WATFORD F.C.
Founded: 1881


Also Known As:
WATFORD ROVERS (1881-90)
WEST HERTS (1890-98)
WATFORD (1898-)




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WATFORD F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of WATFORD FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Watford Rovers was formed in 1881 by Henry Groverand, who went on to play for the club as a full-back. Rovers, originally composed entirely of amateur players, held home games at several locations in the town of Watford. The team first competed in the FA Cup in the 188687 season, and in 1889 Watford won the County Cup for the first time. The team became the football section of West Hertfordshire Sports Club in 1890, and consequently moved to a ground on Cassio Road. Renamed as West Hertfordshire in 1893, Rovers joined the Southern Football League in 1896, and started to pay professional footballers in 1897. West Hertfordshire merged with local rivals Watford St Mary's in 1898; the merged team was named Watford Football Club. Despite financial constraints, Watford won the Southern League title in the 191415 season under his successor, Harry Kent. Watford held the title for five years following the suspension of the Southern League during the First World War after finishing the 191920 season runners-up on goal average, the club resigned from the Southern League to join the new Football League Third Division.

From 192122, the third tier of The Football League consisted of two parallel sections of 22 clubs, fighting both for promotion to the Second Division and also battling to hold on to their league status. Watford finished outside the top six league positions in every season between 1922 and 1934. The team recorded five consecutive top six finishes between 193435 and 193839, and won the Football League Third Division South Cup in 1937. The Football League was suspended in 1939 due to the Second World War. It resumed in 1946, with Watford still in the Third Division South. A 23rd-placed finish in 195051 meant that the club had to apply for re-election to the league once more, but again teams in the First and Second Divisions unanimously voted for Watford to stay in the league. In 1969, Watford secured the league title in April, at home to Plymouth Argyle. A year later Watford reached the FA Cup semi-final for the first time, defeating First Division teams Stoke City and Liverpool along the way. Forced to sell players to survive, Watford fell back into the Third Division in 1972. The team continued to struggle in the third tier, and despite a managerial change, Watford were relegated again in 1975.

Lifelong Watford supporter Elton John became club chairman in 1976. The singer declared an ambition to take the team into the First Division. In the 1976-77, Watford won the Fourth Division title, recording the most wins, fewest defeats, most goals scored and fewest goals conceded of any side in the division. Promotion to the Second Division followed in 197879, and Ross Jenkins finished the season as the league's top scorer with 29 goals. Watford consolidated with 18th and 9th placed finishes over the following two seasons, and secured promotion to the First Division for the first time in 198182, finishing second behind rivals Luton Town. Watford started the 198283 season with four league wins from the opening five fixtures; in the space of seven years, the club had climbed from bottom place in the lowest division of The Football League, to top position in the highest division. Watford were unable to maintain a title challenge, but eventually finished the season second behind Liverpool, which ensured UEFA Cup qualification for the following season. Luther Blissett finished the season as the First Division top scorer, before signing for Italian Serie A side A.C. Milan for 1 million at the end of the season. An FA Cup final appearance followed in 1984, although Watford lost to Everton.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Watford F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Hornets
Year Founded
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1881 (135 years ago)
English County
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Hertfordshire
Current Ground
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Vicarage Road
Ground Location
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Watford, England
Club's Owner
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Gino Pozzo
Club Chairman
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Raffaele Riva
Current Manager
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Walter Mazzarri
Current League
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Premier League
Last Season
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Premier League, 13th place


HOME COLORS

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AWAY COLORS

Black w/White Trim
INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


VICARAGE ROAD STADIUM
Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18-0ER, England

OPENED: ......... August 30, 1922
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. not available
CAPACITY: ...... 21,977
RECORD: ......... 34,099 (1969 vs Manchester United)
OWNER: ........... Watford F.C.
OPERATOR: ..... Watford F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 115 x 75 yards (105 x 69 meters)



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