List of Watford F.C. seasons

Watford Football Club is an English football club from Watford, Hertfordshire. Formed as Watford Rovers in 1881, the club entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1886. In the same year, they also entered the county-wide Herts Senior Cup, reaching the final six times over the next ten years. Watford Rovers became West Hertfordshire in 1893, and joined the Southern League for the 189697 season. The team started to change from one composed entirely of amateurs to one including paid professionals. In 1898, West Hertfordshire merged with Watford St Mary's to form Watford Football Club.[1]

The club participated in the Southern League from 1896 until 1920, experiencing considerable success. They won six league titles in this period, including the Southern League First Division in 191415.[2] After the resumption of Southern League football following a four-year hiatus due to the First World War, Watford missed out on a second consecutive title in 191920 on goal average. They joined the Football League Third Division in the 192021 season, and following its subsequent reorganisation became founder members of the Third Division South in 1921.[3]

Watford competed in the Third Division South for the next 37 years, with little success. Fred Pagnam finished as the Division's top scorer in 192223,[4] the club reached the final of the Third Division South Cup in 1935 and 1937 (winning on the latter occasion),[5] and Len Dunderdale scored 21 goals for Watford in 193839 despite leaving midway through the season.[6] The team started to progress after the reorganisation of the Football League into four national divisions in 1958. They won promotion to the Third Division in 1960, the Second Division in 1969, and reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1970. However, the league progress was reversed with two relegations over the next five years, and in 197677 Watford were briefly bottom of the entire Football League.[1]

A turning point in the club's history came in the late 1970s. Singer, shareholder and lifelong Watford supporter Elton John became chairman in 1976, and appointed Graham Taylor as manager in 1977. The club achieved consecutive promotions between 1977 and 1979, and reached the First Division for the first time in their history in 1982.[7] Furthermore, in 198283 Watford finished second in the First Division, and Luther Blissett was the division's top scorer with 27 goals. Consequently, Watford qualified for the UEFA Cup in 198384. They also reached their first FA Cup final, losing 20 to Everton at Wembley Stadium.[8] Following Taylor's departure in 1987, Watford were relegated in 1988.[9]

Watford remained in English football's second tier for eight seasons, until they were relegated in 199596.[1] Taylor returned as manager in 1997, and for the second time in his career led Watford to consecutive promotions, although he was unable to prevent relegation from the Premier League in 19992000.[10] In the 21st century Watford have reached three FA Cup semi-finals, one League Cup semi-final, and spent three further season in the Premier League after winning the 2006 Football League Championship play-off final under the management of Aidy Boothroyd and following automatic promotion under Slaviša Jokanović in 2015.[11][12]

Key

Champions Runners-up Play-offs* Promoted Relegated Top scorer in Watford's division ♦

Seasons

Early history

The club was formed as Watford Rovers in 1881, when George Devereux de Vere Capell, Earl of Essex and owner of Cassiobury Park, gave a group of boys permission to use the grounds for football. However, the agreement stipulated that the team could not play organised competitive matches on the estate.[15] Members of the group included Henry Grover, the man later recognised as the club's founder, and Charlie Peacock, who played for Hertfordshire, became involved with board meetings at the club, and became the proprietor of the Watford Observer, the local newspaper. Over the next five years the team participated exclusively in friendly matches against schools and local clubs.[15] Matches played when the club was not entering competitions included the first recorded fixture against future rivals Luton Town; a 10 home win to Watford on 5 December 1885.[16] In the 188687 season, Watford Rovers entered the FA Cup for the first time, although they were eliminated in their opening game. They have competed in at least one competition in every season since.[16] From 1886 Rovers participated in the Herts Senior Cup, a competition open to all clubs in Hertfordshire, winning it on four occasions. They also participated in the Hennessey Cupopen to clubs within a 10-mile (16 km) radius of Uxbridgebetween 1888 and 1891.[17] Rovers' first match against Watford St Mary's was a 74 home win on 17 January 1891. The teams met on eleven further occasions prior to their merge in 1898. In total, Rovers and their successors West Hertfordshire won six times, St Mary's four times, and the remaining two matches ended in draws.[16][18]

Season FA Cup FA Amateur Cup Herts Senior Cup Hennessey Cup Top scorer Goals
188687 R1 &
F &
Fred Sargent 4
188788 R2 &
F &
Fred Sargent 12
188889 QR3 &
W SF Fred Sargent 7
188990 QR3 &
SF[lower-alpha 3] SF Fred Sargent 7
189091 QR2 &
W R2 Fred Sargent 10
189192 QR2 &
W &
Walter Coles 13
189293 QR1 &
&
&
Walter Coles 1
1893
Watford Rovers were renamed West Hertfordshire for 189394.
189394 &
R3 W &
Walter Coles 4
189495 QR1 R3 SF &
Syd Hobbs & Richard Wright 5
189596 QR2 R2 &
&
Mac MacLachlan 3

League history

From 189697 until 191920, the Football League and Southern League ran in parallel, and were organised by separate bodies. The Southern League was therefore not part of the English football league pyramid. In 192021, the Southern League First Division was absorbed by the Football League, thus becoming part of the English football pyramid, initially as the Football League Third Division. From 192122 until 195758, the Third Division South operated as the third highest level of English football, running in parallel with the Third Division North. From 195859 until 199192, Division 1 was the highest level of English football, Division 2 the second highest, Division 3 the third highest and Division 4 the fourth highest. The Premier League was formed in 199293, and since then has been the highest level of English football. Division 1 became the second level, and Division 2 the third level. In 200405, Division 1 was renamed as the Football League Championship.[20]

Correct as of the end of the 201415 season.

Season[lower-alpha 4] Division[lower-alpha 5] P W D L F A Pts[lower-alpha 6] Pos FA Cup[8][lower-alpha 7] League Cup[24] Competition Result Name Goals
League[lower-alpha 8] Other[lower-alpha 4] Top scorer[lower-alpha 9]
189697 South 2 24 11 1 12 41 49 23 9th QR3 &
Herts Senior Cup W William Saunders 15
189798 South 2 22 11 6 5 50 48 28 3rd PR &
é
&
Tuggy Beach 11
1898 é
After merging with amateur team Watford St Mary's, the club was renamed Watford Football Club.
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
189899
South 2L

BCCL
22

10
14

8
2

1
6

1
62

43
35

12
30

17
3rd

1st
QR3 &
é
&
Charlie Hare 22
18991900 South 2

BCCL
20

10
14

7
2

0
4

1
57

40
25

6
30

14
1st

1st
QR4 &
é
&
Charlie Hare 32
190001 South 1 28 6 4 18 24 52 16 14th QR4 &
é
&
Jack Price 9
190102 South 1 30 9 4 17 36 60 22 13th QR4 &
é
&
Herbert Lyon 14
190203 South 1 30 6 4 20 35 87 16 15th QR3 &
é
&
Ernest Cottrell
Jimmy Tennant
7
190304 South 2 20 18 2 0 70 15 38 1st QR4 &
é
&
Bertie Banks 22
190405 South 1 34 14 3 17 41 44 31 13th QR6 &
é
&
John Goodall 12
190506
South 1

United
34

18
8

13
10

4
16

1
38

49
57

15
26

20
14th

1st
R2 &
é
&
Jimmy Reid 15
190607
South 1

United
38

14
13

3
16

1
9

10
46

15
43

38
42

7
9th

8th
R1 &
é
&
Jack Foster 16
190708 South 1 38 12 10 16 47 59 34 14th R1 &
é
&
Jack Foster 12
190809 South 1 40 14 9 17 51 64 37 14th R1 &
é
&
Archie Hubbard 16
190910 South 1 42 10 13 19 51 76 33 19th R1 &
Southern Charity Cup[lower-alpha 10] F Jimmy Maclaine 15
191011 South 1 38 13 9 16 49 65 35 14th R1 &
Southern Charity Cup[lower-alpha 10] SF Charlie White 12
191112 South 1 38 13 10 15 56 58 36 9th R1 &
Southern Charity Cup[lower-alpha 10] R1 Tommy Dixon 13
191213 South 1 38 12 10 16 43 50 34 14th QR5 &
Southern Charity Cup[lower-alpha 10] SF Tommy Dixon 13
191314 South 1 38 10 9 19 50 56 29 18th QR5 &
Southern Charity Cup[lower-alpha 10] R1 Thomas Ashbridge 14
191415 South 1 38 22 8 8 68 46 52 1st QR6 &
Southern Charity Cup[lower-alpha 10] R1 George Edmonds 17
191517 é
Due to the First World War, Watford competed in the Wartime London Combination in 191516 and 191617.[26]
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
191719 é
Watford did not play any organised fixtures in 191718 and 191819.[26]
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
191920 South 1 42 26 6 10 69 42 58 2nd QR6 &
é
&
George Edmonds 19
192021 Division 3 42 20 8 14 59 44 48 6th R2 &
é
&
Frank Hoddinott 25
192122 Division 3S 42 13 18 11 54 48 44 7th R2 &
é
&
Fred Pagnam 17
192223 Division 3S 42 17 10 15 57 54 44 10th R1 &
é
&
Fred Pagnam[lower-alpha 11] 32 ♦
192324 Division 3S 42 9 15 18 45 54 33 20th R3 &
é
&
Eddie Mummery 12
192425 Division 3S 42 17 9 16 38 47 43 11th R1 &
é
&
Len Andrews
Fred Pagnam
7
192526 Division 3S 42 15 9 18 73 89 39 15th R2 &
é
&
Jack Swann 22
192627 Division 3S 42 12 8 22 57 87 32 21st
[lower-alpha 12]
R2 &
é
&
George Edmonds 13
192728 Division 3S 42 14 10 18 68 78 38 15th R1 &
é
&
Bill Sheppard 25
192829 Division 3S 42 19 10 13 79 74 48 8th R4 &
é
&
Frank McPherson 35
192930 Division 3S 42 15 8 19 60 73 38 15th R2 &
é
&
Frank McPherson 25
193031 Division 3S 42 14 7 21 72 75 35 18th R5 &
é
&
George James 31
193132 Division 3S 42 19 8 15 81 79 46 11th QF &
é
&
George James 26
193233 Division 3S 42 16 12 14 66 63 44 11th R3 &
é
&
Billy Lane 22
193334 Division 3S 42 15 7 20 71 63 37 15th R1 &
Third Division South Cup R2 Tommy Barnett 17
193435 Division 3S 42 19 9 14 76 49 47 6th R2 &
Third Division South Cup F Billy Lane 35
193536 Division 3S 42 20 9 13 80 54 49 5th R4 &
Third Division South Cup R1 Tommy Barnett 17
193637 Division 3S 42 19 11 12 85 60 49 4th R1 &
Third Division South Cup[lower-alpha 13] W Tommy Barnett[lower-alpha 13] 22
193738 Division 3S 42 21 11 10 73 43 53 4th R3 &
Third Division South Cup SF Tommy Jones[lower-alpha 13] 15
193839 Division 3S 42 17 12 13 62 51 46 4th R3 &
Third Division South Cup R1 Len Dunderdale 21
193940 [lower-alpha 14] Division 3S 3 0 2 1 4 5 2
&
&
é
&
Four players[lower-alpha 15] 1
193946 é
Peacetime competitions were suspended during the Second World War. Watford participated in wartime leagues until 194546.[30]
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
194546 é
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
~
R4 &
é
&
Ron Gray[lower-alpha 16] 4
194647 Division 3S 42 17 4 20 61 76 39 16th R2 &
é
&
Ralph Evans 19
194748 Division 3S 42 14 10 18 57 79 38 15th R1 &
é
&
Taffy Davies 11
194849 Division 3S 42 10 15 17 41 54 34 17th R1 &
é
&
Dave Thomas 14
194950 Division 3S 42 16 13 13 45 35 45 6th R4 &
é
&
Dave Thomas 21
195051 Division 3S 46 9 11 26 54 88 29 23rd
[lower-alpha 17]
R1 &
é
&
Johnny Hartburn 13
195152 Division 3S 46 13 10 23 57 81 36 21st R2 &
é
&
Cyril Thompson 25
195253 Division 3S 46 15 17 14 62 63 47 10th R2 &
é
&
Johnny Meadows 13
195354 Division 3S 46 21 10 15 85 69 52 4th R1 &
é
&
Roy Brown 21
195455 Division 3S 46 18 14 14 71 62 50 7th R3 &
é
&
Maurice Cook 31
195556 Division 3S 46 13 11 22 52 85 37 21st R2 &
Southern Floodlit Cup[lower-alpha 18] R1 Les Graham 16
195657 Division 3S 46 18 10 18 72 75 46 11th R2 &
Southern Floodlit Cup[lower-alpha 18] R2 Les Graham 17
195758 Division 3S 46 13 16 17 59 77 42 16th R1 &
Southern Floodlit Cup[lower-alpha 18] SF Tommy McMillan 11
195859 Division 4 46 16 10 20 81 79 42 15th R2 &
Southern Floodlit Cup[lower-alpha 18] R1 Johnny Gavin
Peter Gordon
13
195960 Division 4 46 24 9 13 92 67 57 4th R5 &
Southern Floodlit Cup[lower-alpha 18] R2 Cliff Holton[lower-alpha 19] 48 ♦
196061 Division 3 46 20 12 14 85 72 52 4th R3 R1 é
&
Cliff Holton 34
196162 Division 3 46 14 13 19 63 74 41 17th R3 R3 é
&
Ron Crisp 13

196263

Division 3 46 17 8 21 82 85 42 17th R4 R1 é
&
Dai Ward 30
196364 Division 3 46 23 12 11 79 59 58 3rd R2 R1 é
&
Charlie Livesey 25
196465 Division 3 46 17 16 13 71 64 50 9th R1 R2 é
&
George Harris 21
196566 Division 3 46 17 13 16 55 51 47 12th R2 R2 é
&
Cliff Holton 12
196667 Division 3 46 20 14 12 61 46 54 3rd R3 R1 é
&
Terry Garbett 18
196768 Division 3 46 21 8 17 74 50 50 6th R3 R2 é
&
Barry Dyson 15
196869 Division 3 46 27 10 9 74 34 64 1st R4 R1 é
&
Barry Endean 20
196970
Division 2
42 9 13 20 44 57 31 19th SF
[lower-alpha 20]
R2 é
&
Barry Endean 14
197071
Division 2
42 10 13 19 38 60 33 18th R4 R2 é
&
Ron Wigg 17
197172
Division 2
42 5 9 28 24 75 19 22nd R3 R3 é
&
Keith Eddy 7
197273 Division 3 46 12 17 17 43 48 41 19th R3 R1 é
&
Pat Morrissey 10
197374 Division 3 46 19 12 15 64 56 50 7th R2 R1 é
&
Billy Jennings[lower-alpha 21] 29 ♦
197475 Division 3 46 10 17 19 52 75 37 23rd R1 R1 é
&
Ross Jenkins 11
197576 Division 4 46 22 6 18 62 62 50 8th R1 R2 é
&
Ross Jenkins 19
197677 Division 4 46 18 15 13 67 50 51 7th R3 R3 é
&
Keith Mercer 25
197778 Division 4 46 30 11 5 85 38 71 1st R3 R3 é
&
Ross Jenkins 18
197879 Division 3 46 24 12 10 83 52 60 2nd R2 SF é
&
Ross Jenkins[lower-alpha 22] 37 ♦
197980
Division 2
42 12 13 17 39 46 37 18th QF R1 é
&
Luther Blissett 11
198081
Division 2
42 16 11 15 50 45 43 9th R4 QF é
&
Malcolm Poskett 21
198182[lower-alpha 6]
Division 2
42 23 11 8 76 42 80 2nd R5 QF Football League Group Cup QF Luther Blissett 25
198283 Division 1 42 22 5 15 74 57 71 2nd R5 R3 Football League Trophy[lower-alpha 23] QF Luther Blissett[lower-alpha 24] 33 ♦
198384 Division 1 42 16 9 17 68 77 57 11th F R2 UEFA Cup R3 Mo Johnston 24
198485 Division 1 42 14 13 15 81 71 55 11th R5 QF é
&
Luther Blissett 28
198586 Division 1 42 16 11 15 69 62 59 12th QF R3 é
&
Colin West 16
198687 Division 1 42 18 9 15 67 54 63 9th SF R3 Full Members Cup R3 Mark Falco 16
198788 Division 1 40 7 11 22 27 51 32 20th QF R4 Full Members Cup R3 Malcolm Allen 9
198889
Division 2
46 22 12 12 74 48 78 4th*
[lower-alpha 25]
R5 R2 Full Members Cup QF Paul Wilkinson 21
198990
Division 2
46 14 15 17 58 60 57 15th R4 R2 Full Members Cup R2 Paul Wilkinson 16
199091
Division 2
46 12 15 19 45 59 51 20th R3 R2 Full Members Cup R1 Paul Wilkinson 18
199192
Division 2
46 18 11 17 51 48 65 10th R3 R2 Full Members Cup R1 Luther Blissett 12
199293
Division 1
46 14 13 19 57 71 55 16th R3 R4 Anglo-Italian Cup PR Paul Furlong 22
199394
Division 1
46 15 9 22 66 80 54 19th R3 R2 Anglo-Italian Cup PR Paul Furlong 19
199495
Division 1
46 19 13 14 52 46 70 7th R5 R2 é
&
Craig Ramage 11
199596
Division 1
46 10 18 18 62 70 48 23rd R3 R3 é
&
Craig Ramage 15
199697 Division 2 46 16 19 11 45 38 67 13th R4 R2 Associate Members Cup SF Tommy Mooney 12
199798 Division 2 46 24 16 6 67 41 88 1st R3 R2 Associate Members Cup R1 Peter Kennedy 13
199899
Division 1
46 21 14 11 65 56 77 5th*
[lower-alpha 26]
R3 R1 é
&
Gifton Noel-Williams[41] 10
19992000 Premier League 38 6 6 26 35 77 24 20th R3 R3 é
&
Heiðar Helguson[42] 6
200001
Division 1
46 20 9 17 76 67 69 9th R3 R3 é
&
Tommy Mooney[43] 19
200102
Division 1
46 16 11 19 62 56 59 14th R3 QF é
&
Tommy Smith[44] 11
200203
Division 1
46 17 9 20 54 70 60 13th SF R1 é
&
Heiðar Helguson[45] 11
200304
Division 1
46 15 12 19 54 68 57 16th R3 R2 é
&
Scott Fitzgerald[46] 10
200405
Championship
46 12 16 18 52 59 52 18th R3 SF é
&
Heiðar Helguson[47] 20
200506
Championship
46 22 15 9 77 53 81 3rd*
[lower-alpha 27]
R3 R3 é
&
Marlon King[lower-alpha 28] 22 ♦
200607 Premier League 38 5 13 20 29 59 28 20th SF R4 é
&
Hameur Bouazza[51] 7
200708
Championship
46 18 16 12 62 56 70 6th*
[lower-alpha 29]
R4 R2 é
&
Darius Henderson[53] 12
200809
Championship
46 16 10 20 68 72 58 13th R5 R5 é
&
Tommy Smith[54] 17
200910
Championship
46 14 12 20 61 68 54 16th R3 R2 é
&
Danny Graham[55] 14
201011
Championship
46 16 13 17 77 71 61 14th R4 R2 é
&
Danny Graham[lower-alpha 30] 27 ♦
201112
Championship
46 16 16 14 56 64 64 11th R4 R1 é
&
Troy Deeney[57] 12
201213
Championship
46 23 8 15 85 58 77 3rd*
[lower-alpha 31]
R3 R2 é
&
Matěj Vydra[59] 22
201314
Championship
46 15 15 16 74 64 60 13th R4 R3 é
&
Troy Deeney[60] 25
201415
Championship
46 27 8 11 91 50 89 2nd R3 R2 é
&
Troy Deeney 21
201516
Premier League
38 12 9 17 40 50 45 13th SF R2 é
&
Troy Deeney
Odion Ighalo
17
201617
Premier League
38 11 7 20 40 68 40 17th R4 R2 é
&
Troy Deeney 10
201718
Premier League
38 11 8 19 44 64 41 14th R4 R2 é
&
Abdoulaye Doucoure 7

Footnotes

  1. The Bucks & Contiguous Counties League was, as the name suggests, open to clubs in the vicinity of the county of Buckinghamshire. Other participants in the league included Wycombe Wanderers, Chesham Generals, Aylesbury United and Hitchin Town.[13]
  2. The United League was contested by clubs from southern and eastern England, including Brighton and Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Luton Town, Norwich City and Southampton.[14]
  3. The semi-final of the Senior Cup was abandoned at 22, owing to crowd trouble after a St Albans goal was disallowed. Watford Rovers declined to contest the replay, in order "to prevent further ill-feeling."[19]
  4. 1 2 Seasons up to 199798 sourced to Watford Season by Season.[21] Seasons from 199899 onwards sourced to Statto.com.[22]
  5. Divisions are sorted according to their level within the English football league system at the time.
  6. 1 2 From 189697 until 198081, two points were awarded for a win, and one for a draw. From the 198182 season onwards, three points have been awarded for a win.[20]
  7. Beginning with the 1925–26 season, the FA Cup was structured so that the third round proper contained 64 teams. Prior to that date, the structure had varied, so rounds are not directly comparable to the round of the same name after 1925.[23]
  8. In seasons when the club played in more than one league competition, league columns are sorted by the Southern League totals.
  9. Goal tallies are for the competitions listed only; friendly matches are not included. Seasons up to 199798 are sourced to Watford Season by Season.[21] Subsequent seasons are sourced by inline citations.
  10. 1 2 3 4 5 6 The Southern Charity Cup was competed for by many professional clubs in London and the South-East of England from 1901 until 1915. From 190910 until the suspension of football for the First World War, the majority of Southern League clubs participated.[25]
  11. Pagnam scored 30 goals in the Football League.[4]
  12. As a result of finishing 21st out of 22 clubs, Watford had to apply for re-election to the Football League. They were unanimously re-elected by the 44 clubs in the First and Second Divisions.[27]
  13. 1 2 3 Due to fixture congestion, the 193637 Third Division South Cup did not finish until October 1937. As it was officially part of 193637, Barnett's two goals in the 83 semi-final win against Notts County on 13 September 1937 are included in his 193637 goal tally; Jones' goal in the same fixture is not included in his 193738 tally. If this convention were reversed, both players would have remained Watford's top scorer in the respective seasons; Barnett in 193637 with 20 goals, Jones in 193738 with 16 goals.[28]
  14. All Football League results were annulled upon the outbreak of war.[29]
  15. Ralph Evans, George Lewis, Taffy Davies and William Law scored one Football League goal each. These were annulled upon the outbreak of war, and do not count towards the player's career totals. Watford's top scorer in 193940 wartime competitions—that is, excluding the Football League—was George Lewis with 29 goals.[29]
  16. The goal tally given is for the FA Cup only. Including wartime matches, Watford's top scorer was George Lewis, with 27 goals.[31]
  17. As a result of finishing 23rd out of 24 clubs, Watford had to apply for re-election to the Football League. They were unanimously re-elected by the 48 clubs in the First and Second Divisions.[32]
  18. 1 2 3 4 5 The Southern Floodlit Cup was a midweek competition for professional clubs. Despite its name, clubs in the East Midlands also participated. The competition ceased in 1960, coinciding with the formation of the Football League Cup.[33]
  19. Holton scored 42 goals in the Football League.[34]
  20. Watford played Manchester United in a match to decide third place, losing 20.[8]
  21. Jennings scored 26 goals in the Football League.[35]
  22. Jenkins scored 29 goals in the Football League.[36]
  23. The Group Cup was rebranded as the Football League Trophy for 198283 season, before being abolished completely. It should not be confused with the present day Football League Trophy.
  24. Blissett scored 27 goals in the Football League.[37][38]
  25. Watford faced Blackburn Rovers in the play-off semi-finals. The teams drew 11 on aggregate; Watford were eliminated on the away goals rule.[39]
  26. Watford defeated Bolton Wanderers 20 in the 1999 Football League First Division play-off Final, thereby earning promotion to the Premier League.[40]
  27. Watford defeated Leeds United 30 in the 2006 Football League Championship play-off Final, thereby earning promotion to the Premier League.[48]
  28. King scored 21 goals during the regular season of the Football League. This tally and King's status as the division's top scorer does not include goals scored during the play-offs.[49][50]
  29. Watford were defeated in the play-off semi-finals by Hull City, 61 on aggregate.[52]
  30. Graham scored 24 goals in the Football League.[56]
  31. Watford were defeated 10 in the play-off final by Crystal Palace.[58]

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