Position – Striker
DOB – 13/4/1975
Debut v QPR – May 1997
Nicknames – Pikachu, Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimon
Few players, past or present, sum up the WIFC ethos better than Simon Devon. While it would be fair to say Simon’s ability wasn’t the greatest he was always there, on and off the pitch until family commitments curtailed his full squad involvement in 2011. His efforts for the club included a spell as the club’s first treasurer and a hugely successful spell as B team manager, during which he became the first to win a game at Worldnet and the first to steer the team into the main draw in 2007, a feat he repeated in the 2 subsequent seasons. Not only that, but he also appeared in the Gibbsy testimonial during which he memorably marked John Barnes at set pieces, has been voted clubman, most improved player and was also one of the first inductees to the WIFC hall of fame in 2003. Deadly from a yard out, he even managed the odd goal.
Simon’s Q and A
Describe yourself in a sentence
Run around a lot, problems start when I have to go anywhere near a football
What was the first WFC game you went to and what can you remember about it?
A 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest around 1985. Goals from George Riley and Worrell Sterling. I had no interest in football until I went to that first game and I was instantly hooked! WIFC related fact – the person who took me was WIFC youngster Josh Freedmans dad…
Finest ever WFC memory
Wembley in ’99 beats Fulham in ’98 by a whisker. I think people forget just how amazing Fulham was, it was the first time we had won anything in years!!
Worst away trip and why
The 5-0 disaster away to Wimbledon in the first prem season. I love GT but that was shit.
WIFC playing highlight
Hearing my name on the tannoy, Rupe booing, someone cheering, running on the pitch and marking John Barnes at a corner all within the space of a minute during the Gibbsy game. Really someone like me should not be playing football in front of a paying audience.
Favourite WIFC moment
The first time we got the B Team through the group at WorldNET
All-time favourite Watford player
Barnes for skill, Gibbsy for dedication
All-time favourite Watford XI (not the best players – your favourites)
James, Gibbsy, Page, John McClelland, Robbo, Young, Kennny Jackett, Johnno, Barnes, Luther, Helguson.
Red shorts or black?
Black. We’re hornets, not McDonalds!
Which actor would play you in ‘WIFC – The Movie’
Bez – the bloke in the background moving around but not really doing much…