Category: 00s

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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Danny Graham

Danny finished top scorer in both of his two seasons at the club, the second of which he was also voted Watford’s Player of the Season.

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Scott Loach

England u21 goalkeeper Scott joined Watford as a youngster from Lincoln City and conceded the “ghost goal” against Reading on his league debut in 2008.

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Jon Harley

Left-sided Jon joined Watford on a free transfer from Burnley and spent two seasons at the club between 2008 and 2010.

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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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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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Theo Robinson

Striker Theo made his debut for Watford as a 17 year old in 2006 but found subsequent appearances hard to come by in the following three years at the club.

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Matthew Spring

Midfielder Matt joined the club in 2005 having previously played for a certain team up the road and scoring against Watford in a League Cup tie.

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Malky Mackay

Malky was part of the 2006 squad promoted to the Premier League. He went on to join the coaching staff, and became Watford’s manager in 2009.

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Darius Henderson

Striker Darius signed in the summer of 2005 and was part of the promotion winning squad in 2006, scoring the final goal in the play-off final against Leeds.

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Jordan Stewart

Aidy Boothroyd’s first signing, Jordan joined from Leicester City in 2005 and was part of the promotion winning squad in 2006.

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Clarke Carlisle

Central defender Clarke signed for Watford in the summer of 2005 from Leeds United. He was part of the promotion winning squad in 2006, but missed out on the play-off final.

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Aidy Boothroyd

Aidy was the surprise choice of Watford manager, replacing Ray Lewington in 2005. However he guided the Hornets to promotion to the Premier League the following season.

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Jay DeMerit

American defender Jay DeMerit spent six seasons at Watford from 2004 to 2010 after impressing in a preseason friendly with Northwood. He became club captain and played for the USA at the 2010 World Cup.

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James Chambers

James joined the club initially on loan and then permanently in 2004. He was part of the play-off winning team in 2006.

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Brynjar Gunnarsson

Icelandic international midfielder Brynjar spent one season with the club in 2004-5 before joining Reading in the summer of 2005.

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Lenny Pidgeley

Goalkeeper Lenny came to Watford on loan from Chelsea and made his debut after Alec Chamberlain was sent off at Crewe in 2003.

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Paul Devlin

Winger Paul joined the club early in the 2003-4 season from his hometown club, Birmingham City. His transfer fee and wages were paid for by Elton John.

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Ashley Young

Ashley came through the youth academy and scored on his first-team debut. He went on to be sold for a fee of over £9 million and to play for Manchester United and England.

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Jack Smith

Younger brother of Tommy, defender Jack came through the youth system at Watford and made his debut towards the end of the 2002-3 season.

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Scott Fitzgerald

Striker Scott signed for Watford from non-league Northwood in early 2003 and went on to finish as the club’s top scorer in 2004-5.

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Richard Lee

Goalkeeper Richard came through the academy and made his debut for the Hornets in March 2003. He was in and around the first team for seven years.

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Neal Ardley

Neal joined the club from Wimbledon in the summer of 2002 and played for nearly three seasons, making over 100 appearances.

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Ray Lewington

Ray joined Watford as Reserve Team Manager in 2001, taking over as manager after Luca Vialli’s departure. He was manager through a difficult period for the club.

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Danny Webber

Striker Danny joined the Hornets originally with two loan spells from Manchester United in 2002. He then made a permanent move in 2003, and spent nearly two seasons at the club.

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Gavin Mahon

Gavin joined from Brentford as one of Luca Vialli’s final signings. He went on to captain the club to promotion to the Premier League in 2006.

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Wayne Brown

Defender Wayne joined Watford initially on loan under Luca Vialli in 2002. He joined the club permanently the following season.

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Jamie Hand

Tough tackling midfielder Jamie came through the youth ranks to make his debut under Gianluca Vialli in 2002 and made more than 50 appearances for the club.

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Stephen Glass

Midfielder Stephen joined from Newcastle United on a free transfer in 2001. He went on to score a memorable goal in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Burnley in 2003.

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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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Marcus Gayle

Signed as a striker by Luca Vialli in the summer of 2001, Marcus was successfully employed as a centre-back under Ray Lewington and won the Player of the Season award in 2003.

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Paolo Vernazza

Talented midfielder Paolo joined Watford from Arsenal in 2000, and made nearly 100 appearances over a three and a half year spell at the club.

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Allan Nielsen

Allan became Watford’s record signing in 2000, joining from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.5 million. He went on to play under three different managers in this three seasons at the club.

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Espen Baardsen

Norwegian international goalkeeper Espen joined the club from Tottenham Hotspur in 2000 for £1.25 million, shortly after the club had been relegated from the Premiership.

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Heidar Helguson

Iceland international striker Heidar enjoyed two spells with the club, initially signed for Watford for a club record £1.5 million in 2000. In season 2004-5 he won the Player, Goal and Display of the Season awards.

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Neil Cox

Neil joined Watford in their debut season in the Premier League and became Club Captain during a rocky financial period for the club.

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Tommy Smith

Tommy had two spells at the club, originally progressing through the youth ranks at Watford, making his first team debut late in 1997 and twice winning the Player of the Season award.

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Micah Hyde

Midfielder Micah was signed by Graham Taylor in the summer of 1997. He went on to enjoy two successive promotions as the club reached the Premier League for the first time.

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Paul Robinson

Local lad Paul came through the youth system at Watford and made his debut in a local derby with Luton Town. He went on to win two promotions with the club.

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Gifton Noel-Williams

Striker Gifton became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer when he scored against Blackpool in November 1996. He was a regular as Watford were promoted in 1998 and 1999 but suffered an injury which nearly finished his career.

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Darren Ward

Central defender Darren made his debut as a 17 year old in a derby game against Luton Town. Despite a serious injury in 1997, he regained fitness to become a regular in the 1999 Premiership team and in Division One the following season.

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Robert Page

Robert progressed through the youth system and went on to captain the side to two successive promotions and into the Premier League in 1999, when he also won the Player of the Season award.

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Bruce Dyer

Bruce had two spells at the club, making his debut as a 17 year old and becoming the most expensive teenager when sold to Crystal Palace in 1994.

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Richard Johnson

Australian midfielder Richard made his debut in 1991, and was a regular in the promoted sides between 1997 and 1999, gaining a reputation for scoring long range goals.

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Nigel Gibbs

Nigel made his playing debut in 1984 in the UEFA Cup and spent his entire playing career at Watford winning Player of the Season award in 1992. He also spent a period on the coaching staff of the club.

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Richard Jobson

Richard gave up his university degree course to join Watford in 1982, signing from non-league Burton Albion. He left for Hull City in 1985, and went on to have a twenty year career in the game and briefly returned to Watford in 2000.

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