26/01/2018

FA Cup Tickets | Southampton Away Details

UPDATE 26/01/18, 5pm:

Tickets for the FA Cup fourth round tie at Southampton are no longer on sale.


Now's your last chance to come and cheer on Javi Gracia and the boys as they seek to book their place in the FA Cup fifth round this weekend.

Ticket prices have been set at just £12 (adult), £10 (Over-65 / 18-21 yrs) and £5 (Under-18) for the trip to the south coast, however official club coach travel has now sold out. 

Tickets remain on general sale to Hornets supporters over the phone (01923 223023) or in person at the Vicarage Road Ticket Office from 12noon until 5pm on Friday.

Please note: any tickets purchased online after 4pm on Wednesday (Jan 24) will need to be collected from the Ticket Office before 5pm on Friday.

The Hornets have been given an allocation of approximately 4,500 tickets for the tie with the Saints. As of 11am today (Fri Jan 26), around 3,700 tickets have been sold.


TICKET PRICES

Adult: £12
Over-65: £10
18-21 years: £10
Under-18: £5

Wheelchair: priced as above with an enabler free-of-charge.

Official club coaches: £8 per person. Departs from Greenhill Crescent at 10am. *SOLD OUT*

Please note that due to St Mary's Stadium ground regulations, children aged under 2 years will not be permitted entry into the stadium.

Under-18s attending any away game and/or travelling on official club coaches unsupervised MUST ensure an UNDER-18 AWAY FIXTURE CONSENT FORM is signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the Ticket Office (either in-person, by emailing ticket.office@watfordfc.com or by post to Watford FC Ticket Office, Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford, Herts, WD18 0ER) before the day of the game.


SALES ARRANGEMENTS - WHO CAN BUY WHEN?

From 9am, Saturday January 13:
- Away Groups A & B

From 12noon, Tuesday January 16:
- Away Groups A, B & C

From 12noon, Wednesday January 17:
- General sale

Tickets are sold on a one per eligible Fan ID basis and subject to availability at all times. Booking fees per ticket: 50p online, £1 over phone.

AWAY FIRST ACCESS SALES GROUPS

First Access Sales Groups mentioned below are specifically referred to and set out in the club's 2017/18 Away Match Ticket Sales Policy, available by clicking HERE:

Group A (3,852 fans):
- ST holders 2017/18 with between 10 and 24 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group B (777 fans):
- Non-ST holders 2017/18 with 10 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group C (10,680 fans):
- ST holders 2017/18 with less than 10 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Regular sales updates will be published here at watfordfc.com and via Twitter @WatfordFC.

How to contact the Ticket Office:
ticket.office@watfordfc.com / 01923 223023

First Team 25/01/2018

Gracia | “We Have A Big Heart”

Javi Gracia is a softly-spoken and mild-mannered individual but all that goes out the window when it comes to the serious business of winning football matches.

He’s not here to just further his coaching CV, win friends or experience life in England. He’s hell-bent on pocketing as many Premier League points as he can for Watford and coaxing the best out of this talented squad he's inherited.
 
“I like to win first of all – and not just results against the big teams,” he said, with reference to the high-profile scalps he picked up against Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

“I need good results, because it’s my first experience here. We don’t prepare one match different to another. Points are very, very important.”
 
Gracia said he’s ready and keen repay the faith Gino Pozzo, Scott Duxbury and Filippo Giraldi have placed in him as the 41st manager of this great club.
 
“They trust me and I want to make a good job,” he said.

“I try to keep calm during the games but I want my players to have a good performance, want to have a good attitude. I want to send a good message, with confidence.”
 
The Spaniard has only been at the football club for five days but he already, he says, feels the club has a “big heart”. 
 
“I’m very comfortable here, I said before like a family,” he said.

“We don’t have a big budget but we have a big heart. It’s a very nice place and I feel really very welcome.”
 
Gracia has been able to slot in so seamlessly because of the infrastructure at the club. The technical staff can focus on the make-up of the squad while he gets on with the important task of coaching the players. It’s a role that suits him down to the ground.
 
“I am only worried about the players I have and improving the level,” he said.

“I’m not thinking about the players in or out. There are other persons in the club to do this job. I have enough to do in my job. I have enough work preparing the team for our matches. I don’t have enough time to prepare our matches and I have enough work. I focus on my squad.”

He says he hasn’t come in with a rigid idea of how to set the team up. He wants to be flexible, see the options at his disposal and then decide which formation will work best. He doesn’t want any round pegs in square holes. 
 
“I like to see the possibilities of the players and then choose the best way to play, and then after choose the system,” he said.

“In Spain there are different styles. Everybody speaks about the passing game and that’s most attractive but as I said before, the game is a balance. I like to be competitive but you need to do many things well.

“There are many ways to win but the most important thing for me is to play well. What’s playing well? That for me is a balance between attack, defence, good transitions, set-pieces and dominant phases of play.”
 
It’s been all change for the players at London Colney this week but Gracia has been encouraged by the early signs.
 
“I’ve been five days training with them,” he said.

“I see them very concentrated, very committed and the team is training in a good way. They are looking forward to the next game and training very, very well.”
 
The next game is this Saturday’s clash with Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup. There will be no gentle loosener, no honeymoon period – Watford will be going out all guns blazing to win.
 
“We are only focused on our next match,” said Gracia.

“It’s a final for us. You only get one chance to go on in this competition. This competition is very important, historic. We need to really enjoy and play as a final. No other matches on are my mind. The only focus is on this competition.”

See more from Gracia's first press conference in the free video above.