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Introduction

This website is in the process of being updated to include the 2016/17 season. In the meantime here is a miscellany of statistical trivia from the recent campaign:

For the first time in thirteen years, Watford began the season with a starting eleven which included no new players.

From his first league goal for Watford to his departure from the club, Odion Ighalo scored 34 goals in 43+10 league appearances, followed by 2 goals in 28+4.

Arsenal were the first visiting side for nine years to score three first-half goals at Vicarage Road.

The 5-0 defeat by Manchester City was Watford’s worst end-of-season  result since 1958, and the worst-ever when the final match has been at home.

The last player before Troy Deeney who represented Watford with a career tally of 100+ English league goals under his belt was Nathan Ellington. Deeney began the season with a league tally of 91 in the top two divisions – second only to Luther Blissett’s 111 goals at those levels. Deeney also equalled Blissett’s club record in scoring ten or more league goals in each of six consecutive seasons.

The 3,614 days between Adrian Mariappa’s 19th and 20th Watford appearances in the FA Premier League is a record for any club at that level.

The late-season run of six consecutive away matches without scoring was the club’s first such sequence for 38 years.

Watford kept a clean sheet for the first time in a sequence of 19 league visits to Swansea since 1923.

In the home match against Hull City, Watford had 23 shots at goal, not one of which was on target. They nevertheless won 1-0, thanks to an own goal.

Two league wins at home in the space of four days on the 1st and 4th of April was the club’s first instance of its kind in the top tier for 32 years.

Millwall’s match-winning goal in the 4th Round of the FA Cup was the only one ever conceded in the competition by a substitute Watford goalkeeper.

In the space of 36 days three substitutes – Pereyra, Zúñiga, Success – each scored a league goal without ever having been in a Watford starting line-up in a league match.

The 4-2 defeat of West Ham United was only the second occasion on which Watford had ever won a top-flight away match after trailing by two goals. And only once before had four Watford players ever scored in a top-tier away match – at Tottenham Hotspur in 1985.

Three consecutive home wins without conceding a goal – 1-0 v Sunderland, 2-0 v West Bromwich Albion, 1-0 v Swansea City – was Watford’s first-ever such achievement in the top flight.

Liverpool’s 6-1 win against Watford at Anfield included five different scorers – the first such instance against the club since Wimbledon’s  5-0 home win in 1999, in which the scorers’ shirt numbers were 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 ….. and they scored in precisely that sequence.

In the first match after Liverpool’s 6-1 annihilation, Leicester City were beaten at Vicarage Road in what was only the second league win Watford had ever achieved against the reigning top-flight champions.

The club’s new manager, Marco Silva, is the youngest of the eight Pozzo appointments.

                     BRAIN-TEASER: Who is the only player missing from this brief list? –                                                          Troy Deeney, Tommy Mooney, Matej Vydra, ….?….                                                                          (The answer can be found in the Trivia section)                                     

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  • WELCOME to this factual and statistical record of the entire history of Watford Football Club. It contains extensive details of each season from 1881/82 to 2015/16, inclusive, including line-ups; a biographical and career account of every player who has appeared in a competitive first-team match; coverage of all the managers; a feature on each opposing club which includes the results of every meeting; and a wealth of miscellaneous facts and figures in the sections headed ‘Lists/Records’ and ‘Trivia’.

The club was founded in 1881, first entered the FA Cup in 1886/87, joined the Southern League in 1896, then the Football League in 1920 as a founder-member of its Third Division. It eventually rose to the First Division (then the top tier of English football) in 1982 and finished as runner-up at the first attempt, thereby qualifying for a place in the UEFA Cup competition; reached the FA Cup Final in 1984; and has subsequently spent three more top-flight spells in the FA Premier League. The highs and lows of all these eras are presented in equally thorough detail.

The ‘Seasons’, ‘Players’, ‘Managers’, ‘Opponents’ and ‘Lists / Records’ sections are in PDFs, which can be viewed only with Adobe Acrobat Reader software. This can be downloaded free of charge from: http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/?promoid+DAFYK

Queries or information relating to the website can be sent via the ‘Contact’ section. In particular, information is extremely welcome from anyone who can supply essential details which are lacking in the ‘Players’ pages. This applies especially to any missing birth or death dates, full names, photographs, etc, of local men and others who represented the club in its early years. Such assistance will be gratefully received.

  • GENERAL POINTS
  • Owing to the confusion caused by changes to divisional titles, Football League status since 1992 is referred to as ‘2nd tier’, ‘3rd tier’ or ‘4th tier’ wherever clarification is necessary.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, all references to match results show Watford’s score first.