Watford F.C.

The Watford FC ( officially: Watford Football Club ) - also known as The Hornets ( The Hornets ) - is an English football club based in Watford.


The club was founded in 1881 as Watford Rovers and renamed in 1890 in West Watford Hearts. 1898 it merged with Watford St Mary's for Watford FC.

The club colors are black and yellow. Their home ground is Vicarage Road, which is shared with the rugby club Saracens.

The greatest success the team achieved in 1983 with the surprising runner-up, after the initial rise in the First Division managed the Watford FC directly. A year later, the Hornets reached the final of the FA Cup, but lost there on 19 May 1984 0-2 against Everton.

Elton John resigned in mid-2002 after a total of 25 years as president and patron of - two years after the club from the Premier League was staying.

Once the team was in previously escaped barely escape relegation from the Football League Championship, it was the 2005/ 06 third in the table, thus reaching the play-offs for promotion to the Premier League. After the semi-final victory over Crystal Palace Watford won the final in Cardiff 3-0 Leeds United and was the 2006/07 season again top notch. But after a year the club was relegated as a Table back into the second division.

In the summer of 2012, the Italian entrepreneur Pozzo family took over the club. The family has since 1986 owner of the Italian club Udinese Calcio and FC Granada since 2009. Between the clubs, an intensive exchange players on loan takes place.

Squad 2013/14 season

(As of August 31, 2013 )


League membership

Well-known former players

Women's team

The women's team plays in the FA Women's Premier League, the highest division in the English women's football.


The pop singer Elton John was for a time president of the association.

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