08/11/2019

Hospitality: Introducing 'The Grill'

New for the 2019/20 season, Watford FC is delighted to be adding 'The Grill' to its inventory of high-quality hospitality options at Vicarage Road Stadium.

Situated at the north-west corner of the stadium with incredible views of the action, the elegantly designed suite will offer an intimate dining experience with matchday seats directly outside the lounge on newly-created balcony seating.

The Grill will boast an à la carte menu with a choice of four main courses, including a 'Steak of the Match', and will offer the finest meat sourced from award-winning butchers.

There will be half-time and full-time refreshments for guests, who will also be provided with a programme and team sheet at their individual table.

Former Hornets midfielder Richard Johnson, who will be matchday host for the lounge, launched The Grill alongside old teammate Tommy Smith.

Keep an eye out across our online channels to see what they got up to at the launch, when tasked with identifying former teammates in a 'guess who' style challenge.

First Team 07/11/2019

Team News: Norwich City

By Kevin Affleck

Quique Sánchez Flores will spend this evening deciding how best to deploy Troy Deeney after the captain was declared fit enough to rejoin the squad.

Deeney has worked his socks off to get himself back into contention following a knee operation, grafting at the weekends at London Colney and in his spare time with a fitness coach, and it has paid off with a slightly ahead-of-schedule return. He was on the team bus that left for Norwich this afternoon and now it is down to Sánchez Flores and the medical team to decide how long he can play against the Canaries.

“He's ready to come to the group and go to the list,” said Sánchez Flores, who last picked Deeney for a squad in May 2016. “He is ready and we will make the final decision. It's very good news.”

Deeney joined in a full session for the first time on Tuesday and the intensity immediately went up. His leadership qualities, as well as his ability to lead the line and find the back of the net, will be vital in the team's attempt to move away from danger.

“If I say we miss him a lot, it sounds like an excuse,” said the Head Coach. “We don't want excuses right now. We want to play, improve on everything and we want Deeney in this team as we know what he means for this club.”

The 31-year-old has been out since the middle of August following surgery to trim some cartilage and remove some bone fragments. He has worked tirelessly with physio Pete Webb and fitness coach Lee Stafford to get back to a level where he is able to help the team.

“He has done amazing to try reach this match, to try arrive for this match,” said Sánchez Flores. “He is training very passionately and gives us this positive energy that he has always.”

Sánchez Flores was given further good news this week with the sight of Étienne Capoue, last year's Player of the Season, and record signing Ismaïla Sarr returning to full training. 

“It's not just Deeney,” he said. “We have [José] Holebas, Capoue, [Sebastian] Prödl, Sarr – players who have recovered in the week — and now we have more options. It's good for the team.”