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For the December 2014 podcast, Jon, Jason and Mike head to Royston, to see Watford in the 2nd Round of the Herts Senior Cup! The boys discuss (and try to figure out why) the hornets have had 4 straight defeats. They chat to Head of Academy Chris McGuane and, captain on the night, Tommie Hoban.
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Saturday, 6 December 2014
Listen to the last few minutes of the game, from the Watford end, and you'll hear the excitement of watching a dominating team and a goal from a man who stuck in 3!
Thursday, 30 October 2014
It might have been a post World Cup hangover, but I have to admit I wasn't quite feeling it at the start of this season. Perhaps it was a defence mechanism, my brain reminding me of how excited I got last summer before having to face the stark realisation that Javier Acuna and Iriney sounded more exciting than they actually were; my subconscious protecting me from falling into the same pre-season trap.
Whatever the cause of my malaise, it came to a head during the Capital One Cup tie with Doncaster Rovers. A lacklustre Watford lost the tie to lower league opposition, the Beppe Sannino saga was dragging on, the new stand was still a long way from finished and even the pitch had contracted a disease that resulted in it looking like an enormous pool table covered in countless pints of stale, spilled beer. (I love the sight of the pristine pitch at the start of a season, so this was a particular blow). It all just felt a bit unsatisfactory.
Since then things have been far from plain sailing, but the players have evidently warmed to their task, and performances are now starting to hit the heights that we'd hoped to see more of over the last twelve months. The way we coped with Troy Deeney's prolonged absence and some decent displays at typically tough places to go are giving me plenty of cause for optimism. The sight of the Community Stand nearing completion adds to the overall feeling that the tangible pieces of the puzzle are slotting nicely into place.
|Don't forget a cap if you're planning on relocating...|
The club hosted another At your place event recently, giving supporters the chance to quiz senior members of the Watford staff about pretty much anything. These are billed as off the record and questions on any topic are invited. Of course the answer you get depends on the validity or common sense attached to your question, but these are valuable nights that the club doesn't need to commit to. They do it because they know the value. They know you want to keep in touch, to have your say. After the dark days of so recently, opportunities to see the whites of the eyes of those at the top should be welcomed and if you haven't been, I encourage you to get along to the next one.
Whilst half term is a time for rejoicing amongst those who enjoy a temporarily easier journey by road or train, it can be tough for parents, so it was great to see Watford host a free open training event at Vicarage Road during the October break. It gave kids and families the chance to watch the boys put through their paces and judging by the images and reports I've seen and heard, the squad were generous with time and spirit, meeting a steady stream of star-struck youngsters with nothing but smiles and enthusiasm. It was another great initiative that shows an understanding of the vital link between club and community.
This weekend, Watford face Ian Holloway and Millwall. It's a game that we are in with a good chance of winning, and a visit from our favourite faux bumpkin is normally enough to light a fire under most Watford supporters. This time though, the game seems almost secondary.
The fixture is the "rememberance day game" and will see Watford wearing their commemorative black and white away strip in tribute. It's worth remembering at this stage that for each of these shirts purchased, Watford will make a £1 contribution to the Royal British Legion.
|Lest we forget...|
It's a genuine collaboration between the club, the players and the fans.
It's a reminder that whatever those outside the WD18 bubble may think, Watford Football Club is special.
Saturday, 6 September 2014
“It’s never dull being a Watford fan” is an oft used phrase, but never has it been so true than over the last few weeks.
Since the last podcast, which was recorded during the season opener against Bolton, the Hornets have soared to second in the league table, endured intense speculation about unhappy players, secured the ongoing services of a talismanic striker Troy Deeney, hired a new Head Coach and brought in a new Technical Director after Beppe Sannino and Gian Luca Nani both tendered their resignations and headed for the hills.
As you’d expect, we cover it all in this, the latest episode of From the Rookery End. Hear Jon, Mike and Jason (reunited for the first time this season) talk Troy, disagree about Dyer and gossip about Garcia.
Thanks to the diligent work of resident statistician Jason, we were able to have an informed discussion about the new Head Coach - you can hear the conclusions we drew in the podcast, but the stats Jason pulled together on the new man are below - we think they make for pretty interesting reading.
Also in this podcast you’ll hear from Watford’s little magician Fernando Forestieri as well as one of the most recognisable man from the Hornets teams of the mid to late 80’s; John McClelland. We also add a mother couple of gems into our every growing list of Watford in 100 objects. In short, it’s a packed podcast, so stop reading and get listening!
Come on you Horns! (Vamos sus avispones)