Watford

676.7

2.3m fans
Ranked: 13th in Premier League

Watford Football Club is a professional football club based in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, currently playing in the Premier League. Founded in 1881 as Watford Rovers, the club entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1886, and the Southern League a decade later. After finishing the 1914–15 season as Southern League champions under the management of Harry Kent, Watford joined the Football League in 1920. The club played at several grounds in its early history, before moving to a permanent location at Vicarage Road in 1922, where it remains. Watford spent most of the following half century in the lower divisions of The Football League, changing colours and crest on multiple occasions.

England manager Graham Taylor's tenure at the club saw Watford scale new heights. Between Taylor's appointment in 1977 and departure in 1987, Watford rose from the Fourth Division to the First Division. The team finished second in the First Division in the 1982–83 season, competed in the UEFA Cup in 1983–84, and also reached the 1984 FA Cup Final. Watford experienced a decade of decline between 1987 and 1997, before Taylor returned as full-time manager, leading the team to successive promotions from the renamed Second Division to the Premier League for one season in 1999–2000. The club experienced a further one season stint in the top division of English football during the 2006–07 season, under Aidy Boothroyd's management; eight years in the Championship followed. Watford secured promotion in 2014–15, and have remained in the Premier League since the 2015–16 season.

Watford is owned by the Pozzo family, which also owns Udinese Calcio in Italy and previously Granada CF in Spain. Sir Elton John, who owned Watford during both of Graham Taylor's successful periods as manager, served alongside Taylor as the club's joint Honorary Life President until 2008, only to later resume the role he shared alongside Graham Taylor until Taylor's death.

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1. André Carrillo Watford 2.1m fans 758.0
2. Nathaniel Chalobah Watford 808.9k fans 602.9
3. Gerard Deulofeu Watford 404.5k fans 508.8
4. Troy Deeney Watford 234.2k fans 463.3
5. Odion Ighalo Watford 174.1k fans 453.0
6. Daryl Janmaat Watford 134.7k fans 442.1
7. José Holebas Watford 190.7k fans 431.8
8. Younès Kaboul Watford 181.2k fans 428.9
9. Heurelho Gomes Watford 170.7k fans 421.6
10. Stefano Okaka Watford 124.0k fans 374.0
11. Sebastian Prödl Watford 121.6k fans 371.1
12. Roberto Pereyra Watford 104.9k fans 348.2
13. Andre Gray Watford 72.2k fans 305.3
14. Molla Wagué Watford 52.0k fans 299.5
15. Will Hughes Watford 64.6k fans 294.3
16. Abdoulaye Doucouré Watford 39.8k fans 244.6
17. Marvin Zeegelaar Watford 29.0k fans 214.6
18. Didier Ndong Watford 22.2k fans 173.1
19. Domingos Quina Watford 21.1k fans 167.5
20. Kiko Femenía Watford 15.1k fans 161.3
21. Adrian Mariappa Watford 7.2k fans 131.3
22. Christian Kabasele Watford 6.1k fans 125.4
23. Craig Cathcart Watford No fans 74.9
24. Orestis Karnezis Watford No fans 50.0
25. Dodi Lukebakio Watford No fans 0.6
26. Miguel Angel Britos Watford No fans 0.0
27. Tom Cleverley Watford No fans 0.0
28. Étienne Capoue Watford No fans 0.0

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