Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney play together as strikers for Watford.
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Watford returned to the Premier League for the first time in 8 years, after they won promotion from the Championship by finishing as runners-up to Bournemouth in 2014/15. It was the third time Watford had been promoted to the Premier League and last season was the first time they managed to escape immediate relegation after finishing bottom in 1999/00 and 2006/07.

Watford’s nickname is ‘The Hornets’, the nickname was chosen by the club’s supporters because they play in yellow and black. A hornet is a type of large wasp. There used to be a hornet on the club badge but it was replaced by a hart, which is an old-fashioned word for ‘stag’, which is a male deer. The hart is used because Watford is in Hertfordshire, a region of England that traditionally had many deer.

Will Watford be successful this season?

Watford play their home matches at Vicarage Road, which has a capacity of 21,577 and have played there since 1920. Two of the stadium’s stands are named after two of Watford’s most famous sons. The Graham Taylor Stand is named after the former England manager, who helped Watford to second place in the top division and the FA Cup Final in the 1980s. The Elton John Stand is named after the singer, who used to own the club. Both Graham Taylor and Elton John are honorary life presidents of Watford FC. 

Elton John is a massive Watford fan.

Watford have never won a major trophy in English football. The closest they came was in 1982-83 when they finished second in the first division when Liverpool won the title. They also got to the 1983-84 FA Cup Final but lost 2-0 to Everton.  Watford also played in Europe for the first and only ever time when they played in the 1983/84 UEFA Cup.

Watford had four different managers in 2014/15, but that didn’t stop them winning promotion to the Premier League. The Hornets started the season with Giuseppe Sannino but, by October, Watford had sacked Sannino and another 2 managers. The manager for the rest of the season was Slavisa Jokanović and in May he helped Watford to promotion. Jokanović wasn’t Watford’s manager in the Premier League however, he was replaced with ex-Real Madrid player and Atletico Madrid manager, Quique Flores at the end of the season.

Watford is about 30 kilometres north-west of London. If you decide to visit Vicarage Road (Watford’s stadium) to see a match getting to the ground is very easy. The quickest way is by train and the station you need is called Watford High Street. The stadium is just a 10-minute walk from the station. You can also get the underground to Watford from London but the overground train is much faster.

Troy Deeney was top scorer for Watford last season.

In 2015/16, Watford finished 13th in the Premier League and survived in the Premier League for the first ever time. Under Quique Flores, the Hornets had a great first half of the season but found the second half of the season more difficult. Watford’s top scorer was the Nigerian Odion Ighalo, who scored 15 goals. Flores was replaced as manager by Walter Materazzi during the close season. Watford have made lots of new signings and the most exciting is probably Roberto Pereyra from Juventus for £13 million.

Prediction 2016/17: 18th

Key player: Roberto Pereyra

Did you know....?

Watford weren't originally called Watford FC, they were originally called Watford Rovers! 

Where is Watford?

Learn about Watford FC

The following activities will help you learn about Watford football club. 

The first activity is a matching activity. If you're not sure of an answer, go back to the READ section.

Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match Watford's top scorer, stadium, stadium capacity, and club colours.
Can you match the facts and figures?

Watford play their home matches at Vicarage Road.

A Football Family

Watford is owned by the Italian businessman, Giampaolo Pozzo. Watford is not the only football club he owns; he has also bought Udinese, who play in Italy's top division, and Granada, who play in the top division in Spain.

Now you have looked at the facts and figures, it's time to go into detail. Can you answer some more detailed questions about the Hornets?

Activity 2: In this next activity, you will answer questions about Watford's manager, players and the club's performance in the 2013-14 season.
Can you select the right answers?

Are you a Watford fan?

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Tell us why you love The Hornets, tell us about your favourite Watford player, tell us about a match that you have seen, tell us your prediction for individual matches or the season.


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Salloum's picture
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Salloum Fri, 02/10/2015 - 21:24

I don't Know this team because its almost time isn't in the Premier League

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almirpereira Tue, 20/10/2015 - 23:56

I'm "D" +, WOW!!!!

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almirpereira Tue, 20/10/2015 - 23:59

I like the English Teams, but, I don't anybory athlete.

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aragorn1986 Fri, 23/10/2015 - 17:38

It is nice to see Watford in the Premier league again, only I don't understand why they changed the last manager. He helped them to get promotion. But if they think that Flores is the right person for a manager then it's it. Good luck however.

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nikosonris Fri, 13/11/2015 - 13:22

Deeney & Ighalo are an excellent combination upfront for the Hornets.

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AleksandarR Wed, 02/12/2015 - 21:33

well, this was the hardest quiz so far :)

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aragorn1986 Tue, 08/12/2015 - 20:52

Deeney is very good player. Honestly, I didn't expect to see Watford in the first part of the table. I thought they were going to struggle to survive.

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nikosonris Wed, 16/12/2015 - 15:03

Huge fixture this weekend: currently in-form Watford vs Liverpool having its ups and downs)

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nikosonris Mon, 21/12/2015 - 16:34

Now everyone is calling Watford 'fearless' after their brilliant performance against the Reds.

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nikosonris Mon, 28/12/2015 - 09:38

Odion Ighalo is my new hero. i can't help admiring his confidence, commitment and goal-scoring power.

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assemjuve Tue, 19/01/2016 - 17:11

Watford has alot of excellent players.

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aragorn1986 Mon, 25/01/2016 - 16:44

Yes, Ighalo proved himself as an extraordinary player. Watford is doing a great job!

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Tigrann Sun, 31/01/2016 - 19:45

For a newcomer Watford looks pretty solid, and i hope that for the next seasons it will have more Eanglish players

AT 271
joto Wed, 02/03/2016 - 16:15

good team

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HakanUslu1881 Tue, 08/03/2016 - 03:41

No,I am not.

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nikosonris Thu, 24/03/2016 - 08:30

After beating Gunners in FA Cup quarterfinals, Watford have good chances to get silverware this season.

PS 3433
assemjuve Fri, 08/04/2016 - 15:28

I think they will finish in the mid of the table this season,they have the only chance to win the F.A Cup.

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assemjuve Fri, 08/04/2016 - 15:29

They are playing in an attacking style.

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RafaelRC Thu, 21/04/2016 - 04:54

The goalkeeper Gomes was player of my team (Cruzeiro), He was bazilian's champion at 2003. He is a excelent goalkeeper.

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kwesimanifest Sun, 05/06/2016 - 00:31

I love this team because they display a great magnitude of resilience in games

GH 3604
kwesimanifest Sun, 05/06/2016 - 00:32

I gha Ighalo he is my favourite player

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kwesimanifest Sun, 05/06/2016 - 00:34

They did well to have finished in the middle of the table

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kwesimanifest Sun, 05/06/2016 - 00:40

I think Watford fans have something to cheer about given that they didn't get relegated

AT 271
joto Wed, 15/06/2016 - 09:50

I like Prödl best

CO 44
juanjava Mon, 21/11/2016 - 22:58

This season The hornets have one of my favorite Colombian players Camilo zuñiga, for that reason i haven been following this team.

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Caco Sat, 28/01/2017 - 15:15


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Mehmed92 Sun, 29/01/2017 - 07:31

Watford popular name:
"The Hornets".

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Mehmed92 Sun, 29/01/2017 - 07:34

Watford -----> The Hornets


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