Today we embark on a defining week in Watford’s season all be it just one game in.
We have three games which on paper should see us with the level of spend pre-season secure some valuable points and morale boasting performances.
Firstly it’s nice to look back and with our first away game of the season it brings back memories of the first match of 1996/97 and a trip to Dean Court and Bournemouth.
It was the season with thanks to Graham Taylor that I started my career at Vicarage Road but the trip to the South coast was eventful with a crash on the M25 and a journey that took 5 hours to complete. Fortunately, the trip with friends and other half’s was completed by the boys in my convertible!!
Upon arrival the match had been delayed due to the crash and the largest contingent of away fans Bournemouth had seen at the time. Once into the ground we literally couldn’t move and with the sun beating down on us during the hottest day of the year, faces by the end of the two one victory were red as red could be.
What was funnier, was when we met the other half’s in the pub later with our red hot faces and their disgust of our tans as they had gone to the beech to enjoy the weather but only encountered sea fog and not a beam of sun!!!
But today memories need to be parked and a focus on Bournemouth who will include Jermaine Defoe in their first outing at home. Yes we have secured a well-deserved point last week but surly at least 4 points and progression to the next round of the League Cup should be a minimum expectation this week.
Yes the weather mirrors that fantastic day in 1996 but today lets travel back with not just sand in our shoes and a sun burnt faces but success on the field with a performance to match.
COYH and Enjooooythegame
Well what a start to a season at Vicarage Road with Watford saying to the Premier League that we aren’t here to make up the numbers this season and 17th certainly won’t be good enough.
A six goal thriller with Watford standing ‘toe to toe’ to Liverpool in all areas and without a few mistakes three points could have been quite easily secured after our first match of the 2017/18 campaign.
A few questions were raised prior to kick off with regard to the first team selected by Marco Silva but these were quickly dispelled with our early goal.
Watford’s fight and desire were refreshing after our finish to our last campaign especially after conceding two quick goals after the break.
The real test will come against both Bournemouth and at home to Brighton later in the month but the reaction and positive interview the Gaffer gave post-match with the obvious intent to engage and congratulate the fans on their support is encouraging.
The point was a bonus and with the great display has I’m sure sent the fans away with a ‘spring in their step. but again the issue regarding injuries I hope won’t scupper our positive start.
A great start not only with the result but also with the desire and passion the Manager and Players played with today.
COYH and Enjooooythegame!!!
With the 2017/18 season starting this weekend comes a new dawning at Vicarage Road with Marco Silva and a host of new additions to Watford's squad.
With such a disappointing end to the last campaign what can the fans of our great Club expect this season?
Well we or the Gaffer certainly can't say that the Owners haven't invested both on and off field with a fantastic ground and facilities in addition to the Club breaking its own transfer record with the purchase of Andre Gray.
Should our expectations be more than just achieving 17th place or are we just keeping up with the pace of the Premier League transfer fees?
Certainly with the purchases of Andre Gray, Richarlison, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Cleverley, Will Hughes, Kiko Femenia and contract extensions of Craig Cathcart and Heurelho Gomes I would be extremely disappointed if we don’t finish mid table at least with a brand of exciting attacking football?
We now have quality and depth of squad in all areas from an experience and quality Goal Keeper and back four to young talented mid fielders and with the recent purchases, don’t have to rely on Troy again with proven strikers available on tap.
Yes, there have been questions on the fitness and even the commitment to the Club from our Captain but with Marco’s stewardship let’s hope that Troy can still add that fire power up front with the additional options the owners have so heavily invested in recently.
Times have changed both in football and at our ‘little’ club since I started watching in 1977 but we have to applaud the commitment from the owners and the opportunity we have been given to watch top flight football for the third season in a row.
Now it’s over to the players and manager who have to repay the investment with a brand of football which will excite, motivate and guarantee another top flight season in 2018/19.
The commitment is certainly there from the owners and fans so let’s see our passion mirrored on the pitch so together lets shout - COYH and Enjooooythegame!!!
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