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Season Review 2002/03: Lewington Leads Charge To Semi-Finals

Away from the football it was a concerning time for Watford – with players asked to take a 12 per cent wage deferral after the collapse of ITV Digital, and several high-earners still on the wage bill following a difficult campaign under Gianluca Vialli the year previous.

But there was no shortage of distractions on the pitch during 2002/03, with Ray Lewington masterminding a shock run to the FA Cup semi-finals that included memorable wins over the likes of West Brom, Sunderland and Burnley along the way.

The View From The Vic: Episode Five – Cathcart & Armstrong

'The View From the Vic' is the official podcast from Watford FC, where you can re-live great memories, hear untold stories from special guests and experience a unique insight into life inside Vicarage Road.

In Episode Five – a Northern Ireland special – our hosts Jon and Kevin are joined by Hornets defender Craig Cathcart and former striker Gerry Armstrong. The pair have over 100 international caps between them for the Green and White Army and have each earned Watford promotion to the top flight of English football – albeit more than 30 years apart.

Five Years Ago: Promotion Secured On South Coast

On this day in 2015, a nail-biting 2-0 win at Brighton - coupled with other results going the Hornets' way - clinched Watford's glorious return to the Premier League.

Re-live that crazy day five years ago on the south coast through the memories of those who were there, including goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, ex-Hornet Derek Payne, BBC 3CR commentator Jon Marks, club photographer Alan Cozzi and of course the supporters, in the first of our new 'A Day To Remember' series.

My Best: Craig Shakespeare

Assistant Head Coach talks through his best players, matches and more in a quick-fire interview...


Best player you have played with?

“Off the top of my head, I'm going to say Trevor Francis. He came to Sheffield Wednesday in the twilight of his career and you soon realised from little finishing sessions we did what he must have been like at his peak. He was still very, very good, even at this stage of his career. He was a bit-part player at Wednesday because of his age, but you could see the quality he had.”

Time Capsules: Nigel Gibbs' New Attacking Role (1997)

In our 'Time Capsules' series, we dive into the Watford FC archives to re-publish a classic interview from an historic matchday programme.

For our sixth instalment, we re-visit a player profile interview with Nigel Gibbs – the player with the most starts for Watford in the club's history.

In this interview the defender reflects on a fine start to the season, discusses about his own change in position, and ponders whether his more attacking role will lead to him getting amongst the goals...

Cozzi's Classics: Goal Scorers – Part 1

Alan Cozzi has been Watford FC's full-time photographer since 1997, capturing iconic and historic moments at the club through the lens of his camera.

In the latest instalment of a regular series taking a look at the stories behind classic photos from his archives, Cozzi talks us through his most memorable pictures of the team's out-and-out goal scorers during his spell.

For each finisher there is a picture of them scoring, a picture of them celebrating and one snap which Cozzi feels sums them up perfectly...

Statement: Squad Wage Deferral Agreed

Watford Football Club has reached an agreement with its players over a squad wage deferral.

The move follows positive and constructive discussions with the players - led by club captain Troy Deeney, and also including several senior members of the first-team squad.

Chairman & CEO Scott Duxbury said: "We are grateful to the players for recognising the importance of the situation and for their support of this fantastic club.

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