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Established
1881 (139 years old)

Sport
Soccer

Stadium/Home
Vicarage Road
(21,577 Capacity)

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Location
Watford, Hertfordshire

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Competitions
English Premier League
FA Cup
EFL Cup

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Latest Results
04 Jul 20 Chelsea  3 - 0  Watford
28 Jun 20 Watford  1 - 3  Southampton
25 Jun 20 Burnley  1 - 0  Watford
20 Jun 20 Watford  1 - 1  Leicester
07 Mar 20 Crystal Palace  1 - 0  Watford

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Watford Football Club is a football club based in Hertfordshire, England. Founded in 1881 as Watford Rovers, the club entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1886, and the Southern League a decade later. After finishing the 1914–15 season as Southern League champions under the management of Harry Kent, Watford joined the Football League in 1920. The club played at several grounds in its early history, before moving to a permanent location at Vicarage Road in 1922, where it remains to this day. Watford spent most of the following half century in the lower divisions of The Football League, changing colours and crest on multiple occasions.

England manager Graham Taylor saw Watford scale new heights. Between Taylor's appointment in 1977 and departure in 1987, Watford rose from the Fourth Division to the First Division. The team finished second in the First Division in the 1982–83 season, competed in the UEFA Cup in 1983–84, and also reached the 1984 FA Cup Final. Watford experienced a decade of decline between 1987 and 1997, before Taylor returned as full-time manager, leading the team to successive promotions from the renamed Second Division to the Premier League. The club's most recent stint in the top division of English football was during the 2006–07 season, under Aidy Boothroyd's management. In the 2014–15 season, Watford will compete in the Football League Championship – the second highest level of English football.

Watford is currently owned by the Pozzo family, which also owns Udinese Calcio in Italy and Granada CF in Spain. Sir Elton John, who owned Watford during both of Graham Taylor's successful periods as manager, served alongside Taylor as the club's joint Honorary Life President, until 2008 only to later resume the role which he now shares alongside Graham Taylor.

Team Members
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Daniel
Bachmann
#35

Etienne
Capoue
#29

Craig
Cathcart
#15

Nathaniel
Chalobah
#14

Tom
Cleverley
#8

Craig
Dawson
#4

Troy
Deeney
#9

Tom
Dele-Bashiru
#24

Gerard
Deulofeu
#7

Abdoulaye
Doucoure
#16

Kiko
Femenía
#21

Ben
Foster
#26

Heurelho
Gomes
#1

Andre
Gray
#18

Jose
Holebas
#25

Will
Hughes
#19

Darryl
Janmaat
#2

Christian
Kabasele
#27

Adrian
Mariappa
#6

Adam
Masina
#11

João
Pedro
#17

Adalberto
Peñaranda
#13

Roberto
Pereyra
#37

Ignacio
Pussetto
#33

Domingos
Quina
#20

Ismaïla
Sarr
#23

Isaac
Success
#22

Danny
Welbeck
#10
= Contract years remaining

Stadium or Home

Vicarage Road, a stadium in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, is the home of the football club Watford. An all-seater stadium, its current capacity is 20,877 following the completion of the new Sir Elton John Stand in 2014.

It has been the home of Watford since 1922, when the club moved from Cassio Road. The ground was officially opened by Col. Charles Healey of Benskins Brewery for the visit of Millwall on 30 August 1922. In addition to being Watford's home since opening, the stadium was also home to Wealdstone F.C. between 1991 and 1993, and to rugby union side Saracens from 1997 until they moved to their new home at Allianz Park in February 2013.

After purchasing the freehold of the stadium from Benskins in January 2002, Watford's financial situation forced them to sell and lease back the stadium later that year. However, after a campaign entitled 'Let's Buy Back The Vic' with donations coming from fans, as well as celebrity former owner Elton John donating the entire proceeds of a concert held at the venue, the club was able to repurchase the stadium in September 2004.

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