Tag: Watford

Marco Silva: On Loyalty & Hindsight

So, farewell for now then, Marco Silva, whose departure from Watford this morning following yesterday afternoon’s defeat at Stoke City brings to a close one of the more unusual of the Hornets’ recent forays into the curious world of fixed-term managership. Silva’s time in English football has overall come to be characterised by unusual twists and turns. His arrival at Hull City at the very beginning of this year saw him considered something of a footballing dead man walking. The club’s overall condition at the time put Silva into something of a no-lose situation. Nobody expected Hull to stay...

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The FA, Watford & A Woman’s Place

It’s probably reasonable to say that, following the severe criticism that the Football Association has been receiving of late over the Eni Aluko matter (and, as though this even needs to be said, deservedly so), the relationship between men and women’s football isn’t in a terribly healthy place at the moment. As such, the decision of Watford FC to pull the funding from its women’s team and demote it down to a regional amateur level probably couldn’t have come at a worse time for the game’s governing body. The phrase “institutionally racist” came up more than once during the...

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Video of the Day: Watford vs Liverpool, January 1986

The Premier League returns this season and, whilst Arsenal and Leicester City got things under way last night with a match which seemed to confirm that peak Arsenal seems to turn up earlier each year, the first Saturday match of the season comes at lunchtime when Watford entertain Liverpool at Vicarage Road. Despite last year’s disappointing seventeenth placed finish last season, there remains the truth that this team is starting to come close to those made of Graham Taylor’s Watford team of the 1980s. Taylor’s team spent six years in the top flight between 1982 and 1988, played European...

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Graham Taylor: A Life Well-Lived 

They say that you can judge a man by the company that he keeps. In a similar spirit, when somebody dies, you can judge their character as a human being by the warmth and generosity of the tributes that they receive. If we accept this as a given, we have learnt a lot about Graham Taylor today, following the news of his death at the age of seventy-two. These tributes have been widespread, heartfelt, and sincere, and have come from all four corners of English football’s vast and diverse community, from former players and pundits, from the supporters of...

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Watford & The Doctored Letter

The headlines may well turn out to be worse than any eventual sanction that the club faces, but there can be little question that those headlines are very damaging indeed, and that the ultimate matter of what happens next to Watford Football Club after the revelations made in the Daily Telegraph this morning is out of the club’s hands. The Telegraph reported that, when the club transferred its ownership from Giampaolo Pozzo to his son Gino in the summer of 2014, a forged document – a letter from the HSBC Bank – was used to prove to the Football...

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