Watford Legends

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Jordan Parkes

Former youth trainee Jordan had a long association with the club from the age of eight, representing England at youth level and making his first-team debut while still a trainee. He made a single league appearance before joining Barnet in 2010.

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Rene Gilmartin

Irish goalkeeper Rene signed initially for Watford in 2010 from Walsall, mainly playing understudy to Scott Loach. He joined Plymouth Argyle in 2012, but returned to Watford two years later as back-up to Heurelho Gomes and Jonathan Bond, and stayed until the summer of 2017.

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Marvin Sordell

Academy graduate Marvin established himself in 2010-11, partnering Danny Graham in a young Watford team under Malky Mackay. His form persuaded Bolton Wanderers to pay £3m for his services on transfer deadline day in January 2012.

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Nathan Ellington

Striker Nathan signed in a then club record deal worth £3.25 million from WBA as manager Aidy Boothroyd looked to return to the Premier League at the first attempt. However it turned into a struggle for both player and team.

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Neil Shipperley

Striker Neil Shipperley had a brief loan spell at Watford at the end of 1994. He scored one goal in his six appearances for the club.

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Steve Perryman

Steve took over as manager in late 1990 with the Hornets struggling. He managed to turn things round and avoided relegation with a game to spare.

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Filippo Galli

Former AC Milan central defender Filippo signed for Watford in the summer of 2001 as the club prepared for life under Gianluca Vialli. He was appointed club captain.

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The Enjoy the Game Interviews

Charlie Palmer: Enjoy the Game Interview

The first interview conducted by phone was with defender Charlie Palmer who broke into the team at the start of the 1983-84 season but then lost his place to David Bardsley. I had thought that Palmer would be a peripheral figure in the story but it was an honest, frank and insightful interview.

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Tony Coton: Enjoy the Game Interview

For the second interview, I had a trip to Manchester to cover some cycling. Someone I knew at Manchester United had put me in touch with Tony Coton and he agreed to meet me one February afternoon in 2009.

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Ross Jenkins: Enjoy the Game Interview

Ross Jenkins is one of the four players who symbolises Watford’s rise through the divisions. He was the only one who had played for the first team when they were 92nd (bottom of the Fourth Division) under Mike Keen, and 1st (top of the First Division) six years later. He was the final Watford player I interviewed for Enjoy the Game.

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