Crystal Palace: Premier League points are precious, but we all need to enjoy it too, says Warnock

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7:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Neil Warnock had a reason to be cheerful after Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday, and not just about the three points.

Gomes 'very emotional' when Oscar announced departure

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7:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Heurelho Gomes admits he was very emotional when Oscar Garcia revealed he was stepping down as Watford’s head coach due to health concerns, but believes the Spaniard is strong enough to manage again.

Troubled times ahead as a new campaign begins

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6:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Oliver Phillips begins his reflections from Watford's return to the second tier for the 2000/01 season.

On this date in Watford FC history

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5:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A goal from an unexpected source gave Watford a rare win in a dismal season 43 years ago today.

VIDEO: Deeney organises Hornets defence from commentary gantry

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5:16pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Troy Deeney may be injured but it didn’t stop him organising the Watford defence during the Hornets’ win against Brentford last night. The Golden Boys captain was doing co-commentary on the game but, with five minutes remaining, took off his headset and bellowed at the backline.

McKinlay: Monday was a difficult day for Watford's players

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12:38pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Watford head coach Billy McKinlay admitted Oscar Garcia’s shock resignation made preparing for last night’s match difficult for his players.

Crystal Palace: Midfield maestro Mile takes the chief's plaudits

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7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock praised his midfield maestros in the wake of the comfortable 2-0 win over Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

AUDIO: McKinlay's first post-match press conference as Hornets boss

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1:13pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Listen to the large majority of Billy McKinlay's first post-match press conference as Watford's head coach.

VIDEO: Matej fires home early goal of the season contender

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12:51pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

As the ball dropped to Matej Vydra on the edge of the penalty area there was no hesitation. He rifled his half volley into the net. It proved enough to secure a 2-1 win over Brentford and is an early contender for goal of the season.

BALLOT: Who was your pick of the Hornets against the Bees?

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7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Matej Vydra got the headlines after his superb strike moved Watford level on points at the top of the Championship last night following their 2-1 win over Brentford, but who was your star Hornets’ performer in Billy McKinlay’s first match at the helm?

McKinlay unable to completely enjoy his managerial debut

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1:40am Wednesday 1st October 2014

New Watford boss Billy McKinlay admitted he was unable to completely enjoy his first game in management despite securing a 2-1 victory against Brentford.

Matt Porter resigns from Leyton Orient board at request of owner Francesco Becchetti

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12:19pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Former chief executive Matt Porter has stepped down from Leyton Orient's board at the request of owner Francesco Becchetti.

Silence at Leyton Orient doing club no favours

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12:36pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A couple of weeks ago Russell Slade spoke about how communication was going to be key moving forward after surviving crisis talks with Leyton Orient owner Francesco Becchetti.

Midfield trio are key to Crystal Palace's continued success

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1:30pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Our Eagles columnist RYAN WALLIS explains why James McArthur, Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak deserve all the plaudits after back-to-back wins against Everton and Leicester.

Blues boss hails 'fantastic' Addicks after hearing Norwich result

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12:53pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has described Charlton’s start to the season as “fantastic” ahead of this weekend’s Valley encounter between the two sides.

On this date in Watford FC history

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5:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Watford suffered a surprise home defeat against Swindon Town 26 years ago today.

Rowe 'won't be going anywhere other than Wycombe' says Rotherham boss

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3:41pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

ROTHERHAM manager Steve Evans said Danny Rowe won't be going anywhere other than back to Wycombe Wanderers this season.

Hayes backs McClure to get back among the goals

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9:20am Tuesday 30th September 2014

WANDERERS skipper Paul Hayes has backed strike partner Matt McClure to be back amongst the goals soon after the youngster endured another frustrating afternoon.

Warburton blasts "shocking" penalty decision

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12:02am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Mark Warburton labelled Graham Salisbury’s penalty decision as “shocking” and said his Brentford players were “distraught” at leaving Vicarage Road empty handed following their 2-1 defeat at Watford tonight.

Vydra stunner gets McKinlay off to a winning start

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10:04pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A fantastic strike from Matej Vydra has got Billy McKinlay’s reign as Watford boss off to a victorious start after the Hornets beat Brentford 2-1 in an entertaining contest at Vicarage Road tonight.

HALF-TIME: Watford impress in McKinlay's opener

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8:48pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Watford have impressed in Billy McKinlay’s first game in charge of the club and lead Brentford 1-0 at the break.

Discuss the action as Watford welcome Brentford

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5:04pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

The Watford Observer is hoping fans will enjoy interacting pre-match, during the game and after the final whistle has blown on our website.

Nugent offered Orient head coach position

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4:12pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Leyton Orient are understood to have offered the head coach role to Kevin Nugent. 

McKinlay relinquishes Northern Ireland role

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2:58pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

New Watford head coach Billy McKinlay is to step down from his position as Northern Ireland assistant manager with immediate effect.

Watford return first fixture Warburton looked for after 'very shabby' treatment

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1:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Brentford boss Mark Warburton believes he was treated badly by Watford and admitted tonight's game was the first he looked for when the fixtures were released. He is unlikely to be alone at the Bees.

McKinlay: Players experienced enough to cope with Oscar departure

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11:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Billy McKinlay believes the Watford squad is experienced enough to deal with the sudden departure of Oscar Garcia and says his players will be fully focused on tonight’s game with Brentford.

Abdi available but Angella ruled out of Brentford clash

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9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

New Watford head coach Billy McKinlay has Almen Abdi available for selection for tonight’s Championship match against Brentford but Gabriele Angella will miss the game due to injury.

Cathcart lands date with the Faroes

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4:03pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Watford defender Craig Cathcart has been called up by Northern Ireland for their EURO 2016 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Greece.

Anya named in Scotland squad for Euro qualifiers

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12:25pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Hornets winger Ikechi Anya has been named in Scotland’s 27-man squad for their 2016 European Championship qualifiers against Georgia and Poland.

Opposition profile: Brentford

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7:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

After heavy defeats to Norwich City and Middlesbrough, Championship newcomers Brentford responded positively with an impressive 2-0 victory over Leeds United at Griffin Park at the weekend to record their second home win of the season. The three points took the club up to 11th place after nine games, in their first season in the division in 21 years.

Addicks boss praises ref for handling of Canaries clash

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11:41pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Bob Peeters hailed the performance of referee Mick Russell after Johnnie Jackson earned Charlton a late victory at Norwich.

Welling cricket brothers target world cup glory

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2:04pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Welling brothers Matt and Gavin Dean are hoping they can bring home the top prize as the England visually impaired cricketers gear up for November’s blind world cup.

Millwall and Charlton do their (mega)bit to beat cancer on FIFA 15

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11:45am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Millwall and Charlton are doing their (mega)bit to beat cancer, even in a computerised form.

On this date in Watford FC history

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5:30am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A future Watford manager scored the club's first goal at Vicarage Road 92 years ago today.

Hayes: This is what dreams are made of

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3:12pm Monday 29th September 2014

PAUL Hayes reflected on his Roy of the Rovers moment as he scored his 100th Football League goal.

UPDATED: McKinlay's mixed emotions after being named head coach

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4:15pm Monday 29th September 2014

Billy McKinlay only discovered he would become Watford’s head coach early this afternoon and says he has mixed emotions after taking over from Oscar Garcia.

McKinlay replaces Oscar Garcia as Watford's head coach

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12:52pm Monday 29th September 2014

Billy McKinlay has replaced Oscar Garcia as Watford's head coach.

The former Fulham coach who is now in the Hornets hot seat

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2:55pm Monday 29th September 2014

Glasgow boasts an impressive track record as the place of birth of many football bosses and it can now add Billy McKinlay to the list after his appointment as Watford’s third head coach of the season.

Russell Slade consulting for Cardiff City while club resolve Orient settlement

This Is Local London: Russell Slade believes the O's can take inspiration from Brentford: Action Images

1:38pm Monday 29th September 2014

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has confirmed Russell Slade is doing consultancy work while the club resolve their settlement with Leyton Orient.

AFC Wimbledon: Ardley philosophical in the face of Newport County defeat

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2:19pm Monday 29th September 2014

AFC Wimbledon’s two-match unbeaten run in League Two came to a shuddering halt at Newport County on Saturday, but boss Neal Ardley was in philosophical mood.

Improved spirit key to Dartford's revival

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1:25pm Monday 29th September 2014

Dartford boss Tony Burman believes the spirit his side are showing is the  main reason behind their recent upturn in form.

Billings named Kent cricket player of the year at bash

This Is Local London: Kent enjoyed an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Surrey in their T20 meeting at Beckenham on Sunday (June 17)

11:49am Monday 29th September 2014

Hartley’s Sam Billings was named Kent County Cricket Club’s player of the year at the Spitfire cricket awards on Saturday.

Henderson reveals boss wants Charlton to go for it more

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10:12am Monday 29th September 2014

Charlton keeper Stephen Henderson has revealed Bob Peeters wants his side to risk losing solitary points in order to gain three.   

Crystal Palace: Dann's enjoying the sweet taste of a clean sheet and three points

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10:01am Monday 29th September 2014

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann enjoyed the sweet taste of the 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Saturday in more ways than one.

On this date in Watford FC history

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5:30am Monday 29th September 2014

Former Birmingham City keeper Tony Coton made his Watford debut 30 years ago today in a goal-fest against Everton.

Late surge sees Bromley brush off Uxbridge

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11:03am Monday 29th September 2014

Bromley scored three times in the last eight minutes in Saturday’s 5-1 second qualifying round FA Cup victory over Southern League Division One Central side Uxbridge.

HIGHLIGHTS: Hornets' draw 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers

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2:10pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Watch the highlights from yesterday's 2-2 draw between Watford and Blackburn Rovers. 

BALLOT: Who was your man-of-the-match against Blackburn Rovers

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7:00am Sunday 28th September 2014

Matej Vydra and Daniel Tozser were on the scoresheet. Gianni Munari put in a composed display. And, if it wasn’t for the saves of Heurelho Gomes, Watford would’ve been beaten by Blackburn Rovers. But who was your Hornets man-of-the-match in the 2-2 draw at Ewood Park?

Orient midfielder James suffers broken leg against Rochdale

This Is Local London: Lloyd James starts for the O's once more in an unchanged side. Picture: Action Images

2:19pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after breaking his leg against Rochdale.

On this date in Watford FC history

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5:30am Sunday 28th September 2014

Ian Richardson wrote his name in Hornets history 31 years ago today on a famous Watford European night.



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