Watford F.C.

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Watford F.C.
Full nameWatford Football Club
GroundVicarage Road
ChairmanScott Duxbury
ManagerRoy Hodgson
2021–22Premier League, 19th of 20 (relegated)
Current season

Watford F.C. are an English football club who play in Watford, near London.[1]

They wear yellow and black shirts and black shorts when they play at their home ground, Vicarage Road. For away games they wear green shirts and shorts. The club was founded in 1881.[2] Roy Hodgson is the current manager.

History[change | change source]

The club was at first called "Watford Rovers." It changed its name to "West Hertfordshire" in 1893, and "Watford F.C." in 1898. Watford won the Southern League in 1915 and joined the Football League in 1920. They stayed in the Football League's bottom division until 1960 when they were promoted to the Third Division as champions. Watford played in the Second Division for the first time in 1969 when Ken Furphy was the manager.[3]

Watford are best known for what they did between 1977 and 1987. Singer Elton John bought the club and made Graham Taylor manager in 1977. The team won the Fourth Division in 1978. They then came 2nd in the Third Division in 1979, and 2nd in the Second Division in 1982. Finally, they came 2nd in the First Division in 1983, and Luther Blissett was the league's top scorer. Watford also got to the FA Cup final in 1984. John Barnes, Nigel Callaghan, Tony Coton and Ross Jenkins were among Watford's star players during the period.

Taylor left Watford in 1987 and Watford were relegated to the then Second Division the following year. In the last 30 years they have mostly played in the second tier of English football. However, they enjoyed two seasons in the Premier League under Taylor, in his second spell as manager (1999/2000), and Aidy Boothroyd (2006/07), before Slaviša Jokanović again led them to promotion in 2015 to begin their current spell in the top flight.

League position[change | change source]

Season League Position
2000/01 First Division 9th
2001/02 First Division 14th
2002/03 First Division 13th
2003/04 First Division 16th
2004/05 League Championship 18th
2005/06 League Championship 3rd
2006/07 Premier League 20th
2007/08 League Championship 6th
2008/09 League Championship 13th
2009/10 League Championship 16th
2010/11 League Championship 14th
2011/12 League Championship 11th
2012/13 League Championship 3rd
2013/14 League Championship 13th
2014/15 League Championship 2nd
2015/16 Premier League 13th
2016/17 Premier League 17th
2017/18 Premier League 14th
2018/19 Premier League 11th
2019/20 Premier League 19th
2020/21 League Championship 2nd

Former position[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Football: How consistency and caution made Arsenal England's greatest team of the 20th century". The Independent (newspaper).
  2. "History - Club History". www.watfordfc.com.
  3. "They shaped the club". www.watfordfc.com. Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2021.