Watford Football Club, based in Hertfordshire, England, is managed by Quique Flores and plays its home games at Vicarage Road. The Hornets are back in the English Premier League after an eight-year absence. Founded in 1881 under the name Watford Rovers by eventual player Henry Groverand, the side was made up exclusively of amateur players at first.
The club had its first taste of top flight football in 1886 when it entered the FA Cup. They went on to join the Football League in 1920 and spent most of the following half century bouncing between the lower divisions of the Football League but their luck changed in 1977 with the appointment of Graham Taylor when they leaped from the Fourth to the First Division. In his tenure the Hornets finished second in the First Division in the 1982/1983 season, competed in the Uefa Cup the next season and reached the FA Cup final in 1984.
The club’s honors include two Football League Fourth Division titles and Second Division titles in 1968/1969 and 1997/98. However once Taylor departed the club experienced a decade of decline between 1987 and 1997. Looking ahead to the new season the Yellow Army have made a number of signings to bolster the squad for life in the top flight of English football.
Notable additions such as goalkeeper Gledrius Arlaukis from FC Steaua Bucuresti, centre back Miguel Britos from Napoli and Ettienne Capuoe from Tottenham Hotspur, who is a good utility option as he can as a defensive midfielder and a defender, have arrived at Vicarage Road.* Flores will be hoping that his squad can compete against the teams in the Premier League and will aim to live to fight another day among England’s footballing elite.
*Correct as at 4 August 2015