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 brought in a number of managers since this stage, 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.