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Established in 2010, From The Rookery End is the original Watford FC supporters podcast. Join lifelong supporters Mike, Jon and Jason, as they share their thoughts on anything and everything involving Watford FC. They'll be with you through the heartbreak and hope, the triumph and the trauma. This is life as a Watford fan. This is From The Rookery End. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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After the club annouced that they were trying to raise £17.5m by allowing fans and investors to buy shares in the club, Mike was invited onto Sky Sports News to share his views on the new proposal. Thank you to Sky Sports for allowing us to share this audio. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
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This is another special retrospective episode of From the Rookery End. In these podcasts we take an in depth look back at some of the most pivotal moment in Hornets history, having previously covered the 1997 thrashing of our friends up the M1, the breathless Play Off Semi Final victory at St Andrews in 1999 and of course, our tribute to THAT goal …
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With the 2023/24 season done and dusted, Jon, Jas, DCW and Mike convened to dish out the season awards…in (very) alternative categories. Awards were dished out in the categories from the 1989 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party (kids ask your parents or head for Google). Expect to hear who scooped Best Group, Best Solo Singer, Best Single, Best Pop Video…
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As Watford's home season comes to an end, with a 1-0 home won against Sunderland, the FTRE team had a end of season night out with a curry! You'll hear from Jas, Adam D, Colin, Jordi, Kieran and Jon, discuss the last home game as well as the appointment of Thomas William Cleverley and the impact it will have on our club. COME ON YOU ORNS Hosted on …
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Zero goals and still no home win, but there is still plenty to discuss on the latest From the Rookery End. Mike, Jon and Jas talk through the stalemate with a largely toothless Tigers, run the rule over the Player of the Season contenders (including a controversial suggestion from Mike) as well as looking at the impact and importance of Junior Horn…
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After a draw away at Ipswich in the week and almost grabbing a point away at Southampton, Jon, Jason and Adam discuss their reaction to the performances. And. as the end of season is apprapching faster and faster with each passing day, they look ahead to which players are likely to be pulling on a yellow shirt* in the starting XI come the first gam…
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Play Off chasing PNE were the visitors for Tom Cleverley’s latest audition for the permanent Head Coach role at Vicarage Road, and while the game was a surprisingly tame affair, there’s plenty for Mike, Jon and Jas to get stuck into in this, the latest From the Rookery End. The chaps got together on Sunday morning to talk Tom Dele Bashiru continuin…
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After two two-two draws, over easter - Jon, Colin and Kieran discuss Tom Cleverley's new look Watford and its 3-5-2. Which players benefited for it, which it did not? How far has Thomas Cleverley got to being named the full time Watford Head Coach? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
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After heading to St Andrew’s to take in Tom Cleverley’s first game as Watford boss, Adam Drury and Mike joined Jon to talk through the first game of the TC era. Mike and Adam talk about the atmosphere and the stand out performers, while also, now we've gained 48 points and probable safety, cast an eye forward as they try to work out how the rest of…
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Bonser Out! is the latest book from The Watford Treasury and in this episode Jon speakes with four members of the team to find out more about the book and what life like as a Watford fan in the 1970s. He talks to Geoff Wicken, his brother Olly, Richard White and Colin Payne to talk about the heroes, the ups and downs and exactly who was Bonser and …
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In the wake of another defeat and the departure of another Head Coach, Mike, Jas and Jon got together to talk through the latest dispiriting developments. Why now? How will Tom Cleverley fare? What happened to Mike’s coccyx? All these questions and more get the From the Rookery End treatment in this, the latest episode. Let us know what you think. …
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Watford have problems. Big problems, small problems. Immediate problems, long term problems. In the latest From the Rookery End, Mike and Jon are joined by Adam Drury to discuss the latest problem - another listless defeat; this time at The Den. The boys discuss the surrender at Millwall while also looking at the wider malaise that is engulfing Vic…
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Watford 1-2 Huddersfield Was it as bad previous home games against Huddersfield? In many ways it was. So as Jon and DCW gather with Opta's Matt Furniss they reflect on many aspects of the home defeat, particularly those two early substitutions. Also, with Matt's help, and his huge bank of data, the boys analyse the home and away form, the depth and…
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The latest From the Rookery End podcast features two away day diaries, with Colin making the trip to Carrow Road and Mike heading to the New York Stadium (and Millmoor!) to see the Hornets in action. Hear how both journeys and both games went with Colin and Mike checking in before, during and after both fixtures, before Mike rounded up another Watf…
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Following the publication of Watford’s latest accounts, we reached out to the expert; Keiran Maguire from the Price of Football podcast. Kieran talks us through what the numbers mean, how they stack up against comprable clubs, what it means for the future and crucially, answers the question on all of our lips - should we be worried? There is also a…
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With an expanding podcast repitoire, and feeback from listeners, on this weekend's, and maybe on a few more, we decided to focus it on our reaction to the match. So here is Jon, Mike, Jason and DCW reacting to Watford's 2-1 defeat at home to Leicester. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
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In the first of a new type of FTRE podcast, Matt Furniss, Watford fan and Opta stats guru, joins Jon and DCW to take a look at Watford from a different point of view. They discuss how much time Watford have been in a drawing position, how important Wesley Hoedt and Edo Kayembe are to the Hornets as well as Matt's views on Watford's strikers. The pl…
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Watford failed to find the back of the net for the second game in a row, after their third fixture in six days ended in a limp defeat at home to Cardiff. Ismael’s men were unable to recover from a sluggish start, with a lack of cutting edge in the final third their undoing once more. Mike, Jas and Jon gathered immediately after the game to run the …
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Mike, Colin, Olly Wicken and Andy (Mike's brother), drove their merry way up to Sheffield for the Hornet's midweek clash against the Owls. Under the dim lights of Hillsborough, on a pitch not fit for the modern age, Watford, and Wednesday, didn't really get started. Join the guys as you get an idea what it is like to sit next to Mike during a Watfo…
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In the wake of the draw with Southampton in the FA Cup 4th Round at Vicarage Road, Jon, Jas and Mike gathered in the shadow of the Hornet Shop to talk through the game. Has Mattie Pollock played himself into an extended stay at Watford? Are we seeing the best of Jamal Lewis? Has Val finally found the formula when it comes to Martins and Asprilla? I…
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With multiple reports suggesting Emmanuel Dennis is set to complete a shock return to Vicarage Road, the emergency pod alarm was sounded. Mike and Jon answered the call, and this episode is their take on the potential news. There are concerns on a number of levels, while hope of redemption for a player that continues to be divisive and left WD18 un…
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Watford’s decent away from continued with a creditable point at Bristol City, and Colin and DCW were there to see it - they share their thoughts. Mike and Jon are your hosts for this one, with the duo discussing events in Bristol, the transfer window so far and concerning news for Gino in Spain. There’s never a dull week when it comes to Watford, w…
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An eventful Watford week ended with another win on the road for the Hornets, with Mike, fresh from Loftus Road, joining Jas and Jon to talk about the Jake Livermore inspired win over the not so super Hoops. The team also discuss the two At Your Place events that took place, including a few thoughts about the current dissatisfaction and concern with…
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Watford survived a scare to overcome National League pacesetters Chesterfield in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup - the Hornets’ first win in the competiton since beating Wolves in the 2019 Semi Final. In this, the latest From the Rookery Emd podcast, you can hear fellow fans recount their favourite FA Cup memories, while Jon, Jas and Mike discuss Watfo…
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With the Championship season at the halfway point, it’s time for a look at how the Watford class of 2023/24 are performing! In this, the latest FTRE (and the first of 2024 - Happy New Year everyone) Mike, Jon and Jas assess the performances of the Watford first team squad, giving each regular a grade from A-D. Colin also provides his first hand acc…
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After an away win at Blackburn, a horrendoous home loss to Bristol City, Watford stood firm against Stoke to get a 1-1 home draw. Jon, Jason and Mike met after the game to discuss how the last few games fit together, quickly agree the ref was poor but the Hornets showed something new, even with the obvious frailaties were clear to see. Hosted on Ac…
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At this special time of year, we’ve put together a very special podcast. Few players can have become so popular so quickly as the magnificent Heidar Helguson, who cemented himself as a genuine Watford legend over two spells at Vicarage Road. In this pod, we pay tribute to Heidar, talking about our memories of his time in a yelllw shirt, hearing abo…
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5-1 away wins don't come around that often but Watford got another one away at Deepdale against Preston North End. Jon and the Brigadier, Colin Mace, discuss the match, the players that took the opportunity given to them and which was the best of the 5 goals. And in part 2, Jon, Jason and Mike look ahead to the transfer window to consdier what shou…
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A speculative shot and awesome throw in saw Rhys Healey score his first goal for the Hornets and grab a last minute draw against Southampton. Jon, DCW, Mike and Jason look back at the game plus our Jon talked to John Preston, author of the new Watford book "Watford Forever" written in collaboration with Sir Elton John. And, with the sad passing of …
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After a comeback home won against Norwich, in the week, and an away win at Hull that was topped off with a wonder goal from Wesley Hoedt, Jon and Colin Mace gathered to discuss which Watford player had the best week? Or was it Valerian who had the best week? Plus Jon catches up with Colin Payne and Geoff Wicken from The Watford Treasury to discuss …
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WIth Watford coming back from being two goals down to win 3-2 at home to Norwich, the boys felt a little podcast was needed after a wonderful night under the lights, at Vicarage Road. Jon, Jason and DCW had a quick chat to disucss how Watford were able to turn the fixture around and who were the staring players. COME ON YOU ORNS Hosted on Acast. Se…
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A little earlier than mornal, Jon and Colin talked on Sunday about the 2-0 away defeat at table topping Leicester City. They ponder, were Watford set up conservatively, which of the Watford squad was bounding out of bed, on Sunday, to watch the hightlights, who had a sleepless night as they fear the consequences of their performance and who, ahead …
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WD18 is a happier place going into the International break, with Watford extending their unbeaten streak to six, courtesy of a 5-0 win over Rotherham. Mike, Jon and Jas got together to talk through the mauling of the Millers, identifying the key players in this triumph and the longer term reversal of Watford’s recent fortunes. This is the brand new…
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We've taken the decision to not pick apart Watford games every week. Don't worry, that doesn't mean we won't be here every week but on away games we will do something a little different. We will get a views of another fan to discuss the game with them but we'll also expand on life as a Watford fan. This week we have a quiz and in the future we plan…
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Mike, Jon and Colin are on FTRE duty this week, looking back at a productive week for the Hornets, which saw Valerien Ismael’s side pick up 7 points from a possible 9. The boys delve into what could have triggered this mini transformation, look at the good and the bad sides of the Watford back line, discuss discipline and a whole lot more in this, …
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As Watford took on Sheffield Wednesday in The Vic, Jon, Mike and DCW flew over to Stockholm to take in Hammarby Women v Linköping Women and the big Stockholm derby Djurgarden v Hammerby. We know things aren't great for Watford fans but this wasn't avoidance tactics - it was a birthday celebration. And of course the boys were kept in the loop of wha…
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In 2010, Lionel Birnie wrote a book called Enjoy The Game. It tells the story of Watford during the Golden Era - when Graham Taylor and Elton John steered the club from the bottom of Division 4 to the top of Division 1 and a trip into Europe. The new podcast is an audio series of the book. It's read by Colin Mace and he brings to life the story and…
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After three matches where Watford came away empty handed, it was a contented if not a little frustrated bunch of Watford fans that left Cardiff on Saturday. This week, Jon, Jordi and Adam Drury talk through the changes and tweak Valerian made to the Watford squad and how that impacted the performance. Has the intenational break come at the right ti…
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This Jon, Mike and Jason discuss the reactions of Val, fans, players and how the Watford landscape is looking after the Hornets 2-3 home defeat to Middlesbrough. We also hear from Matt Nobbs and a very special moment he had on Saturday in the Ann Swanson stand. COME ON YOU ORNS Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
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DCW, Mike and Charlie reflect on a chastening afternoon at Elland Road for Watford on Saturday, as the Hornets lost 3-0 to Leeds and delivered a performance that offered barely any positives. We pick apart the dismal display, look at whether Valerian Ismael got his team selection right, and we attempt to work out how we should all be feeling about …
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After what feels like an eternity, From the Rookery End is back! And it was worth the wait, with Watford delivering an exhilarating last gasp win for Jon, Mike and Adam Drury to discuss. The trio talk Val’s best XI, Dan Bachmann and supporter patience and try to work out just how much credit shoukd go to the Head Coach for that much needed home win…
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The Horents returned from Coventry with only a point but they did mange to bag themselves 3 goals - something that has been missing for a few weeks. Jon, DCW are joined by the Brigadier, Colin Mace for the first time this season. As well as breaking down the game, the team reflect on the Transfer Window and hear about the second match of the season…
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We can sit here, at least Mike would, and quote that Watford haven't scored a goal since the 43rd minute of the opening game... about 230 minutes. But Mike is on holiday so Jon, Jason, Jordi and DCW gathered post match in Mad Squirrel to disucss the match, the changes - some enforced, some the choice of Valerian - the difference performace in the f…
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In the first of what will be regular podcasts dedicated to Watford Women this season Kieran heads down to London Colney to catch up with Head Coach Damon Lathrope ahead of Sunday's opener against Durham in the Barclay's Women's Championship. He's also joined by tough tackling midfielder Dre Georgiou for the player's perspective. Spirits in the camp…
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DCW is joined by Mike and WD18's Charlie Zazzera to reflect on Saturday's 1-0 loss away at Stoke. We pick the bones out of a largely lacklustre performance and attempt to take the temperature of the new season after a win, a draw and a loss in the first three games. The lack of goals in the last two matches comes into sharp focus as we assess the o…
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One week. Three games. Five things we’ve learned. That’s the basis of the brand new From the Rookery End, with Mike Jas and Jon looking back at not just the draw with Plymouth, but the first full week of competitive action under Valérien Ismaël. There’s talk of fun, fears, praise, patience, hopes and expectations in this, the latest edition of From…
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Watford got their season off to the best start imaginable, swatting aside an abject QPR on opening day. Now’s your chance to hear what Jas, Jon and Mike made of the first game of the Valérien Ismaël era, in a brand new From the Rookery End podcast. It’s all here, from Mike trying his best to try and something to be miserable about, to thoughts on t…
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After 14 years of podcasting, we've finally gotten around to doing a iive podcast in fron of an audience. aWith less than two days to go until the new season starts, Jon, Mike, DCW and a lot of of ther Watford fans gathered at Mad Squirrel in Watford for a LIVE podcast. Not live on the internet... like with people in the same room. The gang discuss…
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After 11 years of owning Watford FC, Gino Pozzo came face to face with Watfird fans. 80 or so supporters went to Watford's London Colney Training Ground for a Q&A, organised by a group of fans, with Gino and Scott Duxbury. Plenty of questions were asked... were answers forthgiving? Jon and Mike were there and discuss their reaction to the answers a…
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With two weeks to go until Watford FC fans get to meet Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury, Jon, Mike and jounralist Lionel Birnie discuss what questions need to be asked. The Validity of the event, the key topics and how far do the questions need to go. Remember you can still apply to be there - go to slido.com and use the code 8963 220 to apply - and af…
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