2013–14 Watford F.C. season

Watford
2013–14 season
Chairman Raffaele Riva[1]
Head coach Gianfranco Zola
(until 16 December 2013)
Giuseppe Sannino
(from 18 December 2013)
Stadium Vicarage Road
Football League Championship 13th (60 points)
FA Cup Fourth Round
(eliminated by Manchester City)
League Cup Third Round
(eliminated by Norwich City)
Top goalscorer League: Troy Deeney (24)
All: Troy Deeney (25)
Highest home attendance 16,625 v Queens Park Rangers, 29 December 2013
Lowest home attendance 9,824 v Bournemouth, League Cup 2nd Round, 28 August 2013
Average home league attendance 15,512[2]
Home colours
Away colours

Watford Football Club is an English football club from Watford, Hertfordshire. They played in the 2013–14 Football League Championship, for the seventh consecutive season since relegation from the Premier League in 2006–07.[3] The manager was Giuseppe Sannino.

Background

Gianfranco Zola replaced Sean Dyche as Watford manager at the end of the 2011–12 season following Sean Dyche's dismissal.[4] Following the takeover of Watford by the Pozzo family, Watford loaned a significant number of players on season-long deals from fellow Pozzo-owned clubs Udinese and Granada.[5] The use of a large number of loan players drew criticism from both the media[6] and fellow managers,[7] who argued that a large number of loan players from a few clubs should not be allowed. However, despite the number of loanees at the club, Watford used the second-most academy players after Middlesbrough, using eight different academy players throughout the season.[8]

Pre-season

Watford attended a pre-season training camp in northern Italy and played friendly fixtures before playing more fixtures in the UK[9][10]

Football League Championship

Football League Cup

FA Cup

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
11 Nottingham Forest 46 16 17 13 67 64 +3 65
12 Middlesbrough 46 16 16 14 62 50 +12 64
13 Watford 46 15 15 16 74 64 +10 60
14 Bolton Wanderers 46 14 17 15 59 60 1 59
15 Leeds United 46 16 9 21 59 67 8 57
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored

Summary

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHHAAHAHHHAAHAHHAAHAHAHHAHHAHAAH
ResultWWDDLDWWWLWLDLDLLDDLDWDLDLWDWWDLWLWLDWDWDWLLLL
Position91257865475777710101212131412131515161314131211121111111212111212131212131313
Last updated: 3 May 2014.
Source: BBC Sport

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Players

Statistics

Statistics correct as of game played 3 May 2014.[11]
Numbers in brackets indicate substitute appearances

2013–14 Watford player details[lower-alpha 2]
No. Pos Name P G P G P G P G Age Joined club Yth Notes
Championship FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
1GKManuel Almunia 370100038010362012No
2DFReece Brown 0 (1)000202 (1)000222013No
3DFHéctor Bellerín 6 (2)000006 (2)010192013No
4DFGabriele Angella 39 (1)7301 (1)143 (2)8111252013No
5DFEssaïd Belkalem 5 (3)000207 (3)040252013No
6DFJoel Ekstrand 31 (2)0303037 (2)0110252012No
7MFCristian Battocchio 21 (14)4303127 (14)520222012No
8MFJosh McEachran 5 (2)000106 (2)000212013No
8MFAlexander Merkel 7 (4)100007 (4)111212014No
9FWTroy Deeney 4424310 (1)047 (1)2540252010No
10MFLewis McGugan 31 (3)10200 (1)033 (4)1170252013No
11FWFernando Forestieri 19 (9)7211 (1)022 (10)880242012No
12DFLloyd Doyley 23 (1)0100 (1)024 (2)010312001Yes
13FWMathias Ranégie 8 (2)400008 (2)421292014No
15FWJavier Acuña 3 (6)000316 (6)120252013No
15MFAlbert Riera 6 (2)100006 (2)131322014No
16MFSean Murray 22 (12)3213227 (12)620192010Yes
17DFFitz Hall 3 (2)010004 (2)000332013No
18DFDaniel Pudil 29 (8)21 (1)03033 (9)270282012No
19DFMarco Faraoni 26 (12)2103131 (12)490222013No
20FWDiego Fabbrini 8 (13)11 (1)02011 (14)120232013No
20FWPark Chu-young 1 (1)000001 (1)000262014No
21MFIkechi Anya 29 (6)5200 (1)031 (7)500262012No
22MFAlmen Abdi 9 (4)20 (2)00 (1)09 (7)220272012No
23MF Iriney 12 (3)0200014 (3)040332013No
23MFSamba Diakité 1 (5)000001 (5)011252014No
25FWUche Ikpeazu 0000000000192013No
26FWBernard Mensah 0 (1)000000000192011Yes
27DFMarco Cassetti 32 (3)11 (1)01 (1)034 (5)1101362012No
28MFConnor Smith 100 (1)02 (1)03 (2)010212011Yes
28MFDániel Tőzsér 200000020080282014Yes
29MFGeorge Thorne 8000008010212013No
29DFLucas Neill 0 (1)000000 (1)000362014No-
30GKJonathan Bond 9 (1)0203014 (1)000202010Yes
31DFTommie Hoban 5 (2)000005 (2)010202011Yes
32MFLuke O'Nien 0 (1)000000 (1)000192013Yes
33DFNyron Nosworthy 5010006010332011No
36FWAlex Jakubiak 1000001000172010Yes
37DFJosh Doherty 0 (1)000000 (1)000182012Yes
MFRoss Jenkins 0000000000222008Yes
DFAdam Thompson 0000000000202010Yes

Transfers

updates as 20 September 2013

In

Date Player From Fee
1 July 2013Uche IkpeazuReadingFree[12]
2 July 2013Lewis McGuganNottingham ForestFree[13]
19 July 2013Daniel PudilGranadaFree[14]
19 July 2013Marco CassettiUdineseFree[14]
19 July 2013Cristian BattocchioUdineseFree[14]
19 July 2013Almen AbdiUdineseFree[14]
19 July 2013Diego FabbriniUdineseFree[14]
19 July 2013Gabriele AngellaUdineseFree[14]
19 July 2013Javier AcuñaUdineseFree[14]
19 July 2013Marco FaraoniUdineseFree[14]
22 July 2013Ikechi AnyaGranadaFree[15]
22 July 2013Reece BrownManchester UnitedFree[15]
24 July 2013Joel EkstrandUdineseFree[16]
25 July 2013IrineyGranadaFree[16]
3 January 2014Mathias RanegieUdineseFree[17]
24 February 2014Lucas NeillUnattachedFree[18]

Out

At the end of the 2012–13 season, the club announced that seven players would be released at the end of their contracts, alongside Chris Iwelumo, who had already agreed to join Scunthorpe United.[19] After being released by the club, Jack Bonham signed for Brentford,[20] Stephen McGinn signed for Sheffield United[21] and Mark Yeates signed for Bradford City.[22]

Date Player To Fee
3 June 2013Chris IwelumoScunthorpe UnitedFree[19]
7 June 2013Jack BonhamBrentfordFree[19]
7 June 2013Mark YeatesBradford CityReleased[19]
7 June 2013Prince Buaben-Released[19]
7 June 2013Stephen McGinnSheffield UnitedFree[19]
7 June 2013Piero MingoiaAccrington StanleyReleased[19]
7 June 2013Aaron Tumwa-Released[19]
7 June 2013Stephan Hamilton-Forbes-Released[19]
1 July 2013Craig ForsythDerby CountyUndisclosed[23]
2 July 2013John EustaceDerby CountyFree[24]
20 July 2013Lee HodsonMilton Keynes DonsFree[25]
24 July 2013Carl DickinsonPort ValeMutual Termination[26]
29 July 2013Jonathan HoggHuddersfield Town£400k[27]
31 July 2013Britt AssombalongaPeterborough United£1.3M[28]
9 January 2014Adam ThompsonSouthend UnitedUndisclosed [29]

Loans

updates as 20 September 2013

In

Start Player Parent club End
12 August 2013Essaïd BelkalemGranada30 June 2014[30]
20 September 2013Josh McEachranChelsea2 January 2014[31]
6 November 2013George ThorneWest Bromwich Albion2 January 2014[32]
22 November 2013Héctor BellerínArsenal18 February 2014[33][34][35]
3 January 2014Alexander MerkelUdinese30 June 2014[17]
29 January 2014Dániel TőzsérGenoa30 June 2014 [36]
31 January 2014Samba DiakitéQPR30 June 2014 [37]
31 January 2014Park Chu-youngArsenal30 June 2014 [38]

Out

Start Player To Loan End Date
9 August 2013Adam ThompsonSouthend United4 January 2014 [39]

International

On 14 August 2013, Cristian Battocchio made his Italian Under-21 debut in a 41 friendly win over Slovakia.[40]

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