2013–14 Watford F.C. season

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Watford
2013–14 season
ChairmanRaffaele Riva[1]
Head coachGianfranco Zola
(until 16 December 2013)
Giuseppe Sannino
(from 18 December 2013)
StadiumVicarage Road
Football League Championship13th (60 points)
FA CupFourth Round
(eliminated by Manchester City)
League CupThird Round
(eliminated by Norwich City)
Top goalscorerLeague: Troy Deeney (24)
All: Troy Deeney (25)
Highest home attendance16,625 v Queens Park Rangers, 29 December 2013
Lowest home attendance9,824 v Bournemouth, League Cup 2nd Round, 28 August 2013
Average home league attendance15,512[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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Football League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League table[edit]

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[edit]

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHHAAHAHHHAAHAHHAAHAHAHHAHHAHAAH
ResultWWDDLDWWWLWLDLDLLDDLDWDLDLWDWWDLWLWLDWDWDWLLLL
Position91257865475777710101212131412131515161314131211121111111212111212131212131313
Updated to match(es) played on 3 May 2014. Source: BBC Sport
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Players[edit]

Statistics[edit]

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

2013–14 Watford player details[b]
No. Pos Name P G P G P G P G Age Joined club Yth Notes
Championship FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
1 GK Manuel Almunia 37 0 1 0 0 0 38 0 1 0 36 2012 No
2 DF Reece Brown 0 (1) 0 0 0 2 0 2 (1) 0 0 0 22 2013 No
3 DF Héctor Bellerín 6 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 6 (2) 0 1 0 19 2013 No dagger
4 DF Gabriele Angella 39 (1) 7 3 0 1 (1) 1 43 (2) 8 11 1 25 2013 No
5 DF Essaïd Belkalem 5 (3) 0 0 0 2 0 7 (3) 0 4 0 25 2013 No dagger
6 DF Joel Ekstrand 31 (2) 0 3 0 3 0 37 (2) 0 11 0 25 2012 No
7 MF Cristian Battocchio 21 (14) 4 3 0 3 1 27 (14) 5 2 0 22 2012 No
8 MF Josh McEachran 5 (2) 0 0 0 1 0 6 (2) 0 0 0 21 2013 No dagger
8 MF Alexander Merkel 7 (4) 1 0 0 0 0 7 (4) 1 1 1 21 2014 No dagger
9 FW Troy Deeney 44 24 3 1 0 (1) 0 47 (1) 25 4 0 25 2010 No
10 MF Lewis McGugan 31 (3) 10 2 0 0 (1) 0 33 (4) 11 7 0 25 2013 No
11 FW Fernando Forestieri 19 (9) 7 2 1 1 (1) 0 22 (10) 8 8 0 24 2012 No
12 DF Lloyd Doyley 23 (1) 0 1 0 0 (1) 0 24 (2) 0 1 0 31 2001 Yes
13 FW Mathias Ranégie 8 (2) 4 0 0 0 0 8 (2) 4 2 1 29 2014 No
15 FW Javier Acuña 3 (6) 0 0 0 3 1 6 (6) 1 2 0 25 2013 No
15 MF Albert Riera 6 (2) 1 0 0 0 0 6 (2) 1 3 1 32 2014 No
16 MF Sean Murray 22 (12) 3 2 1 3 2 27 (12) 6 2 0 19 2010 Yes
17 DF Fitz Hall 3 (2) 0 1 0 0 0 4 (2) 0 0 0 33 2013 No
18 DF Daniel Pudil 29 (8) 2 1 (1) 0 3 0 33 (9) 2 7 0 28 2012 No
19 DF Marco Faraoni 26 (12) 2 1 0 3 1 31 (12) 4 9 0 22 2013 No
20 FW Diego Fabbrini 8 (13) 1 1 (1) 0 2 0 11 (14) 1 2 0 23 2013 No
20 FW Park Chu-young 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 26 2014 No dagger
21 MF Ikechi Anya 29 (6) 5 2 0 0 (1) 0 31 (7) 5 0 0 26 2012 No
22 MF Almen Abdi 9 (4) 2 0 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 9 (7) 2 2 0 27 2012 No
23 MF Iriney 12 (3) 0 2 0 0 0 14 (3) 0 4 0 33 2013 No
23 MF Samba Diakité 1 (5) 0 0 0 0 0 1 (5) 0 1 1 25 2014 No dagger
25 FW Uche Ikpeazu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 2013 No
26 FW Bernard Mensah 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 2011 Yes
27 DF Marco Cassetti 32 (3) 1 1 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 34 (5) 1 10 1 36 2012 No
28 MF Connor Smith 1 0 0 (1) 0 2 (1) 0 3 (2) 0 1 0 21 2011 Yes
28 MF Dániel Tőzsér 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 8 0 28 2014 Yes dagger
29 MF George Thorne 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 21 2013 No dagger
29 DF Lucas Neill 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 36 2014 No -
30 GK Jonathan Bond 9 (1) 0 2 0 3 0 14 (1) 0 0 0 20 2010 Yes
31 DF Tommie Hoban 5 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 5 (2) 0 1 0 20 2011 Yes
32 MF Luke O'Nien 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 19 2013 Yes
33 DF Nyron Nosworthy 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 33 2011 No
36 FW Alex Jakubiak 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 2010 Yes
37 DF Josh Doherty 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 18 2012 Yes
MF Ross Jenkins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 2008 Yes
DF Adam Thompson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 2010 Yes

Transfers[edit]

updates as 20 September 2013

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
1 July 2013 Uche Ikpeazu Reading Free[12]
2 July 2013 Lewis McGugan Nottingham Forest Free[13]
19 July 2013 Daniel Pudil Granada Free[14]
19 July 2013 Marco Cassetti Udinese Free[14]
19 July 2013 Cristian Battocchio Udinese Free[14]
19 July 2013 Almen Abdi Udinese Free[14]
19 July 2013 Diego Fabbrini Udinese Free[14]
19 July 2013 Gabriele Angella Udinese Free[14]
19 July 2013 Javier Acuña Udinese Free[14]
19 July 2013 Marco Faraoni Udinese Free[14]
22 July 2013 Ikechi Anya Granada Free[15]
22 July 2013 Reece Brown Manchester United Free[15]
24 July 2013 Joel Ekstrand Udinese Free[16]
25 July 2013 Iriney Granada Free[16]
3 January 2014 Mathias Ranegie Udinese Free[17]
24 February 2014 Lucas Neill Unattached Free[18]

Out[edit]

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 2013 Chris Iwelumo Scunthorpe United Free[19]
7 June 2013 Jack Bonham Brentford Free[19]
7 June 2013 Mark Yeates Bradford City Released[19]
7 June 2013 Prince Buaben - Released[19]
7 June 2013 Stephen McGinn Sheffield United Free[19]
7 June 2013 Piero Mingoia Accrington Stanley Released[19]
7 June 2013 Aaron Tumwa - Released[19]
7 June 2013 Stephan Hamilton-Forbes - Released[19]
1 July 2013 Craig Forsyth Derby County Undisclosed[23]
2 July 2013 John Eustace Derby County Free[24]
20 July 2013 Lee Hodson Milton Keynes Dons Free[25]
24 July 2013 Carl Dickinson Port Vale Mutual Termination[26]
29 July 2013 Jonathan Hogg Huddersfield Town £400k[27]
31 July 2013 Britt Assombalonga Peterborough United £1.3M[28]
9 January 2014 Adam Thompson Southend United Undisclosed [29]

Loans[edit]

updates as 20 September 2013

In[edit]

Start Player Parent club End
12 August 2013 Essaïd Belkalem Granada 30 June 2014[30]
20 September 2013 Josh McEachran Chelsea 2 January 2014[31]
6 November 2013 George Thorne West Bromwich Albion 2 January 2014[32]
22 November 2013 Héctor Bellerín Arsenal 18 February 2014[33][34][35]
3 January 2014 Alexander Merkel Udinese 30 June 2014[17]
29 January 2014 Dániel Tőzsér Genoa 30 June 2014 [36]
31 January 2014 Samba Diakité QPR 30 June 2014 [37]
31 January 2014 Park Chu-young Arsenal 30 June 2014 [38]

Out[edit]

Start Player To Loan End Date
9 August 2013 Adam Thompson Southend United 4 January 2014 [39]

International[edit]

On 14 August 2013, Cristian Battocchio made his Italian Under-21 debut in a 4–1 friendly win over Slovakia.[40]