Watford launch new away kit remembering 12 players who served their country in World War One

Hornets reveal new black and white away kit

Tommie Hoban, Daniel Pudil and Gabriel Angella model the new away kit.

Hornets reveal new black and white away kit

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Watford have unveiled their new black and white away kit which is being used to help remember the 12 club's players who served their country in World War One.

The Hornets will be donating £1 from the sale of each second strip to the Royal British Legion, with adult shirts costing £40 and children’s £30.

It is 100 years since the Great War and it is also a century since Watford wore a black and white shirt for the first time.

The club have confirmed on their website they will be wearing the away kit for the home fixture which falls nearest to Remembrance Sunday in early November, with a Royal British Legion bucket collection and other commemorative activities also planned for this matchday.

Hornets chief executive Scott Duxbury told the club website: “We wanted to mark with significance the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War, as we were aware 12 of our former players served their country.

“Paying our respects by donating to The Royal British Legion, while replicating the 1914 kit as faithfully as possible, was an idea everyone here at the club supported from the start.”

Further to the home game and the £1 donation, Watford have already invited the Royal British Legion to have a presence at the in-store launch of the away kit at The Hornets Shop on Friday, June 20 (6pm).

The 12 Watford players who served in World War One, which took place between 1914 and 1918, were:

  • George Badenoch – Canadian Infantry
  • Harold Bulling – The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)
  • Jimmy Chalmers – Royal Scots Fusiliers
  • Albert Green – Hertfordshire Yeomanry
  • Owen Gregory – Grenadier Guards
  • Ernie Grimsdell – Life Guards
  • Bill Hastings – Royal Flying Corps
  • Bill Markland – Hertfordshire Regiment
  • Robert McGuire – (regiment unknown)
  • Joe McLauchlan – Middlesex Regiment
  • Alex Stewart – Middlesex Regiment
  • Skilly Williams – Norfolk Regiment

 

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1:04pm Fri 6 Jun 14

BlakeyJ says...

Love it, better than the dodgy maroon/mauve number.
Love it, better than the dodgy maroon/mauve number. BlakeyJ
  • Score: 40

1:11pm Fri 6 Jun 14

jasonwatford says...

yep I will buy it
yep I will buy it jasonwatford
  • Score: 31

1:13pm Fri 6 Jun 14

llloydwithathirdl says...

Forza Udinese!
Forza Udinese! llloydwithathirdl
  • Score: 36

1:17pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Havana Club says...

Despite the well-intentioned words of the press releases, I think the decision to move to a black and white Udinese strip was made before the WW1 link.

It has all the air of a PR person luckily stumbling over the 100 year anniversary when charged with finding any link to B&W stripes as a reason for making this move. Its not as if the club has made any effort to remember its veterans in the past.

Never seen the need for alternative WFC colours beyond those we already have. Yellow shirts rarely clash with other teams and in red and black WFC has perfectly good alternative colours in its identity (that work very well as stripes too).
Despite the well-intentioned words of the press releases, I think the decision to move to a black and white Udinese strip was made before the WW1 link. It has all the air of a PR person luckily stumbling over the 100 year anniversary when charged with finding any link to B&W stripes as a reason for making this move. Its not as if the club has made any effort to remember its veterans in the past. Never seen the need for alternative WFC colours beyond those we already have. Yellow shirts rarely clash with other teams and in red and black WFC has perfectly good alternative colours in its identity (that work very well as stripes too). Havana Club
  • Score: -135

1:17pm Fri 6 Jun 14

jimbowfc says...

Haway the lads!
Haway the lads! jimbowfc
  • Score: 3

1:19pm Fri 6 Jun 14

EstebanSemtex says...

Great kit and a great gesture from the club to remember these brave men.

The fact it is also Udinese's home colours is going to cause some ripples amongst the uninformed masses of the Championship.

Say it with me now, "we're everything worng with modern football."
Great kit and a great gesture from the club to remember these brave men. The fact it is also Udinese's home colours is going to cause some ripples amongst the uninformed masses of the Championship. Say it with me now, "we're everything worng with modern football." EstebanSemtex
  • Score: 44

1:26pm Fri 6 Jun 14

blissyboy says...

First reaction is I really like it - better than the current burgundy away kit, and fantastic that the club is supporting such a poignant and worthy cause in honour of those who played for the club and fought in the great war. I've always been immensely proud of my club but today I'm even more so. I'd gladly pay a bit more for the shirt to see the associated donation increase - in fact I'll give a few more quid to the Royal British Legion as well when I buy the kit. Come on you Horns... and, especially today, lest we forget.
First reaction is I really like it - better than the current burgundy away kit, and fantastic that the club is supporting such a poignant and worthy cause in honour of those who played for the club and fought in the great war. I've always been immensely proud of my club but today I'm even more so. I'd gladly pay a bit more for the shirt to see the associated donation increase - in fact I'll give a few more quid to the Royal British Legion as well when I buy the kit. Come on you Horns... and, especially today, lest we forget. blissyboy
  • Score: 40

1:36pm Fri 6 Jun 14

blissyboy says...

Havana Club wrote:
Despite the well-intentioned words of the press releases, I think the decision to move to a black and white Udinese strip was made before the WW1 link.

It has all the air of a PR person luckily stumbling over the 100 year anniversary when charged with finding any link to B&W stripes as a reason for making this move. Its not as if the club has made any effort to remember its veterans in the past.

Never seen the need for alternative WFC colours beyond those we already have. Yellow shirts rarely clash with other teams and in red and black WFC has perfectly good alternative colours in its identity (that work very well as stripes too).
Havana, you may be right, but does it really matter how the club came to the decision to remember the veterans this year, surely the important thing is that they have now - if it raises a few quid for charity surely it can't be a bad thing.
[quote][p][bold]Havana Club[/bold] wrote: Despite the well-intentioned words of the press releases, I think the decision to move to a black and white Udinese strip was made before the WW1 link. It has all the air of a PR person luckily stumbling over the 100 year anniversary when charged with finding any link to B&W stripes as a reason for making this move. Its not as if the club has made any effort to remember its veterans in the past. Never seen the need for alternative WFC colours beyond those we already have. Yellow shirts rarely clash with other teams and in red and black WFC has perfectly good alternative colours in its identity (that work very well as stripes too).[/p][/quote]Havana, you may be right, but does it really matter how the club came to the decision to remember the veterans this year, surely the important thing is that they have now - if it raises a few quid for charity surely it can't be a bad thing. blissyboy
  • Score: 43

1:44pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Wembley84 says...

An absolute must for the friendly against Udinese in August!!! - that's for the fans I mean, not the players......
An absolute must for the friendly against Udinese in August!!! - that's for the fans I mean, not the players...... Wembley84
  • Score: 19

1:45pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Abbotshorn says...

i think the club have done an amazing bit of PR, we remember our heroes, and also make our new players from "our family" feel at home, genius!!
i think the club have done an amazing bit of PR, we remember our heroes, and also make our new players from "our family" feel at home, genius!! Abbotshorn
  • Score: 27

2:11pm Fri 6 Jun 14

VOReason says...

Great cause should be bigger donation.

I'd have avoided the colour schemes just to prevent further 'udinese b' jibes
Great cause should be bigger donation. I'd have avoided the colour schemes just to prevent further 'udinese b' jibes VOReason
  • Score: -16

2:14pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Love it love it love it.

HC
Love it love it love it. HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 18

2:19pm Fri 6 Jun 14

only5foot3 says...

why wouldnt the marketing department use cult hero Troy Deeney for this photo shoot i wonder?
why wouldnt the marketing department use cult hero Troy Deeney for this photo shoot i wonder? only5foot3
  • Score: -11

2:24pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Loyal Supporter says...

Havana Club wrote:
Despite the well-intentioned words of the press releases, I think the decision to move to a black and white Udinese strip was made before the WW1 link.

It has all the air of a PR person luckily stumbling over the 100 year anniversary when charged with finding any link to B&W stripes as a reason for making this move. Its not as if the club has made any effort to remember its veterans in the past.

Never seen the need for alternative WFC colours beyond those we already have. Yellow shirts rarely clash with other teams and in red and black WFC has perfectly good alternative colours in its identity (that work very well as stripes too).
Black and White and then Blue were our clubs home colours all the way through to the late 1950's. That represents a substantial chunk of our history as a club before the yellow and black kicked in. If anything it could be said that these should be our away kits on a regular basis to reflect that.
[quote][p][bold]Havana Club[/bold] wrote: Despite the well-intentioned words of the press releases, I think the decision to move to a black and white Udinese strip was made before the WW1 link. It has all the air of a PR person luckily stumbling over the 100 year anniversary when charged with finding any link to B&W stripes as a reason for making this move. Its not as if the club has made any effort to remember its veterans in the past. Never seen the need for alternative WFC colours beyond those we already have. Yellow shirts rarely clash with other teams and in red and black WFC has perfectly good alternative colours in its identity (that work very well as stripes too).[/p][/quote]Black and White and then Blue were our clubs home colours all the way through to the late 1950's. That represents a substantial chunk of our history as a club before the yellow and black kicked in. If anything it could be said that these should be our away kits on a regular basis to reflect that. Loyal Supporter
  • Score: 26

2:32pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Henry VIII says...

Class act, class kit, class club. My club and yours. Les we forget.
Class act, class kit, class club. My club and yours. Les we forget. Henry VIII
  • Score: 25

2:38pm Fri 6 Jun 14

PeteBogHorrorHornet says...

Hope this doesn't affect our chances of signing any players from Hungary ;-(
Hope this doesn't affect our chances of signing any players from Hungary ;-( PeteBogHorrorHornet
  • Score: -3

3:31pm Fri 6 Jun 14

JJHORNET79 says...

Love the new away kit. The best we have had in long time
Love the new away kit. The best we have had in long time JJHORNET79
  • Score: 16

3:38pm Fri 6 Jun 14

holtonian says...

Hope we keep this away kit for future seasons...By far the best we had had thus far......
Hope we keep this away kit for future seasons...By far the best we had had thus far...... holtonian
  • Score: 13

3:48pm Fri 6 Jun 14

bornyellow says...

does this mean that the home shorts are red..
does this mean that the home shorts are red.. bornyellow
  • Score: 4

4:53pm Fri 6 Jun 14

BobT44 says...

only5foot3 wrote:
why wouldnt the marketing department use cult hero Troy Deeney for this photo shoot i wonder?
Isn't he getting married? It could be because he's involved in that, and will then be going on his honeymoon???
[quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: why wouldnt the marketing department use cult hero Troy Deeney for this photo shoot i wonder?[/p][/quote]Isn't he getting married? It could be because he's involved in that, and will then be going on his honeymoon??? BobT44
  • Score: 6

5:21pm Fri 6 Jun 14

luther blissett says...

VOReason wrote:
Great cause should be bigger donation.

I'd have avoided the colour schemes just to prevent further 'udinese b' jibes
How can you avoid the colour scheme if using the kit from 100 yrs ago? It was black and white, end of.
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: Great cause should be bigger donation. I'd have avoided the colour schemes just to prevent further 'udinese b' jibes[/p][/quote]How can you avoid the colour scheme if using the kit from 100 yrs ago? It was black and white, end of. luther blissett
  • Score: 17

6:06pm Fri 6 Jun 14

mellow yellow says...

luther blissett wrote:
VOReason wrote:
Great cause should be bigger donation.

I'd have avoided the colour schemes just to prevent further 'udinese b' jibes
How can you avoid the colour scheme if using the kit from 100 yrs ago? It was black and white, end of.
Agreed. I couldn't care less about Udinese 'B' jibes. These shirts are part of our history, as is the commerative aspect part of so many peoples, globally. Also, this is the instance where a monochrome badge DOES make sense. Well done to all involved. Classy.
[quote][p][bold]luther blissett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: Great cause should be bigger donation. I'd have avoided the colour schemes just to prevent further 'udinese b' jibes[/p][/quote]How can you avoid the colour scheme if using the kit from 100 yrs ago? It was black and white, end of.[/p][/quote]Agreed. I couldn't care less about Udinese 'B' jibes. These shirts are part of our history, as is the commerative aspect part of so many peoples, globally. Also, this is the instance where a monochrome badge DOES make sense. Well done to all involved. Classy. mellow yellow
  • Score: 15

6:19pm Fri 6 Jun 14

chadderton orn says...

Got my vote not what i expected, different.
Got my vote not what i expected, different. chadderton orn
  • Score: 4

6:56pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Buenos Aires Hornet says...

This has gotta be the Greatest School of English in the World!!! Brilliant! http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=NaJU6HxtX
5E
This has gotta be the Greatest School of English in the World!!! Brilliant! http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=NaJU6HxtX 5E Buenos Aires Hornet
  • Score: 0

7:51pm Fri 6 Jun 14

mickallen57 says...

Brilliant I love it , respect duly paid to all those who fought for their country, but more than that It looks the part . I can see this being a successful season for the hornets good additions to the squad new stand and new away kit bring it on COYH.
Brilliant I love it , respect duly paid to all those who fought for their country, but more than that It looks the part . I can see this being a successful season for the hornets good additions to the squad new stand and new away kit bring it on COYH. mickallen57
  • Score: 8

8:03pm Fri 6 Jun 14

VOReason says...

luther blissett wrote:
VOReason wrote:
Great cause should be bigger donation.

I'd have avoided the colour schemes just to prevent further 'udinese b' jibes
How can you avoid the colour scheme if using the kit from 100 yrs ago? It was black and white, end of.
More than happy to say it makes sense now I've read the article properly ...

It was black and white stripes in 1914 it bloody should be now!

COYH
[quote][p][bold]luther blissett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: Great cause should be bigger donation. I'd have avoided the colour schemes just to prevent further 'udinese b' jibes[/p][/quote]How can you avoid the colour scheme if using the kit from 100 yrs ago? It was black and white, end of.[/p][/quote]More than happy to say it makes sense now I've read the article properly ... It was black and white stripes in 1914 it bloody should be now! COYH VOReason
  • Score: 10

9:14pm Fri 6 Jun 14

D.unstable says...

Two words, Love it.
Two words, Love it. D.unstable
  • Score: 4

1:31am Sat 7 Jun 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Really like the away kit...can we start a campaine to keep this away kit after this season...

Last seasons was awful away kit...
Really like the away kit...can we start a campaine to keep this away kit after this season... Last seasons was awful away kit... SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: 3

1:34am Sat 7 Jun 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Havana Club wrote:
Despite the well-intentioned words of the press releases, I think the decision to move to a black and white Udinese strip was made before the WW1 link.

It has all the air of a PR person luckily stumbling over the 100 year anniversary when charged with finding any link to B&W stripes as a reason for making this move. Its not as if the club has made any effort to remember its veterans in the past.

Never seen the need for alternative WFC colours beyond those we already have. Yellow shirts rarely clash with other teams and in red and black WFC has perfectly good alternative colours in its identity (that work very well as stripes too).
U are clueless mate.
[quote][p][bold]Havana Club[/bold] wrote: Despite the well-intentioned words of the press releases, I think the decision to move to a black and white Udinese strip was made before the WW1 link. It has all the air of a PR person luckily stumbling over the 100 year anniversary when charged with finding any link to B&W stripes as a reason for making this move. Its not as if the club has made any effort to remember its veterans in the past. Never seen the need for alternative WFC colours beyond those we already have. Yellow shirts rarely clash with other teams and in red and black WFC has perfectly good alternative colours in its identity (that work very well as stripes too).[/p][/quote]U are clueless mate. SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: 2

10:17am Sat 7 Jun 14

buckler says...

Grow up, kits are for kids not grown men..
Grow up, kits are for kids not grown men.. buckler
  • Score: 0

10:19am Sat 7 Jun 14

buckler says...

Grow Up! Kits are for kids not grown men!
Grow Up! Kits are for kids not grown men! buckler
  • Score: 1

10:37am Sat 7 Jun 14

londomollari says...

buckler wrote:
Grow Up! Kits are for kids not grown men!
Probably true. But we follow football, travel miles and spend a fortune watching the team we support. That probably means we are all kids at heart.
If everyone were kids at heart there probably wouldn't be wars or politics.
Perhaps we should all be kids and then men wouldn't have to sacrifice their lives in wars to satisfy or remove political whims, religious fanatics or despots.
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Grow Up! Kits are for kids not grown men![/p][/quote]Probably true. But we follow football, travel miles and spend a fortune watching the team we support. That probably means we are all kids at heart. If everyone were kids at heart there probably wouldn't be wars or politics. Perhaps we should all be kids and then men wouldn't have to sacrifice their lives in wars to satisfy or remove political whims, religious fanatics or despots. londomollari
  • Score: 10

1:30pm Sat 7 Jun 14

northofwatfordpete says...

Too close to the Geordies for my liking and seeing I am less than 1 mile from St James's Park I was quite happy with the burgundy . Hopefully we will get back the winning away from home habit this coming season.
Too close to the Geordies for my liking and seeing I am less than 1 mile from St James's Park I was quite happy with the burgundy . Hopefully we will get back the winning away from home habit this coming season. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 1

1:38pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Dafer says...

A well intentioned idea by WFC to raise some cash for The RBL, whether or not the link was stumbled upon by the PR dept.
perhaps the erection of a Plaque for those members of WFC who've gone off to fight on our behalf with a slot to donate the odd copper or two would also be an appropriate gesture.
A well intentioned idea by WFC to raise some cash for The RBL, whether or not the link was stumbled upon by the PR dept. perhaps the erection of a Plaque for those members of WFC who've gone off to fight on our behalf with a slot to donate the odd copper or two would also be an appropriate gesture. Dafer
  • Score: 3

1:57pm Sat 7 Jun 14

muzzy999 says...

Firstly if it raises more than a fiver for charity, it should be considered worth it. Fair play to our club for thinking of a nice way to respect those linked to our club.

Secondly, why are so many people bothered about what other fans will say/ think? I am proud of our link with Udinese. Everyone at Watford should be. We are no longer just making up the numbers in the Championship, but instead are part of one of the best football set ups in Europe. Ill be buying this shirt and wearing it with pride, not just pride with Watford, not just pride with the Pozzo family, but for the brave members of our family who went to War too.

This is the PERFECT shirt. This will be the PERFECT season. I look forward to seeing everybody in the pond in May.
Firstly if it raises more than a fiver for charity, it should be considered worth it. Fair play to our club for thinking of a nice way to respect those linked to our club. Secondly, why are so many people bothered about what other fans will say/ think? I am proud of our link with Udinese. Everyone at Watford should be. We are no longer just making up the numbers in the Championship, but instead are part of one of the best football set ups in Europe. Ill be buying this shirt and wearing it with pride, not just pride with Watford, not just pride with the Pozzo family, but for the brave members of our family who went to War too. This is the PERFECT shirt. This will be the PERFECT season. I look forward to seeing everybody in the pond in May. muzzy999
  • Score: 6

5:06pm Sat 7 Jun 14

MainStandShambles says...

Dafer wrote:
A well intentioned idea by WFC to raise some cash for The RBL, whether or not the link was stumbled upon by the PR dept.
perhaps the erection of a Plaque for those members of WFC who've gone off to fight on our behalf with a slot to donate the odd copper or two would also be an appropriate gesture.
A good idea Dafer, the British Legion needs all the support it can get with too many of their clubs closing or going private in recent years due to lack of funding.
As a musician who has performed in many RBL clubs over the years i have seen at first hand how a lack of funds has an effect on the clubs and their members.
[quote][p][bold]Dafer[/bold] wrote: A well intentioned idea by WFC to raise some cash for The RBL, whether or not the link was stumbled upon by the PR dept. perhaps the erection of a Plaque for those members of WFC who've gone off to fight on our behalf with a slot to donate the odd copper or two would also be an appropriate gesture.[/p][/quote]A good idea Dafer, the British Legion needs all the support it can get with too many of their clubs closing or going private in recent years due to lack of funding. As a musician who has performed in many RBL clubs over the years i have seen at first hand how a lack of funds has an effect on the clubs and their members. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 3

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