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  • WELCOME to this factual and statistical record of the entire history of Watford Football Club. It contains extensive details of each season from 1881/82 to 2016/17, inclusive, including line-ups; a biographical and career account of every player who has appeared in a competitive first-team match; coverage of all the managers; a feature on each opposing club which includes the results of every meeting; and a wealth of miscellaneous facts and figures in the sections headed ‘Lists/Records’ and ‘Trivia’.

The club was founded in 1881, first entered the FA Cup in 1886/87, joined the Southern League in 1896, then the Football League in 1920 as a founder-member of its Third Division. It eventually rose to the First Division (then the top tier of English football) in 1982 and finished as runner-up at the first attempt, thereby qualifying for a place in the UEFA Cup competition; reached the FA Cup Final in 1984; and has subsequently spent three more top-flight spells in the FA Premier League. The highs and lows of all these eras are presented in equally thorough detail.

The ‘Seasons’, ‘Players’, ‘Managers’, ‘Opponents’ and ‘Lists / Records’ sections are in PDFs, which can be viewed only with Adobe Acrobat Reader software. This can be downloaded free of charge from:

Queries or information relating to the website can be sent via the ‘Contact’ section. In particular, information is extremely welcome from anyone who can supply essential details which are lacking in the ‘Players’ pages. This applies especially to any missing birth or death dates, full names, photographs, etc, of local men and others who represented the club in its early years. Such assistance will be gratefully received.

  • Owing to the confusion caused by changes to divisional titles, Football League status since 1992 is referred to as ‘2nd tier’, ‘3rd tier’ or ‘4th tier’ wherever clarification is necessary.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, all references to match results show Watford’s score first.