New recruits at Watford Football Club could soon be learning about its 128-year history from a new book written by a Hornets super-fan.

Fans queued outside Waterstone's, in the Harlequin Centre last night (Thursday), to buy a signed copy of Watford – On This Day, compiled by supporter Matt Rowson.

Matt, 36, was joined at the event by current Hornets' manager Malky Mackay and club legend Nigel Gibbs.

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed doing it. I've had lots of support from the club. I'm pleased with how it's turned out.”

The book, which features entries from Watford's history for every day in the calendar year, took six months to write.

And Matt, a statistician from Bedfordshire, said compiling it was a labour of love.

He said: “I helped write a Watford website for a long time. I'm a statistician and a Watford anorak so it lends itself to write this kind of book.”

Nigel said: “Any book on Watford FC is very interesting for myself and my family. To spend the time and effort putting it together, Matt must be very pleased with the end product and I'm looking forward to reading it.”

Malky, who many fans had queued up for more than one hour to meet, said the book was a “fantastic” achievement.

He said: “Some of the new players can have a read about the things that have been going on at the club for the last 100 years.

“It's great he's taken the time to get all those facts and figures right up to this year.”