After Watford Football Club got fined £4.3 million yesterday by the EFL for submitting a forged banking letter, the club went and announced a loan signing the very evening later. If there was ever a case to signify what life was like under the Pozzo family then that was it. But despite some lows they continue to find the answers with their way of working. So having looked at the Best XI of the Pozzo era, it’s now time to look at some of best images during their reign, sent in by you, the fans.
13th April 2013 – Sent in by Patrick McNicholas
So lets start off with this comical image back in 2013, Marco Cassetti may be laughing here but I’d imagine the few thousand travelling Watford fans weren’t when the Italian was sent off with the club already 2-0 down to Peterborough as a great opportunity to drive into automatic promotion contention slipped away in typical Watford fashion. Posh were 3-0 up two minutes later and despite a couple of late consolation goals it summed up what Zola’s team were capable of and also Cassetti himself. A popular character but at times a liability, this is the type of photo we as fans can laugh at now because it’s just so beautifully Watford.
12th May 2013 – Sent in by Nick Chainey
Just a month later and this exact moment will go down in Watford history. Hornets fans don’t need telling what led to this Troy Deeney strike, the rest is history but the look of anguish on the Leicester players faces, the hope on the faces of the Watford fans behind the goal paint a great picture but it alone does not illustrate the scenes that were to come…
And just a few seconds later…! The moment Vicarage Road erupted as euphoria can be seen on the players faces. This holds particular favouritism for Keith who is being tackled by a steward as he is one of the first on the pitch in which thousands will be joining him just a few seconds after. Arguably the best day of the Pozzo era, this is always going to be a popular image among the Watford faithful.
Sent in by David Robinson
This is my personal favourite from the Pozzo era. It just had to be a part of that day as anyone who was there will never forget it, it will probably be the best game of our lifetimes with the way it ended but Fernando Forestieri is also my favourite player of the Pozzo era with his flair, connection with the fans and unpredictability in games making him so entertaining. the Italian celebrating with the fans showed what a great season and journey it had been and makes it my personal favourite. It typified everything that was right about the club that campaign and how a man from Rosario, Argentina like the others around him embraced the club and became one as part of the Watford community.
25th April 2015 – Sent in by Laura Brown
Here are the scenes to which Watford came out to in their penultimate game to potentially reach the Premier League. It’s a fantastic photo and summed up the terrific support the Golden Boys had received all season. Playing as the early kick off, Watford secured a nervy 2-0 win with Vydra scoring to seal the 3 points late on. At the time the goal was huge putting the pressure on for other teams to do their business, they didn’t and that assured promotion for the club which would lead to similar scenes like this throughout the day and night.
8th August 2015 – Sent in by Karen Barker
So the club were now in the Premier League and were faced with a task of survival under Quique Sanchez Flores. The photo is of the team celebrating their opening Premier League goal as Miguel Layun opened the scoring at Goodison Park. In what was a great performance, the side were unfortunate to draw 2-2 after Ighalo looked to have won it for Flores on the opening day. However the away support was rapturous and there were plenty more celebrations like this to come but this is when Watford announced their arrival and let everyone know they were here to stay.
20th December 2015 – Sent in by @RadRicharlison
What a time to be a Watford fan! This was the celebration following an Odion Ighalo strike to put the Hornets 2-0 up at home to Liverpool. Not only this but a near perfect performance gave Vicarage Road a 3-0 victory against Jurgen Klopp’s men meaning it was a fourth successive win in the Premier League. The Deeney and Ighalo combination at this point was too much to handle for many defences so appropriately they are celebrating together. Another great day and image to represent that.
Sent in by @SimplyWatford
The same day and the same goal but here is a pretty brilliant image of Ighalo celebrating his first strike vs Liverpool. Following a formidable Championship season, the Nigerian just seemed to be unstoppable and with his chant ringing around the ground constantly he was helping Flores achieve safety more comfortably than anyone had imagined. It was a remarkable run summed up by this picture although unfortunately Ighalo’s form somehow nosedived and the clubs form unsurprisingly went when he lost his deadly touch.
What is your favourite Pozzo era image? Describe it and let us know in the comments below!