Jamie Parkins

Position – Right Back
DOB – 26/8/1976
Debut v Crewe – Sep 2000
Nicknames – JP

Equally at home at right back or centre half, Jamie’s dogged defending since bouncing back from knee injuries that sidelined him for three years have endeared him to his team-mates, so much so that he’s regularly featured in the top three of the player of the year voting without ever actually winning the coveted trophy. Jamie served on the management team with distinction for a number of years, and also holds the dubious honour of having been the first B team manager at Worldnet 2002. After 14 years of sterling service, Jamie stepped down from the full squad at the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

Describe yourself in a sentence
Really, really good at long throws. And occasionally the odd sliding tackle.

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it? Watford 5 West Brom 1, August 1985. Colin West scored a hatrick and introduced an 8 year old to the concept of the mullet

Finest ever WFC memory
Learning that we had won the Wembley Play Off Final, in Fiji, in August. I left the UK after a bore draw with Bury this came as a bit of a surprise.

Worst away trip and why
Fulham away on Boxing Day. Cold, damp and the dawning realisation that we weren’t returning to the Premiership after all.

WIFC playing highlight
Probably WorldNet 2008. On that Sunday we were fantastic as a team. We didn’t concede a goal until the final.

Favourite WIFC moment
Ipswich away in 2006. I scored from about 30 yards and Paul Watt learnt that upper lips and Deep Heat are an uneasy partnership.

All-time favourite Watford player
Simple. The best I’ve seen. John Barnes.

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
A mad cap (if some what violent) 4-3-3 formation. Coton, Gibbs, Palmer, McClelland, Robinson; Johnson (R), Hyde, Barnes; Helguson, King, Mooney.

Red shorts or black?
Red all the way

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’
Jason Schwartzman in a Wes Anderson directed comedy. I’d have Dundon as director and Richard Murphy as a runner.

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