watford welcome Brentford

Watford Observer:

5:04pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

The Watford Observer is hoping fans will enjoy interacting pre-match, during the game and after the final whistle has blown on our website.

McKinlay relinquishes Northern Ireland role

Watford Observer:

2:58pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

New Watford head coach Billy McKinlay is to step down from his position as Northern Ireland assistant manager with immediate effect.

Watford return first fixture Warburton looked for after 'very shabby' treatment

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Brentford boss Mark Warburton believes he was treated badly by Watford and admitted tonight's game was the first he looked for when the fixtures were released. He is unlikely to be alone at the Bees.

McKinlay: Players experienced enough to cope with Oscar departure

Watford Observer:

11:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Billy McKinlay believes the Watford squad is experienced enough to deal with the sudden departure of Oscar Garcia and says his players will be fully focused on tonight’s game with Brentford.

Abdi available but Angella ruled out of Brentford clash

Watford Observer:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

New Watford head coach Billy McKinlay has Almen Abdi available for selection for tonight’s Championship match against Brentford but Gabriele Angella will miss the game due to injury.

Cathcart lands date with the Faroes

Watford Observer:

4:03pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Watford defender Craig Cathcart has been called up by Northern Ireland for their EURO 2016 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Greece.

Anya named in Scotland squad for Euro qualifiers

Watford Observer:

12:25pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Hornets winger Ikechi Anya has been named in Scotland’s 27-man squad for their 2016 European Championship qualifiers against Georgia and Poland.

Opposition profile: Brentford

Watford Observer:

7:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

After heavy defeats to Norwich City and Middlesbrough, Championship newcomers Brentford responded positively with an impressive 2-0 victory over Leeds United at Griffin Park at the weekend to record their second home win of the season. The three points took the club up to 11th place after nine games, in their first season in the division in 21 years.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A future Watford manager scored the club's first goal at Vicarage Road 92 years ago today.

UPDATED: McKinlay's mixed emotions after being named head coach

Watford Observer:

4:15pm Monday 29th September 2014

Billy McKinlay only discovered he would become Watford’s head coach early this afternoon and says he has mixed emotions after taking over from Oscar Garcia.

McKinlay replaces Oscar Garcia as Watford's head coach

Watford Observer:

12:52pm Monday 29th September 2014

Billy McKinlay has replaced Oscar Garcia as Watford's head coach.

The former Fulham coach who is now in the Hornets hot seat

Watford Observer:

2:55pm Monday 29th September 2014

Glasgow boasts an impressive track record as the place of birth of many football bosses and it can now add Billy McKinlay to the list after his appointment as Watford’s third head coach of the season.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Monday 29th September 2014

Former Birmingham City keeper Tony Coton made his Watford debut 30 years ago today in a goal-fest against Everton.

HIGHLIGHTS: Hornets' draw 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Watch the highlights from yesterday's 2-2 draw between Watford and Blackburn Rovers. 

BALLOT: Who was your man-of-the-match against Blackburn Rovers

Watford Observer:

7:00am Sunday 28th September 2014

Matej Vydra and Daniel Tozser were on the scoresheet. Gianni Munari put in a composed display. And, if it wasn’t for the saves of Heurelho Gomes, Watford would’ve been beaten by Blackburn Rovers. But who was your Hornets man-of-the-match in the 2-2 draw at Ewood Park?

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Sunday 28th September 2014

Ian Richardson wrote his name in Hornets history 31 years ago today on a famous Watford European night.

McKinlay: 'Don't get too bogged down that we were pulled back to 2-2'

Watford Observer: Billy McKinlay Watford

8:02pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Watford’s first team coach Billy McKinlay believes it is important not to become “too bogged down” with the Hornets giving away a two-goal lead during their 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers.

Oscar passed 'little messages' to coaching staff during Rovers draw

Watford Observer:

7:45pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Hornets first team coach Billy McKinlay revealed Watford boss Oscar Garcia was passing down little messages to his coaching staff from the directors box during the Golden Boys’ 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

Rovers were aware Hornets struggle to defend crosses

Watford Observer:

6:42pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Gary Bowyer admitted his Blackburn Rovers side were aware Watford struggle to defend crosses into their penalty area and said his players were left disappointed following the 2-2 draw at Ewood Park.

Same old problems result in Watford sacrificing two-goal lead

Watford Observer: Blackburn Rovers vs Watford

5:09pm Saturday 27th September 2014

The inability to maintain possession and poor defending cost Watford this afternoon as they gave away a two-goal lead to draw with Blackburn Rovers and were fortunate not to leave empty handed.

HALF TIME: Vydra and Tozser goals put Hornets in control

Watford Observer:

4:03pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Watford currently lead 2-0 against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park following goals from Matej Vydra and Daniel Tozser.

Discuss the action as Watford travel to Blackburn

Watford Observer: Potential Watford investor considered Blackburn Rovers bid. Picture: Action Images

12:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

The Watford Observer is hoping fans will enjoy interacting pre-match, during the game and after the final whistle has blown on our website.

Opposition profile: Blackburn Rovers

Watford Observer:

7:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Blackburn Rovers have enjoyed a solid start to this season’s Championship, finding themselves in 10th place with eight games played.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Saturday 27th September 2014

Watford Rovers played their first game at Cassio Road 124 years ago today.

Blackburn Rovers v Watford betting preview

Watford Observer:

6:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Blackburn Rovers start as favourites to claim a home win over Watford in the Championship this weekend.

Mensah considered his future in football after second knee surgery

Watford Observer: Picture: Alan Cozzi/Watford FC

3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Bernard Mensah admits a second knee operation in just over two years left him questioning whether he had a future in professional football but he is back and impressed during his first outing for six months.

Northern Ireland assistant boss McKinlay is Watford's new first-team coach

Watford Observer:

12:13pm Friday 26th September 2014

Billy McKinlay has joined Oscar Garcia’s Watford backroom staff as first-team coach.

Obi deserved Red Devils chance

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Young Hornets striker Ogo Obi deserved the chance to try to earn himself a contract at Premier League side Manchester United this summer, according to Watford academy’s head of coaching Barry Quin.

Watford will hope to claim rare Ewood Park win

Watford Observer:

10:00am Friday 26th September 2014

It has been more than 14 years since Watford secured a victory at Blackburn’s Ewood Park. The Hornets will travel to Lancashire tomorrow hoping to change that.

Cathcart: 'I wouldn't have joined if I didn't think I'd add something'

Watford Observer:

7:00am Friday 26th September 2014

When Craig Cathcart joined Watford this summer it is fair to guess he envisaged Beppe Sannino handing him his second Hornets debut.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Friday 26th September 2014

Lloyd Doyley made his Watford debut 13 years ago today - after Pierre Issa was dropped from a stretcher.

Oscar Garcia given the all-clear by doctors

Watford Observer:

5:37pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Oscar Garcia has been given the all-clear by doctors and today (Thursday) returned to Watford’s training ground.

UPDATED: Hornets to be without trio for Blackburn

Watford Observer:

5:28pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Troy Deeney says he will miss Watford’s next three Championship matches due to injury while Hornets’ defender Gabriel Tamas faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Tamas suffers ruptured anterior cruciate ligament

Watford Observer:

12:03pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Watford defender Gabriel Tamas faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in the draw with Bournemouth.

Taylor knew where he was going in Sochaux

Watford Observer:

7:30am Thursday 25th September 2014

Back in 1983, in common with a few hundred Watford fans, I went to Kaiserslautern (in what was then known as West Germany); Sofia, in Bulgaria and Prague in what was then Czechoslovakia.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Thursday 25th September 2014

Watford 8 Sunderland 0. It happened 32 years ago today.

Young Hornets can look up to perfect captain Doyley

Watford Observer:

4:37pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Thirteen years ago this week Lloyd Doyley made his Watford debut. On Tuesday night he captained the club’s Under-21 side and one of the co-managers that night, Barry Quin, described the defender as the perfect skipper.

VIDEO: Watch highlights of young Hornets' victory over Posh

Watford Observer:

1:26pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Watford advanced into the second qualifying round of the Under-21 Premier League Cup with a 1-0 victory over Peterborough United last night. Watch highlights of the young Hornets' win, courtesy of Peterborough United’s official YouTube channel.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Wednesday 24th September 2014

The only player signed on loan by Graham Taylor during his first spell as Watford manager saw his career ended 37 years ago today.

Watford striker Mensah impresses after six months out

Watford Observer: Picture: Andrew Scott/Watford FC

9:01pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

It has been more than six months since Bernard Mensah’s last competitive game following knee surgery but you couldn’t tell as he proved to be the catalyst for Watford as they progressed to the next round of the Under-21 Premier League Cup with a 1-0 victory over Peterborough United.


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