LATEST EPISODE: Oscar Nominated

Plenty to talk about this month. Deeney's new contract, Beppe resigning, Oscar on his way in - and it's only the second podcast of the season.

The boys also talk to legend John McClelland in 100 Objects and to the little magician - Fernando Forestieri

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

PODCAST: "Oscar Nominated"

“It’s never dull being a Watford fan” is an oft used phrase, but never has it been so true than over the last few weeks.

Since the last podcast, which was recorded during the season opener against Bolton, the Hornets have soared to second in the league table, endured intense speculation about unhappy players, secured the ongoing services of a talismanic striker Troy Deeney, hired a new Head Coach and brought in a new Technical Director after Beppe Sannino and Gian Luca Nani both tendered their resignations and headed for the hills.

As you’d expect, we cover it all in this, the latest episode of From the Rookery End. Hear Jon, Mike and Jason (reunited for the first time this season) talk Troy, disagree about Dyer and gossip about Garcia.

Thanks to the diligent work of resident statistician Jason, we were able to have an informed discussion about the new Head Coach - you can hear the conclusions we drew in the podcast, but the stats Jason pulled together on the new man are below - we think they make for pretty interesting reading.

Also in this podcast you’ll hear from Watford’s little magician Fernando Forestieri as well as one of the most recognisable man from the Hornets teams of the mid to late 80’s; John McClelland. We also add a mother couple of gems into our every growing list of Watford in 100 objects. In short, it’s a packed podcast, so stop reading and get listening!

 Come on you Horns! (Vamos sus avispones)

Monday, 1 September 2014

Beppe Sannino Resigns

The news of Beppe Sannino resigning as Watford Head Coach broke on Sunday night, and as Monday went on we started to learn more about what has been going on behind the scenes at Vicarage Road from Frank Smith in the Watford Observer.

The We Are Going Up podcast were on things straight away and have done a reaction podcast about the situation. Our very own Mike, along with Frank Smith, talked to the podcast in this special Mini Episode.

WFC in 100 Objects #54 - Workington rubber duck

Object 54 was nominated by Kenneth Jackson. It came about on an away game against Workington (we've not played them since 1977 and they're currently playing in Northern Premier League) in the swinging 60's.

Here's the story Kenneth told us:

Consider the year 1966. Most football fans will immediately associate that with England winning the World Cup, but not me. That was the year I started as a regular away-match-fan, and was the year I visited Workington twice in the space of seven months - firstly for a 0-1 reverse and then a 2-1 victory. Both were memorable trips - even more so because it's now doubtful that a Watford fan will ever travel there twice in a year again. The first match was memorable for our attempts to get into the match for free by wading through the Derwent mud at low tide - thwarted unfortunately by an eagle-eyed local plod. My friend had just found a rather large dead fish when we were accosted by the plod, and attempted to hide it behind his back - not realising that it's tailfins were sticking up above his head. His innocent and aggrieved plea of "Fish? What fish officer?" had the rest of us in stitches, even the plod.

Fast forward to November of that year - around twelve of us made the long trip North (a far cry from today's horde of Travelling Hornets), and arrived there quite early. With nothing to do but wait for opening time, we strolled around the town centre and found a Woolworths shop to nose around in. Spying some rather larger-than-life-sized yellow plastic ducks, we 'acquired' one before moving on to a local hostelry to prepare for the match. The duck, one of the squeaking-when-squeezed variety, was decked out in a Watford scarf - and was prominent in both our goal celebrations and victory cries at the end. As the players trooped off, we presented the duck to Alec Farrell who, to be honest, looked a bit miffed to be on the receiving end of such a strange offering.

I've no idea whatever happened to the duck after that, but every time I hear of Workington I'm straight back to that happy afternoon, thinking of both the victory and the duck.

This magnificent duck sums up those special moments during away trips. They don't happen on the pitch, but build friendships and make a trip to a remote northern town even more memorable than what happened during the game.