David Robinson: Why I love Watford Football Club

Written by Luke Evans

Today I got the pleasure of speaking to Watford fan David Robinson about his favourite memories being a Watford fan, his worst memories as a Watford fan, and who has been his favourite player is so far into the 16/17 Premier League season.

When did you start following Watford?

“I started following Watford quite late – probably when I was 14. I went through a typical trend of supporting a more glamorous team in Arsenal when I was little, but after going to a few games with my family – I was a Watford supporter.

Who was your favourite Watford player growing up as a 14-year-old?

“I think it would probably have been Danny Graham around that time, he was the Championship top goalscorer, and his infectious energy and commitment meant he was a fans favourite.”

What’s been your favourite moment as a Watford fan?

“Without a doubt it has to be Deeney’s winner against Leicester in the Play-off Semi-finals. It’s hard to run through exactly what happened, but you can never forget that moment – it was special.

What has been your worst moment following Watford?

“Pleasingly that’s quite a hard question too answer as I’d say I’ve been even fairly fortunate overall, but being specific, I’d say the 4-2 loss to Nottingham Forest stands out. A few seconds ago, we were winning 2-0, and bearing in mind, we’d won 1 in 14 up to that point – it was hard to take.

Who has been your favourite Watford player so far this season?

“That would have to be Nordin Ambrbat, who has been a revelation this season. His direct running has caused left-backs countless problems which has been great to watch. Isaac Success has been fantastic too, but he’s only been able to make a few appearances due to injury.

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Is the current Watford squad the best you have ever seen as a Watford fan?

“At the moment it certainly doesn’t feel like it – but I’d say if everyone was fully fit – It has to be the best squad I’ve ever seen. It’s just a shame we’ve had so may injuries so far this season. Signing the likes of Pereyra, Success and Janmaat means our squad is the strongest it’s been under the Pozzo Family.

What are your views on the Pozzo Family?

They’re top class – I don’t think you can ask for better owners, they might not have lots of money, but they’ve developed the club massively on and off the pitch. We are in safe hands, and I particularly like their sensitively to the fans. They could have easily sponsored the new stand, but they kept the identity of the club, by naming it the “Sir Elton John Stand as an example of what they’re all about.”

What do you think the future will be for Watford?

“We worked very hard last year to set ourselves up as an established Premier League club. That’s what we should now become and I expect us to be a side that doesn’t flirt too much with the drop. With so much money at the top clubs, Southampton have to be looked at as a realistic model to follow. That can definitely be the future in just a matter of seasons, however, there are a few issues the club must look to address in order to get to that platform.”

You can follow David on Twitter – @David_wfc

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