34. Adrian Spender

Position – Centre Back
DOB – 3/11/1975
Apps – 206
Goals – 35
Debut v Arsenal – May 1997
Worldnets – 17
Nicknames – Aidy

Inducted to the WIFC Hall of Fame in 2004, Aidy is the one person without whom there would be no WIFC, as the club was originally his idea. Since then, Aidy’s given sterling service and appeared in pretty much every position. Aidy’s hat-trick in a cup win at Leicester as a centre forward was a career highlight, he was also the defensive lynchpin for the B team in their consecutive runs to the main draw and performed the same role admirably for the Vets team in 2011 and 2012. Aidy also designed the new website and remains an integral part of the club he helped create, and made his 200th appearance for the club during the WorldNET vets tournament in 2013.

Aidy’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence

Jack of all trades, master of none.

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?

I remember it being at Kenilworth road, standing on an open terrace which must have been the now home end at the time. My dad took me. He’s a Fulham fan so is not particularly minded to remember the occasion. My best guess would say it was the 2-1 win in April 1984, which would make me eight, but all I remember was it being sunny. Still, scum away for a first game is pretty hardcore.

Finest ever WFC memory

Wembley ’99. No question.

Worst away trip and why

Fulham on boxing day 2000. I took my uncle and cousin, both Watford fans, and my old man (see above) Not only did we lose 5-0 but it was about the coldest I have ever been at a football game. None of us enjoyed it, even my dad.

WIFC playing highlight

Second half hat-trick in a 3-0 cup win against Leicester.

Favourite WIFC moment

The entirety of the Amsterdam trip.

All-time favourite Watford player

Tommy Mooney

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)

Chamberlain; Robinson, Foster, McClelland, Gibbs; Young, R Johnson, Ramage, Slater; Mooney, Helguson

Red shorts or black?

I really, really do not care.

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’

Matt Damon would be offered the role, but Adam Woodyatt would end up taking it.

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