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Watford FC
Vicarage Road

Capacity: 17,400 (all seated)
Address: Vicarage Road, Watford, WD18 0ER
Main Telephone No: 01923 496 000
Ticket Office:
01923 223 023
Team Nickname: The Hornets
Year Ground Opened: 1922
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Shirt Sponsors: 138
Home Kit Colours:
Yellow & Black With Red Trim
Away Kit Colours: Black and White Stripes
Kit Manufacturers: Puma
Official Web Site:
www.watfordfc.com
Unofficial Web Sites:
Glory Horns
Blind, Stupid & Desperate
Vital Watford - Vital Football Network
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Contents
What's Vicarage Road Like?
Future Ground Developments
Looking Towards The Rookery Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Graham Taylor Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Vicarage Road Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train/Tube
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme Price

Fixtures 2014-2015
Disabled Facilities
Ground Layout
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Vicarage Road Location Map


What's Vicarage Road Like?
The ground is going through a number of changes at the moment, the most significant of which is the redevelopment of the East side of the stadium, with a new stand (see Future Ground Developments below). Opposite to where the new stand is being built is the Rous Stand, which was recently renamed the Graham Taylor Stand, after their former manager. This stand and was opened in 1986. It is a two-tiered stand that has an interesting roof design, with a number of semi-circular arches. Light is also able to penetrate through the roof aiding pitch growth. It also has a row of executive boxes running across the back.

The ground has had both ends re-developed during the 1990's along with the front of the Graham Taylor Stand. Both ends are similar looking large single tiered stands, with some strange looking floodlights perched on the roofs. Away fans are housed in one of these ends in the Vicarage Road Stand. Whilst opposite the Rookery Stand is larger, housing some 6,950 supporters. With construction of a large office block immediately behind the stadium, beyond the
corner between the Rookery Stand and the Graham Taylor Stand, the Club embarked on internally 'filling in' this corner. However due to financial difficulties, the work has never completed leaving a somewhat ugly half finished shell. Although the East part of the ground is being redeveloped, the teams still emerge from the original dressing rooms on that side. For some unknown reason the teams come out to the old theme tune of the old Police series Z-Cars.

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Future Ground Developments
The Club have now demolished the two old stands on the East side of the stadium, and have started on the construction of a new structure. This new stand will have a capacity of 3,100 seats, will be single tiered and have a roof. GL Events who have been appointed to construct the stand, were involved in the building of the new Main Stand at the Hive Barnet and the current temporary East Stand at Bloomfield Road Blackpool. Artist's impressions of how the new stand will look, can be viewed on the official Watford FC website (PDF file). It is anticipated that the new stand will be open in tine for the start of the 2014/15 season.

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Looking Towards The Rookery Stand


Looking Towards The Rookery Stand

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are housed in the Vicarage Road Stand at one end of the ground. This stand is normally shared with home supporters (with the obligatory 'no-mans land' comprised of empty seats covered in netting in-between). Around 2,200 visiting fans can be accommodated in this area. The stand has electronic turnstiles, meaning that you have to place your ticket into a bar code reader to gain entrance. You should also then expect to be searched by the stewards on the way in.

I've always found this club friendly and the stewarding relaxed on my four visits and have never had any hassle, although at times there can be a heavy police presence around the ground and in the town centre. My only real gripe is that the size of the concourse at the back of the stand is one of the tightest that I have come across and is wholly inadequate when there is a large away following. If you manage to get to the serving hatch, then you will find on offer the usual fayre available including; Pies (Chicken Balti, Steak and Ale, Bombay Vegetable) 3.20, Pasties 2.80, Jumbo Sausage Rolls 2.80 and Hot Dogs 3.70. Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport fan adds; 'I was very impressed with the ground and the modern facilities. There was plenty of leg room in the way end and a good atmosphere. However, the concourses are very small meaning that they easily get crowded'.
There is also a betting outlet available.

On the first occasion that I visited Vicarage Road, I met a Watford supporter in a pub who gave me a free ticket to that night's game against Luton. I was also impressed with this chap as at the time he had visited 91 League grounds with Watford. Perhaps he was in some part my inspiration for doing the '92'.

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Graham Taylor Stand


Graham Taylor Stand Vicarage Road
 

Where To Drink?

Christopher Harrison a visiting Middlesbrough fan recommends the 'Odd Fellows' in Fearnley Street 'It is only a couple of hundred yards from the ground and they even had a barbeque in the beer garden'. The bar is situated off Cassio Road and is clearly visible when taking the route to Vicarage Road from the town centre via Market Street. The pub is only a few minutes walk away from the away turnstiles. It has a large beer garden, with a covered area for smokers and offers from its barbecue, Burgers (3) and Hot Dogs (2.50). Even though it was very busy on my last visit, I was impressed with the service from behind the bar, getting served in reasonable time (even though it looked like you had no chance of getting near to the bar let alone being served!). 

Otherwise the ground is in walking distance of the town centre, where along the High Street you will find a few pubs including a large Wetherspoons outlet called the Moon Under Water, an O'Neils and a Walkabout. If you are feeling peckish then if you are walking to the ground from the town centre then there are a number of eating establishments enroute. Please note that alcohol is not sold in the away section.

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Vicarage Road Stand


 
Vicarage Road Stand photo

Thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the photo above.

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
From The North:

Leave the M1 at Junction 5 and take the A4008 into Watford. If on nearing the town centre you can't see the ground over on your left, just go left around the inner ring road (follow signs for Watford General Hospital as this is behind the ground) and you will soon spot it.

From The South & West
Leave the M25 at Junction 19 and take the A411 towards Watford (be wary of speed cameras along this road). On nearing the town centre you will reach two roundabouts in quick succession. Go straight across the first but at the second turn right onto the A412 towards Rickmansworth. Then take the second left into Merton Road (signposted Hospital). When the road forks then keep to the right and then at the traffic lights were the road forks again turn left into Vicarage Road (still heading towards the Hospital). The ground is down on the left.

There are also some private match day car parks available at some industrial units near the ground, as well as the Vicarage Road Girls School, which is close to the stadium and charges 7 per car.

As the ground is almost right in the centre of town, then there are a n
umber of car parks in walking distance. On most of my visits I have parked in the Church multi storey car park (which cost 2.70 for 4 hours and is located on the inner ring road). John Peake a visiting Bristol City fan tells me; 'We parked in the Church Car Park which is pay on exit. Although it is an easy 15 minute walk from the ground, there were lengthy queues to use the pay machines after the game and we had then queue again in our car to leave the car park. All in all it took us about 45 minutes to get out and back onto the road'. Iain Bell adds; 'There are some additional pay machines located outside the car park, by the High Street exit.' Richard Sheppard informs me; 'I parked in the Harlequin multi-storey, which cost 2.70 for four hours. It is approximately 15mins walk to the ground and was easy to get out after the game and back onto the M1'.

Map showing the location of Vicarage Road (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: WD18 0ER

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By Train/Tube
The nearest station is Watford High Street, a ten minute walk away from the ground. However you are likely to come into Watford Junction train station, which is about a 20 minute walk. Either get a train to Watford High Street from Watford Junction or if you have time to walk to the ground then:

Leave the station & take main road straight opposite (Clarendon Road) all the way (over Ring Road at lights) up to the High Street. Turn left and go past Wetherspoons (Moon under Water) on your right and then take the first right after 100 yards into Market Street. Continue along again crossing Ring Road to T junction & then left at an excellent chip shop. Vicarage Road is the next right turn. It should take around 15-20 minutes to walk.


Watford also has its own London Underground tube station, which is on the Metropolitan Line and is situated just under one mile from Vicarage Road. However overland trains from London normally have a shorter journey time.

Thanks to Albert Fuller for providing the above directions.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Local Rivals
Luton Town.

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Admission Prices

Home fans:
Graham Taylor Stand (Upper tier): Adults 31, Concessions 18, Under 16's 13
Graham Taylor Stand (Lower tier): Adults 26, Concessions 15, Under 16's 10
Rookery Stand: Adults 26, Concessions 15, Under 16's 10
Vicarage Road Stand: Adults 26, Concessions 15, Under 16's 10

Away fans:
Vicarage Road Stand: Adults 26, Concessions 15, Under 16's 10

Concessions apply to Over 65's, Under 20's and Students aged under 25.

* Please note these prices are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the match can cost up to 2 more for Adults & Concessions.

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Programme
Official Programme 3.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Watford FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Record & Average Attendance

Record Attendance:
34,099 v Manchester United,
FA Cup 4th Round Replay, February 3rd, 1969.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
21,590 v Sunderland
Division One, November 27th, 1999.


Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 15,512 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 13.454
(Championship League)
2011-2012: 12,704 (Championship League)

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Fans Reviews Of Vicarage Road
Mark Cooper (Neutral) 15/1/11
Will O'Shea (Reading) 20/11/10

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Hotel Accommodation

If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Watford Hotels and Guest Houses page. 

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad. 

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Map Showing The Location of Vicarage Road, Railway Stations and listed Pubs



 

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Last Updated: 19 July 2014