2007–08 Watford F.C. season

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Watford
2007–08 season
Chairman Graham Simpson
Manager Aidy Boothroyd
Football League Championship 6th
Football League Championship play-offs Semi final (eliminted by Hull City)
FA Cup Round 4 (eliminated by Wolverhampton Wanderers)
League Cup Round 2 (eliminated by Southend United)
Highest home attendance 18,698: Watford v Queens Park Rangers, 29 December 2007
Lowest home attendance 8,166: Watford v Gillingham, 14 August 2007

The 2007–08 football season was Watford Football Club's 62nd consecutive season of competitive football since the Second World War. It began on 1 July 2007, and concluded on 30 June 2008, although competitive games were only played between August and May.

Season summary[edit]

Following relegation from the Premier League in 2006–07, Watford started the 2007–08 season strongly, winning eleven of their opening sixteen games and opening up an 8-point gap at the top of the Championship table.[1] However, after the departure of Adam Johnson to Middlesbrough on 11 November 2007 Watford's form declined; they won six of their next sixteen Championship games, and only one of their final sixteen.[2] In January 2008 Watford sold captain Gavin Mahon and top scorer Marlon King, but purchased Mat Sadler, Leigh Bromby and John Eustace.[3] Watford finished the 2007–08 season in 6th position, and were eliminated in the play-off semi finals to Hull City.[4]

Legend

      Win       Draw       Loss

Friendlies[edit]

Football League[edit]

For more information, see 2007–08 Football League Championship.

League standings by round[edit]

For the complete final league table, see 2007–08 Football League Championship#League table.

      ♦ Automatic promotion position       ♣ Playoff position

Round 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground A H A H H A A H H A H A A H A H A H H A A H A H H A A H A H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H H A
Result W W L W W W D D W W W W W L W D L L L W D L W D L W L D D W W W D D D D D D D L W L D L L D
Points 3 6 6 9 12 15 16 17 20 23 26 29 32 32 35 36 36 36 36 39 40 40 43 44 44 47 47 48 49 52 55 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 65 68 68 69 69 69 70
Position 5♣ 1♦ 4♣ 2♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 1♦ 2♦ 1♦ 2♦ 2♦ 2♦ 3♣ 2♦ 3♣ 2♦ 1♦ 1♦ 2♦ 3♣ 3♣ 2♦ 3♣ 3♣ 4♣ 5♣ 4♣ 5♣ 5♣ 5♣ 5♣ 6♣

Play-offs[edit]

Watford's sixth-placed finish meant that they qualified for the play-off semi finals, where they would play a home and away match against third-placed Hull City. As 6–1 aggregate winners, Hull qualified for the final at Wembley Stadium, and as a result of victory in that match they earned qualification to the Premier League for the 2008–09 season.

Semi final first leg

Semi final second leg

FA Cup[edit]

For more information, see 2007–08 FA Cup.

As a Championship club, Watford did not enter the FA Cup until the third round stage. Their potential opponents were the 20 Premier League teams, the 23 other Championship clubs, and 20 teams from lower divisions which had progressed through the first and second rounds, and in some cases additional qualifying games.

Third round

Fourth round

League Cup[edit]

For more information, see 2007–08 Football League Cup.

For the 2007–08 season, all Football League clubs entered the League Cup in the first round. For the first round, the draw was split into two regional sections of 36 teams. The 18 highest placed teams in the league from the previous season were seeded in each region. Watford, having been relegated from the Premier League, were therefore seeded, and placed in the southern section of the draw.

First round

Second round

Ownership and finance[edit]

Watford Football Club is owned by the holding company Watford Leisure Plc (LSE: WFC). Its 2007–08 financial year coincided with the football season, running from 1 July 2007 until 30 June 2008. The company's annual accounts were released in November 2008, showing an operating loss of £10.977 million, but a net profit of £426,000 as a result of the sale of player registrations and land.[5] Watford Leisure's chief executive was Mark Ashton, while their chairman was self-professed lifelong Watford fan Graham Simpson, who also owned shares in the company. The club's other major shareholders were Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Michael Ashcroft through his investment company Fordwat, and brothers Jimmy and Vince Russo through their business Valley Grown Salads.

Squad details[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Key

  † Permanent player left club during the season.
  ‡ On loan at Watford from another club during season.
  ¤ On loan to another club from Watford during season.
  * First appearance(s) for Watford.

# = Squad number; Pos = Playing position; P = Number of games played; G = Number of goals scored; A yellow card = Yellow cards; A red card = Red cards; GK = Goalkeeper; DF = Defender; MF = Midfielder; FW = Forward

Statistics do not include games played for other clubs. Starting appearances are given first, followed by substitute appearances in parentheses where applicable. [nb 1][6]

This table of statistics is incomplete. You can help by expanding it.

Pos Name P G P G P G P G P G A yellow card A red card Notes
League FA Cup League Cup Playoffs Total Discipline [7][8]
MF Ainsworth, LionelLionel Ainsworth 3(5) 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0 4(6) 0 0 0
DF Avinel, CédricCédric Avinel 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
MF Bangura, AlAl Bangura 3(4) 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 6(4) 0 2 0
DF Bromby, LeighLeigh Bromby 16 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 18 0 0 0
MF Campana, AlexAlex Campana 0 0 0 0 1(1) 1 0 0 1(1) 1 0 0
MF Clarke, EwanEwan Clarke 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Davenport, CalumCalum Davenport 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
DF DeMerit, JayJay DeMerit 30(5) 1 2 0 0 0 1(1) 0 31(6) 1 2 0
DF Doyley, LloydLloyd Doyley 36 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 39 0 4 0
FW Ellington, NathanNathan Ellington 18(16) 4 1(1) 0 0 0 2 0 21(17) 4 1 0
MF Eustace, JohnJohn Eustace 13 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 15 0 3 2
MF Forbes, KieranKieran Forbes 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
MF Francis, DamienDamien Francis 6(5) 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 7(5) 2 1 0
FW Henderson, LiamLiam Henderson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW Henderson, DariusDarius Henderson 34(6) 12 1 0 0 0 1 1 36(6) 12 10 1
FW Hoskins, WillWill Hoskins 0(1) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2(1) 0 0 0
DF Jackson, MattMatt Jackson 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 8 0 2 0
FW John, CollinsCollins John 3(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3(2) 0 0 0
MF Johnson, AdamAdam Johnson 11(1) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 11(1) 5 1 0
FW Kabba, SteveSteve Kabba 7(7) 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 9(7) 1 2 1
FW King, MarlonMarlon King 25(2) 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 26(2) 11 2 0
GK Lee, RichardRichard Lee 34(1) 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 40(1) 0 0 0
GK Loach, ScottScott Loach 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
MF Mahon, GavinGavin Mahon 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0 3 0
DF Mariappa, AdrianAdrian Mariappa 13(12) 0 0(2) 0 2 0 1 0 16(14) 0 1 0
MF McAnuff, JobiJobi McAnuff 31(8) 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 35(8) 2 5 0
MF McNamee, AnthonyAnthony McNamee 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
MF O'Toole, John-JoeJohn-Joe O'Toole 23(12) 3 1 1 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 24(14) 3 4 1
DF Osbourne, JuniorJunior Osbourne 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
DF Parkes, JordanJordan Parkes 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
GK Poom, MartMart Poom 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
FW Priskin, TamásTamás Priskin 7(7) 1 1(1) 0 2 1 0(2) 0 10(10) 2 2 0
DF Rinaldi, DouglasDouglas Rinaldi 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 1 2 0
DF Sadler, MatMat Sadler 14(1) 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 16(1) 0 2 0
DF Shittu, DannyDanny Shittu 37(2) 7 1 2 0 0 1 0 39(2) 9 4 0
MF Smith, TommyTommy Smith 44 7 1(1) 0 0 0 2 0 47(1) 7 3 0
MF Stewart, JordanJordan Stewart 33(6) 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 34(6) 2 3 0
FW Williamson, LeeLee Williamson 27(5) 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 30(5) 2 5 1


Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
5 June 2007 Jamaica Jobi McAnuff Crystal Palace
29 August 2007 England Nathan Ellington West Bromwich Albion
5 January 2008 England Lionel Ainsworth Hereford United
24 January 2008 England Mat Sadler Birmingham City
31 January 2008 England Leigh Bromby Sheffield United
31 January 2008 England John Eustace Stoke City

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee
3 July 2007 England Chris Powell Charlton Athletic
11 July 2007 England Harry Forrester Aston Villa
7 August 2007 Algeria Hameur Bouazza Fulham
16 August 2007 England Clarke Carlisle Burnley
18 January 2008 England Anthony McNamee Swindon Town
25 January 2008 Jamaica Marlon King Wigan Athletic

Loans in[edit]

Start date Player From End date
31 August 2007 Argentina Santiago Aloi River Plate (Argentina)
14 September 2007 England Adam Johnson Middlesbrough
22 November 2007 England Lionel Ainsworth Hereford United
18 January 2008 England Calum Davenport West Ham United
25 January 2008 Netherlands Collins John Fulham

Loans out[edit]

Start date Player To End date
10 August 2007 France Toumani Diagouraga Hereford United
10 August 2007 England Theo Robinson Hereford United
14 September 2007 Guadeloupe* Cédric Avinel Stafford Rangers
17 September 2007 England Scott Loach Stafford Rangers
18 September 2007 England Will Hoskins Millwall
30 November 2007 England Alex Campana Wealdstone
1 January 2008 England Scott Loach Morecambe
1 January 2008 England Gavin Mahon Queen's Park Rangers
17 January 2008 England Jordan Parkes Brentford
18 January 2008 Antigua and Barbuda Moses Ashikodi Swindon Town
18 January 2008 England Anthony McNamee Swindon Town
28 January 2008 England Scott Loach Bradford City

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ All players who were named in a Watford first-team matchday squad are listed. This includes players who only featured as unused substitutes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watford 2007-2008 : English League Championship Table 10.11.2007". statto.com. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Watford 2007-2008 : Results". statto.com. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Transfers: January 2008". BBC Sport. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Phil McNulty (14 May 2008). "Hull 4-1 Watford (agg 6-1)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Watford Leisure Plc Report and Financial Statements 2008". Watford Leisure Plc. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Watford 2007/2008 player statistics". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Watford 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Club statistics: Discipline". Watford F.C. Retrieved 22 November 2009.