On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Saturday 20th September 2014

Today is the sixth anniversary of the infamous 'ghost goal' at Vicarage Road.

Watford v Bournemouth betting preview

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

Watford look a decent price to maintain their excellent start to the season with a home win over Bournemouth tomorrow.

Strength in depth a 'big advantage' - Martinez

Watford Observer:

2:30pm Friday 19th September 2014

Hornets assistant coach Ruben Martinez believes it is a ‘big advantage’ for Watford to have the strength in depth with which to play different ways in Troy Deeney’s absence.

Ekstrand: Players were patient with Sannino and tried to play his way

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

Joel Ekstrand enjoyed a good relationship with Beppe Sannino but disagreed with his former head coach’s claim that Watford’s players were reluctant to work on tactics and believes his teammates were patient with the Italian.

Hornets expect Garcia to leave hospital today

Watford Observer:

10:42am Friday 19th September 2014

Watford expect head coach Oscar Garcia to leave hospital today but there is no indication as to when the Spaniard will be able to return to work.

East Stand part opening in two weeks

Watford Observer:

9:10am Friday 19th September 2014

The part-opening of the new East Stand at Vicarage Road is now scheduled to take place in two weeks time and a full opening is expected on November 1.

Hornets back 'Football League partnered initiatives' but not 'Rainbow Laces' campaign

Watford Observer:

7:00am Friday 19th September 2014

The Watford Observer this week asked the Hornets why they are not supporting the ‘Rainbow Laces’ anti-homophobia campaign after a concerned fan contacted the newspaper.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Friday 19th September 2014

Watford Supporters Trust was launched 12 years ago today.

Watford captain Deeney to be out for 'weeks'

Watford Observer:

4:45pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Watford will be without their captain Troy Deeney for several weeks after the striker injured his hamstring at Blackpool on Tuesday, but welcome back Fernando Forestieri and Gianni Munari for the visit of Bournemouth.

COMMENT: Assombalonga is looking like the girlfriend you let slip away

Watford Observer:

3:04pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Britt Assombalonga is starting to remind me of the girlfriend you let get away.

Staying ahead of Lions could be the cue for a fine season

Watford Observer:

6:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

I was fascinated to read the item concerning a Watford scout who found it ironic that Millwall boss Ian Holloway had taken a Watford player on loan. It was pointed out it was ironic because Holloway had been critical of the loan system.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

Future Hornets bosses Gianluca Vialli and Gianfranco Zola were on the losing side as Watford beat Chelsea 15 years ago today.

Hornets head coach remains in hospital

Watford Observer:

4:31pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Oscar Garcia remains in hospital undergoing tests after being admitted on Sunday with chest pains, Watford have confirmed.

HIGHLIGHTS: Penalties favour Hornets in Seasiders victory

Watford Observer:

12:25pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Like at Charlton Athletic on Saturday, penalty decisions were key to the outcome of last night's game at Bloomfield Road but on this occasion the two spot-kicks that were awarded ultimately worked out in Watford's favour of Watford as they beat Blackpool 1-0 to move back to second in the Championship.

Oscar's absence was not used in team talk

Watford Observer:

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

One of Watford’s assistant coaches believes the club’s players wanted to secure three points against Blackpool for Oscar Garcia but stated winning for their absent head coach was not used as motivation in the pre-match team talk.

BALLOT: Who was Watford's stand-out performer at Blackpool

Watford Observer:

8:10am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Watford's 1-0 win at Blackpool was another contest where few players stood out and almost everyone had a reasonable game. But who was your pick of the bunch?

Riga: Oyston's communication is one thing, acting is another

Watford Observer:

6:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

The situation at Blackpool – Watford’s opponents last night – has been as turbulent as any in the Football League and despite chairman Karl Oyston finally backing his manager publically yesterday, Jose Riga has warned “communication is one thing, acting is another”.

Watford refuse to confirm if Oscar Garcia remains in hospital

Watford Observer:

12:10am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Watford refused to confirm whether Oscar Garcia was still in hospital tonight following his admission for minor chest pains on Sunday.

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.

Watford FC supporters among the best-behaved fans

Watford Observer:

5:40pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

The latest government figures for football related crime show that Watford FC were ranked as the seventh best behaved fans in England’s second division, with 14 arrests made during the 2013/2014 season.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Wednesday 17th September 2014

David Bardsley and Richard Hill were sold by Watford to Oxford United 27 years ago today.

Vydra back among the goals on the coast

Watford Observer:

10:36pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

For a while it looked like another case of déjà vu at Bloomfield Road for Watford but Matej Vydra’s first goal in seven games for club and country proved the difference against Blackpool. However, the travelling support had to endure an agonising finish to the 1-0 win and the worrying sight of their captain hobbling off injured in the dying moments.

HALF-TIME: Deja vu for dominant Hornets

Watford Observer:

8:47pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Similar to 12 months ago, Watford created the better chances during the first half against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road but, like that afternoon, the score remains goalless at the break.

Discuss the action as Watford visit the Seasiders

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Tuesday 16th 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.

Oscar 'sorry and disappointed' as hospital stay ensures he will miss Pool clash

Watford Observer:

6:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Minor chest pains forced Oscar Garcia to spend yesterday in hospital but that didn’t stop Watford’s new head coach from speaking to the club’s coaching staff and helping finalise plans for today’s trip to Blackpool.

Opposition profile: Blackpool

Watford Observer:

10:46am Tuesday 16th September 2014

The Championship season has not been kind to Blackpool so far.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Iwan Roberts scored his first senior goal 28 years ago today when Watford beat Manchester United.

Ex-Manchester United trialist signs with Watford

Watford Observer:

8:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

Watford's young striker Ogo Obi - who spent time this summer on trial at Manchester United - has today signed his first professional contract with the Hornets.

Experienced midfielder to miss Watford's trip to the coast

Watford Observer:

5:13pm Monday 15th September 2014

Keith Andrews has been ruled out of tomorrow's trip to Blackpool as two other Watford players face a race against time to be fit.

Watford boss Oscar Garcia in hospital after suffering minor chest pains

Watford Observer:

12:18pm Monday 15th September 2014

Watford head coach Oscar Garcia is currently in hospital after suffering with minor chest pains yesterday.

Sannino back to business

Watford Observer: Getting his point across: Beppe Sannino. Picture: Action Images

10:00am Monday 15th September 2014

Former Watford boss Beppe Sannino only had to wait two weeks for a return to football; with Serie B strugglers Catania announcing he has become their new head coach.

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.

HIGHLIGHTS: Hornets stung by failure to finish

Watford Observer:

10:24am Monday 15th September 2014

Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic was a frustrating afternoon for Watford and their supporters. But if you missed the match at The Valley, you can watch brief highlights here.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Monday 15th September 2014

Watford's greatest-ever manager Graham Taylor was born 70 years ago today.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Sunday 14th September 2014

Watford made their European competition debut against 1.F.C.Kaiserslautern 31 years ago today.

Charlton 'lucky' with penalty decision

Watford Observer:

9:39pm Saturday 13th September 2014

Although Bob Peeters claimed he saw neither penalty incident in the first half of Charlton Athletic’s 1-0 win over Watford this afternoon, he admitted the Addicks were “lucky” not to have a spot-kick awarded against them.

'It wasn't our day in front of goal'

Watford Observer:

6:32pm Saturday 13th September 2014

Oscar Garcia believes Watford would have been “comfortable winners” on another day after his Watford reign began with a 1-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic.

Hornets beaten in Oscar's opener

Watford Observer:

5:20pm Saturday 13th September 2014

Oscar Garcia’s reign as Watford head coach got off to a losing start after his side were beaten 1-0 at Charlton Athletic this afternoon.

Discuss the action as Watford visit the Valley

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Saturday 13th 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.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Saturday 13th September 2014

Watford broke their transfer record to sign Nordin Wooter from Real Zaragoza 15 years ago today.

Charlton Athletic v Watford betting preview

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

Watford are favourites to win their opening game under new coach Oscar Garcia this weekend when they travel to Charlton Athletic.

Charlton preparation hasn't been ideal for Oscar

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

Oscar Garcia admits preparation for his first game as Watford’s head coach has not been ideal but does not plan to make dramatic changes to the way the Hornets were playing under his predecessor Beppe Sannino.

Abdi: 'I've only been 80 to 85 per cent fit'

Watford Observer:

11:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Almen Abdi believes he has only been 80 to 85 per cent fit so far this season and admits he has struggled to recapture the form which made him one of the best players in the Championship.

Sannino: 'There is little desire to think about tactics'

Watford Observer:

8:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Beppe Sannino believes Watford’s players had “little desire to think about tactics” and says he would have preferred the Hornets to have lost all their matches if it meant his personality was reflected in the side.

Hornets plan to part open East Stand next Saturday on test basis

Watford Observer:

6:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Watford have confirmed they do plan to have a part opening of the new East Stand at Vicarage Road for next weekend’s game with Bournemouth but on “a test basis”.

Opposition profile: Charlton Athletic

Watford Observer:

7:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Five games into the Championship season and Charlton Athletic are one of only two teams to find themselves unbeaten – the other being league leaders Nottingham Forest.

On this date in Watford FC history

Watford Observer:

5:30am Friday 12th September 2014

Trevor Senior scored his sole Watford league goal 27 years ago today.

Munari out of Oscar's curtain-raiser

Watford Observer:

5:18pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Gianni Munari has been ruled out of Oscar Garcia's first game in charge of Watford and Fernando Forestieri is a doubt for Saturday's trip to Charlton Athletic.

UPDATED: Oscar's coaching team taking shape

Watford Observer:

2:38pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Javier Pereira has joined Watford’s coaching staff as an assistant to new head coach Oscar Garcia.

Sympathy for Sannino and his old school approach

Watford Observer:

6:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

Nigel Gibbs once told me that youth-team coach Tom Walley grabbed him by the scruff of the neck, held him up against a wall and shouted at him from extremely close range. Walley was hammering home the point that if Gibbs wanted to make it, he had better knuckle down.


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