1 week ago

Coronavirus: Hornets Hospital Help

“We need to forget football right now and concentrate on doing all we can to support the NHS and, in particular, Watford General Hospital,” said Hornets' Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury – as the club offers all of its facilities for the exclusive use of West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our proximity as a football club next door to a hospital puts us in a great position to offer help and we're keen to do whatever we possibly can to support NHS staff and their families.”

With easy access straight into the hospital site from Vicarage Road Stadium's Graham Taylor Stand, senior NHS staff are currently co-ordinating their exact requirements – with Watford FC standing ready to act accordingly.

The Hornets are preparing to host NHS staff induction courses, urgent meeting spaces, warehousing needs, childcare facilities and more as the coronavirus outbreak puts further strain on all those working within the healthcare industry.

Christine Allen, Chief Executive of West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Right now, we are doing all we can to make sure we can focus on caring for our sickest patients. We have found ourselves needing extra space very quickly. For example, we are running refresher training to our clinical staff so that they can care for patients with breathing difficulties.

“And we also need more space so that we can stick to important guidance about social distancing for our staff induction sessions and for key meetings when we need our senior leadership teams around the table.

“The club’s support is helping us to run our organisation safely and we are very grateful for their support at this challenging time.”

Duxbury added: “The UK Government's message has been about doing 'whatever it takes'. Likewise, we'll do 'whatever it takes' here at Vicarage Road to offer our fullest support to the NHS and its people at a time when it's clearly needed most.”

Join the club's 'Hornets At Home' volunteering force by emailing your contact mobile number and postcode to ticket.office@watfordfc.com. The Hornets will be in touch via email with those of you that have volunteered within the next 48 hours, explaining the options available to offer your assistance to fellow supporters and other members of the local community.

1 week ago

Dream Team: Ronny Rosenthal's XI

Ex-Watford and Liverpool forward Ronny Rosenthal reveals who would make a best XI of former teammates from both clubs, including himself…


“He was a top goalie. He played at the top level and won so many league titles and cup finals with Liverpool.”


“Steve could also play on the left, but he was right-footed so I will pick him here. He was quick, aggressive and hard-working.”


“I wanted to put Tommy Mooney, because with me in the beginning he was a defender. But I will choose Robert Page because he was a tough defender, very hard-working and he had a lot of personality.”


“It was between Hansen and Gary Gillespie, but Hansen was not only a good defender but he was technically good too. He had great physique and was the captain as well.”


“He was good going both ways. He was quite strong, and a great defender.”


“He was a good defensive midfielder – very strong, with good speed and a fantastic shot. His shot technique was very, very good. So powerful!”


“Steve was a good all-rounder. He had a great engine, and was an international for England too. He was great in defence and attack and again was very hard-working. That was what Liverpool was like at the time.”


“He was a top player, a talented player. He had two good feet, could see a pass and set up a lot of goals. I would have him as a more offensive midfielder because of Johnson and McMahon.”


“John Barnes had everything that you needed in a football player – technique, speed, goalscoring ability, vision, and of course he played for both teams.”


“He was a top goalscorer who proved himself over many, many years. A typical centre-forward who could score from any position with both feet, and his positional awareness was great. He was always in the right place in the box.”


“At the time I was the quickest player in the Premier League and a player who would go straight to the goal. I was quite decisive and could make things happen. Physically it was difficult for me to make it happen all game, so sometimes I would come off the bench and try to decide the game.”