Elton John Owner Watford Soccer Club
February 2, 2012 by staff
Elton John Owner Watford Soccer Club, Watford Football Club is an English professional football club based in Watford, Hertfordshire. It is often referred to as Watford F.C., Watford, or by the team’s nickname The Hornets (or, more colloquially, The ‘Orns).
Watford Rovers, Founded in 1881, entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1886, and the Southern League a decade later.
After finishing the 1914-15 season as Southern League champions, Watford joined the Football League in 1920. The club played at several grounds in its early history, before moving to a permanent location at Vicarage Road in 1922, where it remains to this day.
The club is best known for two spells under the management of former England manager Graham Taylor. The first lasted from 1977 to 1987, when Watford rose to the old First Division from the Fourth Division. Watford finished second in First Division in 1983, competed in the UEFA Cup in the 1983-84 season, and reached the FA Cup final in 1984.
The second period spanned from 1997 to 2001, when Taylor took the club from the renamed Second Division to the Premier League in successive seasons.
Taylor is currently non-executive Chairman of the club’s holding company, and an honorary life president alongside Sir Elton John, who owned Watford during both of these eras and has continued a long association with the club.
Watford also competed in the Premier League in 2006-07, under Aidy Boothroyd’s management.
As of the 2011-12 season, the team plays in the Football League Championship. The club’s current manager is former central defender Sean Dyche, who was appointed in June 2011, having previously served the club as a player, coach and assistant manager.
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