First Team 01/04/2020

First & Last: Heurelho Gomes

Hornets goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes talks us through his picks for our quick-fire 'First & Last' interview...


CAR

First: The first car I ever owned was a Fiat Palio.

Last: I now have an Audi Q8.

MATCH WATCHED

First: My earliest memories watching football on TV were Brazil games at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Last: Probably the last Watford game!

FILM

First: I think Titanic was the first movie I saw.

Last: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. I watched it with my sons but I liked it too!

ALBUM

First: César Menotti & Fabiano.

Last: Aline Barros, a singer-songwriter from Brazil.

CONCERT

First: I don’t actually remember!

Last: Celine Dion, at Hyde Park last summer.

COUNTRY VISITED

First: USA. I was playing in an Under-20 competition for Cruzeiro in Dallas, the Dallas Cup. It was in 2000.

Last: Austria, with the club in pre-season!

BOOTS

First: Topper, a Brazilian make.

Last: Adidas Predators are my most recent boots.

PHONE

First: I owned a Nokia 6120!

Last: I now have an iPhone X.

TROPHY

First: The Brazil Cup with Cruzeiro in 2000.

Last: The Confederations Cup with Brazil in 2009.

MEAL COOKED

First: Egg…fried egg!

Last: Meatballs with spaghetti, garlic and oil, for my kids. I got the roast chicken from Costco so I can’t count that!

31/03/2020

Dream Team: David James's XI

Ex-Watford and Manchester City goalkeeper David James reveals who would make a best XI of former teammates from both clubs, including himself…


DAVID JAMES

“I grew up with Tom Walley and Graham Taylor, and if I had to pick a coach and manager for the team it would be them. I grew up with their ethos – a love for people and the game. Tom was one of the hardest people I’ve met and if it hadn’t been for his approach and his manner then I wouldn’t have been so hard in my own game. The club tagline was ‘enjoy the game’ and even when I changed clubs I always held those core values. The family club approach – doing things for the community – is something that stayed with me throughout football. Fortunately for me I was exposed to that by Watford.”

SUN JIHAI

“He saved me once away at Fulham when I’d gone up for a corner in the last minute. We gave the ball away and Fulham ran down the other end and were about to score, but he stopped it on the line and saved my blushes!”

SYLVAIN DISTIN

“A French monster. A wonderful defender – but there’s two levels to this one. It’s not just about what people did on the pitch, it’s about what they did off the pitch as well. Sylvain was also a teammate of mine at Portsmouth. He’s a wonderful human being and we had some great times together.”

BARRY ASHBY

“We grew up through the youth team together at Watford and we both got to the first-team. He was a great guy and we won the FA Youth Cup as well.”

JASON DRYSDALE

“The Milkybar Kid. For the first-team he helped Watford avoid a few relegations, but a lot of the lads then in the first-team were also in the Youth Cup-winning team and were part of my development.”

SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS

“He had so much pace on that right-hand side for City, and I played with him for England too.”

KEVIN RICHARDSON

“On the basis that he was an experienced pro at Watford, he’d had a distinguished career at Arsenal and he was very helpful for everybody at the club.”

ROD THOMAS

“Again, a Youth Cup winner who I came up to the first-team with, and he went to my wedding. All of the lads from that cup win went to the wedding!”

STEVE MCMANAMAN

“I’m still in touch with him now. We used to play quite a lot of veteran games together, and funnily enough the year we won the Youth Cup we played Liverpool and Stevie Mac at Vicarage Road and beat them 3-0.”

ROBBIE FOWLER

“I played with him at Liverpool, with England and Manchester City. He’s one of the funniest blokes I know! He wears his heart on his sleeve and he’s a wonderful striker when it comes to winning games of football.”

LUTHER BLISSETT

“I’m not sure if we played together in the first-team, but when I was in the youth team and when I signed professionally he gave me lots of advice. He is Mr. Watford.”