1 day ago

Hornets At Home: Your Chance To Help

Watford fans’ sense of community is renowned within the football industry – and supporters have a chance to show why we’re The Original Family Club with our ‘Hornets At Home’ initiative, during what’s set to be a difficult time for many due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The club has written to all of its elderly supporters and those with a disability, drawing information from its records held, offering the help of fellow Hornets’ fans. Assistance will also be made available to those who become house-bound through illness.

We have made a general appeal to Watford fans who are in a position to help others to show our famed community ethos – embedded into the club by the late, great Graham Taylor OBE and Sir Elton John – and come forward with their offer to volunteer; whether that be chats on the phone, picking up shopping or some general maintenance tasks.

We have had an excellent response with supporters, office staff, football staff and players all signing up to help out – and these volunteers have been matched up with those who have requested help.

The number of responses from volunteers has exceeded the number of requests for help, so we would also like to direct supporters wishing to volunteer to the following links:

 Watford Borough Council's Watford Helps (Volunteering & Support) Coronavirus support pages 

  • Sign up to help volunteer HERE.

NHS Volunteer Responders

  • The NHS Volunteer Responders page is also currently paused for new recruitment, but can be found HERE.

Thank you to all who have offered their assistance so far.

‘Hornets At Home’ – a chance for Watford fans to show why family and community values are so important to all of the club’s supporters.

First Team 2 days ago

Blissett On Deeney: “I Really Hope He Beats My Record”

By Kevin Affleck

Luther Blissett unselfishly hopes Troy Deeney goes onto break his club league goals record once the football season resumes, believing it means his beloved Hornets are winning football matches if the captain is banging in the goals.

Speaking on official club podcast 'The View From The Vic', after firstly outlining the importance of trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Blissett was then asked whether his tally of 148 league goals for the Hornets is under threat from Deeney, who is on 121 and was on a run of six goals in 12 games before the season was suspended.

“I really hope he does because, if he does, it means Watford are doing well and staying in the Premier League,” said Blissett. “I have no control over that so I can't worry about it. It was something I did in my playing days and it's there for people to try and beat. It's something I did and I'm very proud of, but I can't do anything about it these days.”

Blissett's league record may be overtaken by Deeney but he's still 57 ahead of the 31-year-old in the all-time goalscoring list and it's hard to see how his record 503 appearances for the club will ever be surpassed.

“The most important thing is you produce your best performance every time you cross that white line,” said Blissett. “Now the stats are about how many goals you have scored, how many games you played, that type of thing. People get a bit carried away with that. If you focus on the stats, and not what you are actually doing, you can get sidetracked and it can hold you back from achieving what you set out to. That was something very important to Graham and he got that across to all of us. Yes, stats will be there at the end and you can look back and see what you have done, but on that journey you need to be mindful of getting the job done and what will happen will happen.”

Watford FC Records

Appearances:

  • 503 - L Blissett 
  • 491 - N Gibbs 
  • 472 - G Porter
  • 457 - D Welbourne
  • 443 - L Doyley

Goals (all competitions):

  • 186 - L Blissett 
  • 163 - T Barnett 
  • 142 - R Jenkins 
  • 129 - T Deeney 
  • 105 - C Holton 

League goals:

  • 148 - L Blissett 
  • 144 - T Barnett
  • 121 - T Deeney
  • 118 - R Jenkins 
  • 96 - C Holton