First Team 30/12/2019

Team News: Wolves

Watford will be without the suspended Adrian Mariappa for Wednesday’s match with Wolves, while the availability of several other first-team players will be assessed between now and New Year’s Day.

Mariappa serves a one-game ban following his dismissal for two bookable offences in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa, meaning Nigel Pearson will have to decide whether to add Craig Dawson or Adam Masina to a reshuffled defence.

Will Hughes and Craig Cathcart were both withdrawn with injuries during Saturday’s game, and Assistant Head Coach Craig Shakespeare told the media this afternoon the pair are among a handful of players who will be checked in the build-up to the Wolves fixture.

“We’re still waiting on five or six players, either with illness or knocks. We’ll have a clearer idea tomorrow but we’re hoping that all of them make it,” he said.

“They [Hughes and Cathcart] are part of that five or six so they’ll be assessed tomorrow. As players they’ll want to be fit for the Wolves game so we’re going to give them every opportunity to try and make it.”

Troy Deeney has scored three goals in as many games and when asked whether the captain’s leadership qualities have been integral to Watford’s upturn in form, Shakespeare said that while the striker’s return to fitness has been important, each player has an important role to play. 

“It’s going to be important for now and for the rest of the season, but we’ve also got some other leaders. Ben Foster is very experienced and he is a leader, and I could go through the whole team,” he said.

“Every individual, whatever they’re good at, has to bring his best game to each game and that’s the idea. For example, when the flair players have the chance for one v ones they have to express themselves.

“Of course, Troy coming back in, he’s a big player for us and you can see his game effectiveness, but I’m sure that if he wasn’t there we’d have to call on someone else and they each have their own attributes.”

First Team 30/12/2019

Away Tickets: Aston Villa On Sale

Tickets for the Hornets’ trip to Aston Villa (Tuesday January 21, 7.30pm KO) are now on sale.

Tickets will be available online via, over the phone on 01923 223023 and in person at the Ticket Office.


Adult: £30 (Restricted view - £29)
Full-Time Student/Armed Forces: £20 (valid proof of concession status with photo & expiry date to be produced on turnstile) (Restricted view - £19)
65 & Over: £20 (Restricted view - £19)
Under-21: £17 (Restricted view - £16)
Under-18: £10 (Restricted view - £9)


Adult: £25
Full-Time Student/Armed Forces: £20 (valid proof of concession status with photo & expiry date to be produced on turnstile)
65 & Over: £20
Under-21: £17
Under-18: £10

Please call the Ticket Office on 01923 223023 to purchase these, or email for a call back.

Ten car park spaces are available for disabled supporters located in the Away Coach Park, which is across the road from the visitors; turnstiles. Car park spaces are charged at £7 each.


A dedicated area for family groups is now available at all of Watford's away games. These 'non-standing seats' are available by calling the Ticket Office on 01923 223023, and are subject to the usual Away Group A, B, C, D and E sales process.


£10 per person. Departure time 3.30pm from Greenhill Crescent, subject to change. All supporters will be informed if the location of departure changes. There will be a Milton Keynes pick-up approximately 45 minutes later.

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 or by post to Watford FC Ticket Office, Vicarage Road Stadium, Watford, Herts, WD18 0ER) before the day of the game.


Monday December 30, 12noon
- Away Group A+ & A
Tuesday December 31, 12noon
- Away Group A+, A & B
Thursday January 2, 12noon
- Away Group A+, A, B & C
Friday January 3, 12noon
- Away Group A, A+, B, C & D
Monday January 6, 12noon
- Away Group A+, A, B, C, D & E

Wednesday January 8, 12noon
- General sale

Tickets are sold on a one per eligible Fan ID basis and subject to availability at all times.


First Access Sales Groups mentioned below are specifically referred to and set out in the club's 2019/20 Away Match Ticket Sales Policy, available by clicking HERE:

Group A+:
- ST holders 2019/20 with 45 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group A:
- ST holders 2019/20 with 15 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group B:
- Non-ST holders with 15 or more away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group C:
- ST holders 2019/20 with less than 15 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group D:
- Non-ST holder with between 1 and 14 away match ticket purchases under Fan ID record since July 2014

Group E:
- ST holders 2019/20 who wish to purchase additional tickets for friends and family who have not purchased away match tickets before


Any supporters who have mislaid their tickets will need to contact the Ticket Office via email from Friday January 17 and a duplicate ticket will be arranged for you to collect on arrival at Villa Park.

Any tickets purchased before 4pm on Friday January 17 will be sent out to the address under the lead Fan ID. Any purchases after this time will need to be collected from the Vicarage Road Stadium or Villa Park.

If you have not received your tickets by Monday January 20, please email the Ticket Office so we can ensure you are able to collect duplicates on arrival at Aston Villa.

Aston Villa do not allow supporters under the age of 14 to be unaccompanied in the stadium.

For any ticket enquiries on the day of the game, please contact Aston Villa’s Ticket Office on 0344 576 1910.

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

How to contact the Ticket Office: / 01923 223023

The Aston Villa Access Statement can be read HERE, and the Visiting Supporters Guide can be found HERE.