22 July 2024

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Terrace Talk’ series, which provides personal opinions from our FLW Fan Pundits regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

he last 20 years have been a very successful period in Watford’s history, and a number of heroic players have plied their trade in Hertfordshire during this time.

The last 20 years have been a very successful period in Watford’s history, and a number of heroic players have plied their trade in Hertfordshire during this time.

Four stints and seven seasons in the Premier League helped to establish the Hornets as a competitive outfit, who are capable of brushing shoulders with the country’s elite. The best of which saw them finish 11th in the topflight, and reach the final of the FA Cup, where they were unfortunately pitted against a relentless Manchester City side.

The other 13 terms since 2003/04 were spent in the second tier – they have not dropped below since the 20th century.

ean Dyche is most famed for taking the managerial reins at Burnley and Everton, but is loved by the Watford faithful following his three-year stint at the club during the 2000s.

The fearless defender played his part in 72 league outings, and was named captain for his last term. Dyche left Vicarage Road in 2005, and returned to start his managerial career at the club six years later.

His management style very clearly reflected Dyche’s attributes as a player. The 52-year-old was hailed for building a bullish Burnley side that were defensively astute, and always gave 100%.

 

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