Ladies 11/07/2018

Ladies: Baker Joins Golden Girls

Watford FC Ladies is pleased to announce that Laura Baker is the newest addition to the squad, ahead of the upcoming season.

The midfielder was previously at Cambridge United, featuring regularly for them over the last four years in the Women's Premier League South East Division.

During the previous campaign Baker enjoyed a good goalscoring return, netting six times in 19 appearances.

Baker is excited about playing in the National League South with Watford: “It’s a massive club, with a good history but also I really want to push on this year on a personal level,” she explained, speaking to

“The FA Women's National League is a good league, and I think we’ve got a chance of challenging for the title with the players that we now have at the club.

“It’s a step up for me personally, and I’m just looking forward to pushing on with the club now.”

Having been with Cambridge for a number of years, the midfielder begins a new chapter with the Hornets, and has some clear aims for the season ahead.

“I want to play week in week out, like every player does, and just want to improve this year and commit to football and take it more seriously," she explained.

“When I was younger I played a lot more, but work began to take over. It’s nice now that I’ll be able to have a balance between work and football, and really be able to concentrate on the football side of things.

“I moved to London because of my job, and I have to do quite long hours every now and again. It was difficult at one time to balance things, and that's the reality of it, but now I’m in a position to do that and I'm hopeful that I can prove myself over the season.”

Baker scores from the spot for her former side

With it being the first season back at this level in five years for the Golden Girls, it seems the goals have been set high.

“I think it’s obvious that winning the league is what the coaches and management staff want,” Baker revealed.

“It’ll be really good for that to be drilled into the girls and for us to have that same ambition right from the off.”

Finally how would the new signing describe herself?

“I’m an attacking central midfielder. I feel I can add a bit of pace and goals to the team, so that’s hopefully something I’ll bring to the squad, and I just can't wait to get started.”

First Team 11/07/2018

My Footballing Hero: Troy Deeney

With England in action in the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, delved through the archives to find out which English striker Troy Deeney admires.

“I never really had a footballing hero when I was younger – I didn’t sit around too much and watch football – but the older you get, you start hearing certain names.

“I remember watching Ian Wright on ‘This Is Your Life’,” Deeney said. “The programme with the big red book. I watched it when I was about 13 or 14 and I remember thinking not only does he play football, but he’s similar to people around my area in terms of his background story.

“He was a hell of a finisher and I’m fortunate that I can call him a friend now. I can pick up the phone and I know he’ll answer. We don’t necessarily talk about footballing tips, more life skills. I never had an older figure to talk to, but he’s obviously been in the industry and he knows what it’s all about.

Ian Wright attended the Troy Deeney Foundation Golf Day in 2017

“He speaks well and we’re similar in terms of personality. We’re both opinionated and we’re not too scared to say what we think.” he told the club's matchday programme.

England face Croatia in the semi-finals tonight at 7pm.