Hornets fan Matthew Mesiano praises the Watford supporters who created a special atmosphere at Manchester City

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There have been a number of articles written about how well the Hornets performed against Manchester City.

So rather than discuss how good Beppe Sannino’s first half tactics were (3-4-2-1, where did that stroke of genius come from?) or how Pellegrini’s men are still in the hunt for four titles (like we care), I’m going to mention how good the Watford supporters were. 

The travelling 3,352 fans sung their hearts out from start to finish, wore their yellow jerseys with pride and showed just how great our support is.

Simply put, it was a joy to be in the crowd.

Gone were the smoke bomb wielding individuals who have been putting our club in a bit of bother lately, not to mention endangering fellow supporters.

In their place were happy, respectful fans that really showed their support.

One fan I spoke to was taking his young lad to his first away game. He told me that he was initially apprehensive after hearing certain bad things but that he and his son had a trouble free and thoroughly enjoyed experience  – even if the result didn’t pan out quite as they had hoped. 

So may I take this opportunity to thank all the supporters who journeyed up to Manchester and encourage you all to keep coming to the away fixtures, especially if Beppe’s boys are going to play like they did on Saturday.

After all quality football is what we are all hoping to see when we travel those hundreds of miles every week and it’s a real treat when the lads deliver.

 

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3:16pm Wed 29 Jan 14

LoveKeithDublin says...

zzzzz - not sure of the point of this article, other than the WO giving a platform to someone who's keen to score points against those slightly rowdier away fans (i.e. the same fans who help create the better atmospheres which this writer so enjoys).

Also whilst it was a legendary performance for 78 minutes or so on Saturday, and the players should be applauded for being fearless, I think it's time to move on - we are talking about City away like it's the greatest thing ever, but we still crumbled again late on!

I'm not doubting it was a great performance, but let's focus on Forest now rather than glorifying a defeat!
zzzzz - not sure of the point of this article, other than the WO giving a platform to someone who's keen to score points against those slightly rowdier away fans (i.e. the same fans who help create the better atmospheres which this writer so enjoys). Also whilst it was a legendary performance for 78 minutes or so on Saturday, and the players should be applauded for being fearless, I think it's time to move on - we are talking about City away like it's the greatest thing ever, but we still crumbled again late on! I'm not doubting it was a great performance, but let's focus on Forest now rather than glorifying a defeat! LoveKeithDublin
  • Score: 1

3:23pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Alban Hornet says...

'wore their yellow jerseys with pride' I can see one yellow jersey in this article's picture.
'wore their yellow jerseys with pride' I can see one yellow jersey in this article's picture. Alban Hornet
  • Score: -13

3:24pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Alban Hornet says...

I was very surprised there was no pyro, even a little disappointed
I was very surprised there was no pyro, even a little disappointed Alban Hornet
  • Score: -11

3:25pm Wed 29 Jan 14

bigmeuprudeboy says...

Oh for gods sake man up Matthew Mesiano!

"One fan I spoke to was taking his young lad to his first away game. He told me that he was initially apprehensive after hearing certain bad things but that he and his son had a trouble free and thoroughly enjoyed experience – even if the result didn’t pan out quite as they had hoped."

I bet the young lad has been brought up to be a right sissy, 'im scared daddy these nasty men are standing up and singing'!


meeeh, go and watch the Saracens instead if thats the kind of atmosphere you enjoy.
Oh for gods sake man up Matthew Mesiano! "One fan I spoke to was taking his young lad to his first away game. He told me that he was initially apprehensive after hearing certain bad things but that he and his son had a trouble free and thoroughly enjoyed experience – even if the result didn’t pan out quite as they had hoped." I bet the young lad has been brought up to be a right sissy, 'im scared daddy these nasty men are standing up and singing'! meeeh, go and watch the Saracens instead if thats the kind of atmosphere you enjoy. bigmeuprudeboy
  • Score: 1

3:31pm Wed 29 Jan 14

bigmeuprudeboy says...

LoveKeithDublin wrote:
zzzzz - not sure of the point of this article, other than the WO giving a platform to someone who's keen to score points against those slightly rowdier away fans (i.e. the same fans who help create the better atmospheres which this writer so enjoys).

Also whilst it was a legendary performance for 78 minutes or so on Saturday, and the players should be applauded for being fearless, I think it's time to move on - we are talking about City away like it's the greatest thing ever, but we still crumbled again late on!

I'm not doubting it was a great performance, but let's focus on Forest now rather than glorifying a defeat!
zzzz indeed, this Matthew Mesiano is the type you pray you are not standing near at a game.

"In their place were happy, respectful fans that really showed their support."

Oh chuff off Mesiano you condescending ****.
[quote][p][bold]LoveKeithDublin[/bold] wrote: zzzzz - not sure of the point of this article, other than the WO giving a platform to someone who's keen to score points against those slightly rowdier away fans (i.e. the same fans who help create the better atmospheres which this writer so enjoys). Also whilst it was a legendary performance for 78 minutes or so on Saturday, and the players should be applauded for being fearless, I think it's time to move on - we are talking about City away like it's the greatest thing ever, but we still crumbled again late on! I'm not doubting it was a great performance, but let's focus on Forest now rather than glorifying a defeat![/p][/quote]zzzz indeed, this Matthew Mesiano is the type you pray you are not standing near at a game. "In their place were happy, respectful fans that really showed their support." Oh chuff off Mesiano you condescending ****. bigmeuprudeboy
  • Score: 1

3:39pm Wed 29 Jan 14

ramage1996 says...

What a rubbish article, why have the WO given this muppet the opportunity to write this on the site? Its embarrassing, especially the bits about happy respectful fans and the poor young lad whos dad was scared to take him to the game.
What a rubbish article, why have the WO given this muppet the opportunity to write this on the site? Its embarrassing, especially the bits about happy respectful fans and the poor young lad whos dad was scared to take him to the game. ramage1996
  • Score: 7

3:54pm Wed 29 Jan 14

jasonwatford says...

Tozsers the lot of you
Tozsers the lot of you jasonwatford
  • Score: 10

3:56pm Wed 29 Jan 14

FestersVespas says...

I prefer going to the away matches, and one of the reasons is the atmosphere. There is a togetherness that seems to exist, and willingness to show vocal support for the team no matter what the match situation. This is why 40000 Man City fans seemed relatively silent for an hour.
Credit to City for prices set at £16 and kids for a quid to ensure a full stadium, and reduce cost for travelling fans.
At home, I sit with my son in the Vicarage Road 'Family section' within swearing distance of the away fans, and I am part of the vocal minority - that might be another reason I prefer away matches!
To my ears, the '1881' opposite have been sat in the wrong area of the stand, they surely need to be higher up to maximise the acoustics.
I highly recommend getting to at least one away match, if you haven't tried it before. I've been to some cracking matches/stadiums in past twelve months: Etihad, Eland Road, St Andrews, City Ground. The only one I actively avoid is Burnley, sorry Sean!
I prefer going to the away matches, and one of the reasons is the atmosphere. There is a togetherness that seems to exist, and willingness to show vocal support for the team no matter what the match situation. This is why 40000 Man City fans seemed relatively silent for an hour. Credit to City for prices set at £16 and kids for a quid to ensure a full stadium, and reduce cost for travelling fans. At home, I sit with my son in the Vicarage Road 'Family section' within swearing distance of the away fans, and I am part of the vocal minority - that might be another reason I prefer away matches! To my ears, the '1881' opposite have been sat in the wrong area of the stand, they surely need to be higher up to maximise the acoustics. I highly recommend getting to at least one away match, if you haven't tried it before. I've been to some cracking matches/stadiums in past twelve months: Etihad, Eland Road, St Andrews, City Ground. The only one I actively avoid is Burnley, sorry Sean! FestersVespas
  • Score: 19

4:01pm Wed 29 Jan 14

CaptainPC says...

This bloke is boring.
This bloke is boring. CaptainPC
  • Score: -3

4:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14

watford1881 says...

There'll be playing with a pink ball next.... Wait.. Done that... Is this still a working man's sport???
There'll be playing with a pink ball next.... Wait.. Done that... Is this still a working man's sport??? watford1881
  • Score: 4

4:13pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Bush Hornet says...

Has anyone here managed to get the Hornets Player working on an iPhone or iPad lately? The app just crashes and immediately closes. What a waste of money that service is
Has anyone here managed to get the Hornets Player working on an iPhone or iPad lately? The app just crashes and immediately closes. What a waste of money that service is Bush Hornet
  • Score: -1

4:42pm Wed 29 Jan 14

WatfordRookery says...

what a miserable sap.

those people putting the club in a bit of bother are genuine fans like anyone else and to be fair been making better atmospheres then what watford have ever had.
what a miserable sap. those people putting the club in a bit of bother are genuine fans like anyone else and to be fair been making better atmospheres then what watford have ever had. WatfordRookery
  • Score: -2

5:44pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Oxhey Kev says...

From what I recall, we also had great atmospheres at Birmingham, Reading, Blackpool, Leeds, Ipswich and Bournemouth. And they were also happy, respectful fans that really showed their support.

You should get out more !
From what I recall, we also had great atmospheres at Birmingham, Reading, Blackpool, Leeds, Ipswich and Bournemouth. And they were also happy, respectful fans that really showed their support. You should get out more ! Oxhey Kev
  • Score: 4

6:56pm Wed 29 Jan 14

buckler says...

Stick to netball matches pal!
Stick to netball matches pal! buckler
  • Score: -1

11:11pm Wed 29 Jan 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

How old is Matthew Mesiano? I'm assuming maybe the WO have him in on work experience from school or something.
I didn't know you could "wield" a smoke bomb.
Hoorah.."what a treat when the lads deliver". Dear oh dear.
Dreadful and embarrassing article.
How old is Matthew Mesiano? I'm assuming maybe the WO have him in on work experience from school or something. I didn't know you could "wield" a smoke bomb. Hoorah.."what a treat when the lads deliver". Dear oh dear. Dreadful and embarrassing article. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: -4

11:22pm Wed 29 Jan 14

HemelHornet says...

I don't want my kids being sworn at or in danger from pyrotechnics. Anyone who thinks this is part of the game is living in the past. Go back to the 80's or pack up the potty mouth and leave the fireworks at home!
I don't want my kids being sworn at or in danger from pyrotechnics. Anyone who thinks this is part of the game is living in the past. Go back to the 80's or pack up the potty mouth and leave the fireworks at home! HemelHornet
  • Score: 6

11:34pm Wed 29 Jan 14

WJames says...

"Gone were the smoke bomb wielding individuals who have been putting our club in a bit of bother lately, not to mention endangering fellow supporters" - you're a joke Matthew Mesiano - the pathetic little weed who ruins any chance of an atmosphere at the club. Everyone will admit that the pyro made the celebration against Leicester - hats off to the guy who let it off (seriously). The fact that it has taken pyros to stir up the support is a great thing (seriously). It's embarrassing to look around the stadium and see non-football supporters like yourself. Don't come to any more games.
"Gone were the smoke bomb wielding individuals who have been putting our club in a bit of bother lately, not to mention endangering fellow supporters" - you're a joke Matthew Mesiano - the pathetic little weed who ruins any chance of an atmosphere at the club. Everyone will admit that the pyro made the celebration against Leicester - hats off to the guy who let it off (seriously). The fact that it has taken pyros to stir up the support is a great thing (seriously). It's embarrassing to look around the stadium and see non-football supporters like yourself. Don't come to any more games. WJames
  • Score: -6

12:05am Thu 30 Jan 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

WJames wrote:
"Gone were the smoke bomb wielding individuals who have been putting our club in a bit of bother lately, not to mention endangering fellow supporters" - you're a joke Matthew Mesiano - the pathetic little weed who ruins any chance of an atmosphere at the club. Everyone will admit that the pyro made the celebration against Leicester - hats off to the guy who let it off (seriously). The fact that it has taken pyros to stir up the support is a great thing (seriously). It's embarrassing to look around the stadium and see non-football supporters like yourself. Don't come to any more games.
Why do we need pyros to create an atmosphere? They have been banned for a reason. Mr WJames you need to grow up and take care with our football club, or are you still 6 years old?

Oh and don't be disrespectful to anyone who spends the money to travel and support our team.
[quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: "Gone were the smoke bomb wielding individuals who have been putting our club in a bit of bother lately, not to mention endangering fellow supporters" - you're a joke Matthew Mesiano - the pathetic little weed who ruins any chance of an atmosphere at the club. Everyone will admit that the pyro made the celebration against Leicester - hats off to the guy who let it off (seriously). The fact that it has taken pyros to stir up the support is a great thing (seriously). It's embarrassing to look around the stadium and see non-football supporters like yourself. Don't come to any more games.[/p][/quote]Why do we need pyros to create an atmosphere? They have been banned for a reason. Mr WJames you need to grow up and take care with our football club, or are you still 6 years old? Oh and don't be disrespectful to anyone who spends the money to travel and support our team. Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 8

9:21am Thu 30 Jan 14

Harry's Bar says...

CaptainPC wrote:
This bloke is boring.
... and a pathetic little weed. ....bet he wishes he hadn't bothered.
[quote][p][bold]CaptainPC[/bold] wrote: This bloke is boring.[/p][/quote]... and a pathetic little weed. ....bet he wishes he hadn't bothered. Harry's Bar
  • Score: -1

10:36am Thu 30 Jan 14

LoveKeithDublin says...

Goldenboy1960 wrote:
WJames wrote:
"Gone were the smoke bomb wielding individuals who have been putting our club in a bit of bother lately, not to mention endangering fellow supporters" - you're a joke Matthew Mesiano - the pathetic little weed who ruins any chance of an atmosphere at the club. Everyone will admit that the pyro made the celebration against Leicester - hats off to the guy who let it off (seriously). The fact that it has taken pyros to stir up the support is a great thing (seriously). It's embarrassing to look around the stadium and see non-football supporters like yourself. Don't come to any more games.
Why do we need pyros to create an atmosphere? They have been banned for a reason. Mr WJames you need to grow up and take care with our football club, or are you still 6 years old?

Oh and don't be disrespectful to anyone who spends the money to travel and support our team.
A very nobel sentiment Goldenboy1960 - but in the same post you slur a fellow Watford fan, calling him a 6 year old. If you're going to make such dramatic statements you should edit your own posts too.

I think the reason this article riled people is that it aims to create an 'us against those rowdy mob' mindset.

I'd argue that the special atmospheres created away (and any semblance of atmosphere at home) are created by these rowdier individuals that Matthew Mesiano slates.

If you took the rowdier lot out, you'd be left with a completely silent home crowd, with the occasional yellow army chant from the family stand and Matthew Mesiano.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenboy1960[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WJames[/bold] wrote: "Gone were the smoke bomb wielding individuals who have been putting our club in a bit of bother lately, not to mention endangering fellow supporters" - you're a joke Matthew Mesiano - the pathetic little weed who ruins any chance of an atmosphere at the club. Everyone will admit that the pyro made the celebration against Leicester - hats off to the guy who let it off (seriously). The fact that it has taken pyros to stir up the support is a great thing (seriously). It's embarrassing to look around the stadium and see non-football supporters like yourself. Don't come to any more games.[/p][/quote]Why do we need pyros to create an atmosphere? They have been banned for a reason. Mr WJames you need to grow up and take care with our football club, or are you still 6 years old? Oh and don't be disrespectful to anyone who spends the money to travel and support our team.[/p][/quote]A very nobel sentiment Goldenboy1960 - but in the same post you slur a fellow Watford fan, calling him a 6 year old. If you're going to make such dramatic statements you should edit your own posts too. I think the reason this article riled people is that it aims to create an 'us against those rowdy mob' mindset. I'd argue that the special atmospheres created away (and any semblance of atmosphere at home) are created by these rowdier individuals that Matthew Mesiano slates. If you took the rowdier lot out, you'd be left with a completely silent home crowd, with the occasional yellow army chant from the family stand and Matthew Mesiano. LoveKeithDublin
  • Score: 0

2:02pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Boosey says...

I don't see anything wrong with what he has said. He is proud to be a Watford supporter amongst other proud Watford supporters who sang throughout the whole ninety minutes, they sang because the performance on the pitch merited the response of many.
We don't get the atmosphere at home because there are people in the ground who moan at others for showing their passion and feelings for the club, the same type of supporters who have ripped off Matthew Mesiano, and after slating him for a reasonable assessment of the afternoon, do you think he will write another column or openly express his passion at games anymore? Possibly not and that ladies and gentlemen is the reason why the atmosphere at home is rubbish.
Well done Matthew.
I don't see anything wrong with what he has said. He is proud to be a Watford supporter amongst other proud Watford supporters who sang throughout the whole ninety minutes, they sang because the performance on the pitch merited the response of many. We don't get the atmosphere at home because there are people in the ground who moan at others for showing their passion and feelings for the club, the same type of supporters who have ripped off Matthew Mesiano, and after slating him for a reasonable assessment of the afternoon, do you think he will write another column or openly express his passion at games anymore? Possibly not and that ladies and gentlemen is the reason why the atmosphere at home is rubbish. Well done Matthew. Boosey
  • Score: -1

2:17pm Thu 30 Jan 14

watford1881 says...

Football is theatre.. It's not come dine with me.. Smoke bombs were all the rage in the 80s weren't they?? NO.... People who harp on back to the 70s and 80s in football are do good moaning minis.. Those are the people who need to move on.. These "thugs" as some mummy's boyz call them follow the team up and down the land.. So first before pointing your finger understand that as u do point three fingers are pointing back at U.. Football is getting back to its original use in society.. Which is a sport for the man off the street to let off steam built up from working like dog for not very much each week.. Plus the more people go on about the smoke bombs the more they'll happen.. Young boyz doing what their told?? Since when has this ever happened.. Get real and support your team how U feel best describes your live for the club..
Football is theatre.. It's not come dine with me.. Smoke bombs were all the rage in the 80s weren't they?? NO.... People who harp on back to the 70s and 80s in football are do good moaning minis.. Those are the people who need to move on.. These "thugs" as some mummy's boyz call them follow the team up and down the land.. So first before pointing your finger understand that as u do point three fingers are pointing back at U.. Football is getting back to its original use in society.. Which is a sport for the man off the street to let off steam built up from working like dog for not very much each week.. Plus the more people go on about the smoke bombs the more they'll happen.. Young boyz doing what their told?? Since when has this ever happened.. Get real and support your team how U feel best describes your live for the club.. watford1881
  • Score: -1

2:47pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Boosey says...

watford1881 wrote:
Football is theatre.. It's not come dine with me.. Smoke bombs were all the rage in the 80s weren't they?? NO.... People who harp on back to the 70s and 80s in football are do good moaning minis.. Those are the people who need to move on.. These "thugs" as some mummy's boyz call them follow the team up and down the land.. So first before pointing your finger understand that as u do point three fingers are pointing back at U.. Football is getting back to its original use in society.. Which is a sport for the man off the street to let off steam built up from working like dog for not very much each week.. Plus the more people go on about the smoke bombs the more they'll happen.. Young boyz doing what their told?? Since when has this ever happened.. Get real and support your team how U feel best describes your live for the club..
Exactly, let off steam, get real and support your team how you feel best describes your life, totally agree but isn't that what this Matthew bloke has done and with all the negativity towards him it will only curb his enthusiasm for the club?
I'm all for winding the opposing supporters up, I can get as loud as the next person and like my good friend Lutondown calls them, any tool tells me to sit down and shut up can **** do one but I won't tell the living dead to get up and sing, it's their choice, however boring.
I want football to get back to the working man, I would actually like to be able to afford to go to an away game where I can regress to my youth but I can't, although I have a good go at home!
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Football is theatre.. It's not come dine with me.. Smoke bombs were all the rage in the 80s weren't they?? NO.... People who harp on back to the 70s and 80s in football are do good moaning minis.. Those are the people who need to move on.. These "thugs" as some mummy's boyz call them follow the team up and down the land.. So first before pointing your finger understand that as u do point three fingers are pointing back at U.. Football is getting back to its original use in society.. Which is a sport for the man off the street to let off steam built up from working like dog for not very much each week.. Plus the more people go on about the smoke bombs the more they'll happen.. Young boyz doing what their told?? Since when has this ever happened.. Get real and support your team how U feel best describes your live for the club..[/p][/quote]Exactly, let off steam, get real and support your team how you feel best describes your life, totally agree but isn't that what this Matthew bloke has done and with all the negativity towards him it will only curb his enthusiasm for the club? I'm all for winding the opposing supporters up, I can get as loud as the next person and like my good friend Lutondown calls them, any tool tells me to sit down and shut up can **** do one but I won't tell the living dead to get up and sing, it's their choice, however boring. I want football to get back to the working man, I would actually like to be able to afford to go to an away game where I can regress to my youth but I can't, although I have a good go at home! Boosey
  • Score: 1

2:52pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Harry's Bar says...

watford1881 wrote:
Football is theatre.. It's not come dine with me.. Smoke bombs were all the rage in the 80s weren't they?? NO.... People who harp on back to the 70s and 80s in football are do good moaning minis.. Those are the people who need to move on.. These "thugs" as some mummy's boyz call them follow the team up and down the land.. So first before pointing your finger understand that as u do point three fingers are pointing back at U.. Football is getting back to its original use in society.. Which is a sport for the man off the street to let off steam built up from working like dog for not very much each week.. Plus the more people go on about the smoke bombs the more they'll happen.. Young boyz doing what their told?? Since when has this ever happened.. Get real and support your team how U feel best describes your live for the club..
What's "Come Dine with Me" got to do with anything. A lot of people enjoy the program, although it's not as good as it was. Having more fit women would help I think.
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Football is theatre.. It's not come dine with me.. Smoke bombs were all the rage in the 80s weren't they?? NO.... People who harp on back to the 70s and 80s in football are do good moaning minis.. Those are the people who need to move on.. These "thugs" as some mummy's boyz call them follow the team up and down the land.. So first before pointing your finger understand that as u do point three fingers are pointing back at U.. Football is getting back to its original use in society.. Which is a sport for the man off the street to let off steam built up from working like dog for not very much each week.. Plus the more people go on about the smoke bombs the more they'll happen.. Young boyz doing what their told?? Since when has this ever happened.. Get real and support your team how U feel best describes your live for the club..[/p][/quote]What's "Come Dine with Me" got to do with anything. A lot of people enjoy the program, although it's not as good as it was. Having more fit women would help I think. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 2

4:35pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Mr Dactyl says...

You couldn't of got into The Etihad with a smoke bomb if you wanted too!!! Never been searched so well in all my life!!! Plus you had sniffer dogs...it was like a military excise!!! Great day out though!!! 3 points tonight against Forest to get our season back on track!!! COYH... :)
You couldn't of got into The Etihad with a smoke bomb if you wanted too!!! Never been searched so well in all my life!!! Plus you had sniffer dogs...it was like a military excise!!! Great day out though!!! 3 points tonight against Forest to get our season back on track!!! COYH... :) Mr Dactyl
  • Score: 4

4:56pm Thu 30 Jan 14

truefan1 says...

Matthew Mesiano you are a ****
I was at the game and had a great day, but the wasn't because there were no smoke bombs.It was the team played well i was in good company & drunk
Why the WO choose you god only knows or are you working for the old bill?
Matthew Mesiano you are a **** I was at the game and had a great day, but the wasn't because there were no smoke bombs.It was the team played well i was in good company & drunk Why the WO choose you god only knows or are you working for the old bill? truefan1
  • Score: 2

6:32pm Thu 30 Jan 14

ramage1996 says...

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Pray you are not standing near this bloke tonight.
https://pbs.twimg.co m/profile_images/223 8597384/image.jpg Pray you are not standing near this bloke tonight. ramage1996
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