The appointment of Nigel Pearson has bought back hope for Hornet fans to stay in the Premier League. After a dismal first-half season the FA Cup Finalists have now kicked on with their season and would be looking to breakout of the relegation pack.
Watford Football Club are based in Hertfordshire, and have a number of foreign talent in their squad, which they are being coming renowned for. They play at Vicarage Road and have seemed to cement their Premier League status with strong signings and a new style of play. There is always an electric atmosphere around Vicarage Road and after their strong start to the season, things seem to the looking up from them as they hope to move up the table and build. It is a very exciting time to be a Watford fan and right now is the best time to watch them. Their club crest features a head of a hart, representing the county of Hertfordshire.
Watford Football Club are based in Hertfordshire and have a number of foreign talent in their squad, which they are being coming renowned for. They play at Vicarage Road and have seemed to cement their Premier League status with strong signings and a new style of play.
There is always an electric atmosphere around Vicarage Road and after their strong start to the season, things seem to the looking up from them as they hope to move up the table and build. It is a very exciting time to be a Watford fan and right now is the best time to watch them. Their club crest features a head of a hart, representing the county of Hertfordshire.
The Hornets used to be called Watford Rovers, and were founded in 1881 by Henry Groverand. They were renamed to West Hertfordshire in 1893, and 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, evolving the name Watford Football Club. Watford won their first league title in 1914-15, winning the Southern League.
Watford held the title for five years following the suspension of the Southern League during the First World War – after finishing the 1919-20 season runners-up on goal average, the club resigned from the Southern League to join the new Football League Third Division.
In 1922, Watford moved into their current home, Vicarage Road after previously playing at several grounds in the late 19th century, including Cassiobury Park, Vicarage Meadow and Market Street, Watford. In 1890, the team moved to a site on Cassio Road, and remained there for 32 years until relocating to Vicarage Road.
Following Kent's departure in 1926, they finished 21st out of 22 clubs in 1926-27, but were unanimously re-elected to the league after a ballot of clubs in the top two divisions of The Football League. Watford had to apply for re-election to the league again after the second World War, but again teams in the first and second division unanimously voted for Watford to stay in the league.
The league was re-structured in 1958-59, and Watford were placed in the fourth division, but were promoted under the management of Ron Burgess and star striker, Cliff Holton, who scored an impressive 76 goals in just two seasons, leading to his sale to Northampton Town.
Watford continued to impress throughout the 1960s and in 1969, won promotion to the second division after winning the third division title. However, they suffered financial trouble and found themselves in the third division in 1972 after being forced to sell key players.
After more money trouble, they were back in the fourth division in 1977, and Graham Taylor was appointed to try and help turn the club’s fortunes around, with his ambitions of taking Watford to the first division.
In Taylor’s first season, Watford clinched the Fourth Division title, and were then promoted to the second division in 1978-79, and Taylors ambitions were completed in 1981-82 as he guided Watford to the first division for the first time. For the next few years, joy was brought to Watford until Taylor departed in 1986-87.
They then became a yo-yo side for the Premier League and Championship, but eventually established themselves as a Premier League side in 2014-15, a year after they were involved in an entertaining play-off stage against Leicester, where the iconic ‘Hogg…DEENEY’ moment will be remembered by Watford fans for years to come, but then lost in the final at the hands of Crystal Palace.
Watford have brought in a number of managers since then, however they continue to defy the odds when they are questioned at the unknown names of players and managers, such as previous managers Walter Mazzari and Quique Sanchez Flores. They have built a solid squad, fit to entertain with the likes of youngster Richarlison and £18m striker, Andre Gray from Burnley.
Former Hull City manager Marco Silva took charge for the 2017-18 season though and brought in exciting talents such as young Brazilian Richarlison, Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah and Andre Gray of Burnley as The Hornets aimed for another comfortable stay in the top-flight.
Despite doing what was expected and having a decent season with nice football at Vicarage Road in which they avoided all drama at the bottom of the table by finishing 14th, Marco Silva was controversially sacked in January and Rubin Kazan manager Javi Gracia took over at the helm.
Watford’s cup runs were similarly as disappointing. Bristol City got the better of them in the EFL Cup second round before they were eliminated in the fourth round of the FA Cup by Southampton. This could have ultimately contributed to the decision to let Silva go.
Gracia’s style of play was somewhat more negative than Silva’s though and it was expected that there would be another change of manager at the end of the 17-18 campaign – he has stayed in charge though and preparations for the 2018-19 season are well underway.
The London club have secured the £12m signing of Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu after he impressed on a loan move throughout 2017-18 ahead of a campaign where they are once again expected to comfortably keep their status as a top-flight club.
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After a 14th placed finish during the 2017/18 season, Watford Football Club are currently preparing for their fourth consecutive season in the Premier League for the first time ever.
With the Hornets starting to rebuild their own legacy that thrived particularly in the 1980s, tickets to watch Watford are becoming harder to purchase.
Fortunately, we at Box Office Events have created a guide on how to secure official Watford tickets.
Watford’s home at Vicarage Road is one of the smallest in the Premier League, meaning that it doesn’t took long for games to sell out.
To combat this, purchasing a season ticket is the best way to guarantee yourself a seat at all of Watford’s home league matches.
There is currently space for 14,000 season ticket holders at Watford and some season tickets are still available to purchase.
Prices for fans purchasing season tickets at phases one and two costs between £421 and £708 (£22.16-£37.26 per match) for adults aged between 18 and 64, from £219 to £524 (£11.53-£27.58 per match) for supporters aged 65 and over, between £150 and £356 (£7.89-£18.74 a match) for full time students and between £36 and £192 (£1.89-£10.11 a match) for fans under the age of 18.
The club also offer season tickets discounts for fans living 75 miles or further away from the ground. At phase one release, this season ticket costed between £255 and £367 (£13.42-£19.32 per match) for adults aged from 18 to 64, between £161 and £267 (£8.47-£14.05 per match) per season for fans aged 65 and over and between £114 and £185 (£6-£9.74) for full-time students.
Season tickets for disabled supporters are available inside the Rookery Stand, the lower section of the Graham Taylor Stand and in elevated positions in the Sir Elton John Stands. Prices for disabled season tickets in these sections during phases one and two costed either £88 or £111 (£4.63-£5.84 per match) for adults, between £60 and £75 (£3.16-£3.95 per match) for fans aged 65 and over, between £54 and £68 (£2.84-£3.58 per match) for full-time students and between £18 and £21 (95p-£1.11 per match) for supporters under the age of 18. All disabled season ticket holders will receive a free pass for their assistant for every match.
For adults sitting in the family section in a party with a least one of adult, you can receive a discount of up to £240 (£12.63 saving per match) for the entire season.
Holders of season tickets will receive priority access to match tickets for cup and away fixtures.
Unlike most top-flight football clubs, Watford does not have any membership schemes.
Loyalty points are built up by attending matches on a regular basis and the more regular you attend matches, the easier it will be to get tickets for cup and away matches.
Official tickets from the club can be purchased at either their stadium box office, over the phone or on their official website.
Tickets for adults cost £40 each inside the Sir Elton John Stand, whilst tickets in all other areas of ground for adults age between 19 and 64 costs between £36-£40. Supporters aged 65 and over will have to pay between £22 and £28 per match ticket. Full-time students are charged between £18 and £24 per match, whilst tickets for fans aged 18 and under cost between £10 and £20.
For fans purchasing tickets in the family area, at least one member of your booking party must be aged either 18 or under.
The club also have their own ticket exchange service, which allows season ticket holders to sell their own seat for matches to other fans when they cannot attend. Season ticket holders that use this over the course of the season shall receive discounts when renewing their season ticket for the following season.
Watford tickets can also be purchased via Box Office Events.
Due to the stadium’s small capacity and high percentage of season ticket holders, only a small of portion of match tickets reach general sale.
However, you can create an account with the club for free and build a up a buying history to receive rewards for your loyalty.
Watford offer three different types of hospitality packages at Vicarage Road, all of which allow fans the chance to enjoy matches from the luxury of executive seating, fine dining and more.
The Sir Elton John Suite is located above the upper tier of the Graham Taylor stand. Packages inside this suite come with: a premium casual environment, a selection of starters, deserts and a carvery-style main course, great views of the pitch, your own dining table, padded seating, which is located directly outside of the lounge, a complimentary team sheet and matchday programme for every guest and visits from former England and Watford player, Luther Blissett. Depending on the category of the match you attend, prices cost between £195 + VAT to £295 + VAT per person per match. Seasonal hospitality inside the Sir Elton John Suite can also be purchased for £3,990 + VAT per person.
Seating in The Gallery is also available and comes with similar hospitality privileges. From between £250 + VAT and £450 + VAT per person per match, fans will receive: a five course a la carte menu designed by the in-house chef, refreshments at half-time and full-time, your own personal dining table, a food offering based on a twist of British and French cuisine, padded seats in a central location near the Directors’ Box, a free matchday programme and team sheet for every guest, and it is open three hours before kick-off and remains open until late in the evening. For £4,990 + VAT per person, this package can be purchased for the entire season.
Also located in the central area is The View, which also provides a superb sight of the pitch, alongside luxury comfort and catering. Included in packages at The View are: a three-course menu alongside a selection of canapes and other snacks, your own dining table, refreshments at both half-time and full-time, padded seats adjacent to the Directors’ Box, a complimentary team sheet and matchday programme for every guest and pre and post-match interviews with both current and former Watford players. This option is priced between £225 + VAT to £350 + VAT per person per match and costs £4,450 + VAT per person for the season.
The TV Studio is available for £3,450 + VAT per person for the season, or between £185 + VAT and £295 + VAT per match. This package is for a 15-person private box and comes with: an informal three-course meal, refreshments at half-time, high tables and stools, inclusive beers, wines and soft drinks up to 15 minutes before kick-off, pre-orderable refreshments prior to half-time, your own dedicated waiter/waitress for your box and a complimentary matchday programme and team sheet per guest.
Watford also offer a Calcio package, which includes: a table for four in The Gallery and all its benefits, an advert on the big screen, a signed ball with a picture presentation, the chance to meet a current Watford player inside the home dugout, a pre-match tour and a complimentary gift presented by Luther Blissett. This costs between £2,250 + VAT and £3,950 + VAT per match, depending on the scale of Watford’s opponent on that day.
There is also the chance for season ticket holders to get a season ticket at the Captain’s Bar for only £190 + VAT for the season. This offer comes with access to the lounge pre-match, at half-time and at full-time for all of Watford’s 19 home league games and their first two Domestic cup games of the season, a wide range of purchasable pre-match meals, access to a private cash bar, drinks available before and after the match and at half time, a pre-order service for half time refreshments, discounted upgrades to corporate hospitality and a complimentary match day programme and team sheet for every game.
All hospitality packages are in the Graham Taylor Stand and in the corner of the Sir Elton John Stand.
Best places to sit at Vicarage Road
The atmosphere inside the Rookery Stand is an electric one and is certainly recommendable to all fans wanting to sing and chant and experience the passionate Watford fans in full force.
Sitting in the upper tier of the Graham Taylor Stand will provide fans with the best possible view of the pitch.
Vicarage Road information and facts
Watford’s Vicarage Road stadium is located on Vicarage Road, Watford. Postcode: WD18 0ER.
Since opening in 1922, Vicarage Road has been the home of Watford Football Club, but they have not been the only tenants of the stadium.
Between 1991 and 1994, Wealdstone FC shared the ground with the Hornets and between 1997 and 2012, Rugby Union side Saracens also played their home matches there.
The stadium has a capacity of 21,577, making it the second smallest current Premier League ground.
Its record attendance is 34,099, who attended Watford’s match against Manchester United in February 1969, which they lost 2-0.
The stadium has not just hosted football and rugby union during its 96-year history.
Between 1928 and 1978, regular greyhound races were held at the venue. However, at times during this 50-year period, racing was not prohibited due to licensing issues.
There is little parking around the area and therefore, fans planning on travelling to the ground should complete the final parts of their journey by either public transport or on foot.
Watford High Street is the nearest train station to the stadium, which is located about a 10-minute walk away. Watford Junction station is around a 20-minute walk away from Vicarage Road, as is Watford underground station.
Bus stops at The Hornets and General Hospital are both a two-minute walk away from the stadium.