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From the Rookery End is the definitive Watford FC podcast. Join lifelong supporters Jon, Jas and Mike after every single game to hear their take on the Hornets’ performances, with expert analysis and insight provided by The Athletic’s Watford correspondent Adam Leventhal. From the Rookery End - essential listening for Watford fans since 2010.
 
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It’s an unsurprisingly upbeat Mike, Jon and Adam that gathered to talk about another professional performance from the Hornets, with a deserved win against Nottingham Forest earning Watford a spot in the Top 2; for now at least. The boys are full of praise for Head Coach Xisco Muñoz who pulled something of a surprise by playing Pedro in an unfamili…
 
Watford got back to winning ways against Wycombe, so to celebrate, here’s a brand new From the Rookery End podcast. Mike and Jon spoke directly after the final whistle to discuss a professional display from the Hornets, discussing who took their opportunity in a team that featured a couple of enforced changes. The Athletic’s Watford correspondent A…
 
There’s never a dull moment following Watford and that’s never truer than when the Hornets meet the Cherries. Saturday was no exception, and it’s an animated Jon, Jason, Mike and Colin that convene to talk about the latest contraversial clash. Emotions were running high at the end of a game that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, but on …
 
It’s four wins on the bounce for a resurgent Watford, so it’s an understandably upbeat Mike and Jon that are joined by Adam Leventhal on the brand new From the Rookery End. There’s praise for Watford’s firing front three, appreciation for the hardworking midfield, but perhaps a few questions over the centre back pairing for the first time in a whil…
 
3 wins and 9 points in a week - the feelings and fortunes at Vicarage Road are on the up. However, Derby County gave us a little bit of scare but a confident and consistent Watford side saw the game out with a 2-1 win. In this episode, Jon, Mike and Jason breakdown the team to see who made it as a Friday night light, who was Friday night alright an…
 
For the first time since 1979, Watford have won at Preston North End, and for the first time since Saturday, we’ve recorded a brand new From the Rookery End podcast! Jon, Mike, Jason and Adam Leventhal (live from Preston train station!) gather to discuss a stirring Watford victory, with audio from Xisco Muñoz’ post match press conference alongside …
 
Mike is one of the lucky few whose work takes him to Vicarage Road on a matchday, so this week’s pod is a slightly different one. Join Mike on his journey to and from the Stadium as he shares his day - and what a memorable one it turned out to be! He catches up with broadcaster and friend of the show Kelly Somers to get her take on a stunning Watfo…
 
As Technical Director at Watford FC, Fillipo Giraldi was often the name on plenty of fans lips. As the Hornets struggles intensified, the scrutiny on the former Head Scout intensified, before he finally left his role in November 2020. A few months later, Adam Leventhal caught up with Fillipo to learn more about the man and the realities of his role…
 
After a tough week for Watford, Jon, Mike, Jas and Adam gather to talk through the turmoil on this, the brand new From the Rookery End. While Watford remain in touch at the top of the table, a worrying trend of poor performances continues to be the hot topic, with the boys trying to make some sort of sense of what is going wrong and how, or if, it …
 
It was a disappointing end to the game at the end of what many felt was a disappointing transfer window, with Watford slumping to a late defeat against QPR. Jon, Mike and Adam got together the morning after the night before, to discuss the lacklustre showing against the R’s while also trying to work out what needs to happen if this Watford side is …
 
No goals at the New Den, but a (yes, probably short-lived) place in the top 2, another clean sheet, another point and another From the Rookery End podcast! Mike and Jon are joined on the final whistle by Kelly Somers to talk through the stalemate, discussing promising partnerships, confusing formations and struggling strikers. Adam Leventhal provid…
 
From the Rookery End does Friday night football! Jon, Jas, Mike and Colin gathered remotely to watch Watford take on Stoke, and we’re more able to enjoy a Friday night takeaway consisting of three valuable points! Confusion at another lacklustre first half away display quickly gave way to delight with Troy Deeney orchestrating a second half rally, …
 
After another home win for the Hornets, in less than a week, Jon, Jason and Colin gathered to talk through the stand out performers, where Watford won this game of football and how the squad has come on since losing to Barnsley back on halloween. Plus Mike and Adam were at the game and discussed how active the transfer window is looking as we head …
 
On a day where the whole Watford family were remembering Graham Taylor, the Golden boys were back in winning ways against Huddersfield. Jon, Mike and Jason talk about the key players, the change in mentality and where the squad is at for the upcoming games and the rest of this season. Also, after much frustration from Watford fans about the off fie…
 
It’s back to league action this weekend , and right on cue From the Rookery End is back to look forward to a huge game against Huddersfield. Jon and Mike are joined by The Athletic’s Watford correspondent Adam Leventhal to discuss the Hornets’ likely transfer activity in January, as well as a look at a player who has already joined the ranks; Phill…
 
Watford were knocked out of the FA Cup despite a spirited performance at Old Trafford, with Jason, Jon and Mike gathering the day after to discuss the defeat. There is praise for new signing Zinckernagel, deputy keeper Bachmann and the impressive Sierralta, while question marks remain over the Hornets attacking prowess. As is (sadly for Mike in par…
 
Watford were unable to capitalise on a decent win against table topping Norwich, starting the new year with defeat at Swansea. In the first podcast of 2021, Jas, Jon and Mike are joined by The Athletic’s Watford correspondent Adam Leventhal to discuss the defeat. Adam also sheds light on what the January transfer window may look like for the Hornet…
 
As another year approaches its end, a new era is already underway at Vicarage Road, and in this, the 79th From the Rookery End of 2020, Jas, Mike and Jon get together to discuss the first performance under new Head Coach Xisco Muñoz. Among the discussion around the well deserved win against table-topping Norwich, there’s praise for a rejigged back …
 
A poor performance at Huddersfield proved to be the final straw for Watford, who have parted company with Head Coach Vladimir Ivić. In the new podcast, Jon, Jas and Mike get together to discuss what went wrong and what needs to happen now. As a tumultuous season continues, the boys try to work out just WHU Vladimir Ivić was unable to make a success…
 
Another 2,000 fans made it into Vicarage Road, including DCW, Jason and Colin. They witnessed another home draw and another game of two halves - a poor first and a more positive second half. You can also hear from Vladimir Ivic post match and Mike caught up with Adam Leventhal, the Athletic's Watford correspondent, to discuss the recent return of T…
 
Watford scrapped their way to a valuable (if not memorable) win at Birmingham, courtesy of a late Troy Deeney penalty, leaving Jason, Jon and Mike to try and work out how they should be feeling after a game that was short of quality and goalmouth incident. As well as the review of the win, there’s also a look back at a slightly more adrenaline fuel…
 
On a freezing cold night, Watford started on fire - ending the game as a contest after just 15 minutes with two early goals. Jon, Jas and a perhaps surprisingly downbeat Mike got together to share their thoughts at the final whistle, as the Hornets end the day in third place. Jon is pragmatic, Jas is analytical and Mike is, well, Mike is Mike. The …
 
Watford fall to defeat as fans return. A big day but a disappointing result at Vicarage Road. Watford were second best against a solid Cardiff, who in a game of few chances earned a well deserved win to end Watford’s undefeated home record. Mike and Jon were lucky enough to be at the Vic for the first game with fans since February and convened afte…
 
We weren't sure how to react to The Hornet draw away at Forest but Jon, Mike and Colin discuss the match and try to find answers to the consistent away record - as in not that impressive and what effect the returning crowd will have at Vicarage Road, on Saturday. And, as we always do these midweek pods, the Athletic's Watford correspondent, Adam Le…
 
Ahead of supporters returning to the Vic, it was a welcome return to form for Watford, who turned on a scintillating second half display to punish Preston. Jon, Jas and Mike gathered to discuss the game, going through each player’s performance. Ranking them was tough after such a decent performance, but the boys gave it a go. Who got the coveted nu…
 
It ended honours even at Bristol City, and while it was level pegging at Ashton Gate, there was a difference of opinion when it came to discussing the performance for the podcast... After you’ve heard Mike, Jon and Colin get their post City comments off their chest, there’s a special treat in store, in the shape of the recently departed Abdoulaye D…
 
Win your home games and draw your away games and you'll be promoted, that's what Jas has been telling us for the last ten years. But this away draw at QPR, after a poor second half performance, didn't feel like a promotion pushing side. Jon, Jason and Mike gather to discuss the game, and hear from Vladimir Ivic in the post match press conference. P…
 
With the return of EFL action on the horizon, From the Rookery End is back with a quarter season report for Vladimir Ivić and his Hornets. Mike talks to EFL expert Ali Maxwell (of the Athletic and Sky Sports) to get a neutral view of Watford’s showing so far, as well as an update on how the rest of the division is shaping up - including a word on W…
 
No Watford fixture? No problem, as Cult Heroes and Coaches come under the spotlight in the latest From the Rookery End! Following on from his interview with Adam Leventhal, the Athletic’s Watford correspondent, you can hear from Hornets hero Marco Cassetti, with a fascinating insight into his experiences at Vicarage Road. Things didn’t end in quite…
 
Watford 3-2 Coventry: And breathe! For the second time in a week Watford won at Vicarage Road by the odd goal in five, with the win against a spirited Coventry City giving Jon, Jas and Mike plenty to talk about. Andre Gray’s return to the starting XI comes under the spotlight, as does Watford’s reaction to adversity - which in this instance took th…
 
For the second successive home game there was late, late drama at Vicarage Road, with the Hornets happily coming out on top this time round. Mike, Jon and Jas convened after the breathless conclusion to Watford’s hard fought and (just about!) deserved victory, to talk about another intriguing encounter. There’s also audio from “one of our own” as T…
 
It was a far from Happy Halloween for the Hornets as Watford capped off a disappointing week with defeat to Barnsley at Oakwell. The podcast team try to work out what went wrong in a game that saw the visitors fail to register a single shot on target. There is cause to remember a happier visit to the North however, as Mike recounts a tale of mischi…
 
It was a tough night in Buckinghamshire for Watford who laboured to a draw against previously pointless Wycombe Wanderers, leaving supporters and Head Coach Vladimir Ivić pretty unimpressed. Download the new From the Rookery End to hear what Jon, Mike and Jas made of it, with The Athletic’s Watford correspondent Adam Leventhal also joining from the…
 
Watford v Boscombe. It’s a fixture that never seems to pass without incident, and the latest chapter in this unlikely rivalry was no different! Jon is joined by Mike and Colin who discuss an array of interesting referring decisions, a beautiful goal and a a heartbreaking equaliser, while The Athletic’s Watford corespondent Adam Leventhal hops on th…
 
Three goals and three points for the Hornets, but that doesn’t come close to summing up an enthralling encounter at Vicarage Road, as Watford beat Blackburn to go third. Mike, Jon and Colin do their best to do justice to a hugely entertaining fixture, with Ben Foster’s heroics and the increasingly impressive form of young João Pedro high on the age…
 
League football is back and so is that winning feeling! With the International break over and the transfer window finally shut, the boys convene to discuss Watford’s victorious return to action at Pride Park. Jon, Mike and Jas discuss a game which won’t live long in the memory of watching neutrals, while The Athletic’s Watford correspondent Adam Le…
 
You'd think a week with no Watford match would be a nice calm week. Well, it has been for Mike and Jon, but not so much for Adam. The transfer window, well the international one, closed on Tuesday with a few Watford players exiting. But the domestic window is still slightly ajar. Adam explains what went down, almost went down and what still might g…
 
Well we suppose it had to happen. Watford have finally conceded a league goal and it was enough to see the Hornets beaten at the Madjeski Stadium, with Reading extending their impressive record to four wins from four. Mike and Colin join Jon to talk through what went wrong, and what needs to happen during the International break if Ivic and his Hor…
 
For the first time this season there is no midweek Watford fixture, but that doesn’t mean no From the Rookery End! Jon and Mike are joined by The Athletic’s Watford correspondent Adam Leventhal to discuss the arrival of William Troost-Ekong and Djibril Toure, and to answer a whole host of varied listener questions - some more serious than others! T…
 
It was a match 14 years in the making. Luckily, the subsequent podcast didn’t take quite as long; this is your post derby day edition of From the Rookery End! Jon, Mike and Jas gather after the game to discuss what turned out to be a fairly routine win for the a Hornets, with Vladimir Ivić starting to have a real impact at Vicarage Road. Mike caugh…
 
Watford’s League Cup adventure may be over, but From the Rookery End goes on! Jon, Mike and Colin convened shortly after the final whistle at Rodney Parade to look back at a disappointing evening in Wales, and looking forward to what promises to be an altogether different experience when some old friends ride into town on Saturday. The boys discuss…
 
Another Championship fixture, another clean sheet and another From the Rookery End podcast! Hear the boys dissect Watford’s stalemate in Sheffield, which ended up being the classic game of two halves. The Athletic’s Watford correspondent Adam Leventhal joined Jon, Mike and Jason before and after the game to talk everything from transfers to tactics…
 
2 games, 2 wins. Just! Daniel Bachmann was the hero as Watford snuck past Oxford Utd in the Carabao Cup and you can hear all about it in the brand new episode of From the Rookery End! Jon, Mike and the Athletic’s correspondent Adam Leventhal gathered themselves after the excitement of the Hornets ’ penalty shootout win to discuss the game, the key …
 
We have lift off! The 2020/21 campaign is officially underway, with Watford the first team to score and the first team to record a win this season! Jason, Mike and Jon discuss the game, look at who did well, who we might need more from, and how the team did at implementing the Vladimir Ivić style of play in his first competitive game in charge. Mik…
 
It’s the Final Countdown! In the latest From the Rookery End, Jon, Jas, Mike and the Athletic’s Watford correspondent Adam Leventhal convene to discuss the encouraging pre-season friendly win over Spurs, and look forward to the imminent start of the Championship campaign. With under a week until Watford’s Friday night curtain raiser, the boys discu…
 
It's familiar territory for many Watford supporters, but what does the 2020/21 Championship hold in store for Watford? In the latest edition of From the Rookery End, the boys try to find out! Jon and Mike are joined by Ali Maxwell, from Going Up, Going Down podcast, to try and work out what's changed since the Hornets last graced English football's…
 
Things are starting to happen at WD18, so naturally there is a new From the Rookery End podcast! With the arrival of Vladimir Ivić seemingly imminent, Mike and Jon spoke to a couple of experts on his career. Middle Eastern football expert Ben Jacobs and Israel based journalist Raphael Gellar joined the boys to provide fascinating insight into Ivić,…
 
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After a turbulent season, which sadly ended in relegation, Watford find themselves in the position to find another man to steer the team back to the Premier League. But we asked ourselves, who in their right mind would want to be the next Head Coach of Watford Football Club? To help us figure out who that could be we asked Tifo's Alex Stewart to co…
 
ARSENAL 3-2 WATFORD: Watford were relegated from the Premier League. A hearty performance at the Emirates, but one that came too late. Jon, Mike, Jordi and DCW discuss how they feel after the final whistle of what is, for a little while at least, the last Watford game in the promised land. The boys discuss the game, where the season went wrong, wha…
 
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