Watford Legends

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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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John Barnes

Arguably the finest player ever to play for Watford, John joined Watford at the age of 17 after being spotted playing for non-league Sudbury Court. He went on to make nearly 300 appearances for the club over six seasons, before joining Liverpool in 1987.

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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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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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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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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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Eric Steele

Goalkeeper Eric joined Watford in 1979 and spent five years at the club, initially as first choice but then as back-up to Steve Sherwood.

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The Enjoy the Game Interviews

John Barnes: Enjoy the Game Interview

If you saw John Barnes play you’ll be hard pushed to think of a more naturally gifted individual to wear a Watford shirt. Barnes was the one who got the crowd on the edge of their seat, or on tiptoes, whenever he got the ball. We met one Tuesday afternoon and it was an interesting chat but I felt like I was not really getting much beneath the surface.

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Nigel Gibbs: Enjoy the Game Interview

Nigel Gibbs was the third person interviewed for Enjoy the Game. At the time he was on the coaching staff at Reading and so I made the short trip to Berkshire and met him in the canteen at the club’s training ground.

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Brian Talbot: Enjoy the Game Interview

An FA Cup winner with both Ipswich and Arsenal, and with England caps, Brian Talbot was clearly a midfielder with an impressive pedigree. He signed at the age of 32 on a generous contract and it was a curious decision by Graham Taylor. I met Talbot at a branch of Starbucks on a bright June day and was interested to hear what he thought about his season and a bit at Watford.

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