LATEST EPISODE: Very Fun Beginnings

Jon and Jason are joined by David Cameron Walker (@D_C_W) on the opening day of the 2014-15 season. They talk returns, formation and discuss how the Championship is shaping up this season. Plus they put in a fuse, a pie and a duck in to the list of 100 Objects.

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Beppe Sannino Resigns

The news of Beppe Sannino resigning as Watford Head Coach broke on Sunday night, and as Monday went on we started to learn more about what has been going on behind the scenes at Vicarage Road from Frank Smith in the Watford Observer.

The We Are Going Up podcast were on things straight away and have done a reaction podcast about the situation. Our very own Mike, along with Frank Smith, talked to the podcast in this special Mini Episode.

WFC in 100 Objects #54 - Workington rubber duck

Object 54 was nominated by Kenneth Jackson. It came about on an away game against Workington (we've not played them since 1977 and they're currently playing in Northern Premier League) in the swinging 60's.

Here's the story Kenneth told us:

Consider the year 1966. Most football fans will immediately associate that with England winning the World Cup, but not me. That was the year I started as a regular away-match-fan, and was the year I visited Workington twice in the space of seven months - firstly for a 0-1 reverse and then a 2-1 victory. Both were memorable trips - even more so because it's now doubtful that a Watford fan will ever travel there twice in a year again. The first match was memorable for our attempts to get into the match for free by wading through the Derwent mud at low tide - thwarted unfortunately by an eagle-eyed local plod. My friend had just found a rather large dead fish when we were accosted by the plod, and attempted to hide it behind his back - not realising that it's tailfins were sticking up above his head. His innocent and aggrieved plea of "Fish? What fish officer?" had the rest of us in stitches, even the plod.

Fast forward to November of that year - around twelve of us made the long trip North (a far cry from today's horde of Travelling Hornets), and arrived there quite early. With nothing to do but wait for opening time, we strolled around the town centre and found a Woolworths shop to nose around in. Spying some rather larger-than-life-sized yellow plastic ducks, we 'acquired' one before moving on to a local hostelry to prepare for the match. The duck, one of the squeaking-when-squeezed variety, was decked out in a Watford scarf - and was prominent in both our goal celebrations and victory cries at the end. As the players trooped off, we presented the duck to Alec Farrell who, to be honest, looked a bit miffed to be on the receiving end of such a strange offering.

I've no idea whatever happened to the duck after that, but every time I hear of Workington I'm straight back to that happy afternoon, thinking of both the victory and the duck.

This magnificent duck sums up those special moments during away trips. They don't happen on the pitch, but build friendships and make a trip to a remote northern town even more memorable than what happened during the game.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

A Rockin' Rookery!

What a fantastic game at home to Huddersfield (Alright there were some poor patches, but the feeling I had as I left was pure joy!), and what an end!

At 3-2 up, down to 10 men, Watford were battling to secure the win against Huddersfield. Finishing off games last season had been a criticism of the squad and the crowd at Vicarage Road were starting to feel very tense.

Gabriel Angella and Daniel Tozser turned to the Rookery with a rally cry for more support and the Rookery answered - boy did they answer.

Here is what it sounded like in the last 7 minutes of the match and yes, Abdi's second goal is in there!

Was it the loudest the Rookery has ever been? Maybe not, but I've never heard it like that for a game taking place at the end of August. A sign that expectations are high for the fans and the team this season and both are prepared to do what is needed.