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Ashley Young

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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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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Trevor How

Defender Trevor joined Watford as a schoolboy in 1971, and was given his debut in early 1975 by Mike Keen. He was part of the squad under Graham Taylor that won promotion out of Division Four and Division Three in consecutive seasons.

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Alec Chamberlain

Goalkeeper Alec signed in the summer of 1996 for just £40,000 from Sunderland. He went on to enjoy more than 20 years at the club as a player and then coach.

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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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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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Pat Rice

Northern Ireland international defender Pat signed for Watford in 1980, becoming club captain and helping secure the club’s first promotion to the top flight.

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The Enjoy the Game Interviews

Tom Walley: Enjoy the Game Interview

The players who made a career after graduating from Tom Walley’s school of hard work cannot speak highly enough of him. As we sat and talked about football, I could see that he could be terrifying and inspiring in equal measure. It was a scattergun conversation, his north Wales accent has barely faded, and I opted to let him just talk so I could see what gems he came out with.

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Trevor Senior: Enjoy the Game Interview

In the summer of 1987, Dave Bassett replaced Mark Falco with Trevor Senior, on paper a good signing given his goalscoring record with Reading. Senior’s goals dried up at Watford so
I was not surprised when he did not have a great deal of appetite to recall his time at Vicarage Road but I was very grateful that he spared some time to speak to me on the phone.

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Pat Rice: Enjoy the Game Interview

I met Pat Rice in the café area Arsenal’s training ground in London Colney; he was still Arsene Wenger’s assistant manager at the time. A one-club man until he joined Watford, Rice was a bona fide Arsenal legend, racking up more than 400 first team appearances before joining Watford. He captained Watford to promotion and during their first season in the top flight.

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