10 things you should know about Premier League new boys Watford


In case you missed it, on Saturday Watford FC were promoted to the Premier League after clinching a spot in the top two of the Championship.

[ VIDEO: Watford players celebrate ]

So, what do we know about the Hornets as they make their way up to the big-time from English soccer’s second-tier?

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Here are 10 things you should know about the club from Vicarage Road…

1. Sir Elton John used to own Watford and is now the Honorary Life President.

2. Watford is located in the county of Hertfordshire. The town is 25 miles north west of Central London and their main rivals are Luton Town.

3. You feel like you’ve heard of this club before, right? Well that’s because former U.S. national team defender Jay DeMerit made his name with the Hornets after they offered him a trial after he impressed when playing against them for a semi-pro team in a preseason friendly. The American center back signed and was part of their last promotion to the PL in the 2005-06 season via the playoffs. He scored the opener in their playoff final victory over Leeds United and also captained Watford.

4. For Harry Potter fans out there, the majority of the monster series of films was shot in vast studios in the suburbs of Watford. You can visit the Warner Bros. site as a tourist attraction nowadays to have a behind-the-scenes look at how the magic was made.

5. Watford is owned by the Pozzo family, who also own Udinese in Italy’s Serie A and Granada who play in Spain’s La Liga. Players often circulate between those three sides, hence the reason why they currently have just four Englishmen in their 28-man squad.

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Deeney, center, celebrates yet another goal.

6. Current striker and captain Troy Deeney is the first player in club history to score 20 plus goals in three consecutive seasons, doing so in the last three campaigns.

7. Watford have only reached the FA Cup final once in their 134 history, losing to Everton 2-0 in 1983-84.

8. The Hornets have only been in the PL for two previous seasons, in 1999-00 and 2005-06.

9. From 1977 to 1987 former England manager Graham Taylor made his name with Watford as he led them from the fourth division to the first division (now the PL) and in 1982-83 they finished second in the first division and played in Europe the following season. Other former managers include Gianluca Vialli, Gianfranco Zola and this season they had an incredible four managers in the space of just 37 days, before Slavisa Jokanovic took charge and steered them to promotion to the top-flight.

10. Earlier this season the club built a new stand at Vicarage Road and named it the “Sir Elton John Stand.”