New Season

And they’re off!

With so many changes at Watford FC I think there are a number of supporters (including me) who are apprehensive as to how the new manager and players would fare this season. Most pundits have written them off and with a poor pre-season campaign, only winning one game, the signs are not great. I hope that they settle down quickly, getting a few wins under their belt early on to ease supporters fears, but somehow I don’t think Watford will do so.

I didn’t tempt fate with putting Watford in my top or bottom three of my league predictions; a mid-to-top placing will be fine.

One thing I am looking forward is the banter Matt and I will be having with Abby’s boyfriend Loz, who is an ardent Birmingham City fan; that should give the season some edge.

As I type this Watford have just drawn 2-2 in their first game of the Championship, after initially leading 0-2; two goals by two new boys is an encouraging start.

Birmingham lost 🙂

Watford Clearance Sale

It was pretty obvious with the club in such a precarious financial state the inevitable end of season sale was going to happen and today, with the loss of Manager Malky Mackay to Cardiff City, it looks like things have really gone from bad to worse.

Last week’s transfer of the season’s Championship top scorer Danny Graham to newly promoted Swansea City was always likely to happen, but it was hoped that our young Manager would stick with the Hornets, especially as he signed a new three year contract in March.

I do wonder if the new incoming Manager, whoever is appointed, will be able to continue where Malky left off, especially with such a young and inexperienced squad. Clearly Malky had a way of motivating beyond the expectations of most supporters, and critics, which I guess is why he was poached away.

I think for a Watford supporter it is going to be a long season.

I was chatting to a fellow Watford supporter I have known for a long time today and he was telling me about how he enquired about selling his Watford shares he bought about twelve years ago. He said he had fifty thousand shares at a penny a share and thought it would be a good time to cash them in, giving him a nice five hundred quid. When he rang his broker he discovered that since purchasing his shares there had been many share options since he bought his, meaning he actually only had the equivalent of fifty shares rather than fifty thousand. A quick calculation and the realisation that the value of his shares were now worth only fifty pence meant that he decided to keep the shares after all.

I guess promotion next season might help them increase in value, but I don’t think that is very likely!

Slippery Slope

Watford FC suffered another defeat last night, what a contrast to two months ago when they beat club records in winning seven games on the trot. The hornets are now eight games without a win and sliding rapidly down the league table.

Matt was unfortunate enough to go and watch them last night the text he sent me after the match summed up his frustration “Absolutely awful!”. I listened to the commentary of the game and it sounded like they are a team lacking confidence and some experienced defenders. Unfortunately, with such a youthful side, it was always going to be a tough season and it looks like the critics are going to be proved right.

Another massive disadvantage is the Vicarage Road pitch, which by all accounts,  is very poor. The main reason for this is that Saracens Rugby Club share the ground at present, hopefully things will improve next season when they move away to another venue, leaving the pitch solely for football use.

I hope Watford have secured sufficient points to stay out of the relegation zone as at present I cannot see them winning too many more games based on their current form.

COYH

Come on you ‘orns

At the start of the season I speculated that Watford may struggle this season due to the inexperienced youngsters and lack of financial backing to purchase new players. And typically they got off to a great start, defying both myself and many critics who felt it wouldn’t last. And sure enough, a quarter of the way through the season, the team started to pick up injuries, lost a few games and began dropping down the table. Oddly though the team were only losing by one of two goals and were still scoring plenty of goals. It still looked ominous though.
But then, mid-November, they started on a remarkable run of games starting with two draws followed by six wins. And in this run they have scored 20 goals. Currently they are the top goal scorers in all league teams in Scotland and England.

These performances have catapulted them up into the playoff positions, with many pundits really taking note of this youthful team and their young manager, Malky Mackay. Unfortunately, it has also raised speculation of the Manager and many of the players being linked to other clubs.

And so, like many Watford supporters, I am hoping that the team can stick together for the remainder of the season and remain in a playoff place. If that happens, then anything is possible, even the unthinkable situation of gaining promotion back to the Premier League. Now that would be a result!

And breath…for now

Every World Cup they do it to us and every time we all suffer with PMT (Pre-Match Tension), then agonise during the games when things aren’t going right; chatising the team, the management and the officials for a performance below what was expected.

And this World Cup has been no different. English fans have suffered through two poor results and it was looking very likely that the team would be heading home on an earlier British Airways flight (strike permitting of course). There have been comments made by players and the Manager about team selection, which suggested all was not well in the England camp. One player even had to apologise after moaning about the fans booing after the dreadful second game.

So will things now improve now England have qualified for the next phase of the tournament? I think not as we’ve now got to play the Germans, so it will all start again on Sunday.

The joys of an England football supporter!

Phew the season’s over

For a Watford football club supporter it has been a long season!

After a promising start and some encouraging results, the team began the campaign well, but as winter approached the defeats started. This coincided with the club’s poor financial predicament, which saw them nearly go out of business. Luckily Lord Ashcroft diverted some of his millions into the coffers and kept the club afloat.

Malky Mackay managed to retain players during the transfer period in January, including under 21 goalkeeper Scott Loach but the results still were not favourable and the club only made their Championship League status secure after a win against Reading last weekend.

And so to the final game of the season. Today Watford are away at Coventry and so I am off to see them with Matt & his girlfriend this afternoon. It was hoped it would be a nice, relaxing game, played in lovely Spring-like weather. Unfortunately on waking this morning the wind is howling and it is chucking it down with rain.

Oh to be a football supporter!