- Tony Coton
- Skilly Williams
- Alec Chamberlain
- Steve Sherwood
Watford Team Stats & History
One of Watford FC’s predecessors, Watford Rovers, was founded in 1881. Watford Football Club was formed by a merger of Rovers and Watford St. Mary’s in 1898. Watford won the semi-pro Southern League title in 1915, and first entered the Football League in 1920, in Division Three.
It took Watford 49 years to get promoted to the second tier, when they won the 1969 Third Division championship. The next season, the Hornets made the FA Cup semifinals for the first time. En route, they defeated two First Division teams: Liverpool and Stoke City.
Five years later Watford were in the basement of the English Football League, in the fourth tier. In 1976, in what is undoubtedly one of the most interesting Watford team stats, singer/songwriter Elton John became club chairman. His goal was to take Watford to the top tier for the first time.
John sacked Mike Keen in 1977 and hired Graham Taylor as his replacement. Under Keen, Watford immediately earned promotion to the third tier. Two years later, Watford were back in the second tier and made the First Division for the first time in 1982.
Watford FC Team Records
One of the most impressive Watford team stats occurred in their first top tier season. Astonishingly, Watford went from the bottom place in the fourth division to briefly occupying first in the top tier in just seven years. In 1982-83, Watford finished second in the league to Liverpool and qualified for the UEFA Cup. Luther Blissett finished the season as the division’s top scorer.
In 1984, the Hornets reached the FA Cup final but fell to Everton. They were relegated in 1988, and didn’t return to the top tier until 1999. Watford lasted just one season in the Premier League, as they did upon their return in 2006-07 as well. Watford did, however, have a five-year spell in the EPL from 2015 to 2020. They made the FA Cup final in 2019 and finished a 21st-century-high 11th in the same season.
As of the 2022-23 season, Watford are playing in the EFL Championship. So, make sure to navigate to the Championship odds if you’re betting on Watford, instead of to the EPL odds. Betting them to be promoted at +200 is sound betting advice.