Category: 90s

Nick Wright

Nick joined Watford from Carlisle United in the summer of 1998 in a deal which also brought Allan Smart to the club. He scored a memorable overhead kick in the 1999 play-off final at Wembley.

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Michel Ngonge

Striker Michel was signed in the summer of 1998 and scored some crucial goals including the goal against Birmingham City in the 1999 play-off semi-final.

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Allan Smart

Allan joined Watford in the summer of 1998 in a deal which also brought Nick Wright to the club, and was part of the play-off winning side, scoring the second goal at Wembley.

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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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Chris Day

Goalkeeper Chris joined the Hornets in 1997 in the deal which took fellow goalkeeper Kevin Miller to Crystal Palace. He played just 11 games over four seasons at the club.

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Ronny Rosenthal

Striker Ronny signed on a free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur early in the 1997-8 season and played an important role in winning the Division Two championship including winning the Goal of the Season accolade.

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Peter Kennedy

Northern Ireland international Peter joined Watford in the summer of 1997. Despite playing in a wing-back role, he finished top scorer in 1997-8 as the club gained promotion to Division One.

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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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Jason Lee

Striker Jason joined Watford from Nottingham Forest in 1997 and spent just over one season with the club, scoring 11 goals including the goal which clinched the Division Two title.

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Richard Flash

Former Manchester United trainee Richard spent two seasons at the club but made only one appearance, his senior football debut in an away match at Burnley.

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Keith Scott

Striker Keith enjoyed a brief loan spell with Watford in 1997, making six appearances and scoring twice.

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Craig Armstrong

Craig joined the club on a loan deal from Nottingham Forest in 1997, making his debut against Luton Town. He went on to make fifteen appearances for the club.

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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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Wayne Andrews

Striker Wayne progressed through the youth system at Watford and made regular appearances in 1996-7 scoring five goals in 29 appearances, but struggled to regain his place after breaking his ankle the following season. 

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Devon White

Centre-forward Devon was one of Glenn Roeder’s final signings in 1996, joining from Notts County. He went on to play 38 games for the club, scoring six goals.

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Steve Palmer

Defender or defensive midfielder Steve joined the club in 1995 and went on to make well over 200 appearances for the club over six years, including winning Player of the Season as Watford were promoted to the Premier League.

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Steve Cherry

Goalkeeper Steve signed for Watford from Notts County as cover for Kevin Miller in 1995. He played only four games for the club before rejoining his former club, Plymouth Argyle and helped them gain promotion.

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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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Kevin Miller

Goalkeeper Kevin signed from Birmingham City in the summer of 1994. He went on to play for three seasons at the club, winning the Player of the Season award twice.

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Derek Payne

Midfielder Derek signed for Watford from Southend United. He spent two seasons at the club, scoring one memorable goal against Sheffield United.

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Keith Millen

Defender Keith signed for the Hornets in 1994 and helped the club avoid relegation to the third tier. He went on to spend five years at the club and was involved in two promotion winning teams.

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Dennis Bailey

Striker Dennis was in Watford’s youth team in the early 80s but was released. He returned to the club in 1994 on loan, making just eight appearances but scoring some vital goals as the club avoided relegation to the third tier.

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Tommy Mooney

Tommy signed for Watford after a successful loan period in 1994. He was twice winner of the Player of the Season award, and was the fourth player inducted into the Watford Hall of Fame.

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Craig Ramage

Craig signed from his home town club, Derby County in February 1994. Over a three year period, he played just over a hundred games for the club, scoring 27 goals. 

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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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James Meara

Midfielder James was part of the FA Youth Cup winning squad in 1989. He signed professional with the club, but made only two first-team appearances.

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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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Lee Nogan

Striker Lee joined the club from Oxford United in December 1991 and played over 100 games 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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Keith Dublin

Defender Keith was signed from Brighton & Hove Albion in 1990. He made over 150 appearances for the club.

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Darren Bazeley

Darren came through the youth system at Watford, making his debut in 1990 as a winger. He also played as a striker and full-back in ten years at the club.

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Gary Penrice

Gary had two spells at the club, signing initially for £500k from Bristol Rovers in 1989. He returned to the club in 1995. 

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Glenn Roeder

Glenn first joined the club as a player in 1989 and was club captain over a three year period. He then rejoined the club as manager in 1993 replacing Steve Perryman.

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Paul Wilkinson

Striker Paul joined Watford in 1988 and was top scorer in each of his three seasons at the club He also made four appearances in a brief loan spell in 1995.

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Rod Thomas

Rod came through the youth system at Watford and was highly rated youngster. He made his debut aged 17 at Arsenal in the old First Division.

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David Holdsworth

Central Defender David came through the youth ranks at Watford, playing in the 1985 FA Youth Cup final. He made his debut in 1988 and played more than 250 games for the club.

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Gary Porter

Sunderland born midfielder Gary came through the youth ranks and made his Watford debut in December 1983. He stayed with the club until 1997.

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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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Nigel Callaghan

Talented right winger Nigel came through the youth team and made his debut in 1980. He left the club in 1987 but made a brief return on loan in 1991.

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Kenny Jackett

Kenny came through the youth ranks and played for Watford between 1980 and 1990 before retiring with a knee injury. He then held various coaching roles at the club, including managing the first team for one season.

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