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Watford
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Full name Watford Football Club
Nickname(s) The Hornets
The Golden Boys
Yellow Army
The 'Orns
Founded 1881
Ground Vicarage Road
(Capacity: 21,577)
Owner Flag of Italy Gino Pozzo
Chairman Flag of England Scott Duxbury
Manager Flag of England Rob Edwards
Current League EFL Championship 
2021-22 Premier League, 19th (relegated)
Website Club home page
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Watford Football Club is a football club based in Hertfordshire, England, which plays in the EFL Championship, the second level of English football. Founded in 1881 as Watford Rovers, the club entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1886, and the Southern League a decade later. After finishing the 1914–15 season as Southern League champions under the management of Harry Kent, Watford joined the Football League in 1920. The club played at several grounds in its early history, before moving to a permanent location at Vicarage Road in 1922, where it remains to this day. Watford spent most of the following half century in the lower divisions of The Football League, changing colours and crest on multiple occasions.

England manager Graham Taylor's tenure at the club saw Watford scale new heights. Between Taylor's appointment in 1977 and departure in 1987, Watford rose from the Fourth Division to the First Division. The team finished second in the First Division in the 1982–83 season, competed in the UEFA Cup in 1983–84, and also reached the 1984 FA Cup Final. Watford experienced a decade of decline between 1987 and 1997, before Taylor returned as full-time manager, leading the team to successive promotions from the renamed Second Division to the Premier League for one season in 1999-2000. The club experienced a further one season stint in the top division of English football during the 2006–07 season, under Aidy Boothroyd's management. After eight years, Watford are once again competing in the Premier League 2015–16 season, after clinching promotion from the Football League Championship in the 2014–15 season.

Players

Current squad

As of 10 October 2021
No. Position Player
1 Flag of England GK Ben Foster
2 Flag of England DF Jeremy Ngakia
3 Flag of England DF Danny Rose
4 Flag of Nigeria MF Peter Etebo (on loan from Stoke City)
5 Flag of Nigeria DF William Troost-Ekong
6 Flag of Morocco MF Imran Louza
7 Flag of Norway FW Joshua King
8 Flag of England MF Tom Cleverley
10 Flag of Brazil FW João Pedro
11 Flag of Morocco DF Adam Masina
12 Flag of Sweden MF Ken Sema
13 Flag of Cameroon DF Nicolas Nkoulou
15 Flag of Northern Ireland DF Craig Cathcart
16 Flag of England MF Dan Gosling
No. Position Player
17 Flag of England FW Ashley Fletcher
18 Flag of Turkey MF Ozan Tufan (on loan from Fenerbahçe)
19 Flag of France MF Moussa Sissoko
21 Flag of Spain DF Kiko Femenía
23 Flag of Senegal FW Ismaïla Sarr
25 Flag of Nigeria FW Emmanuel Dennis
26 Flag of Austria GK Daniel Bachmann
27 Flag of Belgium DF Christian Kabasele
29 Flag of Colombia FW Cucho Hernández
31 Flag of Chile DF Francisco Sierralta
33 Flag of Slovakia MF Juraj Kucka
34 Flag of Germany FW Kwadwo Baah
35 Flag of Republic of Ireland GK Rob Elliot

Out on loan

The following players have previously made a league or cup appearance for Watford and are currently on loan at other teams:

No. Position Player
20 Flag of Portugal MF Domingos Quina (at Fulham until 31 May 2022)
24 Flag of Nigeria MF Tom Dele-Bashiru (at Reading until 31 May 2022)
36 Flag of England FW Joseph Hungbo (at Ross County until 31 May 2022)
Flag of Venezuela FW Adalberto Peñaranda (at UD Las Palmas until 30 June 2022)
No. Position Player
Flag of Denmark FW Philip Zinckernagel (at Nottingham Forest until 31 May 2022)
Flag of Jamaica FW Andre Gray (at Queens Park Rangers until 31 May 2022)
Flag of Argentina FW Ignacio Pussetto (at Udinese until 30 June 2022)

Under-23s and Academy

Main article: Watford F.C. Under-23s and Academy

Club alumni

Former players

Main article: Watford F.C. players

Managers

Main article: Watford F.C. managers

External links

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History: GeneralSeasons

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Watford F.C. squad - 2022–23

1 Foster · 2 Ngakia · 3 Rose · 4 Etebo · 5 Troost-Ekong · 6 Louza · 7 King · 8 Cleverley · 9 Deeney · 10 João Pedro · 11 Masina · 12 Sema · 14 Chalobah · 15 Cathcart · 16 Gosling · 17 Fletcher · 18 Gray · 19 Hughes · 20 Quina · 21 Femenía · 22 Success · 23 Sarr · 24 Dele-Bashiru · 25 Dennis · 26 Bachmann · 27 Kabasele · 29 Hernández · 31 Sierralta · 32 Pollock · 33 Kucka · 34 Baah · 35 Elliot · 36 Hungbo · 37 Perica · 38 Navarro ·

Watford Football Club - Managers

Goodall (1903–10) • Kent (1910–26) • Pagnam (1926–29) • McBain (1929–37) • Findlay (1938–47) • Bray (1947–48) • Hapgood (1948–50) • Gray (1950–51) • Green (1951–52) • Goulden (1952–55) • Paton (1955–56) • Goulden (1956) • McBain (1956–59) • Burgess (1959–63) • McGarry (1963–64) • Furphy (1964–71) • Kirby (1971–73) • Keen (1973–77) • Taylor (1977–87) • Bassett (1987–88) • Harrison (1988–90) • Lee (1990) • Perryman (1990–93) • Roeder (1993–96) • Taylor (1996) • Jackett (1996–97) • Taylor (1997–2001) • Vialli (2001–02) • Lewington (2002–05) • Boothroyd (2005–08) • Mackay (2008) • Rodgers (2008–09) • Mackay (2009–11) • Dyche (2011–12) • Zola (2012–13) • Sannino (2013–14) • Garcia (2014) • McKinlay (2014) • Jokanović (2014–15) • Flores (2015–16) • Mazzari (2016–17) • Silva (2017–18) • Gracia (2018–19) • Sánchez Flores (2019) • Pearson (2019–20) • Ivić (2020) • Xisco (2020–21) • Ranieri (2021–22) • Hodgson (2022) • Edwards (2022–)

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Watford F.C. seasons

2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 · 2018-19 · 2019-20 · 2020-21 · 2021-22 · 2022-23 ·

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Watford F.C. squad seasons

1984-85 · 1987-88 · 1996-97 · 2013-14 · 2014-15 · 2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 · 2018-19 · 2019-20 ·

Watford Football Club - Match seasons

2016-17

EFL Championship 2022-23

Birmingham City · Blackburn Rovers · Blackpool · Bristol City · Burnley · Cardiff City · Coventry City · Huddersfield Town · Hull City · Luton Town · Middlesbrough · Millwall · Norwich City · Preston North End · Queens Park Rangers · Reading · Rotherham United · Sheffield United · Stoke City · Sunderland · Swansea City · Watford · Wigan Athletic · West Bromwich Albion

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