Paul Whittenbury

Position – Centre Back/Full Back
DOB – 7/10/1987
Apps – 184
Goals – 29
Debut v Notts Forest – Oct 2004
Worldnets – 5
Nicknames – Chav, Whitts

Paul notched up over 150 appearances for the club before moving away from Watford for work. Able to play in a variety of positions, Paul was always quick to let the management know that his best position was whichever one he wasn’t playing in at the time. His highlights were being voted WIFC’s player of the tournament at his first Worldnet in 2005, and he was the overall player of the day at the Stevenage Tournament in 2010, almost unbelievably as it was voted for by the referees on the day.

Paul’s Q and A

Describe yourself in a sentence:
Body of a Bison, Pace of a Gazelle, Heart of a Lion.

What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
I think my first game was Newcastle at home mid 90’s but I don’t remember it. The first WFC game which got my attention was Plymouth away. It was a Tuesday night game and Watford were a couple up and cruising. David James had nothing to do so was talking to me through the net during the game.

Finest ever WFC memory:
I’ve been to some great games. Leeds in the play off final, beating Liverpool at Anfield, beating Chelsea at home…but for me the play off final against Bolton in ’99. Everything about the day sticks with me. My dad for some reason decided to pierce his nipple with a safety pin and stick some ribbons through it (he didn’t even take his top off during the day so I have no idea why he did it). Going to the game with my dad and his mate Ken. Nicky Wright was my favourite player at the time and his goal was legendary. Smartys goal.. and having seats next to the stairs so as the players came down after collecting the trophy I was up close to how happy they were. My dad used to work at a steward and the next season when the trophy was paraded around the ribbons fell off near my dad…so he naturally pocketed them and gave them to me. Magic.

Worst away trip and why:
Going to football with my dad and Ken when I was younger was the highlight of my week and even if some of the games were awful going with them was always exciting for me. I’ve probably been more selective as I’ve got older so can’t remember too many awful games.

WIFC playing highlight:
Players player in my first WorldNET. What happened to that pacy winger who wasn’t afraid to beat his man ay?

Favourite WIFC moment:
How well we played getting to the final at WorldNET in 2008 under the guidance of Scotty & Watty. We had a fantastic squad of players and everything seemed to click that WorldNET.

All-time favourite Watford player:
Nicky Wright

All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
James, Page, Shittu, Carlisle, Wright, Hyde, Johnson, McNamee, Wooter, Mooney, Helguson.

That is very difficult, leaving out Rosenthal, Kennedy, Lee, Chamberlain, Bazeley…NGONGE!

Red shorts or black?
Red. Black shorts are for old people who liked how we played under Ray Lewington.

Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC –The Movie’:
Anyone from Hollyoaks will do.

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