2014–15 Watford F.C. season

Watford F.C.
2014–15 season
Chairman Raffaele Riva
Head coach Beppe Sannino
(until 31 August)
Óscar García
(from 2–29 September)
Billy McKinlay
(from 29 September-7 October)
Slaviša Jokanović
(from 7 October)
Stadium Vicarage Road
Championship 2nd (promoted)
League Cup 2nd round
(knocked out by Doncaster Rovers)
Home colours
Away colours

Watford Football Club is an English football club from Watford, Hertfordshire. They currently play in the 2014–15 Football League Championship, for the eighth consecutive season since relegation from the Premier League in 2006–07, securing promotion following a 2–0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion on 25 April 2015, after spending eight consecutive seasons in the Championship. The team's manager was Slaviša Jokanović.

Competitions

Pre-season matches

Championship

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Bournemouth (C, P) 46 26 12 8 98 45 +53 90 Promotion to the Premier League
2 Watford (P) 46 27 8 11 91 50 +41 89
3 Norwich City (O, P) 46 25 11 10 88 48 +40 86 Qualification for Championship play-offs[lower-alpha 1]
4 Middlesbrough 46 25 10 11 68 37 +31 85
5 Brentford 46 23 9 14 78 59 +19 78
Updated to match(es) played on 2 May 2015. Source: Sky Sports
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to the Premier League.

League results summary

OverallHomeAway
PldWDLGFGAGDPtsWDLGFGAGDWDLGFGAGD
46 27 8 11 91 50  +41 89 14 4 5 48 22  +26 13 4 6 43 28  +15

Last updated: 6 April 2015.
Source: Football League


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Last updated: 8 April 2015.
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Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches

The fixtures for the 2014–15 season were announced on 18 June 2014 at 9am.[1]

FA Cup

League Cup

The draw for the first round was made on 17 June 2014 at 10am. Watford were drawn away to Stevenage.[2]

Squad statistics

Statistics correct as of 2 May 2015.[3]

2014–15 Watford player details[lower-alpha 3]
No. Pos Name P G P G P G P G Age Joined club Yth Notes
Championship FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
1GKHeurelho Gomes 440000044000342014No
2MFLuke O'Nien 0000000000202013Yes
3MFGianni Munari 21+73101+1031320312014No
4DFGabriele Angella 32+32100036210262013No
5MFKeith Andrews 4+51002011120342014No
5MFAdlène Guedioura 13+43000017310292014No
6DFJoel Ekstrand 23+11000+1025101262012No
7MFCristian Battocchio 0000000000232012No
7MFMiguel Layún 14+30000017000262015No
8MFDániel Tőzsér 34+115100046520292014No
9FWTroy Deeney 37+5211000432110262010No
10MFLewis McGugan 5+1000107000262013No
11FWFernando Forestieri 10+145101026500252012No
12DFLloyd Doyley 5+1000208000322001Yes
13FWMathias Ranégie 0000000000302014No
14DFJuan Carlos Paredes 32+70100040020272014No
15DFCraig Cathcart 28+13100030330262014No
16MFSean Murray 2+400+101+109000212010Yes
17DFVujadin Savić 0000000000242015No
17DFGabriel Tamaș 6+1000209011312014No
18DFDaniel Pudil 19+40101+1026010292012No
19FWDiego Fabbrini 20001+104000242013No
20FWMatěj Vydra 31+11160+101+10451600232014No
21MFIkechi Anya 27+80001036000272012No
22MFAlmen Abdi 28+490+100033910282012No
23MFLloyd Dyer 4+101002216300322014No
23MFBen Watson 19+10000020020292015No
24FWOdion Ighalo 22+13201020382010252014No
25FWUche Ikpeazu 0000000000202013No
26FWBernard Mensah 0+1000001000202011Yes
27DFJosh Doherty 0000000000192014Yes
28MFConnor Smith 0000000000222011Yes
29FWAlex Jakubiak 0000000000182014Yes
30GKJonathan Bond 2+1010206000212010Yes
31DFTommie Hoban 20+70102030000212011Yes
32MFGeorge Byers 0+1000001000182014Yes
33DFJorell Johnson 0000000000182014Yes
34GKRene Gilmartin 0000000000272014No
39DFSébastien Bassong 110000011000282014No
39DFMatthew Connolly 4+2100006100272015No
47MFMarco Motta 7+2000009000282014Yes
  1. For players who came through the club's youth system the date used refers to when they signed a professional contract, unless they appeared in a first-team match-day squad prior to that, in which case that date is used.
  2. A dagger is only displayed if the player was exclusively a loan player during the 2014-15 season. If they signed permanently over the course of the season then it is not displayed.
  3. All players who have been signed to the club since the opening day of the 2014–15 season are listed

Staff

Non-playing staff

  • Head-coach: Slaviša Jokanović (from 7 October)[4]
  • Assistant coach: Dean Austin (from 15 January)[5]
  • Assistant coach: Ruben Martinez (from 11 September; joint caretaker head coach 15–29 September)[6][7][8]
  • Assistant coach: Javier Pereira (from 11 September; joint caretaker head coach 15–29 September)[6][7][8]
  • Goalkeeping coach: Alec Chamberlain
  • Goalkeeping coach: Paolo De Toffol
  • Technical director: Luke Dowling (from 3 September)[9]
  • Academy manager: Chris McGuane[10]
  • Lead professional development coach: David Horseman (from 1 December)[11]
  • Academy Head of Coaching: Barry Quin (acting youth-team coach between Hughes' departure and appointment of Horseman)[10]
  • Chief scout: Filippo Giraldi
  • Head of medical: Richard Collinge (from 9 February)[12]
  • Head of sports science: Gianni Brignardello
  • Sport Scientist: Ben Dixon
  • Kit manager: Will Jones
  • Assistant kit manager: Craig Charles

Information correct as of 13 May 2015.[13]

Former non-playing staff

Transfers

In

Date Player From Fee Ref
23 May 2014 Heurelho Gomes Tottenham HotspurFree[19]
27 May 2014 Gabriel Tamaș Doncaster RoversFree[20]
12 June 2014 Lloyd Dyer Leicester CityFree[21]
24 June 2014 Craig Cathcart BlackpoolFree[22]
16 July 2014 Juan Carlos Paredes GranadaUndisclosed[23]
25 August 2014 Rene Gilmartin St Patrick's AthleticFree[24]
24 October 2014 Odion Ighalo UdineseUndisclosed[25]
9 January 2015 Miguel Layún GranadaUndisclosed[26]
23 January 2015 Ben Watson Wigan AthleticUndisclosed[27]
23 January 2015 Vujadin Savić BordeauxFree[28]
26 February 2015 Marco Motta JuventusFree[29]

Out

Date[lower-alpha 1] Player To[lower-alpha 2] Fee Ref
4 June 2014 Manuel AlmuniaRetiredReleased[30]
4 June 2014 Marco CassettiRetiredReleased[30]
4 June 2014 Fitz HallFree AgentReleased[30]
4 June 2014 Ross JenkinsFree agentReleased[30]
4 June 2014 Lucas NeillFree AgentReleased[30]
4 June 2014 Nyron Nosworthy BlackpoolReleased[30][31]
4 June 2014 Albert Riera UdineseReleased[30]
2 July 2014 Marco Faraoni UdineseUndisclosed[32]
17 July 2014 Gary Woods Leyton OrientFree[33]
31 July 2014 Reece Brown BarnsleyUndisclosed[34]
1 August 2014 Javier Acuña Club OlimpiaUndisclosed[35]
14 January 2015 Gabriel Tamaș Steaua BucureștiFree[36]
  1. Where a player has been released, the date given is when their release was announced by Watford, not when their contract expired or when the joined their next club.
  2. Where a player has been released, the club they subsequently joined is listed, provided it is professional and occurred during the 2014-15 season.

Loans in

Start Player Parent club End Ref
26 June 2014 Matěj Vydra Udinese30 June 2015[37]
7 July 2014 Dániel Tőzsér Parma30 June 2015[38]
24 July 2014 Keith Andrews Bolton Wanderers2 February 2015[39][40]
30 July 2014 Odion Ighalo Udinese24 October 2014[41]
4 August 2014 Gianni Munari Parma30 June 2015[42]
8 October 2014 Sébastien Bassong Norwich City9 January 2015[43]
26 November 2014 Adlène Guedioura Crystal Palace1 January 2015[44]
27 February 2015 Adlène Guedioura Crystal Palace25 April 2015[45]
19 March 2015 Matthew Connolly Cardiff City30 June 2015[46]

Loans outs

Start Player To Level End Ref
5 August 2014 Essaïd Belkalem TrabzonsporTurkish Süper Lig30 June 2015[47]
13 August 2014 Alex Jakubiak Oxford UnitedLeague Two4 November 2014[48][49]
14 August 2014 Jorell Johnson Hemel Hempstead TownConference South30 June 2015[50][51]
22 August 2014 Luke O'Nien WealdstoneConference South30 June 2015[52]
26 August 2014 Cristian Battocchio Virtus EntellaItalian Serie B30 June 2015[53]
28 August 2014 Mathias Ranégie MillwallChampionship15 January 2015[54]
19 November 2014 Lewis McGugan Sheffield WednesdayChampionship1 January 2015[55]
26 November 2014 Uche Ikpeazu Crewe AlexandraLeague One25 January 2015[56]
27 November 2014 Alex Jakubiak Dagenham & RedbridgeLeague Two30 June 2015[57][51][58]
16 January 2015 Diego Fabbrini MillwallChampionship16 March 2015[59][60]
19 January 2015 Lloyd Dyer Birmingham CityChampionship30 June 2015[61]
28 January 2015 Uche Ikpeazu Doncaster RoversLeague One10 March 2015[62][63]
2 February 2015 Lewis McGugan Sheffield WednesdayChampionship30 June 2015[64]
5 February 2015 Mathias Ranégie Dalian AerbinChina League One31 December 2015[65]
11 February 2015 Bernard Mensah Braintree TownConference30 June 2015[66]
13 March 2015 Uche Ikpeazu Crewe AlexandraLeague One30 June 2015[67]
26 March 2015 Diego Fabbrini Birmingham CityChampionship30 June 2015[60]

Reserves and academy

In 2014–15, Watford's under-21 side competed in the Under-21 Premier League Cup, progressing through four rounds before losing 3–2 away at Southampton in the quarter-finals. They also played in the Herts Senior Cup, progressing through one round before losing to Hemel Hempstead in the quarter-finals.[68] The under-18s finished 5th in the South-East Conference of the Football League Youth Alliance, subsequently qualifying for Merit League One. In the FA Youth Cup they entered in the third round, losing 3–1 away at Swansea.[10]

Watford's academy in 2014-15 consisted of 17 scholars:

  • In the second year: Arie Ammann, Matthew Hall, Harry Kyprianou, Dennon Lewis, Mahlondo Martin, Il Myeong Choi, Kunle Otudeko, Carl Stewart and Alfie Young.[69][70]
  • In the first year: Jacob Cook, Andrew Eleftheriou, Michael Folivi, Max Makaka, Brandon Mason, Ogo Obi, Charlie Rowan and Connor Stevens.[71]

Panos Armenakas was announced as joining the first-year in April 2014, but in June he signed for Italian club Udinese, who are also owned by the Pozzo family.[72] On 1 September the club announced second-year midfielder Tom Rosenthal had left to join Belgian side S.V. Zulte Waregem in order for him to be closer to an ill family member.[73] On 15 September striker Ogo Obi signed a two-year scholarship deal with the club, with a one-year professional deal from its expiration in 2016.[74] Obi had been with the club since the under-11 age-group, but had spent time on trial with Manchester United over the pre-season.[75] Goalkeeper Shaun Rowley, a scholar with Shrewsbury Town, joined the academy on a youth loan for the early part of the reason, returning to his parent club in October.[76] Stewart transferred to Udinese in January.[77] In February Folivi signed a deal that would see him become professional at the end of his scholarship in 2016, with the club holding the option of adding a further year.[78]

On 1 May, Watford announced that Lewis, Martin and Young would be offered professional contracts of an unspecified length, while Hall would have his scholarship extended after he suffered from an injury in 2014–15. Ammann, Choi, Otudeko and Kyprianou, who was an unused substitute for the first-team's FA Cup game away at Bristol City on 4 January 2014, were released.[70][79]

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