Nicknames: The Hornets, The Golden Boys, Yellow Army, The ‘Orns

Ground: Vicarage Road

One of the oldest clubs to never have won a major trophy.

Watford Football Club is an English association football club from Watford, Hertfordshire. Formed as Watford Rovers in 1881, the club entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1886. In the same year, they also entered the county-wide Herts Senior Cup, reaching the final six times over the next ten years. Watford Rovers became West Hertfordshire in 1893, and joined the Southern League for the 1896–97 season. The team started to change from one entirely of amateurs, to one including paid professionals. In 1898, West Hertfordshire merged with Watford St Mary’s to form Watford Football Club.



Watford’s kit has changed considerably over the course of the club’s history. The club’s kit featured various combinations of red, green and yellow stripes, before a new colour scheme of black and white was adopted for the 1909–10 season. These colours were retained until the 1920s, when the club introduced an all-blue shirt. After a change of colours to gold shirts and black shorts for 1959–60, the team’s nickname was changed to The Hornets, after a popular vote via the supporters club. These colours remained until 1976, when Watford’s kits started featuring red, and the gold was changed to yellow. That colour scheme has continued into the 21st century.


Arch-enemy: Watford fans maintain a rivalry with those of Luton Town. 



Football League First Division Runners-up 1982–83
Football League Championship Runners-up 2014–15
Play-off Winners 1998–99, 2005–06
Play-off Runners-up 2012–13
Football League Second Division Runners-up 1981–82
Play-off Winners
Football League Third Division Champions 1968–69, 1997–98
Runners-up 1978–79
Football League Fourth Division Champions 1977–78
Southern Football League Champions 1914–15
Runners-up 1919–20
FA Cup Runners-up 1983–84



Did You Know? The song “Blue is the Colour” was released as a single in the build-up to the 1972 League Cup Final, with all members of Chelsea’s first team squad singing; it reached number five in the UK Singles Chart


Famous Players: Luther Blissett, Tony Coton, David James, Tommy Mooney.


Biggest home win overall:
The team’s biggest Football League winning margin is 8–0; this first occurred in a Third Division South match against Newport County in 1924, and was repeated in a First Division match against Sunderland in 1982.


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