All statistics correct upto 20th March 2019
All-Time Premier League Record
|Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Scored||Conceded||Goal Difference||Points||No of Seasons|
Most Premier League Appearances
Most Premier League Goals
Biggest Premier League Victories
|Cardiff City 1-5 Watford||22nd February 2019||2018-2019|
|Watford 4-1 Chelsea||5th February 2018||2017-2018|
|Watford 3-0 Liverpool FC||20th December 2015||2015-2016|
|Newcastle United 0-3 Watford||25th November 2017||2017-2018|
|Watford 3-0 Huddersfield Town||27th October 2018||2018-2019|
|Watford 4-2 Portsmouth||9th April 2007||2006-2007|
|West Ham United 2-4 Watford||10th September 2016||2016-2017|
|Watford 3-1 Manchester United||18th September 2016||2016-2017|
|Burnley 1-3 Watford||19th August 2018||2018-2019|
|Watford 2-0 Middlesbrough||4th November 2006||2006-2007|
Worst Premier League Defeats
|Watford 0-6 Manchester City||16th September 2017||2017-2018|
|Liverpool FC 6-1 Watford||6th November 2016||2016-2017|
|Wimbledon 5-0 Watford||4th December 1999||1999-2000|
|Watford 0-5 Manchester City||21st May 2017||2016-2017|
|Liverpool FC 5-0 Watford||17th March 2018||2017-2018|
|Liverpool FC 5-0 Watford||27th February 2019||2018-2019|
|Coventry City 4-0 Watford||31st October 1999||1999-2000|
|Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Watford||26th December 1999||1999-2000|
|Aston Villa 4-0 Watford||5th February 2000||1999-2000|
|Chelsea 4-0 Watford||11th November 2006||2006-2007|
|Manager||No of Seasons managed||Left the Club|
|Graham Taylor||1||30th June 2001|
|Aidy Boothroyd||1||3rd November 2008|
|Quique Sanchez Flores||1||30th June 2016|
|Walter Mazzarri||1||22nd May 2017|
|Marco Silva||1||21st January 2018|
Highest Home Attendances
|Watford 2-3 Sunderland||27th November 1999||21,590||1999-2000|
|Watford 2-3 Liverpool FC||15th January 2000||21,367||1999-2000|
|Watford 1-0 Chelsea||18th September 1999||21,244||1999-2000|
|Watford 3-1 Manchester United||18th September 2016||21,118||2016-2017|
|Watford 2-2 Sunderland||15th May 2016||21,012||2015-2016|
|Watford 0-1 Liverpool FC||1st May 2017||20,959||2016-2017|
|Watford 0-0 Chelsea||3rd February 2016||20,910||2015-2016|
|Watford 0-1 Leicester City||5th March 2016||20,884||2015-2016|
|Watford 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur||1st January 2017||20,882||2016-2017|
|Watford 0-0 AFC Bournemouth||27th February 2016||20,831||2015-2016|
Watford are currently in their sixth Premier League season and although they’ve done it slightly unconventionally regarding regular managerial appointments, the Pozzo family have done a lot to make the club a stable member of the top-flight. After relegation in their first two Premier League campaigns, the Hornets have been an ever-present since 2015 and look set to record their first top 10 finish with less than 10 games to go in the 2018-2019 season under the shrewd management of Javi Gracia.
Watford’s Premier League debut campaign came in 1999-2000 with club legend and former England manager Graham Taylor guiding them into the elite after two successive promotions. They lost their opening fixture 3-2 to Wimbledon but competed well in the early months and pulled off two surprising victories. Tommy Mooney scored the only goal of the game against Liverpool FC at Anfield, whilst it was Allan Smart who turned out to be the matchwinner at home to Chelsea in September. However, Watford won only three more matches and their relegation was confirmed after a 3-2 home defeat to Arsenal in April. They wouldn’t return for six years to the Premier League.
Watford returned to the Premier League in 2006-2007 but once again found the top-flight to be a real struggle. Aidy Boothroyd’s side tasted victory just five times in 38 games and relegation was confirmed by a 1-1 home draw with Manchester City in April. Highs of the season were home wins over Middlesbrough (2-0 in November) and Portsmouth (4-2 in April). When he came on as a substitute on the final day of the season, back-up goalkeeper Alec Chamberlain became the oldest player to ever figure in the Premier League, aged 42.
Although it was Slavisa Jokanovic who got Watford promoted, he wasn’t given a new contract and the Pozzo family turned to the former Valencia coach Quique Sanchez Flores to steer Watford through the 2015-2016 season. An FA Cup semi-final appearance and 13th place finish in the Premier League was very respectable but Flores still left at the end of the campaign. The plus points were the partnership between skipper Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo which contributed 28 goals whilst among the victories was a 3-0 success over Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road in December and fine away wins at Newcastle United, Stoke City and Crystal Palace.
Italian Walter Mazzarri was Flores’ successor and like his previous incumbent, he would last just one season in the Watford hotseat. Although they were 9th in the table by early April, the Hornets lost their last six games to finish 17th in the table and only six points above the drop zone. Ighalo left the club in the January transfer window for the Chinese Super League whilst Manchester United were beaten 3-1 in September. The season will always be tinged with sadness though for Watford supporters. In January, Graham Taylor died aged 72 after suffering a heart attack. A statue was unveiled outside the ground in his honour in August 2018.
Watford’s 120th season as a football club looked very promising in the season’s early months. Marco Silva had succeeded Walter Mazzarri in the summer and his side were playing some excellent football, beating Arsenal 2-1, drawing 3-3 with Liverpool FC and losing 4-2 to Chelsea when they dominated for much of the game at Stamford Bridge. However, Silva was then subject to an approach from Everton in mid-November and a sudden downturn in form followed. On 21st January, Watford sacked the Portuguese boss and blamed Everton in a strong statement for the decision, feeling the approach had been ill-timed and distracted Silva’s concentration. Javi Gracia was appointed his successor and despite failing to win a match away from home in the second half of the season, Watford stayed up comfortably in 14th position.
It was tipped to be a season of struggle for Watford but they have impressed many with their bustling, energetic displays. Their campaign began with four successive victories which included a 2-1 success over Tottenham Hotspur in early September. The Hornets have figured regularly in the top 10 this season and in February, Gerard Deulofeu became the first Watford player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League when his treble helped defeat Cardiff City 5-1. This is Watford’s biggest-ever Premier League victory. Watford sit in eighth position going into the March international break.